You need to get the text out of an image or from anywhere on your screen? With picatext this is as easy as selecting a file or a screen area. So now you can get the text you need in almost no time. No need to tediously typewrite everything again.

picatext is OCR made simple. We included just the functionality you need. Nothing that might distract you. That helps focusing on the important things and saves you a lot of time.

These are the awesome features of picatext:
- get text from images
- extract text from your screen
- supports the recognition of over 40 languages
- start screen selection by shortcut
- text gets copied to clipboard automatically
- set the font of the output text

For better results take a look at the tips & tricks on

These are the supported languages:
- Arabic
- Bulgarian
- Catalan
- Cherokee
- Chinese (Simplified)
- Chinese (Traditional)
- Czech
- Danish
- Danish (Fraktur)
- Dutch
- English
- Finnish
- French
- German
- German (Fraktur)
- Greek
- Hebrew
- Hindi
- Hungarian
- Indonesian
- Italian
- Japanese
- Korean
- Latvian
- Lithuanian
- Norwegian
- Polish
- Portuguese
- Romanian
- Russian
- Serbian (Latin)
- Slovakian
- Slovenian
- Spanish
- Swedish
- Swedish (Fraktur)
- Tagalog
- Thai
- Turkish
- Ukrainian
- Vietnamese

What’s New

Version 2.0.1

-bug fixing

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Hal_Lightman ,

Does a fantatic job!

I was a bit concerned over this product based upon the large number of reviewers rating it 1 or 2 stars… but I tried it anyway. And I’m glad I did! This product “may” have had issues in its earlier versions, but I’ve been using it for the past hour with only a few minor instances where it didn’t interpret the characters correctly. This may be linked to a specific font face that it has more difficulty with then others. At any rate, they were quick and easy fixes (after I copied the text into my word processor, spell check did most of the work… so it only took a few seconds) I rated it 4 stars simply because it wasn’t absolutely perfect. And I would definitely recommend it.

Tom Dibble ,

Great way to capture text while screensharing!

Here at work we are frequently sharing screens over one of many clients (Slack, Zoom, Skype, whatever), and inevitably someone will bring up a website and start going through the contents. Before Picatext, I'd have to stop them, request that they copy the URL into the chat, then hope that they get back into the "flow" of things. Now, I capture that URL in the browser and copy it into the chat for everyone else with a quick and easy shortcut.

All this, and I'm not tied to a monthly subscription for what should be just a tool in my toolbelt (I'll subscribe to apps that I work in 8 hours a day, but one I need once or twice a week, for 10 seconds at a time?) Well worth the money up front.

Works great on Mojave, and doesn't interfere with any preset shortcuts (I assigned it to shift-command-0 so if Apple uses 6-9 I still won't have to change my muscle memory). Haven't seen any glitches in the recognized text so far!

Wanderfire ,

An Eyelash Short of a Five Star Rating

This is a good, reliable image-to-text solution. Only two things prevented me from awarding it a 5-Star rating. The first was the fact that it doesn't allow you to add it to the menu for easier access. The two other apps which I sometimes use, do offer menu access. The second is the size of the typeface, for those of us not in our earlier twenties, the typeface is frustratingly small and difficult to read. Solve those two problems and I will come back and give picatext a 5-star rating.


softwareinmotion GmbH
211 MB

macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor



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