Notable apps and updates, Feb. 18

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they’re popular and deserve mention. Here are today’s picks.


Gentlemen Coders has introduced LiveScan, a text detection app for macOS and iOS. 

It’s designed to make it easy to capture text from images, the Mac’s screen or the iPhone’s camera. The folks at Gentlemen Coders says LiveScan is especially useful for video conferences and pre-printed text such as signs or business cards. 

Text in eight languages can be processed through a set of built-in actions that can translate text, open web links, search the internet, display directions, track packages, make phone calls, and more. The app also includes quick access to Yelp, Amazon, and eBay.

LiveScan is available today on the iOS and Mac App Stores. Customers can try the app for seven days with two subscription options. The monthly plan is just US$.99 cents and a yearly subscription is $5.99. Customers can choose to make a single, lifetime purchase for $9.99. LiveScan runs on iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur and it is optimized for Apple Silicon.


The Opti Ride App, created by the self-driving vehicle company Optimus Ride, is available now at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

It lets users can hail an Optimus Ride electric autonomous vehicle to travel within a development or community. Opti Ride was first launched at The Yards in D.C.,  community to help passengers arrive safely at their destination to restaurants on-site or even Capitol Hill. The app features flexible ride scheduling, reservations, and more.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.