Pleco has finally updated their iPhone dictionary to version 2.2.0 which includes the much anticipated Optical Character Recognition functionality that was shown off a few months ago.
The functionality seems to be a dream-come-true for Chinese learners who should be able to save time checking words when reading Chinese text – though whether or not it will have a detrimental effect on learning by making us lazy remains to be seen. Either way, there’s no denying this is an amazing feature.
The OCR is available as a paid add on for £8.99 from the iTunes store.
From the Pleco description:
• Added an amazing new “live” Optical Character Recognizer (OCR) system as a paid add-on; using this, you can point your device’s camera at a word to instantly look up its meaning (no need to take a photo and wait for a result). This is currently only supported on devices with autofocus cameras (i.e., the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4). To try a free demo version of OCR, open Pleco, tap on the menu button at the bottom right corner of the screen, tap “Add-ons,” tap on “Optical Character Recognizer” and tap on the button to download and run the demo.
Have you tried this out? What do you think?