iPhone and iPad

PicTranslator: Automatically Translates Text in Images

abhijeet 24-11-2009

Although we primarily focus on free apps here at the directory, sometimes we mention nice paid tools too. PicTranslator is one such tool. It’s an iPhone app that helps to translate foreign language text in images clicked from the iPhone camera into English.


translate text in image

PicTranslator currently supports a wide range of languages like French, German, Italian, Spanish and many more. From $1.99 you can select one language to translate from and just $3.99 for all the languages. When you take a picture, the app lets you crop the image and point to the text you need to translate. It then translates it within 10 to 60 seconds depending on the length of text.

image text translator for iphone

For certain languages, you can also hear the audio pronunciation of words.

Since the app needs internet to work, it is a good tool for expats living in a foreign country who are yet to learn the local language. Also travelers who can access net on their iPhone can make use of this tool.



  • Translate text inside images taken by the iPhone camera.
  • You can translate from around 16 different languages to English.
  • Also listen to audio pronunciation for certain languages.
  • Needs internet to work.
  • Similar tools: Mobile Translator.

Check out PicTranslator@ www.pictranslator.com

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  1. Tana
    November 30, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Do you know of any free services where you can tranlate text from an image like that iPhone app?