Do you take lots of screenshots?
Do you often find yourself retyping text that's stuck inside an image? Have you ever spent hours trying to find something where you know you sent someone a screenshot of it a while back?
Screenotate is an app for macOS and Windows that might help you with your screenshots. Every time you take a screenshot, Screenotate steps in to recognize and save the text inside (using Optical Character Recognition), along with the URL and the title of the place where you took the screenshot (where possible).
And because Screenotate does all this automatically, you don't need to learn anything new to use it! Once you install Screenotate, you can keep taking screenshots the same way you always have – one keyboard shortcut and drag – only now, they'll be tagged with all this extra information, so you can search them later, and know where they're from, and paste their text into other places.
See Notes if you get an error about Screenotate not being "commonly downloaded."
Screenotate is smart, terrific, and indispensable — it's exactly how screen capture should have worked all along.
Instabuy, I'd actually been looking for something like this for a long time.
In just a few weeks, Screenotate has saved me literally hours of retyping. It is fast, accurate, and easy to use. You would be nuts to retype any text from screen. You can even use your computer camera to capture text for quick OCR instead of a scanner.
This is a wonderful little tool.
This is fantastic.
Want to hear about feature updates or versions for iOS, Android, and other platforms?
Screenotate requires macOS 10.11, Windows 7, or newer.
Windows users: You may receive an error about Screenotate not being "commonly downloaded": right-click the file in browser Downloads and click "Run Anyway" or "Keep." If you get a separate Windows Defender SmartScreen warning when first running, click "More info" and then click "Run anyway." I'm working on signing Screenotate and building reputation to avoid this.
Screenotate uses Google's well-developed Tesseract OCR engine, but it isn't perfect. In particular, it might not work as well on non-Retina (lower-DPI) displays.
If you set Screenotate to use Shift-Command-4 on Mac and then uninstall it: you might want to re-enable the original Mac shortcut. Go into the Keyboard section of System Preferences and re-enable the two original Mac screenshot functions under Shortcuts there.
Although Screenotate detects the correct window title for any window (active or inactive), its URL detection is not as solid: if you take a screenshot from any browser window, it will capture the URL of the frontmost window of that browser.
The camera icon is from Kidiladon on The Noun Project; it's licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.
Screenotate includes the Tesseract OCR engine, prerelease version 4.0, under the Apache 2.0 license.