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By softwareinmotion

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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

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!

Crashed and won't run

First time out, I pasted some text into it - perhaps 200 words - and then it crashed and now will not launch again. I am running 10.8.5 on a MacBook Pro. I am bummed.

Good, even with older Spanish PDFs

I rarely review programs, but this program seems to be getting a bad rap. I needed a cheap program (not $500 or $170 or even $80) that could help me select small text excerpts from older (1930s) Spanish publications. These publications have tricky typesettings and often feature Latin. Picatext doesn't catch the Latin, but the interface is easy, no crashes so far, and the Spanish OCR is FANTASTIC - I'd say 95% accuracy. This is not the type of program that can chug 1000 pages at 99.99% accuracy, granted, but for excerpts that can be carefully read over, it's ideal. This was only $3.99 but will probably save me from MONTHS of tedium while I write my dissertation.

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  • $3.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Dec 10, 2013
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 134 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: softwareinmotion GmbH

Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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