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It’s very much like Camscanner, only much less effective! It’s supposed to do away with all your Scanning worries when it comes to scanning texts by clicking a picture of it, but most of the time produces gibberish. Designed and developed by Renard Wellnitz and his team, the app is certainly well-intentioned. But does it deliver as per its promises? Let’s find out!
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The Text Fairy Android app comes with the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software that is built to recognize characters from pictures. The purpose of the app is to act like a mobile text scanner. Not often is it possible for us to carry around a scanner with us in case we want to get a copy of academic notes or scan other such texts, so that we can keep them saved in the PDF format. Yes, you heard that right. The Text Fairy can also convert the scanned text into a PDF file. The basic UI of the app is very simple, rather very simple to the point of being a little bland.
The welcome screen of Text Fairy app
There’s a catch to this app, and it’s the most important thing about it. The lighting in which you click the picture needs to be EXTREMELY good, and the same goes for your device’s camera. I clicked several pictures with my Tab’s 3.2MP camera in Tube-light but didn’t get any proper result. However, from an earlier screenshot, when I cropped a little part of text and scanned it, it immediately produced the correct result. So there it goes. The lighting and the sharpness of your camera are the only thing which hampers its effectiveness.
The Home Page of the app
You also need a good internet connection so that it can connect to a remote server in order to download language files other than the English ones so that it can recognize texts in other languages too. The home screen comes with the options which matter. You get the options of clicking a picture, or using a picture from the gallery. Either way, the procedure is same. Once the picture gets scanned, you get the options of either scanning a single column of text (which means basically the entire text segment) or scan multiple columns of text. In case of the latter, you need to select the columns in their order of preference, like the one you want to scan first and the one you want to scan last. And then, you get the result. Once the result is out, you get the options of either creating a PDF out of it, or delete it and several others.
The clicked picture; cropping the part I wanted to scan; the Analyzing process; the result it produced
No matter how many times I tried scanning a text by clicking a picture of it, it produced some random characters. Maybe the lighting wasn’t enough for the OCR to work properly. But then, its effectiveness gets vastly reduced if such little constraints can stop it from being perfect.
The options you get after a result is produced
The same above procedure when applied to a previously-taken image file, which happens to be a screenshot
It’s not possible for someone to be in a sharp and bright environment always when they need to scan an image for its text content. Maybe the software is going to improve in the near future because the footnote says that it’s still under development. Let’s see how it can evolve better. Follow the download button to get this app.
Abhirup is our guest blogger on education apps and thought partner. He harbors certain thoroughly misguided self-impressions like he has a refined aesthetic sense (our website’s visuals are NOT inspired by his ideas) or that he has a deep baritone. However, we choose to ignore these as he sometimes comes up with good ideas notwithstanding the fact that they are articulated in confusing managerial jargon; perhaps explained by the fact that he is an MBA from IIM Bangalore.