Text Detective is a fully accessible app for the Blind and those with low vision, that lets you read text of all kinds with your mobile device. Point the camera and you can read your mail, menus, cards, product packages, medication labels, and all kinds of other print around you. It's fully compatible with VoiceOver or iOS7's text-selection "speak" option.

Great for reading text on the fly!

With Text Detective you can easily edit, copy and paste text into documents, emails or other apps. It even keeps the text in a history for future use.

Text Detective works best with the clean and crisp text you find in documents, and at a distance of about the length of a forearm. You can use it wherever you go - no need for network coverage – it even works on the plane.

The app is optimized for iPhone 4S or newer, but can be used with iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 5G. If you’re using an iPad, please be aware that the camera position is different from the iPhone and iPod, which might require additional training and practice to align the camera and text.

The creation of this product was supported in part by SBIR grants from the National Institutes of Health (grants # EY011821 and EY020707).

Text Detective by Blindsight is covered by U.S. Patent No. 7817855 and pending US and international patents.
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Version History:
Version: 1  (Jul, 2012 - Sep, 2013)   Show More
App Store Reviews
106elm, 4 stars:

Love this app, especially after last update. Cannot give 5.0 because no OCR app is able to read everything. Use it every day to read who sent mail, and is much better than I expected at reading full-page documents. Not perfect, but very, very helpful. For the first time in years, I do not have to hand mail to my wife to ask who it is from. Only improvement I would like to see is recognition of company logos. Only advice to new users is to be patient in finding how high you need to hold the phone while taking pictures.

Squeakyiri, 5 stars:

With this most recent update, Text Detective has become the only OCR app I use on a regular basis. It's a lot faster than its predecessors, and as far as I can tell, it's pretty accurate too. The only feature I would like to see is the option to scan in both landscape and portrait. It'd make scanning narrow documents easier and less awkward.

Knitting Dr., 4 stars:

Works well

Goldcat49, 4 stars:

Works to identify mail.

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