Transcript of SCOM0658

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[00:00:04.514] - [Don] Hi, this is Don McAllister,
[00:00:05.814] and welcome to another ScreenCastsOnline weekly tip video.
[00:00:10.028] I find I use copy and paste an awful lot in Mac OS,
[00:00:13.392] and while it's great to be able to select text
[00:00:15.727] from the majority of apps,
[00:00:16.991] there are instances where it's not selectable.
[00:00:19.583] This week's tip is all about in inexpensive utility
[00:00:22.010] from the Mac App Store that turns pretty much everything
[00:00:24.574] on your Mac in selectable text, even images.
[00:00:28.140] The utility is called Picatext.
[00:00:30.752] So this is Picatext across over on the Mac App Store,
[00:00:34.363] I'm actually gonna use the Mac App Store as an example
[00:00:36.348] as to what I mean by not being able to select text.
[00:00:39.448] So let's say I wanted to actually use
[00:00:41.259] this opening paragraph describing Picatext
[00:00:43.565] in a review I was doing.
[00:00:45.182] But if I try and select the screen,
[00:00:47.099] this is un-selectable text.
[00:00:49.373] So all I need to do with Picatext installed,
[00:00:51.312] I just bring up the Picatext window
[00:00:53.702] and then I can just click on this button here.
[00:00:55.815] Gives me a cursor control.
[00:00:58.579] If I actually just drag across the area of the screen
[00:01:01.252] that I want to capture, let go.
[00:01:04.130] And there we go, there is the text,
[00:01:05.858] the editable, selectable text in Picatext itself.
[00:01:09.843] So I can copy this to the clipboard,
[00:01:11.779] I can send it across to a word processing document,
[00:01:13.832] and edit that text.
[00:01:16.294] Now, even better is that you can set up a keyboard shortcut
[00:01:19.731] so that you can get directly to the Picatext application.
[00:01:23.055] To do that, if we go down to this cogwheel,
[00:01:25.187] and then for the keyboard shortcut
[00:01:27.316] they recommend control option command P.
[00:01:29.568] So I'll go with that.
[00:01:31.124] I can also put the recognised text
[00:01:33.510] directly into the clipboard once it's selected,
[00:01:35.745] and I can launch Picatext on login.
[00:01:38.659] So let's go ahead and do that.
[00:01:40.083] So if I go over here now,
[00:01:41.432] and let's say we want to grab these bullet points.
[00:01:45.346] So control, option, command, P.
[00:01:46.751] I get my little cursor control.
[00:01:48.886] Just pick the area of the screen that I want to capture,
[00:01:51.459] let go,
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[00:01:53.938] Across in the Picatext window
[00:01:55.875] I have the detail of the text that's been captured.
[00:01:59.185] If I just go to the bottom, and do a command V,
[00:02:02.700] that text is also in my clipboard as well
[00:02:05.257] so I can copy it straight into another application.
[00:02:07.533] Now it supports over 40 languages,
[00:02:09.748] so currently we're on English
[00:02:12.928] but all these different languages, it recognises
[00:02:14.489] and will OCR, because that's basically what it's doing,
[00:02:16.146] it's doing OCR in the background.
[00:02:17.714] Optical Character Recognition.
[00:02:19.425] And as I say, it supports up to 40 languages.
[00:02:22.513] Now because I'm actually just painting an area of the screen
[00:02:25.404] this will work for images as well.
[00:02:27.537] So if you have text in an image,
[00:02:28.849] you can capture the text from an image.
[00:02:30.705] Or if you want, if you have something a bit more complicated
[00:02:33.073] you can actually upload the file to the Picatext server,
[00:02:36.736] it will OCR it for you and then deliver it back down to you.
[00:02:40.242] So, let me show you how that works.
[00:02:41.600] If I actually just, well let's use this same window.
[00:02:44.000] I'll just delete this text.
[00:02:45.745] In fact let me go across to the Finder,
[00:02:49.169] yeah, I've got this codesnippet.png file,
[00:02:50.830] so this just a screenshot of some code
[00:02:53.857] that I was looking at earlier.
[00:02:57.088] Let's see, so this is some HTML code and some PHP code.
[00:03:01.093] But let's say I wanted to actually convert this
[00:03:03.424] and use this code in another application,
[00:03:05.948] or edit the code.
[00:03:07.677] So what I would do, is I would over here
[00:03:10.542] on the Picatext window, click the upload button.
[00:03:12.980] And now I need to navigate to here,
[00:03:15.550] so I'll just drag this file across to this window here.
[00:03:18.253] We'll say open.
[00:03:21.497] Give it a few seconds and there we go.
[00:03:23.416] That image file, don't forget that's a .png file,
[00:03:26.059] an image file has been OCRd,
[00:03:28.475] and is now available to me.
[00:03:30.287] Obviously with it being code
[00:03:31.322] I'd need to go through and just double check.
[00:03:33.290] But you can see here that
[00:03:34.445] that looks pretty comprehensive as far as I can see.
[00:03:37.046] So, go ahead, try Picatext out.
[00:03:40.122] It's £3.99 in the UK.
[00:03:42.441] Well worth it, it's a great little utility to have
[00:03:44.810] in your tool bag.
[00:03:46.363] So that's it for this week's tip,
[00:03:48.154] we'll be back in a few short days
[00:03:49.707] with a full ScreeCastsOnline tutorial,
[00:03:50.50] so I'll speak to you then.
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