Searching texts on Mac is quite simple, namely by pressing the keyboard shortcut cmd+F and entering a term in the search field that appears. On the iPhone with iOS and on the iPad with iPadOS, things are not that simple, even with text recognition, which even works with photos under the current systems. If you want to search these and the camera content for specific words or phrases in real time, you can use the free software Find help. The Find app for mobile Apple devices helps you search text in photos and with the camera - so you can also scan books for specific terms or quotes faster!
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Find - Search text on photos and scan camera content
Developer John Zheng's app, which you can download for free from the App Store, has the full title Find: Make Photos Searchable. The addition can be translated as "make photos searchable". And that is exactly what the software currently available in version 2..0.3 does. It offers the following features, among others:
- Search photo texts in real time
- Search for different terms with highlighting in different colors
- Camera mode with zoom, landscape mode and more
- Creation of word lists for recurring search queries
- Use of various search inputs and filters
- iCloud support for scanning photos to the cloud
- And a lot more
Various use cases for the Find app
If you want to find out more information about the app or join the developer's Discord, you can find all the information and links you need on the official website. For those of you who are journalists, there is also an extensive press kit available for download. In it, as well as elsewhere, some use cases for everyday life are presented, for example scanning recipes or table of contents for specific content. You can create a shopping list or look out for allergens. But I can also imagine using Find in academia. Basically, the app can be used anywhere where certain information should be extracted from texts.
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