By Thomas Johannesmeyer
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Condense 1.6 released! Featuring "Text to Speech" and other improvements.
For a little video demo check out: www.condenseapp.com
Typing out has come to an end. Say ‚Hello‘ to Condense. Your easy to use optical character recognition (OCR) application.
Imagine one of the following scenarios:
You’re writing an essay for University and you’ve to quote from a PDF, an EBook or one of your professor’s presentations? That’s a huge amount of text to extract… Loading whole PDFs into your OCR software and cutting out the parts you want is oftentimes more time lost than won.
You are watching a tutorial video on the web which contains several lines of programming code. You can’t find a link to the given example anywhere. What do you do? Retype all those lines?
Now you can do better:
Condense is featuring:
A 3-Step Workflow:
1. Press shortcut
2. Drag area around your text
3. Paste text
• Beautiful Custom UserInterface
• ~35 supported language settings
• almost invisible MenuBar Mode
• Archive containing the last batch of 5 scans which enables you to scan multiple quotes at the same time
• QuickFix technology to fix mistakes fast and efficient
• Preview Window
• Text to Speech
• Fast rescan with improved contrast
• Remove linebreaks automatically
What's New in Version 1.61
- Bugfix regarding 10.8 compatibility
Used Daily (Never Though I Would)
This app does one very cool thing: It snips anything on your screen and turns it into text that you can paste into another document. The OCR is pretty good, but you have to proofread carefully. I use this all the time for legal work when I receive a PDF that I need to extract a small part of to use elsewhere. I use it almost every day, but I only bought it because it was on sale. I own Adobe Acrobat and could OCR the entire document, but I don’t need all of that. (And Adobe’s OCR is worse and it crashes frequently.) I really never thought Condense would be this useful, but it is. I gave it 4 stars because the OCR makes some error each time I capture something. The directions say to zoom in and make the words bigger before clipping to improve OCR. I should try that more often. Watch Apple make this ability part of Preview some day (if the get the rest of Preview 8.0 working first).
Extremely valuable app, only one of its kind
There is not way ordinarily to clip something from an app that does not let you select text (I’m thinking of iTunes and the Mac App Store, but there are others). For example, if an app description contains link to the developer’s site, you have to retype the link into your browser; you cannot just select it and paste it into the address bar. Condense fixes all this. With Condense, you can select any image and convert the characters in it to editable (and paste-able) text. Super useful when it is needed.
I have used plenty of OCR software, mainly those shipped with scanners, but this software provided a more accurate interpretation and made it easy to paste and include pieces of the scanned document into my document. With the default settings, I was able to select and copy black (English) text from salmon-colored paper with minimal corrections.