[guispeak] Re: how to read print with only a scanner and screen reader?

  • From: "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 16:02:46 -0000

Hi Harry,
Come down off the ceiling!  You're not alone with your
frustration, I assure you.
The software I have seen with the Cannon is a pretty much
free or "lite" product, and really only does the very
Omnipage and/or Text Bridge, a relatively low cost OCR
packages which integrate with Notepad, Wordpad, Word for
Windows and such like.
If they are installed and set up properly, an item will
appear in the File menu of Notepad, etc., which is usually
called "Acquire Text" or similar.  You select that option
and the OCR software will automatically trigger, scan the
page, and bring it in to Notepad.  You can then read it with
your screen reader software.
It's not difficult to set up, but ideally needs a little
help from someone sighted  with a shade of computer savvy.


        From: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
        Sent: 20 March 2005 05:15
        To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: [guispeak] Re: how to read print with only
a scanner and screen reader?
        Hi Andy, Well, we'll try this crap again, since I
was trying to type to ya and something happened and my email
left the screen and some darn page came up. All I know is, I
have an ocr program on this computer already, it came with
my scanner. I'm using the Cannon LIDE80 portable flatbed
scanner. It has the Scansoft Ocr software in it already, so
isn't that enough? I don't know any more. All I know is, I
am using vip software installed on my computer and it's just
like kurzweil. All I know is it's giving me nothing but
fits. The guy that does their work tech support is charging
me $35 an hour and who the heck knows if it will work any
more or not. I'm sick of this crap. I am sick of all of it.
I don't have any way of reading my books, mail, etc. I'm
tired of spending money like it's going tdown the drain. I'm
not mad at you, but I'm furious with all this software I
have to buy. Sighted folk can read and I can't. I could
before I bought this used laptop and now, I got crap, I got
nothin to be able to read with and a reader only once a
week. I'm hacked off. But anyway, scansoft is included with
the LIDE80 flatbed scanner. Harry 

        -------- Original Message --------
        From: Andy Baracco <wq6r@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
        Apparently from: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: [guispeak] Re: how to read print with only
a scanner and screen reader?
        Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 20:17:46 -0800
        You cannot read scanned images directly with a
screen reader, as a screen 
        reader can only read text. You must use some kind of
optical character 
        recognition software to convert the scanned image to
text. You need not 
        use a blindness oriented product. You can use an off
the shelf OCR package 
        such as Omnipage and export the recognized scanned
image into a word 
        processor such as MS WORD. You will need to have
some sophistication with 
        the use of the computer and Windows to do this, but
there are many blind 
        computer users who do this.
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