Scanning for access to print
DBVI Vision Quest June 23, 2013 AT Presentation:
The following is a brief outline of resources related to scanning printed material using a PC, or smart device. This page also includes additional resources for Bookshare and iOS basic instruction, also part of this AT presentation.
Types of Hardware:
Personal flatbed scanner
Inexpensive, lightweight personal scanner, scans slowly and requires additional software to make OCR (Optical Character Recognition) accessible.
Business or Library scanner
Expensive scanner/copiers that quickly scan material and may email documents as attachments in PDF or Word formats. There is one at UMO library.
Stand-alone devices such as ZoomX use a digital camera instead of scanner and OCR software to convert image into text. Many smartphones have OCR software to work with the camera.
OCR (is it accessible OCR?)
Kurzweil 1000 $995
DocuScan Plus $299
Hadley Seminar on DocuScan Plus http://hwcdn.net/k4w2w6y8/cds/seminars/DOCUSCANPLUS.mp3
Text Cloner Pro $99 http://www.readingmadeez.com/products/TextClonerPro.html
Scan and Read $149
ABISEE Eye-Pal Scanning
Podcast on Eye-Pal Scanning solutions
iOS and Android Apps
TextGrabber + Translator (iOS devices)
http://www.abbyy.com/textgrabber these may be used with the StandScan and StandScan Pro for improved document scanning
Text Detective (iOS devices)
Mobile OCR (free for iOS and Android)
Free to student’s including Hadleys School for the Blind students or community Adult Ed students.
Reading Bookshare books in Daisy Format
Read Out Loud for the Mac and PC
Victor Reader Soft for PC
Read2Go for iOS
Voice Dream for iOS
Darwin for Android
Go Read for Android
Accessible Reading Apps for iOS Devices
The following is a resource that lists apps for iOS devices for reading and scanning
iPad Basic Instruction Links
Quick Reference Guide for VoiceOver on iOS
Apple accessibility page
Apple dedicated line for accessibility issues: 877-204-3930
Dan’s Post on SIRI Commands
Homework for the week of June 23, 2012:
Listen to the Hadley podcast on DocuScan
Listen to the podcast on ABISEE
What can you find on these software scanning applications for the PC and Mac: WYNN, Open Book, Read and Write Gold? A good place to begin this research is at the Bookshare.org web site, under the tab, “Getting Started,” “Read Books.” Include a brief description of the software and a link to the company’s web site.
Scan a page from the most recent Atlantic Monthly magazine using the library scanner
Download one of the free apps that work with Bookshare: Voice Dreams lite, or Blio. There is no need to purchase anything for either. Blio may ask if you wish to purchase additional text-to-speech voices, but please do not.