New VOCR Released For Catalina

macOS & Mac Apps

Hi All,

I'm just writing to let everyone know that I just released a new experimental VOCR.
If you haven't heard VOCR, it's an app that lets you take screenshot of your mac screen, apply OCR, navigate the result, and move the mouse. It's similar to features on JAWS and NVDA.
MacOS Catalina finally included the OCR capability in their VisionKit that take advantage of machine learning.
In my opinion, it is much faster and accurate than Tesseract that previous VOCR utilized, and you don't have to deal with terminal and third party tools.
Here's an audio demo.
Because the tight security in Catalina, there are multiple steps for the initial setup. You can download VOCR and read the instruction below.
This is highly experimental, so use at own your risk!
Lastly, this kind of feature should be really built in to VoiceOver in my opinion. If you know anyone at Apple, let them know.




Submitted by Sleeping Love on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dear Chikim,
I would like to ask you for recommendation about VOCR installation. I want to install OCR on High-Sierra. I try to read through your manual but I don't understand and cannot find installation menu. Could you please guide me to VOCR installation on High-Sierra?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Warmest Regards,

If you use MacOS earlier than Catalina, you have to use the old VOCR.
It requires third party tools such as Keyboard Maestro, Tesseract, ImageMagick, and you need to utilize Terminal when installing.
Since it indicates you're an App Developer, hopefully the process is not too complicated for you.
Otherwise, I'd recommend people to wait until they upgrade to Catalina and use the latest.

Submitted by slj on Friday, October 23, 2020

Wow what an amazing app. I wish I knew about this long time ago. I'm surprised that it hasn't got more attention here on the forum. I'll do what I can to spread out the information about this amazing tool.
Thanks again. I'll find this extremely useful in the future.