ABBYY announced ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator, the new, extended version of ABBYY TextGrabber for the Apple iPhone, a popular on-device solution that turns the iPhone into a multifunctional mobile scanner. The application now allows users to quickly translate snippets of texts captured from various printed materials and information sources by using Google Translate™ technology. Captured and translated texts can be instantly shared with friends or colleagues via e-mail and SMS, or posted directly to the user’s account at Facebook, Twitter and Evernote.

“With the new full-text translation function and the direct integration with the most popular social media, TextGrabber + Translator enables people to further increase their efficiency when working with text, saving time and a lot of effort otherwise spent on manual search and retyping”, commented Olga Tolstunova, deputy director of the Mobile Products Department at ABBYY.

ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator for the iPhone can automatically extract text from a variety of sources - such as books, magazines, ads, timetables, etc. - while on the go by using the device’s camera, or retrieve data from images stored in the device’s memory. Based on ABBYY’s own award-winning Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, the utility delivers highly accurate text recognition results for 61 languages and helps users easily edit, search, translate and share information wherever they are. Via integration with Google Translate, the application supports full-text translation from 43 starting languages into more than 50 languages.

ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator also supports integration with ABBYY Lingvo® Dictionaries for iOS installed on the same device. In that case, users can access the comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary content from authoritative publishers and additional linguistic information to better understand and translate unfamiliar words and terms.

The new ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator provides a range of interface updates for user convenience, including the ability to easily turn the “crop” feature on the viewfinder and flashlight on and off.

ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator currently supports two interface languages: English and Russian. The user interface language support will be significantly extended in the next update of the program with the addition of Chinese (both traditional and simplified), German, Korean, French, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), and Spanish.

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Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor

November 1, 2011