Look at some common queries

  • What is Snapverter?

Snapverter is an add-on for Read&Write for Google that can OCR text from worksheets, handouts, book pages, photocopies, and other paper based materials from your classroom. It can also recognize and convert text from inaccessible PDF files and images.


  • How do I access Snapverter?

You can access from the Chrome Web Store or by going to Snapverter.texthelp.com.


  • How does it work?

Once installed from the Chrome Web Store, you can launch the application by clicking on the Snapverter icon in the Chrome App Launcher or using the Apps button on the bookmarks bar. You can also launch from the Chrome Store listing.


Launching the application will take you to the Snapverter Dashboard where you can view current activity, your conversion history, adjust your settings, provide feedback, and more.

When you install Snapverter, a Snapverter folder will be added to My Drive in your Google Drive Account. This folder contains additional folders that will be used when converting files.


To use Snapverter, simply snap a picture of a document or drop an existing inaccessible file or image into the “drop files here to convert” folder. You can do this on Macs, PCs, Chromebooks, and even on iPhones and Android devices using the Google Drive app.


The conversion process will begin and the converted file will be available in the Finished folder when complete. Note that this could take up to 5 minutes depending on the file type and size.

Once converted, you can share the file with students and they can open it directly in Google Drive using Read&Write for Google. Inaccessible PDFs and Images will open as PDF files while Daisy files will open in EPUB format.


  • What types of files can Snapverter convert?

Snapverter will recognize the following formats for conversion: PDF (Text inaccessible Scans), GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF. For Daisy to EPUB conversions, it will only accept ZIP files.


  • Are there file size limits for files being converted?

Yes, the file size limit is currently 20MB.


  • Any special instructions for using Snapverter with Daisy files from Bookshare?

To convert Bookshare files, simply drop the entire zipped folder into the “drop files here to convert” folder. Users should not unzip the folder and add individual files.


  • What do I do if a file does not convert?

Ensure that the file type can be recognized by Snapverter and that it is below 20MB. If the file still does not convert contact technical support.


  • How much does Snapverter cost?

Snapverter is currently only available for purchase to domain and group purchasers of Read&Write for Google. If you have or will be purchasing a domain or group license of Read&Write for Google, please contact our Sales team for more information.


  • Is it a one time fee or subscription?

Snapverter is a subscription based service.


  • Is there a free trial for Snapverter?

There is a “freemium” version that anyone can download that allows 10 free scans. After that, one free scan per week is allowed.


  • What happens after a domain purchases Snapverter?

The contact will receive an introduction email thanking them for their purchase and provide links to the deployment and user guide.


  • Can Read&Write for Google single customers buy Snapverter?

No, Snapverter is not available for Read&Write for Google single users.


  • Do I have to have Read&Write for Google in order to try Snapverter?

No, you can install Snapverter trial even if you don’t have Read&Write for Google. However, you cannot purchase Snapverter without Read&Write for Google.