[optacon-l] Re: scanning and reading appliance

Thanks for the info.  I may have to get another scanner at some point.  I'm not 
even sure where my old Visioneer is after the move, but it wasn't going on 
anyway, just if it didn't have any power, but everything was plugged in.  I 
have Open Book 7.

Dan
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From: "Judy Adams" <judy@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <optacon-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2012 10:34 AM
Subject: [optacon-l] Re: scanning and reading appliance


Dear mailing list,

Don't forget Jim Bliss's VIP scanning software; his company is still going 
strong, despite his illness and recent death.  VIP can be used with any Twain 
scanner (e.g. Canon, Epson, etc.), and the software is $295 (or can be 
"bundled" with his e-mail - PnC E-mail, and browser - PnC Net for a total of 
$500). Scanned text is spoken (and displayed in large print for low vision 
users). Most commands are given with the number keypad in VIP, and using arrow 
keys on the PnC product menus.  VIP has simple audio help identifying the key 
used for different functions.    You can pick up a good scanner for around 
$100, so with just VIP and a scanner, you have a great system.  There is also a 
calculator program in VIP, a simple word processor, a database, a clock, and a 
CD with 658 literary classics, including some US historical documents and the 
complete King James Bible (all documents on the CD can be bookmarked in VIP).  
You can copy scanned documents over into MS Word for editing, brai
 lling, etc. Uses MS Anna voice on Win7 computers, or older XP voices, or 
Neospeech voices can be purchased through JBliss.

The demo CD has 30-day trial versions, gives you a demo of the different 
voices, and a 30 min. video with informative sound track.  Let me know if 
you're interested in a demo CD to try This is PC software, not stand-alone, but 
quite affordable. Even if you don't have a scanner, you can see how the system 
works, because there is a sample scanned file.  I recommend that you call me 
after installation so I can talk you through the initial steps and answer any 
questions.

Best regards,

Judy Adams (former Optacon teacher, sighted),
President
JBliss Low Vision Systems
888-452-5477 9-5 California time
judy@xxxxxxxxxx

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Subject: [optacon-l] Re: scanning and reading appliance
   From: Robert Feinstein <harlynn@xxxxxxxxx>
   Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:59:08 -0400 (EDT)
     To: optacon list <optacon-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

>Very well described, Mary.  Thank you.
>
>Robert
>
>On Fri, 13 Apr 2012, Mary Emerson wrote:
>
>> Morning list,
>> 
>> SARA stands for Scanning and Reading Appliance. it's a stand-alone 
>> device; most of them these days are flat bed scanners, although the 
>> newer models are scanners with a camera above the machine, looking down 
>> on a page of print that is facing up. Flat bed scanners work with the 
>> camera underneath, and the printed matter face down. The idea is to have 
>> the scanner scan and then read you the document, or store it in its 
>> memory and later displayed in braille, or read aloud, or copied to a 
>> thumb drive. You can attach a braille display and read the document in 
>> braille if you use the model with the camera above the page.
>> 
>> You can listen to the SARA reading as you read the document or page with 
>> the optacon.
>> 
>> Mary
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