Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It Just Gets Easier and Easier

I am constantly amazed by the iPad.  Part of the reason is the apps that are being developed for it.  I came across this one just this morning as I sipped by coffee.  It seems too good to be true. 

AppWriter offers word prediction, OCR, text to speech and Dyslexie font.   I am dying to get my hands on it to try it out.  I already know several students who could benefit from this app.  One student is in her first year of high school.  I remember recommending a laptop for her in fifth grade.  With it we ordered word prediction software, a scanner and a portable printer.  This $19.99 app might do a good job of replacing all that for certain school tasks.  If anyone remembers the difficulty of scanning in and sharing documents, this is a relief! 

Are you as excited as I am?


LingApps said...


We are the developers behind the app. The OCR feature is very dependent on a clear and sharp image. It can be very difficult to capture a good image with the built-in camera.

We included the OCR functionality, because we are working on integrating a pdf/epub-reader. So the actual use case is not to capture images with the camera, but to use OCR on pdf/epub files.

The pdf-reader is not included in the first version - but it's coming in the very near future.

Beth Lloyd said...

Thanks for this update. Is there a difference in the OCR feature when using the better camera on the new iPad?