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Is there a screenshot reader similar to ABBYY Screenshot Reader (you are just selecting area on the screen and getting text into the buffer, something like that)?

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Could you clarify the question ? Yo are looking for utility that will combine taking screenshots and then doing some sort of OCR so you can get editable text ? – Kassym Dorsel Nov 1 '11 at 23:05
Related: Simple, free OCR software (for OS X)? – Chris Frederick Nov 1 '11 at 23:25
@Kassym Dorsel exactly! – AlaskaKid Nov 2 '11 at 11:03
Get yourself some OCR software and set up folder actions to run screenshots thru the OCR after you take them. – Kassym Dorsel Nov 2 '11 at 14:21

how about using FreeOCR? It works for PDF files, TIFF images and can turn image to word file.

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Might help if it wasn't Windows only - or do you have a Mac link? – Tetsujin Dec 16 '15 at 12:01
oh, sorry, you may search Prizmo, it works on Mac, but it's not for free. – William Ryan Dec 17 '15 at 7:35

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