Hanping Chinese Popup OCR

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About this app

The ultimate solution for quickly looking up Chinese words on your smartphone or tablet, no matter what app (or system screens) you are using.

The world's first app (on any platform) to combine in-app screen capture with OCR technology.

If you're not satisfied, for any reason, within 30 days you get a full refund, period, no questions asked. We don't want your money if you're not amazingly happy. Simply send us an email.

Note: This app is for Lollipop (5.0) devices or higher. Our other text recognition app Hanping Chinese Camera is available on Jelly Bean (4.1) and higher.

If you experience any issues (for example, device-specific issues we may not yet be aware of) please send us an email.

When the app is running, there is an always-present "handle" floating over your screen. When you want to look up a Chinese word, place the handle next to the word, and you will see a popup containing the dictionary definition. You can also play the audio, copy to clipboard, add to you starred lists or simply jump to the definition in our dictionary app.

Please note: this app uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology so not always will every character be correctly recognised. However, in supported scenarios you should get at least 99% accuracy.

Works with regular lines of text and most text in images. Not suited for stylised text or text on complex/patterned backgrounds.

A persistent notification allows you to easily hide/show the handle. When the handle is hidden, the status bar icon is also hidden to keep your status bar clean! You can optionally show the notification at device startup and also control hiding/showing the notification from the main app screen.

This works with our Mandarin (free and paid) and Cantonese (paid) dictionary apps.

Typical usage scenarios:

* Instant messaging (e.g. WeChat, Line, Messenger)
* Websites
* Apps only localised to Chinese (so buttons etc are not in your language)
* Photos containing regular text (e.g most menus)
* Maps
* System language is Chinese but is not your native language (great way of learning Chinese!)

Please note: this app does not support vertical text, although we will probably add this in a future update.

Characters supported: 6703 (Simplified), 5401 (Traditional) covering a total 8972 unique characters

Recognition accuracy: 99.5% (Simplified), 98.7% (Traditional) based on various scanned books and newspapers

Important note: If you are using a "lux" app (e.g. Lux Lite, Twilight or 藍色光濾波器) to control the screen colors, this may prevent you from clicking the confirmation button to start screen recording. In this case, you would need to turn off (or uninstall) that "lux" app.

Please report any bugs or suggestions to us via e-mail.
Updated on
Sept 13, 2022

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144 reviews
Fellipe silva martins
December 31, 2020
I love Hanping but i don't like this one. First, I bought it on my tablet and I can't install it on my phone (same Google account!). Second, it only finds the correct hanzi if the cursor is on a very precise position (which is difficult to find) and only 70% of times it is accurate which means it takes several tries. No vertical text... Does it only work with hi-res pictures? So far it is more practical and fast to open Hanping dict on a separate window or on my phone and draw the hanzi...
4 people found this review helpful
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January 1, 2021
Hi Fellipe, thank you for your review. It sounds like a device-specific issue here. Please can you watch the promo video to see how the app should be behaving. You certainly shouldn't need to do anything like pixel-perfect cursor positioning. Not sure what you mean by hi-res pictures since it works on the screen. Please email us support@hanping.app
A Google user
December 24, 2018
Amazingly accurate - but only for normal fonts. Some websites just use pretty outlandish fonts which is not very useful. Also, tried to use it for subtitles. It's pretty useful but would be better if it translated the entire sentence and you wouldn't have to hover over each character. 慢慢来!
6 people found this review helpful
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September 10, 2022
I really like hanging cursor, I always use it together with Pleco. Hanping cursor should introduce features like that of Pleco that enables highlighting an entire chinese sentence or even paragraphs and you can skim through it effortlessly!
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September 17, 2022
Hi Viki, thank you for your feedback. Hanping Popup is optimised for looking up individual words rather than translating longer texts. Having a box to move and resize has its advantages but is also slower and more cumbersome. Have you tried Hanping Camera which does line-by-line scanning? This also works on screenshots and other images. Thanks Mark

What's new

• Finally fixed issue where cursor was sometimes disappearing on app launch