Is Text Cloner Pro self-voicing? Jim -----Original Message----- From: Alan Clendinen [mailto:alanclendinen@xxxxxxxxxxx] I recently obtained trial versions of three Optical Character = Recognition (OCR) programs, which are compatible with JFW. These programs are = Freedom Scientific's Openbook, Kurzweil's Kurzweil 1000, and Premier Assistive Technology's Text Cloner Pro. From my tests of these products, I have concluded that all three = programs did an adequate job with converting scanned books and other printed materials, but Openbook and Kurzweil 1000 both carry a hefty retail = price of $995.00 Text Cloner Pro, however, retails for just $89.95. Now to be fair, I = must note that Openbook and Kurzweil 1000 include some nifty bells and = whistles that the bare-bones Text Cloner Pro doesn't have. These more expensive OCR programs include built-in speech capability, so = you can use them without needing a separate screen-reader application. They = can also create MP3 files from scanned text. Both programs allow scanning of graphics, which can then be saved in a variety of formats. The Kurzweil 1000 includes a 30-day membership to bookshare.org, and = also features a utility for finding and downloading e-books from a few e-book = web sites. The question you must ask yourself is, are the extra features worth an = extra $905.05? In my opinion, the answer is no. In fact, from my testing, I = found the built-in speech "feature" to be a real pain in the neck. It = interfered with JFW speech and numeric keypad controls. In Openbook, JFW needed = to either be unloaded or put to sleep. The Kurzweil 1000 has a = configuration setting to use JFW's speech and numeric keypad control, but it was = buggy. The built-in speech feature of these two programs is an unnecessary = frill if you already have a screen-reader program. The installation and configuring for Text Cloner Pro was by far the = easiest of the three programs. Once it was set up, scanning and OCR conversion = is accomplished with a single keystroke. If you are looking for a user-friendly, JFW compatible OCR program that = is inexpensive, Text Cloner Pro is a great choice. You can learn more about Text Cloner Pro by visiting their web page at: http://www.premier-programming.com/TextCloner/tcpro.htm To post a message to the list, send it to jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send a message to jfw-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.