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Apps that promise to help you snag pictures of real-life documents aren't new, and we've checked out several in the past. Typically, the apps tend to scan a document and convert the image into a PDF, which is useful if you're planning on reading the document digitally. However, if you're looking to edit the text you're reading, you're out of luck. That is, until we checked out TextGrabber + Translator, by ABBYY.
From the makers of PDFpen for Mac and iOS comes the newly-updated PDFpen Scan+ which is a way to quickly photograph documents and turn the text into something you can then copy out, email, or reuse anywhere else. The new version now automatically crops photographs, so you don't end up with hundreds of shots of the edge of your desk. It also increases the speed of scanning thanks to new automated features.
On Wednesday, Microsoft updated its OneNote note-taking program for the Mac to include support for scanning and OCR of documents. The new 15.7.1 also includes to user-requested features -- the ability to close (rather than quit) the application's window using the standard Mac convention, and the ability to hide author initials in shared notebooks from the View tab.
StepPolyArp, a MIDI arpeggiator app for iPad, has received an update, bringing the latest version to 2.3. Allowing users to control MIDI instruments, a variety of sequencers and other virtual instruments, StepPolyArp can automatically generate melodic patterns from notes or chords played in real time. The update features 64-bit support, as well as the addition of start/stop following mode from its external sequencer. Available for iPads running iOS 5.1.1 or later, StepPolyArp is priced at $12.
Optical character recognition purveyor IRIS has launched its next-generation IRIScan Book 3 and the IRIScan Book 3 Executive. These portable scanning solutions are battery‐powered, enabling mobile users to easily capture paper documents, receipts, photos and more without the use of a computer.
OCR developer IRIS has announced the availability of the IRIScan Mouse, an all-in-one mouse scanner with OCR technology. The USB 2.0 device, when coupled with the software, seamlessly stitches the image together in real time. The stitched image is then evaluated, and any discovered text is converted into editable documents for use with standard word-processing applications.
ExactCode, makers of the ExactScan Pro OCR program for Mac, have updated its tools for turning graphic files and PDFs in to searchable PDFs using OCR, OCRKit. The program comes in two versions: one for Mac and a mobile version. It uses the same engine as ExactScan to improve OCR recognition and accuracy in two dozen different languages, allowing users to photograph or import documents and output searchable, copy-pasteable text for e-mail, word processing and other functions.
ExactCODE has released OCRKit, a utility that converts images into searchable PDF files. The software uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to extract text from graphics files in formats such as PDF, TIFF, JPEG, BMP, and PNM, among others. Users can convert items by dragging files directly onto the OCRKit application icon.
Creaceed has introduced the latest version of its Mac scanning software for users with digital cameras, Prizmo 1.1. The update features the integration of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, developed by ExperExchange Inc. The added OCR technology supports up to 10 different languages including English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Swedish. In order to use the new function simply select part of a photograph, choose the text language, then just set the binarization level and decide on which file type for saving the OCR results.
ExactCODE GmbH has released ExactScan 2 Pro, adding a professional version of its ExactScan 2 software for scanning or converting documents to PDF files. ExactScan's professional version adds optical character recognition (OCR) and barcode scanning, and can produce searchable PDF files, in addition to standard PDF and Tiff files. The pro version can also handle multi-page PDFs. The latest version of both pro and standard ExactScan, v2.7, can autoscan on paper placement, automatically crops on flatbed source and realigns paper sizes on source changes.
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