Tools for Iphone: Scanning and Text Recognition

The Pocket Scanner…
Perhaps it may be something more text than just a business card for a scan of the iPhone? Certainly, not an entire book at the same time, but once and for all you need a booklet from a brochure etc. and not just a photo. The results of this little test of several apps were very surprising. In order to make the whole not so easy, there were three test templates: a product package with white writing on a black background, a colored book back with a different color font and a whole A4 page from a Mac magazine. On the go…
CamScanner Free (v1.1.1/free/3,99 Euro)
An app that just takes a photo, yes and? This can be the camera app but also. But, CamScanner can be more: After recording (or take from the photo app), the four corners of the document can be set to align it. Very helpful is a magnifying glass, which facilitates positioning. In a small animation the recording is corrected and straightened. A note can be placed for each shot. Afterwards, the scan can be sent via e-mail to Google Docs, BOX.net, Evernote, iDisk or DropBox. The local computer can directly access the recordings stored in the iPhone via WLAN sharing. These are initially only stored within the CamScanner, but can be exported from there into the photo app. The app does not provide text recognition via OCR and Google Docs (for text recognition) can not start with the photos exported to a PDF.Just leave the photos from the photo app to transfer to the computer and from there as an image file into your own Google account to load, see last section. Compared to the free version, the full version offers only the advantage that there is no advertising there.

ocrNow! Lite (v1.0/free/10.99 Euro )
The app reviews did not expect anything good, but still this was the app with the best recognition result. This is probably at the same time the biggest criticism: the photos are not analyzed locally on the iPhone via SmarterComputing, but sent to the Internet (privacy?) And processed there. The results can be sent as text, RTF or PDF by e-mail. Unfortunately, you can not open existing photos for analysis. There is a screen with options, which are limited to explanatory texts. All three tests has ocrNow! Very well graduated, with the A4 page with several columns were recorded one after the other and even the comment in a small colored bubble on the side edge still well recognized and translated into text. In so far I do not know where the many one-star ratings come. The free version is limited to the analysis of 10 pages, the full version is however quite expensive to buy them spontaneously.

Supported languages ​​for detection are: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish and Czech.

PageScanner Lite (v2.6/free/4.99 euros )
PageScanner Lite allows an offline translation, unfortunately the results are not as good as with ocrNow. Quite often you just get sign-garbage. Before the analysis, the photo can be converted into black / white and cut in order to improve the result. On the same screen, it can be stored in the app’s internal album. The shot can not be rotated, quite often it was not shown. The Lite version allows scanning and analyzing-only for everything else the full version has to be purchased. You can not copy, save or send the captured texts. With the white font on black background, PageScanner Lite was not able to bypass, with colored font on a colored background, some words were recognized, with the magazine page the text was mixed from both columns.

Perfect OCR Lite (v2.3/free/2.99 Euro)
The source material can be captured directly from the camera or an existing photo from the photo app can be selected. If the text is captured with the app, it is possible to improve the detection result with one or three manually triggered images (SureScan 3x). POCR Lite also offers an enlargement when editing the recording, making the selection easier. In the following preview, the recording can be set to give the best contrast-as a black/white, as a color, or as a photo variant. The text recognition is then carried out offline. The recognized text can be edited in the integrated editor, but can not be used any further. The copying and sending of the text only works in the full version. The photo itself can be sent by e-mail (as JPG or PDF) or transferred into the photo app.

Results: White font on black-no text detected. With the colored text on a colored background the result was better after it was converted in the preview in black/white. In the multi-column A4 page again no real success-the text of both columns was mixed and is therefore useless.

Note: The lite version is currently not available in AppStore, so the pictures are still from version 1.x.

Google Texts and Tables
Provides the ability to search for text when uploading images. To do this, you must set the checkbox “Convert text from PDF or image files to Google Docs documents” in the upload window. However, only the version with white writing on a black background was accepted.The variant with colored characters on a colored background and the multi-column A4 page were rejected. The recognition of the white text was good, even if the headings-were ignored in a different font size.

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