ABBY FineReader is my OCR of choice. I used Kurzweil for a couple of books, but have gone back to FineReader. I use version 7.0. I tried the trial version of version 8, but didn't find enough changes in how it scans text to make it worth the upgrade for me. However, I know there are others on this list who use FR8 and perhaps they can comment better about that version. FR7 has hot keys for scan, scan continuous, stop scan, recognize, and recognize continuous. It's also very easy to use the tools menu to set options for scanning. What it doesn't do well is read back the text that has been scanned and recognized. I have to save it as an RTF file and then pull it up in Word or some other program to read the text. I don't find this to be a hardship and well worth the effort for the quality of scan I get. I am not a proficient user of OmniPage, so can't compare the two for you. I did fool around with some version of OmniPage and found it too difficult to navigate using JAWS to encourage me to continue playing with it, but perhaps I just gave up too soon. I'm curious to check out www.readingmadeeasy.com suggested by Sharon. I've not heard of this one. Good luck, and as Cindy said, this is very on-topic. Donna -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jackie McBride Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2007 9:44 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OCR software Sorry 2 b contributing 2 the glut of messages on this list--the only thing I can say on my behalf is at least it's on topic, or at least I think it is. My current OCR software is omnipage 14. Aside from the fact that it's getting old now, it has some fairly significant accessibility issues, e.g., a lot of things cannot be done from the keyboard, &, being lazy, I really don't feel like writing a bunch of scripts. I'd like to b able 2 afford something like Kurzweil, however, that's major league $$$ & my $$$ won't even make the minor league. I noticed that ABBYY fine reader has a competitive upgrade for $89. Has any1 used this software, &, if blind, how accessible do u find it? How accurate is it? Has any1 done a comparison between it & Omnipage 14? I got a demo & it seemed like there were a lot more hotkeys than in Omnipage but 15 days doesn't really give a lot of time, especially if u don't use it every day. Any help appreciated, &, if this is not on topic, please let me know. -- Jackie McBride Check out my homepage at: www.abletec.serverheaven.net To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.