Prizmo Go

Cap­ture ed­itable text on the go

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Nik Rawl­in­son

Free (IAPs) From Creaceed, 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.

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