Monthly Archives: October 2009

Free promo codes available [GONE]


I have over 20 promo codes for Babelshot that I need to distribute before they expire. Babelshot is an ultimate translation app for iPhone. It translates text snapped with iPhone camera into any of 48 supported languages. You can see how the app looks and works in these posts: 1, 23.

To claim your free code, follow @babelshot on Twitter and retweet this status: . Then I will DM your code within several hours.

Promo codes are available on first come – first serve basis and in US app store only.

UPDATE: All promo codes gone. Stay tuned, there will be more available in November.

App description and PR kit (rev. 10/28/09)

The first translator in the app store that supports input from iPhone camera!

Automatically translate restaurant menus, hotel booklets, product manuals, or snippets from books and newspapers without typing anything on iPhone keyboard. Simply take a close-up picture of printed text and this app will recognize and immediately translate it into another language (see hardware requirements below). As a backup to camera input, you can always enter text manually, just like with any other translator app.

Languages supported for camera input: Afrikaans, Albanian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish.

Languages supported for manual input: all of the above, plus Arabic, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Persian, Russian, Serbian, Thai, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

You can translate text into any language listed above, regardless of input method used.

Hardware requirements:
✓ For full camera input capabilities, iPhone 3GS or previous generation iPhone with Clarifi case is required.
✓ iPhone and iPhone 3G users without Clarifi case are limited to translating larger text only (1/4″ or bigger), or using manual input.
✓ iPod Touch users can only use manual input.
✓ Wi-Fi or cellular connection is required for translation but not for text recognition.

✓ Input text using iPhone camera or by typing it on keyboard.
✓ Rotate photo to achieve correct orientation.
✓ Preview text recognition results and correct if needed.
✓ Save translated text along with original photo or text for future reference.
✓ If Internet connection is not available, your input can be optionally saved and translated later when connection restores.
✓ Copy and paste translated text into outgoing e-mail or SMS.
✓ Convenient button for swapping source and target languages.
✓ Polished and streamlined user interface.
✓ Completely ad-free.

Things we are working on in future versions (see website for updates):
✓ Adding camera input for more languages.
✓ Improving speed and accuracy of text recognition.
✓ Optimizing text selection workflow.
✓ Landscape mode.

Screenshots (single zip file):