How to use advanced OCR in a portable installation?

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How to use advanced OCR in a portable installation?

Post by Puffolino » Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:17 am

I am using the PDF XChange Editor on a memory stick which is absolutely cool as I need to wotk on many different PC's day by day. To make an installed version portable, I just copy all files and directories to an USB stick, add a portable.dat file, uninstall the program and be happy...
...until the update because the new OCR feature won't work anymore.

How to get the advanced OCR function within portable mode?

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Re: How to use advanced OCR in a portable installation?

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:28 am

Hello Puffolino,

The new Enhanced OCR we included with V9 does require the activation process, and as such this effectively means that it can not work in portable mode.

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Re: How to use advanced OCR in a portable installation?

Post by Puffolino » Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:11 pm

Hello Stefan,

wouldn't have a problem to repeat the activation when needed as I don't use the editor very often when I work on another PC. But one thing is strange anyway as it seems that the enhanced OCR is available in the PDF Tools (hopefully this behaviour will not be changed for the next update :roll: ).

Actually, I am using the PDF Change/Tools programs portable only because my hard disk space tends to zero. Using the XChange programs on a USB 3.0 memory stick works quit good (except the OCR thing :lol: ).

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Re: How to use advanced OCR in a portable installation?

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:46 pm

Hi, Puffolino

PDF-Tools is not available as a portable app, so you most certainly do have that one installed, which explains why the EOCR is working in it.

As for possible changes to the portable, I cannot make any promises (and honestly I do not forsee it being approved, so please do not get your hopes up), but I have prompted a discussion to see what options might be available at this stage.

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Re: How to use advanced OCR in a portable installation?

Post by Puffolino » Thu Mar 04, 2021 2:25 pm

Hi Daniel,

whatever I do, you and the rest of your team do a much better job than I expect (most of the time) :wink:

Just some informations about the "portable" installation - did only one installation of the PDF XChange (enhanced OCR works then) and uninstalled it (OCR doesn't work anymore).

Since that I only copy all files (from the msi files) instead of installing them when possible (otherwise Windows would create a new printer device of the standard printer each time an update is done, I'd get tons of language files and so on). Copying the files speeds up the update process, all I need to keep in mind, that some folders need to be copied into the 'Common' directory...

Concerning the OCR capabilities: my 'PDF Tools.exe' (enhanced OCR available) is in the same directory as 'PDF XChange Editor.exe' (no enhanced OCR available), using the same dll files and so on.

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Re: How to use advanced OCR in a portable installation?

Post by Puffolino » Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:16 pm

Ouch, not that good.
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I am a single user who works with a single (portable) installation. I do run the program from a memory stick because my own notebook is an oldtimer which is not very fast. So when OCR is needed, I try to get a powerful PC on my workplace to do this time consuming jobs much faster then.

Need to read the manuals, maybe something like unvalidating the license could be done to allow validating on another PC.

Beside this I do not understand the different behaviour of the Editor and the Tools programs (activated for the Tools but not for the Editor?).
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Re: How to use advanced OCR in a portable installation?

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:16 pm

Hi, Puffolino

Regarding the activation limit, you can manage this from your account page, by clicking the "activation list" and removing old devices, though do be careful with this, a single user license is only entitled to use on a single Desktop and a single laptop/tablet. If more than that are detected, or repeated changes to the activation status are noticed, our system may block you from activating at all.

As for the difference between the portable and tools, like I mentioned, it is not possible for tools to be running truly "portable", and if you have found a way to "finagle" this into working, it is not intended, supported, or advised as there can be issues which arise from doing so (otherwise we would obviously offer it ourselves). As such, the difference you are seeing is because the portable version of the editor cannot be "activated" it does not have an activation mechanism, and it is not necessary, as it cannot use the EOCR, period. Tools on the other hand, does require activation, as it is ONLY an installed app and can make use of the EOCR.

Please, I need to ask that you do not dismantle our installers and manually move the files, there are a number of tasks that those installers do, many of which are required for the software to be fully functional, and some will not be obvious (or possible) for you to do simply by dragging and dropping. I understand that size is an issue, but frankly, you cannot expect the software to work properly if you will not use the tools we have provided to set it up. If your drives are that full, maybe it is time for an upgrade.

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