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Fujifilm GT-Document Lite for Dropbox app - photographed text more visible on smartphones

July 9, 2012

We now have those apps where you can take a picture of a landmark, and it tells you information about it. Then there are those articulate, in-depth applications in which you take a picture of a foreign street sign and it translates it for you.

While everyone might think that is cool, it should also matter how clear photographed text looks like on a smartphone. Being able to come back to a picture to access the photographed text in it is one of the perks current smartphones have to offer. That’s why we often take pictures of various things that contain text that we’d like to review later. But once we get back to those images, the text is not always readable and we have to keep zooming in to try to find our way through blurry letters.

Fujifilm has recently developed a smartphone application called GT-Document Lite for Dropbox which is essentially capable of enhancing the text in photos.

Within Fujifilm’s app, you will be introduced to a feature called “GT-Layout”, which improves the readability of text inside an image. According to Tech In Asia, the feature basically crops each character within the given text and transforms it into a smaller image that’s separated by other words (also distinct images) by line breaks. What the app does then is to rearrange the photographed text to fit the screen in order for the user to read it easier – but it doesn’t actually recognize text.

This process does away with other parts of the initial image that don’t contain text (regular images) and allows the user to focus only on the text that will take up the main part of the display, no matter how big the screen of the device is. Therefore, the need for zooming in and out to understand what the text says almost disappears – although in case you want to zoom in that’s still possible and the text will be simply rearranged to fit the new available screen space. Moreover, this application has the ability to eliminate “layout distortion” and connects to your personal Dropbox account.

This great app could be used in a variety of day-to-day instances including assisting students in school for faster note taking, helping out in business meetings and other such scenarios where taking a photo of text to read later is important.

The app will initially recognize horizontal text and it will support Japanese only, with support for vertical text and more languages including English to be added later. In addition to PNG, JPG and GIF images, the app supports Microsoft Office files and PDF documents. GT-Document Lite for Dropbox is currently available as a free download in the Google Play store.

What do you think about Fujifilm’s approach to this photography-related problem? Will you use this app in your daily, or even work-related tasks? I would love to hear your comments.