There are many applications for macOS 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.

PDFScanner has native Apple Silicon (M1) support from day 1!

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  • 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  macOS 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 macOS from Mojave to Big Sur and is only available on the Mac App Store.


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