This Screen Capture Tool Handles OCR Too.


Easy Screen OCRThere are lots of great freeware programs around that capture all or part of your screen. I happen to use one called Greenshot, and just about every screen capture that you've seen in my Hot Find posts over the past few years were produced with it.

But here's another screen capture tool which has a neat trick up its sleeve. If you grab an image that contains text, the tool will automatically submit the captured area to Google's free OCR service, and attempt to extract the actual text for you. So you end up with both a picture and some editable text.

Very handy if, say, you see an image of a page from a newspaper and you want to extract the text. The program is called Easy Screen OCR and you'll find it at It's a 7 MB download. The file is malware-free according to VirusTotal, and the download site is rated as reputable by Web of Trust.








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Whilst attempting to download the portable version, 360 Total Security detected a Trojan (HEUR/QVM03.0.9DDB.Malware.Gen)

BEWARE Looked forward to using this. However, Norton blocked my opening it due to a virus.

This is totally malware free. They even provide a link to the VirusTotal report on the download page. We constantly get these comments from users who do not know how to use their antivirus software properly or are unaware of why certain files are flagged as malicious when they are not (false positives) . In order to get any benefit from security software it is necessary to read the user instructions first and then configure the settings appropriately. MC - Site Manager.

I use the XSane app which has OCR built in to the scanner driver. It connects to old scanners that won't work on newer Windows.

I use Lightshot for my screenshots and have no complaints with it. I don't need anything fancy but do need something I can understand how to use. Even have it on my desktop to take shots if needed.

And good to see the OCR even misspelled "brain" in the headline just like the original.

I guess from the screenshot, the program does not handle columns of text very well, nor does it correct typos / spelling mistakes in the original ;-) Thanks for the heads-up on this... I'll try it out and see what it can do.

Good one, however I'm with you on Greenshot. Been with it since it's beginning, still like it.

Excellent and practical find! Thank you.