While this program works well as a screen-capturing tool, its abilities are limited when trying to grab graphic elements. Kleptomania is billed as an application that allows you to grab items out of range for a Clipboard, such as file lists or menu buttons. Yet its OCR (optical character recognition) technology does not work as seamlessly as we'd expect. The program failed to recognize many letters in a certain BMP image, even though we had purposefully used large, standard fonts in the image. The interface also is not very user-friendly. During testing we found ourselves editing the program's INI file to customize advanced settings, as there was no other way to do so through the program interface. Some features appear disabled as well, even though this program isn't a free demo version. Overall, while Kleptomania has the capabilities to capture basic screen shots, it will no doubt disappoint users looking for more advanced capturing features.
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From Structu Rise:
Two-click operation with any visible text on screen. Copy-paste where you weren't able or no need to copy-paste any more! It is simple as a wink. Capture and process text from any (even clipboard-unaware) application. Copy text onto clipboard, launch internet browser or email editor, sum numbers, count a number of words/characters. Process text of folder trees, file lists, database reports, text content of error messages and dialog boxes, menus, status lines, visible text of legacy systems, and more. Kleptomania does not rely on any data communication scheme behind the scene. Uses OCR and delivers ultimate text capture and processing abilities.
I used to use this application 8 or 9 years ago, and it worked great. It grabbed text on screen and had 99 percent accuracy. And it still can, read on.
Unfortunately, this is probably still the same version I used 9 years ago; it appears it has not been updated, and the associated website for the application does not seem to exist. That said, I was able to get it to work on Windows 7 64-bit...
To run on Windows 7, I ran the installer in "Compatibility Mode" for 2000 (Properties of the installer exe file), and then I changed both exe files in the program files (x86) sub-directory to both run with 2000 compatibility as well. I received a few odd errors, but I was able to capture text and paste it into an application, as advertised.
Bottom line is this: If you need something for a short duration (40 days), then the demo may work for you for a while, whereas anything that is designed to work on a modern OS will cost you at least $30 - $100+. It has helped me out of a pinch, but I don't expect to leave it on my Windows 7 x64 system for long since it seems unsupported and not designed for Win7.
Got the same result as Jovan Zec...couldn't use the program, crashed, couldn't use the program...frustrating...or i may just be dumb? haha. uninstalled the program. also had problems doing so. oh man. frustrating.
Short cut keys and fonts added automatically makes the front end simple and nice.
Reading 75 words generates a 235 meg clipboard file. The program crashes soon afterward though I have 2 gig mem. For some reason firefox locks up too though not associated with the item being read nor the program. Computer runs slowly afterward.
Most of these ocr programs are based on the same "engine". It does not work. Notice ratings on all similar programs. In addition, even if the program worked as claimed, the time it takes to translate the minute amount of ocr text that can be read within common memory limits its longer than it would take to type it.
I know no similar product, that allows me to capture text from screens where the program's author neglected to make the text copy-able.
1) It's not perfect in recognizing text (of course).
2) It's not always obvious that it failed. It might help for the failed captures (when Klepto makes up a bunch of punctuation for the letters it can't recognize) to show up in another color or something.