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ScreenRead

Version 1.0

Purpose

ScreenRead is a screen OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program that reads text from any portion of your screen and copies it to the clipboard.  Visual and audio feedback help you know what is going on and it's all controlled through a tray icon.

Overview

How many times have you had a program or popup message that doesn't let you highlight the text so you can copy it to a different location?  Now you can!  This program uses a freeware program called MiniCap to capture a portion of the desktop to an image file.  The actual OCR is a function made available by components in Office 2003.  So, guess what?  You need Office 2003 or greater installed on your PC for this to work (or an application in the Office suite, like Outlook 2003 or greater).  


How to do it

  1. Download and unpack the ScreenRead.zip file anywhere you want. 
  2. Run the ScreenRead.exe file 
  3. To OCR some text you need to mark a rectangular region around the text. 
  4. Position your mouse cursor in one corner near the text you want and press CTRL + TAB. 
  5. Move your move to the opposite corner (caddy-corner) and press CTRL + TAB again. 
  6. You'll hear some beeps indicating if it was successful and a pop up box will show you the captured text (or a portion of it if you did a large capture). 
  7. The text is automatically copied to the clipboard (unless you get an error beep/message). 
  8. Look for the icon with the binoculars in the system tray when it is running. 
  9. You can close the program from here and choose if you want to see the pop up messages or not.

Troubleshooting

  1. You must have the the MODI.Document component of Microsoft Office installed in order for this to work.  Apparently it is possible to install Office and not have this if a custom install excluded it.  You can check the following to see if you have MODI.Document properly registered (thanks ptrex!):
    1. In Regedit, go to  HKey_Classes_Root and verify you have an entry for "MODI.Document".
    2. Make sure you have this folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MODI 
 

Notes

  1. This program is written in AutoIt and the original idea I based my code on was written by ptrex (forum link).  I have modified his idea and combined it with my own code and some of gesller and Toady's.  It's a cornucopia of scripting and freeware.
  2. MiniCap is "a minimal screenshot capture app, with good command line support, including the ability to launch (and then terminate) apps, capture windows by handle, processid, process name, or interactively."  I did not write MiniCap and other than the website saying the program is free to distribute, there is no license information for me to gauge the legality of redistributing it.  Since MiniCap does not state any restrictions I am redistributing it in my program.  ScreenRead places a copy of MiniCap.exe in your SystemRoot folder upon execution.  If you have any questions about this or additional information as to MiniCap's program license please send me an e-mail

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ScreenRead.zip
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Matt Granger,
Oct 2, 2009, 10:10 AM