Condense
Condense
1.61

4.6

Condense free download for Mac

Condense

1.61
28 January 2015

Easy-to-use OCR solution for medium-sized texts.

Overview

Condense has been developed while studying computer science because the unnecessary step of 'booting' up an OCR suite every time then load presentation just to extract half a page from the middle of the document. Research was done against many OCR solutions on the market and each of them was bulky to use and failed in one discipline: Quick and elegant extraction. Condense wants to fix this gap. It removes all the clutter and lets you extract text from anywhere on your screen, directly into your clipboard.

What's new in Condense

Version 1.61:
  • Bugfix regarding 10.8 compatibility

6 Condense Reviews

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Fariborz
29 January 2015

Most helpful

This is one of the applications I can’t live without. Since I bought it a few months ago I keep asking myself why no one else on earth had ever thought before of such an ingenious way of extracting texts from protected sources. I often read ebooks on my computer. Every time I need to copy and save my favorite phrases I face the infamous DRM protection that gets in my way. Well, one way is to use special applications that remove definitely this sort of protection and possibly infringe the copyright laws of your country. A better way is to use Condense to copy elegantly the image of the texts you need, extract the text within it with just a click and then paste it to your liking. All this procedure takes a few seconds and is absolutely as easy and intuitive as a simple “copy & paste”. Kudos to the developer for having saved me a lot of time and headache. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
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Version 1.61
AshBP
01 September 2017
BEST EVER!! I use this ALL of the time. Nothing more to say. Best $ ever spent. Like Aargl, I tried out all similar apps... This won hands down. I often use it to copy text from pdfs, especially when using Preview's cut and copy doesn't work so well. Use it on scans, etc.
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Version 1.61
dushanm
29 June 2016
Only after purchasing it did I learn that this will only use OCR to convert one page to a searchable form - to do more that that you'd need to upgrade to the Enterprise Edition. In the 1-line subheading it does say that it's for medium-sized texts, but one page is not medium-sized, it's small. Since this is false advertising, I'm only able to give it 2 stars.
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Version 1.61
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dushanm
dushanm
30 June 2016
Correction: my comments were meant for another app that I mistook for this one. Please disregard both the comments and the rating I gave it of 2 stars. Right now I haven't been able to get Condense to do anything visible, and the instructions are sparse, but that may be my obtuseness. Will comment again after I get things figured out.
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Aargl
17 February 2016
I've tried ABBYY Pro and Express, Readiris and Condense. First the price: ABBYY Pro: 120$ ABBYY Express: 100$ Readiris: 100$ Condense: 5$ The ABBYYs are far better than Readiris but I found situations in which Condense was better than them all! And it's so easy to use that I wonder why the others are still selling... ;-) Amazing situation in which the best app by far is the cheapest one! :-o
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Version 1.61
ajks1
15 July 2015
Love this, it's brilliant, simple quick, accurate, helpful.
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Version 1.61
Ward
09 February 2015
When I read David Sparks' blog post "CONDENSE, OCR ON THE FLY," I immediately purchased Condense for my wife, a writer who uses OCR a lot in her work.

http://macsparky.com/blog/2015/1/condense-ocr-on-the-fly

What I didn't realize was how handy Condense would be for me. I can't count the number of times I've tried to copy some text from a Web page or an application window or message, only to discover that it's not selectable text or that Edit > Copy does nothing. With Condense, I can grab anything that looks like text:

1. Click the Condense > Scan hot key.
2. Snap a rectangle around the desired text.
3. Review the OCR-ed text in Condense's popup window.
4. Click the checkmark to copy it to the clipboard and dismiss the review window.

Voila, instant text I can paste wherever I want!
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Version 1.61
Fariborz
29 January 2015
This is one of the applications I can’t live without. Since I bought it a few months ago I keep asking myself why no one else on earth had ever thought before of such an ingenious way of extracting texts from protected sources. I often read ebooks on my computer. Every time I need to copy and save my favorite phrases I face the infamous DRM protection that gets in my way. Well, one way is to use special applications that remove definitely this sort of protection and possibly infringe the copyright laws of your country. A better way is to use Condense to copy elegantly the image of the texts you need, extract the text within it with just a click and then paste it to your liking. All this procedure takes a few seconds and is absolutely as easy and intuitive as a simple “copy & paste”. Kudos to the developer for having saved me a lot of time and headache. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
Like (2)
Version 1.61
2 answer(s)
Fariborz
Fariborz
02 February 2015
Here is a link to a favorable review on this app. It seems I'm not the only person who can't do without it. http://macsparky.com/blog/2015/1/condense-ocr-on-the-fly
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Ward
Ward
09 February 2015
Thanks, Fariborz, for reminding me it was David Sparks (MacSparky) who turned me on to this wonderful app.
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$4.99

4.6

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  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.8.0 or later
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