Imagine you could extend the classical copy&paste function of your computer to include not only editable text but also image-text. Combine this with instant translation and speech synthesis and what you get is a powerful tool: Screenworm.
Screenworm Main Window
PRLog - Jul. 5, 2014 - BERLIN, Germany -- Screenworm, a new Mac OS statusbar application is now available on the Mac Appstore. It has been developed over the last year by Funchip, a German Startup-Company located in Berlin and it was released just recently, on the 2th of July. It's icon shows a blue and friendly looking wormish creature but beside of that there doesn't seem to be aynthing special about this app - at least at a first glance. Indeed, it does not provide any intrinsic new software functionality but somehow it might still have got some hidden game-changing potential.
By combining three strongly related and frequently used computer features, namely screen capturing, text recognition and translation, in one simple, compelling tool, the popular and indispensable copy&paste operation is taken to a completely new level. When all the texts that are displayed on your screen suddenly become editable and readable, the question quickly arises, how one could silently accept the restrictions of non-editable and non-translatable image-texts up to now.
For the optical character recognition in almost 60 languages screenworm relies on the open source ocr-engine „Tesseract“, which has been improved for 30 years and does now belong to best of its kind. Regarding the translation-function, Screenworm does not translate any text by itself but instead provides quick-access to the most common online translation services. In total there are more than 80 different international and artificial languages at choice for your translation. You can translate single words, full sentences or complete essays but you should always consider that your are dealing with probabilistic machine-translations, whose quality behaves inversely proportional to the syntactic and semantic complexity of the source text.
Screenworm offers quick-access to multilingual, virtual keyboards. Keyboards, which will enable you to write and edit text in many different writing systems with hundreds of special characters, which reach far beyond the character-set provided by your physical keyboard. And did I mention that this remarkable renaissance-worm also can speak? He speaks with an unmatched nimble tounge and lots of digital voices, in multiple languages and various dialects, since screenworm fully supports the speech synthesis of the Mac operating system. He simply reads out loud, whatever you want:
The results of the optical charcater recognition, the results of the national footbal league, the translation of your tax assessment or even a bedtime story whenever you encounter some difficulties to fall asleep.