Simple and fast document scanning for the Mac

There are many applications for Mac OS X that allow scanning of images or text. Most of them are however complex, slow or not really suited for scanning documents or letters.

PDFScanner has been created with one simple task in mind: Scanning and archiving documents as quick and easy as possible, and making them findable with Spotlight search.


  • The intuitive user interface lets you start scanning right away
  • Scan, Deskew, Crop and OCR with one click
  • Save as a PDF file with an invisible text layer that can be selected and copied
  • Super high compression for monochrome scans (usually < 50kb per page including OCR text)
  • Use the included Automator action to create custom OCR workflows or folder actions


  • Support for all scanners that are supported by the Mac OS X Image Capture application (please check that using the scanner in Image Capture works before purchasing to be sure)
  • Optical character recognition (OCR) to make the document searchable, allow to find it via Spotlight and other search tools or copy the text.
  • Supported OCR languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish
  • Intuitive and fast user interface to reorder, delete or edit pages
  • Fully automatic straightening of crooked pages (deskew)
  • Full multithreading support
  • Scanning, OCR and straightening is done on multiple pages in parallel and you can even reorder or delete pages while PDFScanner is still working
  • „Fake Duplex“ mode to simplify scanning of double sided documents without a duplex scanner
  • Saving to PDF (optionally compressing the scan inside the PDF to save disk space)
  • It is also possible to open or import existing PDF documents and perform OCR on them via a menu option (the language can be set in the Preferences).

These features make PDFScanner the perfect software for people who own an all-in-one printer with an ADF (automatic document feeder) scanner which often come with crappy scanning software for Macs (or even without any software besides the driver at all).

PDFScanner runs on Mac OS X El Capitan, Sierra and High Sierra and is only available on the Mac App Store.



Scanner settings dialog

PDFScanner will automatically detect all the scanners available to your system and allows to quickly change the scan source and settings



The Preferences dialog allows for setting a default file name using place holders such as date, time, or computer name. PDFScanner can also search the OCR text of a document for a date and use that one instead.


Multiple operations are done in parallel

You don't need to wait for the scan to finish to inspect the results. PDFScanner lets you reorder or delete pages while still scanning. Operations like Deskew and OCR are also performed in the background.


Save Dialog

PDFScanner has an intuitive and simple user interface that lets you save your documents as quickly as possible. You can even let it automatically guess the document title.


The online help system explains the advanced actions

For example the fake duplex functionality, which can help you with double sided scans on a scanner without a duplex unit.


Feel free to send your questions to pdfscanner@planbnet.org