OCR for voice Over on Mac?

macOS & Mac Apps

Hey all.

So i was thinking about using PS4 remote play on my MacBook Air, but I am missing something.

Those of you who know windows 10 and NVDA know that when you hit NVDA plus R, you can OCR the current window with the help of the windows 10 OCR feature.

If I remember right, there once was a VO Ohr software on Mac, but I can't find it.

Can anyone point me in the right direction if that thing even exists? My mind might also be playing tricks on me, but I wanted to see if anyone knows anything.

Thanks for answers in advance :).



Submitted by Slau on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

VOCR is available on GitHub.com. Do a Google search for VOCR and GitHub and it'll probably be the first hit. Make sure to read through the instructions for installation further down the page. HTH

Submitted by PaulMartz on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

I wish Nuance OmniPage (Kurzweil's OCR software) was available on the Mac. This is one of the reasons I keep my old Win7 system around.

Submitted by James Gashel on Sunday, November 22, 2020

Does anyone use Abbyy Fine Reader on a Mac? I am wondering if you can use VO to read the recognized text, and if yes, how to do it?

Submitted by Carlos Taylor on Monday, November 23, 2020

I have Abbyy FineReader, but I use it more for recognizing inaccessible pdf files. I convert them into rtf or txt so I can open and read them in a word processor such as TextEdit. This is quite different from VOCR which recognizes what's on the computer screen. VOCR is great because you can navigate through the text and perform mouse clicks on items if necessary.

Submitted by Justin on Monday, November 23, 2020

Hi Jim,
The best way I can do it is to save the document you want to convert, open finereader OCR, and it'll ask you want you want to do. Find the convert to word item, and select it. It'll bring you into a list of documents like your used to. Select the doc you want to convert, it'll do OCR on it and convert it. Then you just have to type the file name you want.
Hope this helps you and good luck. I haven't really used finereader in a while, but usually this works for me.

Submitted by Erick on Monday, November 23, 2020

Why isn’t anyone talking about vOCR? Sigh. Anyway, vocr is a great resource if you’re interested in using in accessible applications or other things.