moderated Re: Jaws and OCR?

Debby Hill

Hi All,


Just to make sure everyone is on the same page:


Acrobat DC is the free version to read PDF files. It cannot do ocr on a file. If are using it and you get the “empty document) message you will need to use JAWS Convenient OCR. (If you decide to download Acrobat DC, be careful to uncheck the various boxes so that you don’t download something that you don’t want.)


Acrobat Pro is a paid version that can do ocr. It has been almost 6 years since I used it, so I can’t precisely remember how to get it to do OCR on an “empty document,” but it seems that it was pretty automatic.


You can use JAWS Convenient OCR on a file in file explorer or your documents without opening the file. Just use the application key or shift F10 and arrow down the list to find it. I think this will probably work whether or not you have Acrobat DC or Acrobat Pro on your machine, but I am not completely sure.


I hope that helps a bit.


Happy New Year!




From: <> On Behalf Of Steve Nutt
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2022 9:11 AM
Subject: Re: Jaws and OCR?


Yes, you will need Acrobat to open the file initially.


All the best




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From: <> On Behalf Of Claudia
Sent: 04 January 2022 18:56
Subject: Jaws and OCR?


Hi All,


At work, I have Jaws 2020 with Windows 10, I believe.

I have Adobe Acrobat Pro.

When I open PDF documents from the data bases we use, sometimes, I’m told that the document is empty. I am then asked if I want Jaws to use OCR for recognition.

I of course say yes, and things work beautifully.


How can I get this to work at home?

I have Jaws 2020 and Windows 10 but I don’t have Adobe Acrobat.

Will I need this to use Jaw’s OCR capabilities?





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