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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.

Once you've installed it, whenever you see an image with text in it online (or failing that, just drag a local image into a browser window) you'll be able to simply highlight it like any other text. You can then copy and paste it into another document.

If that's not amazing enough for you, can also use Naptha to erase text from an image, a bit like Photoshop CS6's content aware delete feature. Wave goodbye to annoying watermarks! Not that you should do that.

Naptha can even translate foreign text into English and other languages. It's about as reliable as you'd expect from automated translation, but it's a cool feature.

Obviously like any OCR package, Naptha's not perfect; it'll run into difficulties when presented cursive fonts, hand lettering in web comics, or text that doesn't contrast well with the background image. Still, the way it works is wonderfully seamless and we reckon it's the best online tool you're going to see today. Try it out!

Angry that this only works on Chrome? Vent your fury in the comments! Go on, you'll feel better for it.

Source: Waxy

Jim McCauley is a writer, editor and occasional podcaster, and is available for space parties.