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What is the difference between FineScanner and TextGrabber?

Quite often our users approach us with this question: what’s the difference between TextGrabber and FineScanner if both of them recognize text? You’ve come to the right place: we are here to explain, clarify, and enlighten!

TextGrabber is designed to recognize small text fragments, especially in real time. A paragraph or two – that’s where it is at its best. You can use it to capture a dish on the menu, a fragment in a book in a foreign language, a sign at the airport, or a list of ingredients on a label. Of course, you can try and recognize an entire A4 page, but you have been warned. It understands 60+ languages and is most comfortable with plain text without heavy formatting.

A pleasant perk, TextGrabber not only recognizes text, but it can also translate the result into 100+ languages. Live recognition offers some interactive features: tap recognized text to send a message or e-mail, make a call, save the text to contacts, find a location on the map, open a URL in a browser, or create an event in the calendar.

Now to FineScanner. Its main function is to scan large multi- page documents or books into PDF or JPG. It’s intended to replace your desktop scanner. It also allows you to recognize scanned documents to make them editable. FineScanner can recognize text online and offline (on device). The OCR feature requires an active Internet connection to recognize texts in 193 languages and convert the results into a dozen formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Searchable PDF, RTF, EPUB, and FB2. Offline recognition allows to OCR ~60 languages and save results as a .TXT file.

To sum up. TextGrabber recognizes and translates small printed text fragments and FineScanner scans and converts full-sized pages of books and large documents.

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