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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!

Excellent for short texts

I’ve used Picatext and Adobe Acrobat OCR with German, French, and Ancient Greek, and I think Picatext is more accurate. It can’t do more than a page at a time, so it’s only convenient for shorter texts. It seems to have trouble with numbers. Otherwise, if you read a lot of pdfs and want to copy and paste text from them, I’d highly recommend paying the $4 bucks for this great little program!

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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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