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Copyfish extends its free OCR to the desktop

09 February 2016, Mike Williams

CopyfishCopyfish is a free Chrome extension which can extract text from just about anything in a browser tab – images, videos, documents, more – and optionally translate it, too.

That’s great, but it’s just got even better, with new support for desktop OCR.

Left-clicking the Copyfish button enables capturing the current browser tab as before, but right-clicking now allows desktop captures from any of your application windows.

This makes for a slightly awkward workflow, as you have to right-click the button, select and share a window to open it in a new tab, then left-click and choose the text you need.

That’s not the fault of Copyfish, though – extensions can’t access desktop windows without permission, for security reasons – and overall this is an excellent addition which makes the package even more useful.

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