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Giveaway of the day — PDF OCR 4.7

Convert scanned PDF paper books and documents into editable text files.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 49 (64%) 28 (36%) 79 comments

PDF OCR 4.7 was available as a giveaway on July 13, 2019!

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NB: If you are using Vista/Win7/win8/10, please run the program as administrator: click on the icon by right mouse button, select "Run As Administrator" then activate.

PDF OCR is based on OCR technology to convert scanned PDF paper books and documents into editable electronic text files fast and easily. PDF OCR has a build-in text editor which allows you to edit ocr result text without MS Word. PDF OCR also supports batch mode to OCR all pages of pdf file to text at a time. PDF OCR has a Scanned Image To PDF Converter, which means you can create your own scanned PDF books.

  • PDF OCR feature Editable - Edit Scanned PDF Documents like editing a text file!
  • PDF OCR feature Easily - OCR PDF To Text Just In Only 2 Clicks.
  • PDF OCR feature Fast - PDF OCR has a fast OCR engine, 92% faster than other OCR software.
  • PDF OCR feature Page Selection - OCR single, range or all pages at a time.
  • PDF OCR feature Over 10 Languages Supported - Besides English, PDF OCR Also supports German, French, Spanish, Italian and many Languages else.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

PDF OCR

Homepage:

https://www.pdfocr.net/

File Size:

40.4 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#18

If you are using Vista/Win7/win8/10, Please run the program as Administrator: click on the icon by right mouse button, select "Run As Administrator" then activate.

Reply   |   Comment by McLean  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#37

REVIEW:

It makes a separate text file of results with no way to reference the original image when trying to edit the resulting OCR output for accuracy, and no formatting, no images, no layout, no bold, italics, and so on, just a featureless text file.

If you want to ONLY cull some text from an image PDF, you can try this program, but for me, the error rate was unacceptable ( even 99% accuracy is useless junk, meaning 1 error per 100 characters, you might as well retype the document by hand, and this had way more errors than that for me ).
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If you want to convert an image PDF to a text PDF, KEEPING all visuals, formatting, images, layout, bold, italics, underline, fonts, intact, use FREE Adobe Acrobat Pro.
__________

Thanks for the trial, it's a tool, and I might use this somewhere, ut I can't see it doing anything better than any other program than converts an image of text to text, since all programs that come with scanners do this and try to keep page layout, and show you errors in context of the original image scan so you have a clue as to what the OCR goofed on.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

Re "... PDF OCR has a build-in text editor which allows you to edit ocr result text without MS Word."
They have just copied MS wordpad.exe. It is in the programme folder.

Reply   |   Comment by kryp teller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

kryp teller, See https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/611e8fac14e5a75f83ace528542e69d6351f36033a0d4eabfb486f53e1616787/details

It gives the results of WordPad.exe, as included in PDF OCR 4.7. I think they "borrowed" that file from Microsoft:

Copyright © Microsoft Corp. 1998
Original Name WORDPAD.EXE
File Version 1.1
TimeStamp 2010:05:13 16:39:26+02:00
Compilation Timestamp 2010-05-13 14:39:26
Creation Time 2010-05-13 14:39:26
Signature Date 2019-03-23 03:33:00
Signers Xi'an Pantuowangluokeji co, ltd.

Reply   |   Comment by kryp teller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

kryp teller, Xi'an Pantuowangluokeji co, ltd. is the new owner of PDFZilla:

À noter que PDFZilla est devenu la propriété du même éditeur chinois (Xi'an Pantuowangluokeji co, ltd)

http://www.gratilog.net/xoops/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=9256&forum=9&post_id=193256

Reply   |   Comment by kryp teller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#35

I wasted sooo much time trying to register this software. I read all the previous notes about the same problem. I have not been able to register it. It is impossible. I am surprised that GIVEAWAYOFTHEDAY would promote such impossible software that does not work. I have given up.

If the software is sooo difficult to register, I question whether the software will work even if I were to get it registered.

Reply   |   Comment by Merrill  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#34

I don't have anything I need to convert for now, but this looks useful for converting scanned PDF's to real text, if it works as I understand it. This would allow me to further convert such documents to plain text files if I needed to using other programs.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese S.  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#33

Like several others I am getting "Invalid Serial Code" when I use the key from Readme.txt of the GAOTD setup folder.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Davis  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I was able to register it after closing it down and restarting it from its folder.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Davis  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

This program uses the Tesseract OCR engine version 3.02 which is very old and open source and unattributed and in violation of the Apache 2.0 license.

https://github.com/tesseract-ocr/tesseract/blob/master/LICENSE

Section 4 a) "You must give any other recipients of the Work or
Derivative Works a copy of this License;"

"APPENDIX: How to apply the Apache License to your work.

To apply the Apache License to your work, attach the following
boilerplate notice, with the fields enclosed by brackets "[]"
replaced with your own identifying information. (Don't include
the brackets!) The text should be enclosed in the appropriate
comment syntax for the file format. We also recommend that a
file or class name and description of purpose be included on the
same "printed page" as the copyright notice for easier
identification within third-party archives.

Copyright [yyyy] [name of copyright owner]

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License."


If I had a need to OCR many PDF files I would go to the github repository and download the latest tesseract OCR windows executable and tessdata files and try replacing these ancient files in the giveaway and see if the OCR capabilities have significantly improved since this company swiped the copy of OCR.EXE from the open source project for their commercial product illegally back since 2012 when it was released.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/tesseract-ocr-alt/files/

Latest version of tesseract OCR for windows can be found at:

https://github.com/UB-Mannheim/tesseract/wiki

but since it's neural net based learning system it requires teaching to build up the tessdata folders multi language support.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

Installed in XP in custom location and registered without a problem. A couple of issues I noticed though. Re the previous comments about the output to folder "c:\PDFOCR_output", while there is a lack of options or settings in the program itself, you can change the output folder by editing the "path.ini" file in the program directory.

Also a warning - I don't know if this setting is dependent on the OS in which it's installed, but in my XP it installed and used a version of Wordpad in its own program directory to view the created files, BUT also tried to change the default Windows Wordpad settings to use this version of Wordpad (I was able to detect this by the use of MJ Registry Watcher, a free program that I highly recommend to the security conscious and more tech-savvy computer users). Whilst it didn't turn out to be much of an issue for me as it was exactly the same version and I was able to stop it doing this anyway, I can only suggest that you check the installation folder for the version of Wordpad included if you use Vista or later.

Reply   |   Comment by Min  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#30

That is the key, download the zip file, extract, install. Close program when it starts. Restart as administrator then register (I manually entered the code). Program registers no problem. I tried several times this morning to register but it would not take. Running the program as administrator makes the difference. Hope this helps.

Reply   |   Comment by Bill Strobel  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#29

I learned a long time ago that you have to READ the Notepad "Readme" that comes with the .zip. I'm not sure why anyone else is having a problem with this program. I downloaded this Giveaway without a hitch. Then following the instructions inside the "Readme" this program installed and registered without a problem.

If you're having a problem downloading this program I can't really help you other than to tell you there are three ways you can do so: Login to "facebook", if you have a "facebook" account, or by enabling "notifications" for this site, or have the download sent to your email, which is what I do. If you have a problem with one method then try another.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

I too am getting "Invalid Code" when I tried to register the program. I run as administrator. I type in the code, not just copy and paste.

I am running Windows 8.1.

Please Help!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Mark Latimer  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#27

It's absolutely ridiculous that an OCR program has to be run with administrative rights. This is sloppy programming, guys.

Also, this, from their website :

"Why I get many unknown characters in result text?"

"PDF OCR can only recognize text from PDF files, and images and graphics will be recognized as text too, so you might get the unknown characters. You can delete unknown characters in Text Editor."

Sloppy programming, as I said.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Clairvaux, agreed, they should store the activation data in a user writable location OR request elevation if the activation is stored in a system wide location for all users just before the activation write is performed OR used Windows Vista and above protected location vitrualisation.

And yes allowing OCR to produce output for graphics mistakenly guessed to be text should never happen it is very simple to include vocabulary files for all the languages that the OCR engine support and NOT allow it to produce garbage non-words. maybe optionally permitting mathematical symbols for OCR'ing scientific papers or other scanned documents incorporating equations. but allowing the OCR engines raw output is very lazey and messy.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#26

FYI: I was able to register successfully by cut-and-paste code received by email.
I was able to install in a folder of my own choice (but ocr'd .txt output is in folder C:\pdfocr_output).

Reply   |   Comment by tristram  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

tristram, you can change the output folder by editing the "path.ini" file in the program directory.

Reply   |   Comment by Min  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#25

Download and registration were easy. It is 4.7.0.0 version indeed. I had previoulsy 4.0.0.0 version which results were poor; this version tested on a same pdf page (with images) gives very good results. I could not find a page giving the differences between versions but this one made a lot of improvements compared to 4.0.0.0 (but only converts to txt; it does not give you a Word - or equivalent - page with images as some more sophisticated softwares - but usually not free - do)

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#24

Who are the two guys who used to test out software here and write reviews or reports on it? It was a few years ago that they were doing this. Can anyone remember who either of them were called, please?

Reply   |   Comment by starvinmarvin  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

starvinmarvin, Today we have mike and TK.

Reply   |   Comment by Zen  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

starvinmarvin,

The "Gold Standard" in reviews / reviewers -- and I think it was _here_, rather than @ that other giveaway site -- was a fellow named Giovanni. He told it like it was, thoroughly, Pro & Con, reliably and without bias. Unfortunately, he is long gone, and you'd probably have to look back more than 2 years for those reviews, if that is even possible. He was a breath of fresh air, in start contrast to certain *shill* reviewers that you will see repeatedly (again, largely at that other site), who endlessly recycle all-too-familiar boilerplate in their (usually laudatory) reviews. They forfeited credibility a long time ago. I think most reasonably experienced readers can spot whether a review is reliable -- or not.

Reply   |   Comment by Gene  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Gene,

Typos -- the bane of my existence ! That should have read "in stark contrast." (You can add "knowledgeable" to my string of Giovanni adjectives.)

Reply   |   Comment by Gene  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

starvinmarvin, Ashraf was one

Reply   |   Comment by Tom Schwab  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

starvinmarvin, Some of the others I can recall were:
Fubar
Giovanni
Karl
mike
MikeR

Reply   |   Comment by Joe T.  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

I remember White Rabbit

Reply   |   Comment by P  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Joe T., Yes I remember Fubar and Ashraf, and Giovanni. I especially liked Fubar reviews. Those days are gone and so are the good giveaways! And Whiterabbit too but he is still here, just on the games site. I know there were some others too but can't remember their names. I trusted all those guys reviews before I decided whether or not to install programs.

Reply   |   Comment by Dissapointed  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

starvinmarvin, Hi .
I saw your question days ago , but I needed some time to
dig into my oooold archives to find the name of the guys
that (I think) you are looking for .

The first name is Ashraf .
I didn't have to look for his name because I've never forgot it .
For me he was the best .
He was commenting on the GAOTD giveaways many years ago
and for many years .
He was giving a lot of information about the giveaway and proposing
some alternatives too .
He was the owner of a similar to the GAOTD site called dottech
(http://dottech.org/) .
Later he created two more sites of the same nature :
http://sharewareonsale.com/
and
http://failmid.com/
I think that they all still exist .
As I said , he was great , but at some point , some years ago , he
stopped commenting .
The how and why can be discussed some other time .
For me it was a big loss for both the visitors of the GAOTD site and
the GAOTD site itself .

The second best (for me) was Giovani
His commenting style was very similar to the style of Ashraf .
I think he was a programmer and owner of a software company .
For some time he coexisted with Ashraf and continued for a few years
after Ashrafs "departure" from the GAOTD site .
He too stopped commenting some years ago .

There were also some other pretty good guys .
I can't remember their names and I didn't have the energy to look for them ,
but I remember that at some point there were three guys called Mike !!!
They were pretty good but one of them was very good and I think that he
is still around .

That's all for now .
If in the future I manage to remember more names I will write a message as
a "reply" to your comment here at this page .

I hope that I was successful at my archeological expedition and useful to you . ;-)

PS . After reading the other replies I have a few words about them .

1) Thank you Joe T for reminding me Fubar and the other Mikes.
I think there was a Mike T too .
2) White Rabbit was and still is the lead commenter for the Game giveaways
and (if I remember correctly) rarely commented on software giveaways .

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

If one paid for this s/w would one have to go through a gauntlet and hoops to get it to registered and working etc?

This seems to be the case for so many GAOTD offerings.

Reply   |   Comment by webeye  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#22

I have tried several times carefully typing n the code and every time it says "Invalid serial code". I even copied it to Word so I could distinguish the number zero from the letter O (and including both of those in one code is beyond asinine) but still no go. I can't see that it is worth any more effort.

Reply   |   Comment by Sesquipod  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#21

Installed with no problems on my Windows 7 machine. Registration went smooth. I copy/pasted the reg.code. Restarted and all is well. Registered. I don't understand the problem some of you have had with registration. Program seems to be a keeper. Seems to work pretty well. Thanks GAOTD and PDFOCR.

Reply   |   Comment by Dean  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#20

Installed without issues on my Win 10 desktop. Launched the programme and the main window opened with no option to register, only an option to purchase, which took me to a browser window. Turns out there's a small 'Register' box hidden under the main window. Entered key copied and pasted from the installation text file. Closed and reopened programme and all registered and working.

PDF OCR 4.7 does exactly what it purports to do and OCR'd whole PDF page of text taken from a Spanish website 100% error free. Can't fault it so far, thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Derek  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#19

Registered it like 3 times it still won't scan my pdf, keeps asking me to register.

Reply   |   Comment by Howe  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Howe,
I registered the key manually and with CapsLock = ON.
Win 10 64 bits ok.

Reply   |   Comment by Carlos  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Carlos, Thanks I just tried installing again, even manually, it still won't do it. I don't have the magic touch, this wasted way too much time, see ya.

Reply   |   Comment by Howe  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

What languages does it support?.. not mentioned on their site or FAQ page!!

Reply   |   Comment by hussein  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#16

Installed, but some strange folders
C:\pdfOCR
C:\pdfOCR_output
c:\output
https://www.dropbox.com/s/szygsaow3c55kst/Setup.png
Registration, no trouble, cut and paste(be aware of extra spaces?):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9648nnbwrhag5td/Registratie.png
Saved the result in another format, be aware of the standard TXT at the end of the name:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/tbjb1qz5boq18ab/OpslaanAls.png
Later Notepad opens an TXT-file and that's not good:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/z7d2qayuekxbzn7/Vreemd.png
Some originals and results:
https://ootjegotd.stackstorage.com/s/KHFOsJ5rcLRSopU
Ootje

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Ootje, thank you, it doesn't seem very good.

Ek het darem lekker gelag vir daardie laaste link :)

Reply   |   Comment by Louis  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Ootje, others miss Giovanni, MikeR, Karl and other people who gave reviews here. I'm very happy you still support us! I like how you actually try out the software and provide examples of how it works. Simple and helpful. You've been doing this for a long time now, thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

A program installing itself directly on C:\... Sloppy does not begin to describe it.

Another commenter has shown that it includes a pirated copy of Microsoft WordPad. Plus, it requires admin rights.

Unsurprisingly, this is a Chinese program. At that point, I'm prepared to learn that all your OCR'ed documents are surreptitiously uploaded to a server over there. Someone should check it.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#15

Easily registered by registering the key manually (thank you Artur Babecki !).
In use, I've already seen much worse results with others programs...
The properties of the Setup-file indicate that this is version 4.6 and not 4.7!
I'll keep it. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Belga  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#14

So what's better than this program that is free of charge (and free of bugs)?

Reply   |   Comment by LE  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

I had to scan a 60-page paper document with embedded images, fancy formatting, multiple fonts etc.. I tried a couple of OCR programs and got results that, while maybe 99% accurate on the plain text, were unsatisfactory due to problems with the formatting, embedded images, and changing fonts. So I dragged out an ancient copy of Adobe Acrobat (v6 I think) and used its OCR. Results: near perfect. So my recommendation if you have an OCR job that's tough and important, register for the free trial of Acrobat: https://acrobat.adobe.com/ca/en/acrobat/how-to/ocr-software-convert-pdf-to-text.html

Reply   |   Comment by Felix Crevat  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

LE, I doubt you'll find any of these programs that are 100% accurate, but here's an extract from a bus timetable converted to text by this program:

Pendoggett, Cornish Arms (NE-bound) 0942 1332 1603 7 1837 7
Delabole, opp Post Office 0949 1339 1610 7 1844 7
I'.‘ ' L ' , opp Smugglers 0953 1343 1614 1633 1848 7
Camelford, Post Office (SW-bound) 1003 7 7 1643 1858 7

and the same converted by the free program "PDF Shaper Free":

Pendoggett, Cornish Arms (NE-bound) 0942 1332 1603 1837
Delabole, opp Post Office 0949 1339 1610 1844
Delabole, opp Smugglers 0953 1343 1614 1633 1848
Camelford, Post Office (SW-bound) 1003 1643 1858

(column alignment is more accurate viewed in Notepad with a non-proportional font)

Reply   |   Comment by Tyke  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Felix Crevat, Yes, last I know of, you can legally download and use Adobe Acrobat Professional v 8.

Reply   |   Comment by Louis  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#13

I thimk this program can convert only pdf files which are made in scan mode "scan with ocr posibilities"!

Reply   |   Comment by Iliyan  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Iliyan,

FWIW, PDF files can contain actual text -- if permissions allow, you can select the text & copy/paste into another app, e.g. Notepad -- &/or they can contain a picture of the text, which is what all OCR works with.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Iliyan, isn't that the only type of PDF file that needs complete OCR of to add the text layer to the raster scanned content?

There are other types of generated PDF files that have the text rendered as vector shapes instead of text rendered by embeded fonts. That is often done to prevent easy editing or simple copy and paste of the content. A good OCR program will recognise the letter shapes too. The PROBLEM I see with this software is it DOES NOT OCR the PDF file and insert text layers into the PDF so the scanned text can be searched and coppied and pasted but just produces a text file of it's attempts to OCR the PDF which is NOT what is needed in most cases.

Adobe Acrobat Pro on the other hand has OCR built in that does add the text layer to the OCR'd PDF file... though viewing and editing just the text layer is not as easy to do as editing a text file so some OCR mistakes could be underlying the graphics layers.

Acrobat 8.0 and 7.0 are available for free if you know where and when to look:

https://web.archive.org/web/20130508063700/http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/

for Acrobat 7.0 pro + key

and

https://web.archive.org/web/20130119004430/http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/

Which has Acrobat 8.0 Pro + key included.


Some archived links only work when you choose the earliest saves and not the latter ones!
Enjoy, just remember they are no longer supported and as such should never be used as default PDF viewers or display PDF files within a browser window with them as they predate the patching to protect from malicious PDF files. SO dive into acrobats prefernces and lock the program down by disabling the convenience features like view in browser and plaing non-pdf content in external programs etc and unless you need javascript support while editing a PDF disable that too and that should mitigate most if not all unsolicited exploits of adobe PDF rendering programs.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#12

wszystko to można zrobić za darmo online - soft lipa !

Reply   |   Comment by Salwa  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)
#11

Now got it to successfully register by allowing it to install into the default installation directory and entering in the registration code manually.

Reply   |   Comment by Martin Robson  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Martin Robson, I thought that may turn out to be the case but I wasn't going to allow it to install to the root of C drive.
They must have delusions of grandeur if they consider themselves too important to install to Program Files / Program Files (x86) as does everyone else.
Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Tyke  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Tyke, no they don't consider themselves too importent but they are too ignorant to figure out how to put files that must be written to in the proper folders so they can be written to without administrator rights... IF you change the installation location to the Program Files * heirachy then in order to get registration to survive a restart of the program then you HAVE to have the program running as an adminstrator to activate the program because that process changes the last 2 bytes of the file sound.dll because it's NOT a DLL file but a text file with lots of numbers and letters it should be placed in either ProgData subfolder if the activation is intended to be system wide or Users Appdata subfolder if activation is supposed to be per user based. This sort of ignorance comes from when either the teacher or the developer is completely self taught and never bothered to read any of the offical documentation describing best programming practices so just muddle through how ever they can bodge a program together through itteration. (trial and error)

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

TK, in addition to that because of the way this program is built of seperate modules from different developers and does not OCR PDF content directly but converts PDF pages into individual TIFF pages of some arbitary fixed resolution and that exported TIFF page is written to another non-standard temporary folder in C:\OCRtmp that only exists while an OCR is taking place... this developer has obviously never heard of the systems %TEMP% environment variable pointing to where such temporary folders and files should be placed.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Reg code doesn't work. Takes code initially with message "registered successfully!, restart program", then when restarted remains unregistered.

Reply   |   Comment by Martin Robson  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Martin Robson, It registered fine for me. Here's my hypothesis:
1. Perhaps it must be in the default installation directory as that is where it stores the registration info (file named "sound.dll").
2. Perhaps your antivirus is preventing the program from modifying the dll file? Try temporarily disabling your antivirus?
3. Perhaps you're using a newer version of OS that I am and Windows 7,8, or 10 is preventing the dll file modification? Computer I still use for most giveaways is old XP. I have a Windows 7 comp but rarely use it.
Anyways, something to think about...

Reply   |   Comment by Trying 2 be helpful  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Also forgot to mention copy and paste worked fine for me...
And this has been given away many times in the past. Here are the links if you'd like to read the comments:

PDF OCR
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/pdf-ocr-ocr-pdf/

PDF OCR 4.2
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/pdf-ocr42/

PDF OCR 4.3
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/pdf-ocr-43/

PDF OCR 4.3.1
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/pdf-ocr-4-3-1/

PDF OCR 4.3.3
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/pdf-ocr-4-3-3/

Reply   |   Comment by Trying 2 be helpful  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#9

Can´t activate with the given key! ( invalid serial code )

Reply   |   Comment by Vinod Pursani  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#8

Thank all of you for debugging and testing the registration.

;D

Reply   |   Comment by infi05  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

The serial number for this program must be entered
MANUALLY not by the copy/paste.

Reply   |   Comment by Artur Babecki  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Artur Babecki, Thank you for that information. I've already uninstalled it due to its terrible OCR work.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank D  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Artur Babecki, Not true, I used copy and paste just fine... activated just fine. If you enter keys manually when you could have selected and coppied then pasted you are asking for transcription errors.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Artur Babecki, I tried it both ways. I first pasted it and got "Invalid serial code". Then I tried it several times manually. It didn't make any difference in my case when I installed manually I still got "Invalid serial code". Uninstalling.

Reply   |   Comment by Al  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

On the top level bar PDF OCR Unregistered

Next About / Register PDF OCR

Next Please enter the Registration Code

So I paste it then Register sucessfully ! Please restart program

dot i

then

On the top level bar PDF OCR Unregistered

Next About / Register PDF OCR

Next Please enter the Registration Code

So I paste it then Register sucessfully ! Please restart program

dot i

then

On the top level bar PDF OCR Unregistered

Next About / Register PDF OCR

Next Please enter the Registration Code

So I paste it then Register sucessfully ! Please restart program

dot i

then

On the top level bar PDF OCR Unregistered

Next About / Register PDF OCR

Next Please enter the Registration Code

So I paste it then Register sucessfully ! Please restart program

dot i

then.....


So what else ???

Reply   |   Comment by Spontz  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Spontz, I have this problem. Simply deinstal the app. Sincerely, Roby.

Reply   |   Comment by Roby  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#5

Won't register, enter key, asks to restart program and still unregistered! FAIL!

Reply   |   Comment by Neil  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I typed the reg. code in manually as suggested rather than copy and pasted it and it STILL says, "registered successfully!, restart program", then when I do, it STILL remains unregistered!.

Reply   |   Comment by Neil  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Ditto. Won't register.

Reply   |   Comment by Benn  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Neil, registered fine here but I read the instructions in the readme.txt and modified my actions acordingly... I suspect you and all those that had problems activating this giveaway did not! Am I right?

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK, No.

Reply   |   Comment by Neil  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Neil, so did you try running the program as an administrator before entering the license code and then restarting and it still remained showing unregistered?
If you did then maybe there was a problem with some odd configurations.... if you didn't then your answer should have been "quite possible" and not "No" LOL

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

By default the program installs to root of C drive so I changed this to C:\Program Files (x86). After registration and restarting the program as instructed (which I did twice), the program still says unregistered and won't convert a whole document.

Reply   |   Comment by Tyke  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Tyke, SO try following the instructions in the readme.txt file if you are going to change the default installation folder from an unprotected location to a rights protected location!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

enough of the pdf stuff already, lets try other programs that most people would be interested in. Sorry to say but this is getting overkill having to many pdf programs being offered. Don't most publishers know that there are better free ones out there that don't require personal details.

Just saying

Reply   |   Comment by taylor  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

taylor,
You could always start your own web site and give away just programs you approve of.

Reply   |   Comment by xdr  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

taylor, since when does this one ask for any personal information? the key is in the readme.txt file! You do not have to register anything online, in fact you shouldn't!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#2

Can´t activate with the given key! ( invalid serial code )

Reply   |   Comment by peer winther hansen  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#1

When Register:

Invalid serial code

Reply   |   Comment by Finn B. Andersen  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
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