Amedia Live Reader - App of the month, July 2016

8 July 2016


Amedia Live Reader is a new solution for instant OCR: Scans a live image captured by a camera and reads the texts in it in real-time. 

Supported language: English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Japanese and Korean.
Employs an excellent OCR technology powered by ABBYY.

1. Open the App with VoiceOver tuned on.
2. Tap the "Active" button to focus. The App starts beeping.
3. Direct the camera to letters. The App detects and read them in real-time.
4. Hold the device flat (with the camera facing down) to take a still picture. This is useful when you're reading paper sheets on a desk.
5. The previously read texts can be reached by left swiping.
6. Copy the texts to the Clipboard in the Settings screen.

Capturing Tips:

  • Do not put the camera too close to the subject.
  • Try to face the camera front to the target.
  • For best results, taking a distance from 20cm to 30cm (or 10 inches) to the target.
  • For larger objects such as signboards, take 2 to 3 meters (or 10 feet) or more would be recommended.

What’s so great about “Amedia Live Reader?”

One fantastic new feature is the instant way to just OCR whatever you have on your desk or around you.

You get the result in real time.

It is very easy to use.

Where do I get it?


Price:  £22
Platform: iOS

User comments

This app is based off the same OCR technology that powers knfb reader, however it doesn't offer a field of view report,  after having only spent a few minutes with this app  it is fair to say, it is very accessible, all buttons are labeled, and you get bleeps as a guide for lining up. A big selling point for this app seems to be some of the non western languages it supports. One nice feature with this app is it can read text in real-time which knfb reader can't do, and although we have apps that can read in real-time they generally haven't been based off good technology. Hopefully as this is based off the same technology that powers knfb reader it will give better results than other apps that can also read in real-time.

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