Screen Translator combines the power of a translation tool and an OCR engine in order to provide you with a convenient and quick way to translate any text on your screen, regardless of the window it is localized in.
While the application is running in the system tray, you can press the user-defined key combination for capturing a screen area and select the region you want it to process using drag and drop actions.
Screen Translator makes use of Tesseract's OCR engine in order to recognize and read the text within the selected section. Once the desired text area is highlighted, it immediately displays the translation, either in a popup window situated right below the original text or in a system tray notification balloon, your choice.
Another key combination enables you to send the translation to the clipboard, so that you can paste it in other applications. For the popup window to dissapear from the screen, you simply have to click on it. In case you accidentally clicked on the popup balloon, no worries, since the application enables you to repeat the last translation operation using a shortcut key.
Screen Translator relies on Google Translate and it provides support for a wide range of target languages, but the source text must be in English, since this is the only language supported by Tesseract. This is its major inconvenient and adding it the capability to translate from and to any language would really add to its value.
Screen Translator saves you the trouble of navigating to one of the dedicated online services in order to view the correspondent word or phrase translation. It is a useful tool for both translators and those who are planning on learning a language on their own.
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