Capture editable text on the go
Free (IAPs) From Creaceed, creaceed.com Made for iPhone, iPad Needs iOS 10.0 or later
Prizmo Go promises optical character recognition (OCR) on the go. Take a picture of a page and it translates any text it sees into editable characters.
Typed text recognition was excellent in our tests. Although it made the occasional slip-up if the page was glossy and had a reflection, it was spot on in even illumination. We compared it directly to Prizmo ($9.99) and the results were almost identical.
You’re limited in what you can do with the captured text without an In App Purchase, but $3.99 lets you export more than the first few words and also gives you ten credits for cloud OCR, which increases the number of recognized languages from 23 to 26. If you’re using Prizmo Go as a research tool, it’s well worth it. Other options include 1,000 or 100 cloud OCR credits for $4.99 or 99 cents respectively, or there are subscription plans also available (from 99 cents to $7.99).
The big news in this release is handwriting recognition, which requires one cloud credit per scan. It didn’t do well in our tests. We tried a variety of different people’s handwriting, all in English. Some, it got partially correct but it thought one was Arabic and another was Chinese, the latter of which it translated into just three characters. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell it that it’s made a mistake before it cashes one of your credits. the bottom line. Great typewritten OCR, but handwriting recognition was poor.
Aim it at typewritten text and Prizmo Go produces accurate, editable results.