If you happen to be traveling overseas, or perhaps you want to decipher all of those esoteric signs and symbols in your local Chinatown, then this is the perfect app for you. It lets you snap a picture of some text and then have it immediately translated into more than 25 different languages.
I’ve tried translating a handful of text pieces with this app and so far I haven’t really had any luck. The Extracted Text and Translation sections keep appearing blank, which tells me that the app isn’t even detecting the text in the photos I’m using.
After reading the user reviews on the iTunes description page, I can see that this is a common issue for many people, so let’s take a closer look at this app to see if it is even worth downloading.
Before you start using Photo Translator Free, please be aware that this is the free or "lite" version of the app. This means that you’ll have access to five Free Daily Credits, enabling you to translate up to five different images each day without having to pay a penny.
If you want to buy additional credits, you can choose from one of the following options:
Unlimited credits for $2.99 or
30 credits for $0.99.
To give you an idea of the languages you can translate to and from with this app, here are a few examples:
So as you can see, there is a great selection of languages from all over the world, making this app a good starting point as a translator if you ever find yourself feeling a little lost.
Text Detection Does Not Work
You can either import a photo from your Camera Roll to have it translated, or you can take one with your iPhone’s integrated camera. Once the image has been scanned by the app, you’ll receive a summary of the Extracted Text as well as the actual Translation itself.