This handy little utility lets you use text recognition to instantly capture anything on the Mac screen. Digitizes your scans and files to create searchable PDFs. Everything is done on your Mac to ensure full privacy and performance.
Most features are free!
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Hi Product Hunters, 👋 It's my great pleasure to come back after 8 months to show you the reimagined OwlOCR for the Mac! 💡I've always wanted to build things and even become an entrepreneur and during the first pandemic lockdown I built the initial version of OwlOCR that launched earlier this year. The core problem I wanted to solve is: "there’s text on the screen you want to copy, but it cannot be copied." This happens more often than one might realize (think videos, zoom slides, scanned documents or any app where the text is not selectable). ✏️ This app lets you simply select an area on your screen and any text in that area is machine read and copied to your clipboard. 🔒 All of this happens pretty much instantaneously, on-device, so it’s fast enough even for short text snippets and completely private for any business purpose! Further than that this app offers the possibility to work directly with PDF and image files to run batch text recognition on them and export them to searchable PDF versions. ⭐️ Since the start of the year OwlOCR has gathered the love of almost 2,000 monthly active users who have rated it on average at 4.7 out of 5 stars. Can't wait to hear your feedback and I'll be here to reply to any comments!
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Fernando CordeiroBuilding pluckd.co
@frankbyte When are we Windows users getting some ❤ ? :)
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Johan EliassonCo-founder: Nhost
@frankbyte @mrcordeiro When you switch to Mac! 😅
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@frankbyte @mrcordeiro Everything about this is so native to MacOS that there is pretty much exactly zero transferrable code here for Windows.. The concept however should work in Windows just as well! The important part is that the tech stack needs to be fast enough for near instantaneous results. I think it's a great idea to work on something like this for Windows!
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@frankbyte @mrcordeiro @johan_eliasson Facts  (Seriously though I hope we get something this on Windows as well, I do use that occasionally as well and miss it there!)
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Fernando CordeiroBuilding pluckd.co
@frankbyte @johan_eliasson I can't afford one (or rather, one that's better than my current Levono) 😭
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The best OCR tool out there, period. So accurateand easy to use.
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@sue111 that’s wonderful Sue! It’s a shame this release didn’t get featured by PH and as a result visibility from this platform was very limited this time. Your comments saved my day! Thanks you! 🙏
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@frankbyte what a shame, I could not agree more, your app is superior. Good products are discovered eventually. All the best.
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Lionel SelieCustomer Champion at Zapier
Absolutely love it! I had a couple of OCR tools, but this one beats it. Def appreciate the non-subscription module, which was an instant buy for me (even though I prob don't need the pro features). Common everyone, buy this!
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@leo_at_zapier Thank you, thank you Lionel! The Pro IAP is also for supporting development so much appreciated!
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Super stuff. All the best.
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Yevhenii Peteliev
Mac Software Engineer at MacPaw Inc.
Wow! Looks very useful. Great job! I can't wait when I try it 🖤 Congratulations!
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@peteliev Thank you! I def hope you find it useful, I've personally come to rely on it! Be in touch if you miss any features that would fit in nicely!
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MobileinfoMobileinfo
Good job!
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@gulakoleksandr Thank you!
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William M. Ballance
CEO @ Lavender 💜 #1 on PH 12/15
Super useful. This has been a big pain point many times.
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@mballance Thanks William! Glad to hear you'll find it helpful, thanks for commenting!
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Caelin Sutch
UC Berkeley MET '24
Very accurate and useful, congrats on the launch!
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@caelin_sutch Thank you Caelin! The launch was a bit wonky as I left a bit disappointed earlier in the week but now quite suddenly it was featured and it's got discovered by so many people, Christmas miracle in the works :)
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Caelin Sutch
UC Berkeley MET '24
@caelin_sutch @frankbyte Yeah sometimes producthunt works weird like that, glad it all worked out in the end! Have a great holiday season Tommi, and congrats again :)
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Gabriela TruebaFounder CEO @ Womp
Love this! getting it-congrats!
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@gabriela_trueba1 Thank you Gabriela and thanks for commenting! I really really appreciate it after putting in some long nights and late hours! ❤️
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Oh wow, thanks for the love everyone, just signed in after taking some time off from online and found all this going on here, this is great!
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