August 17, 2019

Why I build PhotoCopyThis

Yi-Ning Huang @yiningh

I find myself trying to "copy" public wifi password, address, phone numbers, and emails from an image a lot, but there is no quick and simple way to copy text from an image without doing a lot of typing.

There are a lot of scanner apps out there that help users to scan documents, but I feel there is something missing. There is no quick way to abstract short text from an image. Often time, the app scans the entire document/image, which does not return exactly what the user needs. Sometimes, the app required users to draw a box in the image to specify what portion of the text they like to abstract, but this action is very time-consuming for the user.

I spend some time designing the app in a way it'll be fast for the user to abstract short text from an image. In addition, I think it might be useful to integrate with Siri shortcuts since I enjoy using it - I find myself more productive when I use Siri shortcuts.

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