New Browser Tool Lets You Copy Text from Images

Project Naptha is a new plug-in for the Chrome browser that lets you do text recognition (OCR) of online images (e.g., photos of documents) and then cut and paste directly from the image in the webpage.  That means no more save-image-as + import-photo-into-Word + save-as-PDF + OCR + copy-paste-into-your-document OR the old standby: transcribe.

That means you can copy the title or legend from a chart and diagrams or a quote on an inspirational Upworthy poster! Life is good. Should even work on old books in the Google books archive.

Anastasia Salter writes about it in the ProfHacker column (28 April) at

Author: Dan Ryan

I'm currently an Academic Program Director at I've been a professor at University of Toronto, University of Southern California, and Mills College teaching things like human centered design, computational thinking, modeling for policy sciences, and social theory. I'm driven by the desire to figure out how to teach twice as many twice as well twice as easily.

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