By Josh Parnham
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
Aristocrat is simple utility that allows you to decode barcodes on your screen and read the text in images and scanned PDFs.
After choosing "Capture Screen..." in the Aristocrat menu bar, select an area of your screen (which can be done through a system-wide hotkey) and Aristocrat works its magic.
It then either performs Optical Character Recognition on any selected text or decodes any of the following barcode types:
- EAN-8 and EAN-13
- Code 39
- Code 93
- Code 128
- QR Code
- Data Matrix
- PDF 417
The results can then easily be copied to your pasteboard or shared from the Aristocrat menu.
What's New in Version 1.1
- Support for macOS Sierra
- Enhanced OCR recognition
Nice idea, but still needs work
For those who've tried this and don’t see the app when it’s running, just look at the top of the screen for the A icon in the system bar. Click on it or use the hot-key combination to capture the screen an/or copy. It seems to do that fine. My main complaint is the Text OCR is very inaccurate; at least it was on the PDF document I was trying to capture. I like the idea of this app but it needs work on the OCR accuracy.
If for absolutely nothing else, it's good for copying website links from App Store descriptions because we still. can't. click. them. I'm sure it depends on the source resolution of the screenshot, like others, but it works great on my retina screen.
Gets what I expect it should. Easy to use. Well worth it being free.