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 basics. 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. George. ________________________________ From: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of wd8oep@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 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. Andy ** To leave the list, click on the immediately-following link:- ** [mailto:guispeak-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx?subject=unsubscribe] ** If this link doesn't work then send a message to: ** guispeak-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ** and in the Subject line type ** unsubscribe ** For other list commands such as vacation mode, click on the ** immediately-following link:- ** [mailto:guispeak-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx?subject=faq] ** or send a message, to ** guispeak-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the Subject:- faq This Message has been scanned for viruses by McAfee Groupshield.