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TextGrabber + Translator: recognize, translate and save your text


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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 over 40 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" category in 2013 Mobile Star Awards
***** Winner of SUPERSTAR Award in the "Mobile Image Capture App" category in 2013 Mobile Star Awards
***** Winner of SUPERSTAR Award in the “Text Input” category in the 2012 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” -

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 from more than 40 languages (Internet connection is required)
• 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 4.3.2

• Fixed compatibility issues with iOS 7.1
• Improved crop function
• Optimized camera performance

Please leave a review if you like TextGrabber + Translator. Thank you!


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Customer Reviews

All in one OCR Scanner with....

.. Translate capability. I consider it indispensable.
Let me say that I have not used the camera feature in this app except as a test and the clarity was quite good. I generally take screenshots, then read them and either translate or pull out quotes I need to include in papers etc.. For that it has worked perfectly on my iPhone and iPad for the most part, unless the text is incredibly small or the words are underlined and then there are some negligible errors. As for translating capability, that is on Google and the user. No language is going to translate perfect, word for word into your language of choice. Some words in a culture mean just that given word and if you test out one word in Google Translate, you will see in some languages words can mean 25 different things and Google is telling you it's interpretation. It will not rearrange sentences correctly; the user has to understand structure and apply it.
I use this app everyday and it is more than worth the price, especially if you need speedy, somewhat accurate translations in order to respond in a language you both know. If anyone tries to use a translator to communicate in a language they don't know, there will be a lot of laughter at the receiving end, lol. I use the OCR ability more, however, for editing text. Trust me, a couple of errors and copy paste ability is better than me having to copy the pages, word by word.

All I want is to be able to scan Kanji with it

Unfortunately, there’s no way to turn English off. I can add Japanese as an option, but not make it the sole language. Whether this is an app limitation or an iOS limitation (because I have my iPhone set to English) I don’t know, but it seems to affect the ability of TextGrabber to recognize Kanji reliably.

Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. Interestingly, another app that uses the ABBYY scanning engine, Pocket Kanji, has no such issues and is a pretty good Kanji OCR scanner and recognition tool.

I wish I could say the same about this app, because I like the UI better. But I can’t use it for what I want to use it for.


Only problem is if the text is slanted or the page (like in a book) is curved then it starts going crazy and putting text where it shouldn't be or puts a bunch of ^ characters

TextGrabber + Translator: recognize, translate and save your text
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $14.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: May 06, 2014
  • Version: 4.3.2
  • Size: 39.5 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
  • Seller: ABBYY USA Software House Inc

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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