As has been mentioned, this isn’t possible, but there is a way round it. I’ve just tried a piece of software called Easy Screen OCR that can be used to grab the screen and convert it to text. Additionally, it also offers a translation function. I didn’t try out the latter, but the basic programme seems to work well. It doesn’t remove line breaks, but in all other respects it seems pretty good. I’ve included an example below:
If you look on their website (screenshot below) you’ll find a $19 lifetime option. It does seem to require a bit of fiddling around with Google API’s, but it’s definitely more affordable than the subscriptions.
I remember reading that 5 years ago and couldn’t get my head around the desire to use OpenGL. I didn’t question it because I thought the software would evolve. But it hasn’t really. Certainly, it isn’t using “fluid animations” or anything that vaguely requires text to to drawn pixel by pixel. It just seems perverse.
The bulging support section, endless Mac whines and Android tablet whines would suggest this approach flopped.
I… don’t see the same behavior. You can absolutely paste a string from your clipboard into Roon search.
Yes, you cannot copy text from the descriptions of artists or albums because they are images, but you can use the ellipsis (…) menu to open the share pop up and in there the name of the album and artist are pre-entered into text fields, they can be highlighted and copied or better yet just use contextual menu (usually right-click) to do a Google search directly without having to copy at all.
Another OCR option is TextSniper. I’ve just started using this for a different project (i.e. not Roon), but it would work just as well for grabbing the album details, or anything else, within Roon. It’s not subscription based, but not free either.