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Translation service outage

We’re experiencing a problem with our backend provider. As of this moment translation service is disabled worldwide. We are investigating and will post more information when it’s available. Thank you for your patience!

UPD @5:20PM PDT: Service has been restored.

Version 1.2

Version 1.2 is available now in the App Store as free update. Please upgrade by visiting App Store app on your home screen.

Changes in this version:

- Entire app is now Retina display and iOS 5 compatible.

- Added Google Translate 2.0 support.

- New buttons for e-mailing photo and translated text.

- App optimized for dual core processor inside iPhone 4S.

- Some bug fixes and OCR accuracy improvements.

Service interruptions

We apologize for translation service interruptions this week. These are caused by changes in Google Translate API. New version is already in review and should be released soon.

If your text is not immediately translated, please save it to archive using top button, then try again in a minute or two. Thank you for your patience!

iPhone 4

Babelshot HD is coming late July, updated for iPhone 4. We will begin testing the new version as soon as we lay our hands on new hardware on June 28th, and submit to the app store shortly thereafter. Among the improvements are support for high-resolution camera and HD screenshot translation, and a few convenience settings.

Current Babelshot users will get free upgrade.

Babelshot Lite released + March promo code giveaway

Apple just approved our new app, Babelshot Lite. In this app, we packaged only the best functionality of original Babelshot into a smaller download, and optimized it for travelers and foreign students. Babelshot Lite is completely free and available today in the app store. Get it now.

To celebrate the occasion, we are giving away 40 FREE PROMO CODES for the full version of Babelshot (normally $3.99). The free promo codes are available on first come, first serve basis, and in US store only.

Beta testing Babelshot 1.1 – instructions

To install a beta build of Babelshot on your iPhone or iPod Touch:

1) Connect the device

2) Download the provisioning profile and drag it to iTunes:

3) Sync the device

4) Download the app from this link:

5) Unzip and drag the app to your device in iTunes.

6) Sync the device again.

Beta testing Babelshot 1.1

Babelshot 1.1 is ready for beta testing. This update includes following improvements:

- New tab for selecting images from camera roll.

- Support for screenshot translation. Press two buttons simultaneously to save a screenshot to camera roll, then tap Saved Photos tab to select the image for translation.

- Added Chinese simplified to the list of available languages.

- Bug fixes and minor accuracy improvements.

If interested, send your device ID (UDID) to or DM @babelshot.