Finally: A browser add-on that lets you copy and paste text out of images and memes

Ever ended up on those horrible sites where the text is saved as a JPEG, making selecting and copying text impossible? In comes the Project Naptha browser extension.

Created by developer Kevin “Antimatter15” Kwok, Project Naptha is a complete text and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) suite, packed into a JavaScript browser extension. With the suite you can now use your mouse to select and convert (an image stored as an outline) into pixels that can be displayed on a screen or printed. Text can also be selected and translated into another language. You can also remove the text completely, similar to the Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill function. Not the best, in terms of functionality, Naptha lags behind the current tools available on the market, but it is good enough – and currently, there’s absolutely nothing else like it on the market.

The Naptha Project maybe simple in its functionality, but it can also perform an in-place translation, using “inpainting” to remove the original text and then attempts to match up teh font for the translated text. You also have the choice of simply using the tools inpaiting to remove the text entirely from the images.

According to tech reports, Kwok’s plans for the tool are not entirely clear. The extension requires remote computing power that Kwok has to pay for, and certain services required by Naptha charge per use. The tools functionality is so unique and useful, however that we are sure that there are plenty of people out there who would pay a small amount of money for it, though.

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