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You need to get the text out of an image or from anywhere on your screen? With picatext this is as easy as selecting a file or a screen area. So now you can get the text you need in almost no time. No need to tediously typewrite everything again.

picatext is OCR made simple. We included just the functionality you need. Nothing that might distract you. That helps focusing on the important things and saves you a lot of time.

These are the awesome features of picatext:
- get text from images
- extract text from your screen
- supports the recognition of over 40 languages
- start screen selection by shortcut
- text gets copied to clipboard automatically
- set the font of the output text

For better results take a look at the tips & tricks on

These are the supported languages:
- Arabic
- Bulgarian
- Catalan
- Cherokee
- Chinese (Simplified)
- Chinese (Traditional)
- Czech
- Danish
- Danish (Fraktur)
- Dutch
- English
- Finnish
- French
- German
- German (Fraktur)
- Greek
- Hebrew
- Hindi
- Hungarian
- Indonesian
- Italian
- Japanese
- Korean
- Latvian
- Lithuanian
- Norwegian
- Polish
- Portuguese
- Romanian
- Russian
- Serbian (Latin)
- Slovakian
- Slovenian
- Spanish
- Swedish
- Swedish (Fraktur)
- Tagalog
- Thai
- Turkish
- Ukrainian
- Vietnamese

What's New in Version 1.1

- picatext window opens when the app is started
- fixes a bug with the language selection


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Customer Reviews

Decent app for the price

I’ve been using picatext for a month now, and I’d say it’s about 90% accurate. It doesn’t do too well with pixelated text, however. I frequently have to extract text from screenshots taken on a non-retina display device without any sort of anti-aliasing, and it often makes mistakes like reading v as y, and vice versa. It also makes less logical errors, like reading an M as |v|, and it’s completely useless if italics are involved. I think if the developers included some sort of logic algorithm that checked for simple OCR mistakes (like an automatic spell check that could be enabled/disabled), it could be a fantastic app. For instance, automatically change “leyels” to “levels” I also wish there was an option to automatically remove line breaks. Nonetheless, it still saves me time, so I give it a 3/5

A total Godsend

I’ve been looking for something like this for such a long time. Is it the best OCR in the world? Probably not. But it DEFINITELy gets the job done for $4. I’ve only been using it for about 20 minutes, and it’s already saved me twice as much time as that. I do a lot of screenshotting for QA purposes, and I’m SO tired of typing out everything I screenshot. This is exactly what I’ve needed for a long time!!

Keep in mind, this doesn’t save a history at all, so you may need to download a clipboard manager or something like that. Great work, guys!

Try the screenshot feature!

I’ve tried a lot of other OCR apps incluing PDF Pen Pro. None of them compair to the screenshot feature in this app.

I just open images and PDFs in Preview and then I use Picatext to take a screenshot of the area that I need to convert to text. It’s very accurate and it saves me a ton of time.

I read other reviews about the app crashing when you use it to open files. I haven’t tried to open files with it yet. But, I don’t need to. The screenshot feature is all I use. And it hasn’t crashed on me yet.

Plus, you can’t been the price of this app. This app is worth every penny. Which is more than I can say for most of the other OCR apps I’ve paid for in the past.

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  • $3.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 134 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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