Copyfish OCR is a free extension for the Chrome browser and does a pretty good job.
Important Update: Please do not install this extension for the time being. The extension has been hacked and modified to install Adware on your machine. It has been reported that Google and the developers of the extension are working on a solution. We will update this section when the solution is in place. As an alternative we recommend FreeOCR.
A lot of times translators complain about getting screenshots or PDF files for translation and they are correct in being a bit upset about it since images and PDFs that contain text for translation can often not be processed by their CAT tools.
The solution for this kind of problem is OCR software. OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition and software with OCR capabilities can convert an image that represents a text into a real text so it can be translated. How successful the conversion is depends on the resolution of the image and some other factors and even if the text was converted it might have to be edited a little to be processed efficiently with a CAT software.
However, Copyfish is doing a pretty good job considering that it is completely free and it does not only capture the text but can also translate the text into a language of your choice (it is using Google Translate to do this).
How do you use Copyfish? Follow these steps:
- Install the extension and click the Copyfish icon in your Chrome browser.
- Select the area with the text (image, video, html5, ajax – Copyfish works with any input)
- Done! Copyfish extracts the text from the image, displays and translates it.