LiveScan: Grab Text in Images 4+

OCR from Camera and Photos

Gentlemen Coders

    • 4.1 • 11 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Try LiveScan as long as you want. Limited to 50 characters per detection.
LiveScan is like Apple's LiveText but for all macOS 11 & 12 computers.
Supports Family Sharing!

LiveScan makes it easy to capture text from your screen, including video conferences and websites like Twitter or Facebook. It's like Apple's new LiveText feature, but runs on all macOS 11 and 12 computers!

It's always available. Access it from its menu bar item. Click or drag across the text you want and go!

With LiveScan, you can instantly:
* Visit links in presentations on video conferences
* Look up addresses on business cards in Apple Maps or Google Maps.
* Use the built-in access to Google Translate.
* Call phone numbers.
* Quickly look up a product on Amazon or eBay.
* Have the text spoken to you aloud!

LiveScan can detect words in eight different languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional).

You can even extend the app with custom JSON or JavaScript plugins!

Try LiveScan as long as you want. All features are available, but the trial is limited to 50 characters per detection.

Subscriptions and Purchases support Family Sharing!
Purchases or subscriptions includes LiveScan for iOS.

LiveScan respects your privacy, and does not transmit or save the contents of your screen or images.

LiveScan runs on macOS 11.0 and later. It is optimized for Apple Silicon (M1).

Privacy Policy:
Terms of Service:

What’s New

Version 1.1.2

Fixed an issue with sorting results from text detection.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

HSVBamaBob ,

Amazing App!!

How many times have you wished you could just take a picture of a flyer and auto magically call the phone number or go to the website? Well with this app you can!

The developer is very responsive and also has a great offer: whatever subscription you get on your iPhone isNot only available on all your devices but via family sharing all your families devices. We just bought the $9.99 lifetime subscription-WHAT a deal!

jlundell ,

Who knew?

One of those does-one-thing-well apps. Very very well in this case. I'm surprised at how often I pull it up to scan a text image or something I'm citing from a book I'm reading. Nice to have it on all my platforms (so thanks also to Apple for making that easier than it has been in the past).

GabrielDoesminecraft ,

I have been wanting this for years

I have had the need for exactly this app for years.

Suddenly I hear about it and I have already used it half a dozen times in one day for real!

Works seamlessly and fast. Zero mistakes that I have seen. Thanks to whomever developed this app, it's so rare to see new softwre that just does something you need. Poof!

App Privacy

The developer, Gentlemen Coders, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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