Take screenshots you can search.
Screenotate is a screenshot-taking tool which works just like macOS's screenshot tool – one keyboard shortcut and drag – and it uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to recognize text in your screenshots. It's available for macOS and Windows.
See Notes if you get an error about Screenotate not being "commonly downloaded."
Instabuy, I’d actually been looking for something like this for a long time. https://t.co/u40RAzCY3m— Florent Crivello (@Altimor) November 23, 2017
Omar, this is fantastic.— Bret Victor (@worrydream) November 22, 2017
This is a wonderful little tool. https://t.co/gPS7g1KuZB— David Hodge (@DavidHodge) November 22, 2017
This is brilliant — I’ve wanted something like it for a long time— Joel Burget (@dino_joel) November 23, 2017
Want to hear about feature updates or versions for iOS, Android, and other platforms?
Screenotate requires Mac OS X 10.9, 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 currently only supports OCR in English. Let me know if you're interested in multilanguage functionality.
Screenotate uses the modern LSTM-based version 4.0 of Google's popular 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.
At the moment, Screenotate can find and store the URL for screenshots from Chrome and macOS Safari, but not Firefox or other browsers.
Though 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.