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TextGrabber + Translator: OCR recognize, translate and save editable text from any printed material


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TextGrabber + Translator easily and quickly scans, translates and saves your chosen text from virtually any printed material.
Simply take a picture of the text and immediately edit, hear it spoken aloud via VoiceOver, translate* it into 90 languages, send your text by SMS or e-mail, or share it quickly on Facebook, Twitter or Evernote.

***** Winner of SUPERSTAR Award in the "Mobile Productivity App", "Mobile Image Capture App" and “Text Input” categories in Mobile Star Awards
“Textgrabber is probably the best app which adds another function to your iPhone: a scanner”- The Irish Times
“The results get delivered relatively fast, which is great. A must have for students” -
“The Best Image-to-Text App for iPhone” -
With ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator you can save and translate any printed text you need with a tap of your screen:
• Receipts
• Travel documents
• Notes
• Magazine articles
• Book fragments
• Manuals and instructions
• Recipe ingredients, etc.
• Easy and accurate text-capture from printed sources, such as books, magazines, ads, timetables, etc.
• Accurate on-device text recognition for more than 60 languages, including German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, English, Chinese, Korean and others
• Instant translation into 90 languages (Internet connection is required, separate in-app purchase)
• Powerful text-to-speech capability with the VoiceOver system feature
• Adjustable font sizes and audio prompts to assist visually impaired people
• Fast and convenient sharing via Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, email or SMS
• All extracted text is automatically backed up and can be easily found in the “History” folder

The application is partially compatible with the iPad 2 and iPod Touch 4 Gen (uploading images from photo album is only available).
OCR HINT: Please select the appropriate language (up to three at a time) before recognition


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What's New in Version 5.1

More Apple iOS 9 features in this release:

+ SPOTLIGHT SEARCH. You can find recognized texts in TextGrabber directly from your iPhone or iPad home screen using Spotlight search.
Earlier, we added support for Multitasking on iPads and 3D Touch on iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s plus phones.

We also updated the OCR libraries to improve the quality of optical recognition.

Your positive feedback in the App Store would be the best New Year present for our product team.


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Customer Reviews


This was an awesome non-in-app purchase app. Unfortunately Abby has chosen to ride on the success of the app and as a result made the app a complete disappointment. The app clearly stated and still states that it is a TextGrabber and translator... However since a recent update the app's ability to translate has been disabled, for Abby to generate additional income. Now an in-app purchase of $1.99 is required to translate documents despite same being included in the initial app purchase. It is probably a good approach if you are of the view that a customer won't even notice and want to take advantage thereof... NOT! I seems a notice does in fact pop up had you purchase the app until July 2015, which has been the case with me, confirming that you can simply restore the purchase to enable translation of all languages. Once I do this it is stated that there is nothing to restore. Hence money makes the world go round, it does not state whether you are entitled or deserve said money! This is pathetic and need to be addressed by Abby! Until then I will no longer support Abby apps!

Helps with paperwork

This is a great tool for quickly and efficiently compiling information from faxes and other printed reports into our digital program. My only complaint is that text wrapping is an issue - the end of the line of scanned text is perceived as a new line in the converted text, requiring some editing. However, this is a minor inconvenience, far outweighed by the benefits of this tool. I would recommend this app to others.

Great to copy recipes !

I have went through and wasted money for other apps because I hate to type. I needed to down size my cookbook collection. Finally I can take a picture of a recipe , high lite , copy , cut and paste to my favorite recipe app !! Thank you ! !

TextGrabber + Translator: OCR recognize, translate and save editable text from any printed material
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.1
  • Size: 75.2 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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