Copy text from web images with Project Naptha

It's a lot easier these days to get your text just right online using web fonts, but you'll still find lots of sites that, for whatever reason, decide to display text in image format. It's not usually a big problem, but what if you want to copy a restaurant's address and it's embedded in an enormous .jpg? Annoying.

As you know, we're awfully keen on great Chrome extensions here, and we particularly love this one because it's the solution to just that problem. Project Naptha, created by Kevin Kwok, adds client-side optical character recognition (OCR) to Chrome. And while OCR may not be especially impressive, the way Naptha works simply knocks our socks off.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.