There’s a better way to digitize handwritten notes, old family recipes or any other hard paper copy you may have lying around. I’m not talking about taking a photo of the note or recipe and attaching it to an email. There’s an called that digitizes notes (and anything else) in a snap.
Live Text is a computer vision-based tool that lets your iPhone copy and paste photos from a text using its camera, among other features. It was announced at Apple’s and came as one of the features available in Apple’s .
Copying and pasting text from an image isn’t exactly a new feature for smartphones. Android users might already be familiar with this functionality thanks to Google Lens, but for the tens of millions of people who use an iPhone, you need to be using iOS 15 or later to take advantage of it. Live Text is a little different from Google Lens, since you can use it in real time with your camera to select, copy and paste text, as the iPhone is trained to recognize useful information. As I said earlier, it makes for a helpful productivity tool for copying handwritten notes or text from images and then digitizing them.
Live Text: Here’s how to copy and paste text from a photo
1. Make sure your iPhone has .
2. Point the camera at a subject that has any text you want to copy. You’ll know Live Text has kicked in once you see a yellow outline around the text.
3. Tap on the Live Text icon on the bottom right corner of the picture to interact with any text in the frame.
4. Select the text you want to copy by pressing down like you would in Notes or a text message.
5. Hit Copy.
6. Paste this text into another app like Gmail or Notes.
Much like Google Lens, Live Text can also search for text in images stored in the Photos app. For instance, if there’s a phone number in an image, you can tap it to dial the number, or if there’s a French word, you can translate it to English.
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