TextGrabber scan and translate

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Description of App: 

TextGrabber + Translator turns your mobile device into a multifunctional mobile scanner with translation capability. It can extract text from a variety of printed sources by using the device’s camera. With TextGrabber’s quick text capturing and translation features, you can digitize printed information and translate it into your native language anywhere anytime.★★★★★ Winner of SUPERSTAR Award in the “Text Input” category in the 2012 Mobile Star Awards ★★★★★Just take a picture of the text, and you can immediately edit, voice it aloud or translate, share via e-mail and SMS, or post directly to your Facebook, Twitter or Evernote account.The application is compatible with the iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, and also works with iPad 3,4 and iPad mini (in compatibility mode)★★★★★ “The Best Image-to-Text App for iPhone”- lifehacker.com★★★★★ “The results get delivered relatively fast, which is great. A must have for students” - appadvice.com★★★★★ “Textgrabber is probably the best app which adds another function to your iPhone: a scanner”- The Irish Times★★★★★ “Simply amazing - I scanned an entire 8.5 *11 single spaced page in low light with a highly non-standard vocabulary and it recognized everything without a single typo” - TextGrabber + Translator user★★★★★ “The TextGrabber + Translator app gets 2 thumbs up from me. But only because I don't have anymore thumbs to give it. If I did, I would.” - Caroline Pointer, 4YourFamilyStory.comThanks to ABBYY’s Mobile OCR Technology, it only takes TextGrabber + Translator a few seconds to accurately recognize plain text in more than 60 languages.With TextGrabber + Translator you can scan and translate:

  • Documents
  • Receipts
  • Notes
  • Articles
  • Book fragments
  • Manuals and instructions
  • Product ingredients, etc.


  • NEW! Recognized and translated text-to-speech with VoiceOver system feature.
  • NEW! Adjusting font from small to big and sound tips for interface elements to assist visually impaired people.
  • NEW! Tips for using TextGrabber + Translator effectively
  • Accurate on-device text recognition in more than 60 languages, including English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Korean and others (an Internet connection for OCR isn’t required).
  • Instant translation from more than 40 languages (please note: an Internet connection is required)
  • Captured text can be edited or copied to the clipboard
  • Fast & convenient information sharing via Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS
  • One-tap uploading of recognition and translation results to Evernote
  • Search engine support
  • All captured texts are backed up and can be easily found anytime in the “History” folder.

OCR HINT: Please select the appropriate language (up to three at a time) before recognitionVIEW DEMO VIDEO on YouTube: http://bit.ly/textgrabberFOLLOW US on Twitter @ABBYY_MobileABBYY Mobile on Facebook: http://facebook.com/AbbyyMobileIMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE DEVELOPERSUnfortunately, we are unable to respond to your comments here. With any questions and suggestions please contact us directly at support@abbyy.com

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Accessibility Comments: 

AppleVis Editorial Team Note: Taken from the Comments below that this app is now fully accessible. If you feel that this should differ please leave your comments below.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

I've tried several OCR apps for the iPhone. Generally I have been quite disappointed and most have not worked for me at all. TextGrabber is different, it actually works for me. It is made by ABBYY who also makes the FineReader application for Windows--which is the most accurate OCR application I use. In my experience so far, it [TextGrabber] seems fairly tolerant of my bad picture taking. The tip I would suggest is to turn on the flash. That way you don't have to worry so much about lighting conditions.