What's New

Version 1.2

Build 254 (1.2)

Version 1.2 adds the ability to disable running the Mac spell-checker. If you are running on text that isn't in the same language as your Mac, or is mainly numbers and letter patterns, it should improve the output.

Version 1.1

Build 243

This is a maintenance release fixing a problem where very short words could crash the PDF writing.

Build 242

This is a maintenance release fixing 2 problems

  • Fix a problem where we failed to write PDF files if OCRopus reported that the line had negative coordinates.
  • Fix a problem where some text causes a failure in RubyCocoa. In this case we now write XXX's - its not pretty, but at least we write something.

Build 234

This maintenance release improves the PDF rendering so that when you select text from PDFs in Snow Leopard, the wordsaren'truntogether. We now try to match the text height and width by playing with different fonts, sizes and kerning.

Build 229

This is a maintenance release repairing the damage done by build 227 (sigh)

  • Fix spill chequer initialisation fails on Leopard

Build 227

This is a maintenance release fixing 2 problems

  • Fix a problem with Snow Leopard not liking our bundled RubyCocoa framework on some machines
  • Fix a problem where we couldn't read text from PDF files without an explicit white background

Build 222


WARNING This is the first release of VelOCRaptor that will remind you if you haven't licensed it.

Basically, cashflow is the way that we can tell if this is a viable business, but we know that unless we're reminded, almost everyone continues to use software without paying for it. If you haven't registered the software, after 7 days it will display a dialog when you run, asking you to register. The 'Postpone' button will give you an additional 7 days, and if you really don't want to pay, you just have to use that every week, forever. Alternatively don't accept this update, and carry on using the current version.


Renamed the preferences file to com.velOCRaptor.VelOCRaptor.plist This will, once only, loose your last browsed folder for open and save, and may result in transient software update prompts.

Build 218 (1.1)

Version 1.1 gives Snow Leopard compatibility, some other bug fixes, and a bonus Automator action.

  • Fix a bug where Snow Leopard got very confused about which file we saving.
  • Fix a bug with the output PDF size on 64-bit OS's.
  • Some work to tidy up files left in the /tmp directory.
  • Added an Automator action to 'Convert Image to Searchable PDF'. You'll find it under the PDF category in the Automator library.

Build 204

VelOCRaptor now distributes its own (v1.0.0) copy of the RubyCocoa framework. This should fix a problem where an AT&T 3G modem card overrides the Mac OS installed version with an out of date version that breaks VelOCRaptor.

Build 195

Fix a memory leak which causes reading to fail with out of memory errors on large PDF files.

Version 1.0

Build 191 (1.0)

Sooner or later I'm just going to have to bite the bullet, so here it is, VelOCRaptor 1.0 Enjoy.

Build 190 (1.0 Release Candidate 2)

Just in time I found and fixed a bug where the licensing doesn't work on a clean machine!

Build 188 (1.0 Release Candidate 1)

Build 188 is the first release candidate for VelOCRaptor 1.0!


If you buy a licence from the website it will now send you a licence file. We're still offering a licence in exchange for any donation, so now would be a great time take advantage of this offer. The introductory price of the application will be $29


It's not enough, but VelOCRaptor now has some proper help text.

Build 177

Licensing - we now have a licensing menu item, and a nice dialog that shows if the app is licensed, and offers to take you to the web site if not. You can'tactually buy a licence yet, but if you could, you could drop the licence file on the app, or open it in Finder, to apply the licence.

Build 174

  • Fix a bug where the window title could revert to the image name after conversion.
  • Stop the divider between the image and buttons scrolling with the image.
  • Fix a bug where the spellchecker could fail.
  • Smartened up the GUI, with smaller buttons and more texture.
  • Removed spell-checker 0/O and 1/l hack.

Build 169

  • We now report when we can't read an image, rather than failing with an error.
  • Fix a bug where we could crash updating our Dock icon.
  • Fix a bug where the drop window showed a rotated image of the last dropped file.
  • Fix a bug where both the dropped image and the output PDF where shown in recent documents.
  • We now potentially cope with PDF rotations of 180 and 270 degrees, in addition to the 0 and 90 degrees previously.
  • Some work to the spell-checker to improve badly 0/O and 1/l confusions.

Build 167

  • Fix bug where we accept drop of GIF file, but then cannot read it. We nowhave try at converting all images to a readable format.

Build 166

  • PDF's have a rotation - who knew? Fix bug where we didn't cope with PDF's rotated by 90 degrees. We still don't cope with rotations other than 0 and 90, but that should be enough to be getting on with.

Build 165

  • Fix bug where we could fail to convert PDF's, leading to blank pages.

Build 160

  • No changes - new build just to test auto-update.

Build 159

  • Added Sparkle auto-update support.
  • Added gratuitous animation to resize the window to match the document's aspect ratio.

Build 155

  • Fix Mac OS X 10.5.7 update breaking our reading of the sample file.
  • GUI updates to make everything look a bit slicker.

VelOCRaptor (com.velocraptor.velocraptor) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of Software.com. The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is VelOCRaptor 1.2.254. The most popular version of this application used by our users is VelOCRaptor 0.8.159.

Operating System: Mac

Default Install Path: /Applications/VelOCRaptor.app

Minimum OS version: 10.5.0