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Is there any way to Speed up OCRing in Acrobat Pro DC?

New Here ,
Feb 18, 2022 Feb 18, 2022

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I finally upgraded to Acrobat Pro DC after keepinf Acrobat X Pro. Now I really wish that I hadnt. The OCR speed is ridculously slow compared to Acrobat Pro X. Is there any way to improve the speed of OCRing with this newest version as It is seriously affecting workflow. 

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Feb 18, 2022 Feb 18, 2022

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I can't say for sure but are you comparing apples to apples? By that I mean is the type of document scanned the same? Is the resolution the same? Is the quality of the scan the same? Is your computer the same? Is the OS of the computer the same?

 

I could go on but you get the idea. FWIW, I found no difference between the speed of Acrobat 9, X, XI, and DC. But in each case, my parameters of the thing being OCRed was the same.

 

Did you have differences from before versus now?

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Feb 18, 2022 Feb 18, 2022

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Exact Same computer, operating system, and quality of scanned files (digitized microfiche). Got a subcription for DC last week, and uninstalled Pro X two days ago. I Was getting around 1 page every 2 seconds with Acrobat Pro X, and around 4 seconds per page on Pro DC. with around 750,000 pages per box, and 90+ boxes to process the difference is very noticable. 

 

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Feb 18, 2022 Feb 18, 2022

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Acrobat is not really suited for this kind of volume. I recommend you look for an alternative, like ABBYY FineReader. And no, you can't make Acrobat go faster...

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Feb 18, 2022 Feb 18, 2022

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So what you're saying is I am paying more for a less effective program. As we have used various Pro Versions of Acrobat for OCRing since 1994, and this latest money grab (subscription vs owning the program) reduces efficacy substantially. Got it. 

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Feb 18, 2022 Feb 18, 2022

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Unfortunately, that seems to be the case. Acrobat DC is better in some ways than earlier version, but not when it comes to batch processing. This has nothing to do with the licensing model, though. You would have had the same issues if you had the current perpetual-license version of Acrobat (2020).

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Mar 12, 2024 Mar 12, 2024

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does it make a difference between Pro and Standard if you are using Pro 10 version..........I wouldn't think so.......... and does anyone know any other software that might be faster even than ABBY? Thanks.

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Mar 12, 2024 Mar 12, 2024

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Acrobat has NEVER been a speed demon when OCRing. When I had lots and lots of OCRing to do, I'd set it up to do it in bulk and go to lunch. Later, I'd set it up to do it in bulk, and go home.

 

The one big advantage of Acrobat is that the resultant file size is smaller than with other programs.

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