Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

New Optical Character Recognition Software

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

New Optical Character Recognition Software

Article excerpt

Freedom Scientific recently released version 8.0 of its OpenBook Scanning and Reading Software, which operates on a PC and converts printed documents or graphic-based text into an electronic text format using speech and optical character recognition (OCR) technology. OpenBook 8.0 includes both Nuance OmniPage and ABBYY FineReader OCR software. Individuals can also choose between two text-to-speech software synthesizers: RealSpeak Solo (which features voices intended to be natural and human-sounding) or Eloquence (which is described as efficient, synthesized speech that often is preferred for editing and document skimming). The software includes new features for people with low vision, including tools to modify the appearance of text on the screen (including font style, size, character spacing, and color); the option to change to a split-screen view and compare the original document and OCR conversion results; the tools Masking and Word Spotlighting, which are designed to allow users to visually follow the text as it is read; the Highlight feature, which can mark important passages of a document for later reference; and the Comment feature, which allows an individual to insert a comment or note in a document and have the comments remain hidden or announced in the document review mode. …

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