Picatext OCRs Your Mac Screenshots

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Picatext is a Mac app that performs OCR on your screenshots. That’s it, but as you’ll see, “that” is pretty damn handy.

The app sits up in your menu bar and lets you snap shots of on-screen text using keyboard shortcuts, or to load in a file. It then uses its magical brain to extract text in any of more than 40 languages before copying it to your clipboard.

And that’s about it. Simple, and easy. What might you use this for? Well, you’d be surprised how many product descriptions are put on websites in the form of JPGs. Now I won’t need to copy-type out the descriptions myself. But that’s enough about me. Let’s talk about you. You could quickly extract text from that annoying, locked PDF. Or even take screenshots on your iPhone and grab the editable text from them on your Mac (great for those annoying newsstand publications that disable copying.

And Picatext costs just $4, making it an almost essential utility to keep around for when you need it. Available now.

  • vickhun

    Enmmmmmmm~~~~ My original app is enolsoft PDF converter with OCR and it’s very useful. And I’d like to try the new one.

  • vlb

    I’ve been using it to extract the text from alert messages that aren;t otherwise select/copyable.

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