Images of text are not useful when all you can do is look at them. How can you get text out of something like this if you need a chunk of it to put to use?
Go ahead, put your cursor there and try to grab a chunk.
I have a current project where a lot of content is given to be as images like some charts that would be better rendered and more accessible as web content. And there is another reason, to provide good alt tags for images, I’d like to get more in there than just using
alt="We live in a Nano world poster". That’s pretty useless.
This is a pretty slick trick for putting The Google to work for you. I would take a copy of that image above, and upload to Google Drive.
Once there, I use the contextual menu (right click Windows, control click Mac). Or click the file, and use the 3 dot menu in the top right. Either way you are looking to Open With then select Google Docs.
Open an image in Google Docs.
You get a doc like this– the image inserted above and below it… A damn fine bit of OCR to get the text out as … text.
Yes, the formatting is Crazy Clown Pants. But it’s text I can highlight and copy.
And this brings me to my next time saving trick. I am brilliantly gobsmacked (as the say in the UK) (who says it?) (someone must!).
You’ve copied a glob of text from a formatted web page or a document. Most text editors you paste it into, it carries the formatting/style of the original. What if you just want clean, plane text?
Command-Shift-V is my new friend. It does a paste and leaves the style behind.
Here’s the mishmosh of yellow, green, text created above, pasted cleanly in one motion:
WE LIVE IN A NANO WORLD
Nanomaterials- defined as having one dimension below 100 nanometres – are all around us.
THE NEED FOR TESTING
A NANOMETRE HAS THE SAME RELATION TO A METRE AS THE DIAMETER OF A HAZELNUT HAS TO THE DIAMETER OF THE EARTH
THE HUMAN BODY USES NATURAL NANOMATERIALS, SUCH AS PROTEINS, TO CONTROL MANY SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES.
This is not the best example because of the all caps, but I can quickly run it through BBedit or something like the Text Mechanic Letter Case Converter and it’s less… shouty
We Live In A Nano World
Nanomaterials- Defined As Having One Dimension Below 100 Nanometres – Are All Around Us.
The Need For Testing
A Nanometre Has The Same Relation To A Metre As The Diameter Of A Hazelnut Has To The Diameter Of The Earth
The Human Body Uses Natural Nanomaterials, Such As Proteins, To Control Many Systems And Processes.Case Conversion Function Button Above.
But this letting Google extract the words out of a picture of words is soooooo useful.
Thanks @noiseprofessor for letting me know Google Docs has the capitalization tools buried in the menus.
Featured Image: I bet Carl Wishes Google had an extractor!