Is there any app which I can use to hover over any text I read, so that it can recognise kanji?
Yes. Yomiwa it is called. Works quite fine. For reading a book it would be quite tedious, but to check sth now and then it is good.
You could also use Google Translate for this. It has a camera feature which will show the romaji reading for the kanji, so you can look it up in a proper dictionary.
It says the recognition features are paid
I have a screenshot.
I use Shirabe Jisho which has radical look up and handwritten input which is quite forgiving to my bad handwriting.
I just tried Yomiwa and have to admit it is pretty slick. Costs $4 but probably worth it.
When OCR fails, I find this website very useful for looking up kanji: https://kanji.sljfaq.org/draw.html
It has a few different options, but the ones I find most useful are:
- Handwritten: Works surprisingly well (I find it helps to check the “ignore stroke order” option, since I’m often uncertain of the stroke order).
- By radical / multi-radical: If you can recognize 1 or 2 radicals in the kanji this is a very quick option.
There’s a few other options you can play with as well.
@zyoeru thanks both.
You can also upload saved photos (so, a screenshot) into Google Translate. Google Translate is garbage, however I keep it installed to easily pop unfamiliar kanji into Jisho.
That is correct. You did not ask for freeware explicitely.