November 14, 2009
October 27, 2009

Free promo codes available

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: TBD . 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.

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October 19, 2009

Cool video of Babelshot at work

iPod Touch Lab (Japanese inside) posted a terrific video of Babelshot at work. Check it out. It is totally worth it.

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October 15, 2009

Babelshot is available in the app store

Babelshot is now available for download in the app store. My special thanks to all beta testers who, without doubt, helped to make this release happen. You rock!

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September 17, 2009

Beta testers needed!

Babelshot still needs 20 beta testers to test around the edges and polish out user experience. The requirements are simple:

  • iPhone 3GS or previous generation iPhone with Clarifi case is recommended (but not required). Original iPhone and iPhone 3G without Clarifi case are limited to translating large fonts only and with lower OCR quality. iPod Touch owners are limited to manual input only.
  • Non-English and second language speakers are welcome.
  • Previous beta testing experience is a plus

What is expected from you:

  • Install and use the app for reasonable period time (days, not minutes)
  • Report any bugs or issues noticed.
  • Provide honest feedback on general look and feel of the app.

If interested, ping me at babelshot@codiumlabs.com or DM @babelshot on Twitter. Let the fun begin! 

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More screenshots

I created more tesing screenshots this morning. First image sequence shows how to translate excerpt from a book in English, into French. Note that since my intention was to use the translation elsewhere, I manually corrected text formatting between steps 5 and 6. This step is neither required nor affects quality of translation.
 
And I made the second image sequence when I was frantically searching around for misplaced camera user’s manual, and after spending some time looking everywhere, ended up translating Spanish manual that manufacturer conveniently placed in the box. What a relief!
 
 

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September 16, 2009

Preparing for beta testing

I am implementing few minor UI tweaks based on feedback received from friend-testing. This was the last round of insider QA. The product is stable. Tomorrow I will send out first invitations for private beta testing. If you read this and would like to give it a shot, leave a comment or send an email to babelshot@codiumlabs.com.

You won’t believe how scared I am to think that a product of 4 months of hard labour will finally run on user devices. All feedback received so far was overwhelmingly positive and everybody is very, very excited about Babelshot and think it has a great future.

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September 13, 2009

First public screenshots

1 - select paragraph of German
2 - preview OCR results
3 - read English translation!

See and download the full gallery on posterous

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