I am looking for software that helps me to transcribe scanned documents. I am aware of two solutions, GenScriber (Windows, Linux) and Transcript (Windows). Is there something like that for Mac OS X? It should offer a split screen view (source and input area), basic image manipulating options (e.g. for enhanced contrast and rotating), and CSV export.


There aren't any that are native to the Mac. But there are a couple of online ones that may work for you.

Scripto is a free open source tool written in PHP for enabling community transcription of document and multimedia files. It runs under WordPress, Drupal or Omeka (3 content management systems).

FromThePage An free open source online tool written in Ruby that allows volunteers to collaborate to transcribe handwritten documents.

Both have development areas at github. I believe they both have split screen views. I can't tell you about the other options.

The other thing you can do is use a Windows emulator on your Mac, and then run GenScriber or Transcript. For example check out CrossOver, Parallels, Guest PC or VMware Fusion. All are relatively inexpensive.

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    Also there is Oracle's Virtual Box which is free which does the same thing as Parallels etc mentioned by +lkessler
    – Colin
    Nov 21 '13 at 8:32
  • There is now PlayOnMac available as an emulator on the Mac, it is free and very easy to use and both Transcript and Genscriber work fine with it under Mac Sierra and Mac High Sierra. Les has dropped the Wine wrapper version of Genscriber but it still works if you run it in any of the Wine apps.
    – Colin
    Nov 4 '17 at 7:55

I can provide you with a GenScriber version that will run in X11.

If you want to give it a try, I would be willing to make any adjustments needed to ensure success.

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    Welcome to genealogy.SE! I assume you are the author of Genscriber? Thank you for joining this this discussion. I am sure that a version that works on a Mac will be of great benefit for genealogists using this platform.
    – lejonet
    Nov 22 '13 at 18:38
  • Hi Les Hardy, has it been a successful endeavour to port your software for Mac OS X?
    – lejonet
    Aug 3 '14 at 20:54
  • A wine wrapped version of GenScriber is available now.
    – lejonet
    Apr 1 '15 at 17:37

Transkribus (introductory video) consists of a desktop application (Linux/Mac/Windows) and some cloud services. It includes advanced tools like handwriting and structure recognition and is available for free (it is funded by research grants from the European Union).

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