Monday, May 3, 2010

ABBYY FotoTranslate | Travel & Dine With Confidence

If you’re planning a trip this summer to a foreign country we have just the app for you. ABBYY FotoTranslate is a cracking utility application that not only converts images of text into text using its award winning Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, but also then translates this text into your preferred language. So the next time you come across a road sign or restaurant menu that you can’t quite make sense of, simply snap the text you wish to translate and let ABBYY FotoTranslate do the rest. What’s more is that there is no need for an Internet connection, cellular signal, or even access to any external language resources. The built in dictionary software supports up to 8 languages for recognition and 30 directions for translation. Check out my thoughts after the break.

Key features

* Translation without manual inputting of the words
* Offline, independent mode work (no network signal needed)
* Quick and accurate result
* Up-to-date high-quality dictionaries
* Auto suggestions and manual corrections

The user interface is very simple and easy to use. You have the option of switching the flash off which is great, as sometimes the flash can glare text, especially when taking pictures close up. You also have the option to switch the sound off and change the orientation of the viewfinder. Other than these few simple alterations, the application more or less works as a point and shoot tool.

After taking the photo, you can select different parts of the image to translate and the translation is instantly altered. If the camera didn’t quite manage to capture the full word or if the recognition software missed out a letter, you can also manually add or change the text you want to translate.

ABBYY FotoTranslate may not be the coolest app you could have on your device, but if you travel a lot, or love eating foreign cuisine, you might just find this application more useful than you think. Check out the video demonstration below to see exactly how ABBYY FotoTranslate works.

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