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Text Detective is a fully accessible app that reads text from the camera in your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad within seconds. Point the camera and sort through mail, read menus, cards, product packages, medication labels, and all kinds of other print around you.

***** Great for reading text on the fly!

The text can easily be read, edited, copied and pasted into documents, emails or other apps. It even keeps the text in a history for future use.

Text Detective works best with the clean and crisp text you find in documents, and at a distance of about the length of a forearm. You can use it wherever you go - no need for network coverage – it even works on the plane.

The app is optimized for iPhone 4S or 5, but can be used with iPhone 4 and iPod touch. If you want to use Text Detective on an iPad, please be aware that the camera position is different to the one on the iPhone / iPod, which might require additional training and practice to align the camera lens and align the text.

The creation of this product was supported in part by SBIR grants from the National Institutes of Health (grants no. EY011821 and EY020707).

Text Detective by Blindsight is covered by U.S. Patent No. 7,817,855, and pending US and international patents.

What's New in Version 1.5.1

Updates for iOS7.

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Customer Reviews

Good app!

This app has great possibilities! It's great for picking up contact information or other small pieces of text to convert to readable text. It's lightning fast, probably the fastest I've ever seen!

In a few tests that I did, it performed pretty well, for the most part. There were a couple of problems:

1. If there are multiple columns of text, such as in a newspaper, the app grabs text from those columns and intermingles them. There is no way to make the app select only one column. It appears that a cropping capability was left out of the app for the sake of speed.
2. When scanning a list of items, it jumbled up the results, so the list was completely out of order. This should be an easy fix.

I hope they address these problems. If they do, I think it will be a killer app!

Not quite there

This app is really cool. The concept is great, and it has the potential to be an extremely helpful tool,
however it has some bugs.

I've tried scanning a page of text multiple times, and when it comes time to convert the picture into text on my phone it only captures about 1/3 of the content and even misspells some words. It's a great idea but it's not really functional until this bug is worked out.

It's not working as I expected

I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. I've read everything I could on TextDetective. All of the help files. And I still cannot get this app to read more than gibberish. I have tried different lighting and everything. I have even kept this app to see if there would be a better update better optical character recognition. Unfortunately, I am still on my quest to find a portable OCR app. As I said, I try holding it still, I've tried different lighting, I don't know what else I can do except delete this app.

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  • Free
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.5.1
  • Size: 20.9 MB
  • Languages: English, German
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).

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