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TextGrabber - image to text app: copy recipe from a cookbook, scan QR code, capture text on photo and send to translator


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ABBYY TextGrabber easily and quickly scans, translates and saves your chosen text or QR-codes from virtually any printed material.
Simply take a picture of the text on 60+ languages or QR-codes 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.
Translation is available as a separate in-app purchase.

***** 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 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 or QR-codes capture from printed sources, such as books, magazines, ads, timetables, etc.
• Accurate on-device text recognition for 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 5.3.4

This interim release includes small improvements of OCR quality. Recently we added other cool features:
+TUTORIAL. The app now opens to introductory screens that help you learn about the functions and use them to the fullest.
+CHOOSE LANGUAGE FOR RECOGNITION. Now you can choose the language of the text not only when taking a picture, but also while cropping the captured image.
+ QR CODES. Now TextGrabber can recognize QR codes as well as text fragments in 60 languages. If a QR code contains a phone number, an e-mail address or a URL, you can immediately tap them to make a phone call, create an e-mail message or open the web page. All of the items grabbed from the QR code will be saved to History.
+ TAKE SNAPSHOTS WITH VOLUME UP/DOWN. Now you can take photos by pressing the Volume button on your device or headphones, as well as by tapping the camera button or just anywhere on the screen.

We are anxious to hear what you think of the new features! Please don’t be shy to share your feedback on TextGrabber pate in the App Store!


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Customer Reviews

Fantastic Tool

I downloaded this app thinking that there was a chance it might work as advertised, and that it probably would only work well online, regardless of the developers claims of offline use. WOW! FINALLY I found an app that can digitize printed text flawlessly, online or off! It works very quickly too, and its always takes less than a second to scan and grab the text, where other apps can take forever to do it, with MUCH less accuracy! This is a fantastic tool for those who have to write long essays with many long quotes.

Great Tool

I have been in Germany for the last few years. This application has been extremely useful. I have been able to translate everything written communication I get in German into English. The application if not perfect but it does the trick. I can't read menu's, adds, shopping information, food labels and many other things on the spot. There is still room for improvement but I better deal with the 10% opportunity than with 100% ignorance. Bottom line, it is worth having.

Lacking, fails to detect

Maybe this works better with grabbing text from languages that use Roman letters and numerals, but it won't recognize any East Asian language I've tried.

I've tried it with images I've taken, with screenshots, and with images that even Google Translate's app will grab, but it just...lacks the ability to detect languages it offers.
Gave it 2 stars instead of one because it did recognize at least part of an image once, but only the once.
I tried the same image it partially grabbed a second time, a few days later, but it said it didn't detect any language when specified or not.

TextGrabber - image to text app: copy recipe from a cookbook, scan QR code, capture text on photo and send to translator
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.3.4
  • Size: 81.0 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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