[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Re: Apple anyone?
- From: "Mary Anne Lynskey" <yeksnyl1953am@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2008 21:06:05 -0500
Hi Monica. I was wondering about Omnipage since that is what I use. I asked Scansoft if I could get a copy for the Mac at a discount because I have used Omnipage so long and have always kept with upgrades, but so far no luck there. And since things are working on my Windows so well now, I'm not going to get too excited about it. I soft of fell into getting the Mac notebook, so I'm learning how to use it. I really like what I've seen so far. It never ever crashes no matter how many wrong keys you push on the keyboard. It's wildly different from windows, but I am impressed and will probably go that way as time passes and things become more available . I was extremely disappointed with the last major upgrade to my screen reading software, and I'm just becoming disenchanted with the whole MS thing and companies pushing software out the door before it's ready for prime time. I think a lot of people are making the switch because they are fed up with Microsoft and Vista, but of course once that happens, more hackers and virus pirates will be at work too. But having a screen reader built into every computer they make, and one that works pretty darn good, is an encouraging sign from Apple. As for your Dell, I've had good luck with them. My biggest gripe with Dell is how hard it is to restore their systems to factory setup again. But I have a Dell here which I've used for years and won't give up because it always works, and just keeps trucking. They are workhorses. The one I traded with my brother for his Mac is really fast and it was a tough choice to make. Anyway, thanks for your answer to my post. ----- Original Message ----- From: Monica Willyard To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2008 2:26 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Apple anyone? Hi, Mary Anne. I took a look at scanning technology on the Mac recently when considering which laptop to buy. I really like so many things about the Mac, but Bookshare work was my sticking point. I spoke with nine blind Mac users and ended up with more questions than answers. I learned that there is a version of OmniPage for the Mac and a version of FineReader as well. I was told that VoiceOver will work with OmniPage with a few quirks. There is no program comparable to Kurzweil for a Mac. I have also been told that Microsoft Office doesn't work with speech on a Mac. For those reasons, I chose not to buy one since a lot of my time is spent scanning and validating. If you have sight, these issues won't be a problem for you. If you use speech, you would need to find a program that can handle rtf files and that will notify you of the presence of page breaks. I think we have a couple of Mac users who volunteer for Bookshare. I don't know if they use their Mac for their volunteering though since they have multiple computers. The volunteer I did speak with told me that I would need to deal with some formatting quirks. I really want to use a Mac and see what it's like. I couldn't justify spending the money on one with so many unknowns since I'd have to buy a totally new scanning package and such. I don't intend to sound negative here. I can only describe my experiences. I hope you'll be able to prove me wrong and make me regret buying a Dell. (grin) Monica Willyard "The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker
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