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Grab Text

By GrabText.com Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 11, 2009

Sometimes in the workplace it's necessary to copy text or images from one source or another to different formats and destinations, such as HTML and PDF documents. PDFs are versatile, but it's time consuming to edit them when you don't have access to the original documents. Grab Text is a handy utility that lets you "grab" text and images from HTML documents and PDF files. Grab Text will copy text in both Plain Text and Rich Text formats. It can copy large amounts of hypertext from Web pages with few transcription errors.

Grab Text is easy to use, but there's a Help file that opens when you right-click the Grab Text icon in the Quick Launch tray, if you need further instruction. The program works best when opened from your computer's Quick Launch pad. We tried Grab Text on both Web pages and PDFs, and it was able to capture text and images from both types of documents with no problems. Simply open a Web page or PDF file, activate Grab Text, highlight the text and images that you want to copy with Grab Text's cursor, select Copy, and then paste the selected items into a word-processing program. Grab Text does everything else for you.

This is a 21-day trial version of the software. Grab Text is a useful tool, and the ability to capture both images and text makes it doubly handy, especially for users who create documents and presentations from content gathered from the Internet and PDFs.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.6


Date Added January 27, 2009
Version 5.6

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Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

We are all living in new digital era. Computers are everywhere, these days. Many homes have several PCs - one for each family member. Tireless machines have already become our helpers at many common tasks. However, sometimes we need help ourselves.

Have you noticed that what we perceive as text can be virtually anything in computers world? There are text symbols displayed using various fonts, images depicting single characters, words, phrases or even paragraphs of text and dialog windows that display some text that cannot be copied anywhere. If we only need to view messages written using these techniques - it is OK: our eyes do the job well. But what if we need to edit or simply copy a text message that appears to be an image or is written in a dialog box? Do we have to retype it manually? No way! Screen Capture can do it for us. Introducing GrabText, the unique live text recognition software, built around fonts sampling technology, the one and only solution capable of converting virtually anything to editable text!

GrabText operates as a character recognition module. After integrating with your Windows system GrabText displays an icon in TaskTray notifications area. Right-clicking the icon brings up the Screen Capture menu. From this menu you can select whether the application should recognize characters from a window under cursor or using selection rectangle, whether it should interpret text only or text and graphics altogether. Left-clicking the icon changes your cursor which means you are ready to go.

Text capture module accepts information from dialogboxes, messages, HTML, PDF, graphics, and even 3D. Once you have selected the desired object for character recognition, GrabText starts recognizing text using its font samples database. Afterwards, you can copy the captured text to clipboard as plain text or rich text format (RTF). Screen Capture tool can even append text captured to current clipboard contents.