Introducing macOCR (free OCR for the Mac)

I often need to quickly copy and paste some text from an image, scanned document, or some otherwise unselectable thing on my screen.

To scratch this itch I created macOCR.

macOCR does one thing, when run it allows you to grab an area of the screen, and uses the Vision framework to OCR the detected text and then shoves it onto your clipboard.

For example, here I am grabbing the text from a Google Map:

When you envoke the ocr command, a "screen capture" like cursor is shown. Any text within the bounds will be converted to text.

You could invoke the app using the likes of Alfred.app, LaunchBar, Hammerspoon, Quicksilver, Raycast etc.

Examples:

An example Alfred.app workflow is available here.

You can grab macOCR from Github.