New in Snap&Read for iOS: Features to Support Reading

Boy reading a book with images of whales in the background

Over the last few years, Snap&Read has evolved mostly on Chrome with advancements in translation, annotation, and more. With the latest Snap&Read iOS update, we bring these supports to iOS on iPad and iPhone.


We did a lot of things with the iOS version based on requests and the needs of students and educators. In addition to the stand-alone app, we added an iOS Safari Extension that works right in the built-in browser. It can be used directly on websites so students can use their supports anywhere. We worked really hard to make sure Snap&Read integrated with the tools on iOS devices including the browser, camera, and even your storage/digital cloud drives.


The three main features of the new iOS version are the OCR (optical character recognition) tool, the advanced translation and text leveling tools, as well as anything and everything to do with PDFs (markup, annotation, etc.). All of these things work together to help your students reach their highest potential and access written language in ways never before thought possible.

iOS Safari Extension

Screen Shot of the National Geographic website with the safari extension tool bar

For those of you who use our Chrome Extension, we wanted this to work very similarly. iOS Safari Extension integrates key reading features into the Safari browser on iPad and iPhone. Tools like Read-Aloud, Translation, Text Leveling, and Annotation can be used in the browser on most websites.

OCR (Optical Character Recognition)

Animation shows the Snap&Read Picture to OCR tool that reads text from images

The OCR tool uses the latest technology to look for text within images. Not only do you have the ability to use this on images already loaded on your device, but you can also snap a picture with your device and bring it right into Snap&Read. You can photograph worksheets, street signs, even chapters of whole books, and the OCR tool will help make it readable for the whole page or even just a small section. You can even annotate and translate right on the images. We’ve been testing the OCR on handwritten notes around the office and it does surprisingly well!

All things PDF from annotation to saving

Animation illustrating how to open a PDF and annotate with highlight and text on the iPad using Snap&Read.

PDF is still the most commonly used format for worksheets and quizzes. We took requests from users and built functionality for PDF in a variety of ways; starting with loading them into Snap&Read. You can bring your PDF in by:


Pre-loading them on the device and accessing them through the documents tab

  1. Pulling them from your Google Drive, One Drive or iCloud
  2. Bring PDFs on web directly into Snap&Read using your toolbar as long as Snap&Read is toggled on. It automatically will save to your device. 
  3. Capture and string multiple images together from your device and create an accessible PDF within Snap&Read
Snap&Read iOS screen shot of annotations tool bar on a pdf

An extensive set of annotation options are now available including highlighting, drawing, text box typing, adding shapes, and a large variety of other options. You can save (to your device or cloud storage), share, and print your PDF before and after annotations so turning in worksheets is as easy as the click of a button.


There are other new features including our translation tool working across 100+ languages. Our development team is focused on usability and making things easy for students and school districts—so dig in and explore the latest iOS version. 


If you already have a license to Snap&Read, you already have access to the iOS version—just download it from the App Store and sign in. If you don’t have Snap&Read and want to try it out, get a free trial.

On-Demand Webinar

Watch our On-Demand Webinar with Kevin Johnston where he goes through and shows all the new features of the Snap&Read for iOS.

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