Language Selection

When Nuance PDF Professional performs conversions, it can handle over one hundred languages that use the Latin, Greek and Russian alphabets. When converting pages with a text layer, the language selection is not usually so important. It makes a real difference when you have requested OCR to run: to handle image-only pages or text with non-standard encoding.


Here is a full list of the supported languages. Those with dictionary support are shown in bold:

Afrikaans, Albanian, Aymara, Basque, Bemba, Blackfoot, Breton, Bugotu, Bulgarian, Byelorussian, Catalan, Chamorro, Chechen, Corsican, Croatian, Crow, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Gaelic (Irish), Gaelic (Scottish), Galician, Ganda, German, Greek, Guarani, Hani, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Indonesian, Interlingua, Inuit, Italian, Kabardian, Kasub, Kawa, Kikuyu, Kongo, Kpelle, Kurdish, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luba, Luxembourgian, Malagasy, Malay, Malinke, Maltese, Maori, Mayan, Miao, Minankabaw, Mohawk, Moldavian, Nahuatl, Norwegian, Nyanja, Occidental, Ojibway, Papiamento, Pidgin English, Polish, Portuguese (Standard), Portuguese (Brazilian), Provencal, Quechua, Rhaetic, Romanian, Romany, Ruanda, Rundi, Russian, Sami, Sami Lule, Sami Northern, Sami Southern, Samoan, Sardinian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Shona, Sioux, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Sorbian (Wend), Sotho, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swazi, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tongan, Tswana, Tun, Turkish, Ukrainian, Visayan, Welsh, Wolof, Xhosa, Zapotec and Zulu.

To achieve the best OCR accuracy, select only the languages your document contains. Multiple language selection is allowed.

  • Click the PDF Converter ocr settings Language Selection OCR Settings button to display the OCR Settings dialog box where you can make a selection.

  • The Automatic language detection option is designed for un-attended processing. It analyses the content of each source document and assigns one language to each document, choosing from those that appear in bold in the list above. When automatic detection is set, no other language choice is possible.


The Automatic language detection option is not designed to identify and separate different languages within a single document. The program is able to do this: manually select all the languages known to be in the document and all text in the document will be assigned to one of these languages, based on an internal detection facility.


Language Selection