Prizmo could definitely act as my only scanner. But, it really isn’t only a scanner, it can be used on anything. If you see a movie poster or an ad that you like, and would like to have documented, just take a picture, and Prizmo will help you with perspective, cropping and everything else.
Joe Turner from MacApper.com
Universal Scanning Experience
Scanning can happen in many different ways, and Prizmo supports all of them. Whatever you want to scan, and however you plan to do it, Prizmo is the way to go.
From Digital Cameras
Compact cameras, DSLRS,... every digital camera is fine. The higher resolution the better of course, but you can get good results even with the camera of an iPhone 4(S).
Nowadays, cameras often have 10-megapixel sensors. A 10-megapixel image is roughly as good as, or even better than, a 300-dpi US-Letter scan. After some image improvements, you can even go beyond 600 dpi with such images.So, you can really do without a scanner, even more now.
Prizmo supports most current connected and Wi-Fi scanners.
Access the scanner from within Prizmo, select the area to be scanned, the resolution, the format... The scanned document is automatically imported into Prizmo where you can apply OCR.
The whole list of supported scanners is available here.
Even from your Screen
You can process OCR on screenshots. Prizmo automatically detects if the input picture is a screenshot, and applies a specific processing for improving its resolution. This way, a 72-dpi screenshot can turn into a 288-dpi picture! This is much better suited for getting accurate OCR results.
Have you ever tried to copy text which could not be selected, no matter what you did? Now, there's a way to copy unselectable text from any application or website! You can process OCR on text visible on your screen in one of the supported languages, save the recognized text to the clipboard, and paste it just wherever you want (Mail, Pages...).
Optical Character Recognition
A Powerful Mac OCR Application for Everyone. At last.
Time has come for Mac users who were waiting for a powerful OCR application. Prizmo is a user-friendly and reliable solution all Mac users can afford. It integrates state-of-the-art OCR technologies, and supports multipage documents.
Available in over 40 Languages
There are 10 built-in languages in Prizmo: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian.
Besides, there are 30 optional languages available for download for free: Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Esperanto, Estonian, Finnish, Galician, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
When you take a picture of a document, lighting and centering are seldom perfect. A work environment or a house is indeed very different from a photo studio. Such pictures should be of poorer quality than the images processed with a scanner. It doesn't really matter however as Prizmo is able to correct perspective.
Select the area you want to process on the input photograph. Prizmo will use the grid to straighten the image. From now on, you don't need to take perfect pictures, Prizmo is able to process all images.
Page Curvature Correction
Have you ever tried to perform OCR on pages of a magazine or a dictionary? Words near the binding are warped, and lines look much more like curves than straight lines. Therefore, words near the binding are usually, and unsurprisingly, pretty badly recognized.
Once again, Prizmo can help you fix this with a unique feature among OCR applications: page curvature correction. This is how curves become straight lines...
It's time for another magic trick. Locate the highest spot of the page on the top side of the grid (and the lowest spot of the page on the bottom side of the grid). Then, use the arrows to imitate the page curvature shape. The image is now ready for performing OCR.
Lens Distortion Correction
Calibrating your camera can help you achieve better results when using photographs in Prizmo. With a good calibration model, Prizmo can indeed better correct lens distortion on your photographs.
When importing the input photograph, Prizmo automatically searches for information about used camera model, lens and zoom. You can view the optical data in the Lens window, and there you can also:
Select the best calibration model available locally (i.e. among those you previously calibrated).
Select the best calibration model among those you previously downloaded from Creaceed's servers.
Correct lens distortion manually by moving the radial distortion sliders.
Access the camera calibration database, and update the already downloaded calibration models.
Create your own calibration model (and decide whether you want to share your calibration model with other Prizmo users or not).
Online Service Integration
File Sharing through iCloud
Apple's iCloud makes all your changes everywhere. Your Prizmo documents will appear on your device, automatically. Neither syncing, nor file transfer required.
Prizmo supports iCloud for sharing editable documents across all your Macs, iPhones and iPads. So, you can start processing a very long document with Prizmo on the Mac at the office, and finish it when you are back home on your iPad.
Easily Access your Documents from Anywhere
Processing OCR with Prizmo is a very good start, but sharing recognized information is usually the next step to be done. That's why Prizmo's output options include:
Evernote, for archiving any notes, and for syncing them across your computers and mobile devices,
Box, for storing all of your content online, so you can access, manage and share it from anywhere,
Dropbox, the online backup, file sync and sharing service,
Google Drive, for storing your files, sharing them with exactly who you want and edit them together, from any device,
WebDAV, standing for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning", is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers.
Listen to Texts at your Pace
After processing OCR on a document, you can ask Prizmo to read the text out loud for you. You can choose the voice and the speaking rate.
Besides, you have access to navigation settings for playing and pausing speech, and for going straight to the next or previous text region.
Interactive Reading Progress Display
As soon as speech synthesis gets activated, each word is highlighted in yellow as it is pronounced.
In Prizmo's main window, you can easily recognize the text region which is being read by its blue dotted frame.
Over 70 high-quality male and female voices in 26 languages are available as free downloads. You can download these voices through System Preferences on your Mac. Choose Speech, and click "Customize..." in the System Voice menu to access the whole list.
Following languages are supported: Czech, Danish, Dutch, UK English, US English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish...