Posts Tagged ocr
There is very good news for those of us who do a lot of scanning and OCR (optical character recognition) conversion. SmartSoft has announced that it is launching a
free online OCR service
You don’t need to register for this. You merely upload the image file that you want converted to text, and collect the results in a format of your choice, which can be DOC, RTF, plain text or PDF..
The service accepts files in JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF and PDF documents (up to 5 pages) .
Actuate Addresses Online Statement Accessibility for the Visually Impaired with Xenos Axess – Mozilla Firefox – this system can deliver high volumes of accessible PDF files, according to this article.
Advocacy group for visually impaired | guampdn.com | Pacific Daily News – new group aims to open up life and work opportunities. Meeting on April 17th will include phone accessibility and JAWS demonstrations.
Apple iPhone to soon get long-sought multitasking – iPhone OS 4 will let you run multiple apps at the same time.
Apple’s iPad Brings Easy Reading to the Blind « Forbes.com’s Booked – why the iPad is exciting some blind readers and is way ahead of the Amazon Kindle.
ATTO: Assistive Technology Training Online to assist elementary school students.
BCScan Scan It, Learn About It, Use It – a new online way to organise your life. For more information, listen to
Accessible World Tek Talk presents A Look at BCScan, April 12, 2010 by J.J. Meddaugh
Blind iPad Review – Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind – totatlly blind woman reviews the iPad.
Brailect Can Translate Text Into Braille Or Audio – this concept device is a glove that can be used to read text and convert it to either format.
Breaking news on Digital Image and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials: DIAGRAM – No Limits to Learning – this is hoped to improve accessibility to images for students with disabilities, and educators providing for them.
C-Desk by AdaptiveVoice – free 15 day trial. The program gives a high-contrast, voiced desktop that is meant to simplify computer use for people who are disabled or elderly.
Charities merge to aid the blind – Scotsman.com News – InfoSound news service launched with support from British Wireless for the Blind Fund.
How to listen to InfoSound.
[Audio] Latest briefing (April 12th, 2010).
Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology – "Welcome to COAT, a coalition of over 280 national, regional, state, and community-based disability organizations. We advocate for legislative and regulatory safeguards that will ensure full access by people with disabilities to evolving high speed broadband, wireless and other Internet Protocol (IP) technologies."
computer assistive technology abilityhub for disability and disabilities – "Assistive Technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers "
Creative ZEN X-Fi Style PMP, ZEN Style Series Music Player | Blog | ZiggyTek – news on these affordable audio players.
CTL 2goPC Slate: Windows 7 Tablet (Video) | Blog | ZiggyTek – the spec is not outstanding, but this device has some things the iPad currently lacks, e.g., webcam and Adobe Flash.
Document Accessibility Should Begin at the Author Level – the Web isn’t the whole story – what about other types of document?
Dogs and Islam: The Devil and the Seeing-Eye Dog | Psychology Today – all may not be as it seems on the subject of "unclean" dogs.
Dogs for the Blind | Dogs Training who thought of that idea?
Easy to See Balloons – Fred’s Head – balloons that light up. Every little helps!
[Audio] EyePod TechnoCast 10 – Larry Lewis of Flying Blind, LLC, talks about optical character recognition (OCR) and introduces AbiSee Products, particularly the EyePal OCR products that use a camera rather than a scanner.
Good50 Low Vision Version – "Good50 is a user-friendly search engine designed for those who are ages 50+. Because of its user-friendly features, Good50 is also beneficial for the whole family including children."
Grave Concerns about a Ban on Dogs in Nottinghamshire Parks – jady_lady – ban on dogs in parks in part of Nottinghamshire, could cause guide dog problems.
Group Travel for Persons with Special Needs – Yahoo! Finance – many opportunities in the USA for people with various disabilities.
HTML5 details element, built-in and bolt-on accessibility – Bruce Lawson’s personal site – possible advantages of HTML5 over scripting and ARIA.
Ideas on Coping With Low Vision by Sharon Noseworthy and members of the Macular Degeneration Support Network
iSpeech – Text to Speech Service – Assistive Technology – online service that can convert text files to speech.
KeySoft 9 0 1 upgrade – HumanWare Canada/English – update your BrailleNote Apex.
Nissan Adding Noise to Make Silent Electric Cars Safe « Nissan Zone – USA and Japan could make this mandatory.
[Audio] PDF Document Reading and Strategies with JAWS and MAGic – 90-minute webinar with instructions for saving.
Registration Mac Academy Workshop – Handy Tech North America – there is a booking form and description here for the 5-day workshop on using VoiceOver with SnowLeopard being held in June.
Review: VI Scientific’s Currency Identifier (and more) “VisionHunt 2.1″ for S60 3rd & 5th edition – Blind Mind News – Unrestricted Access: Versatile apps for camera-pones. Currnecy, colour light source and light light level detection. Works on the Nokia N97 and their are planned versions for other types of phone, including the iPhone.
Screen Reader Tutorial – for users of the Blackboard Learning System.
Self-Expression | Real Coaching Radio Network – technophobic? well, if a blind middle-aged woman not involved in technology can deal with technology, you can too!
Sweeping Landmark Class Action Settlement Paves the Way for Improved Sidewalk Access for People with Disabilities | Accessibility News International – success for Californians with disabilities.
Tactile mind – A book of nude photographs for the blind/vision impaired. ISBN: 978-0-9813431-0-5 produced in toronto,canada. email@example.com, telephone: 416.516.2999. Wrongly described as a magazine in the British Telegraph newspaper, this is a thermoform book of raised erotic images with Braille text. A snip at £150.
Read the telegraph article ‘Pornographic magazine for the blind launched’
Videos Created by Ai Squared « AccessTech News - these promote products such as ZoomText, Victor Reader Stream and Pebble.
Who Wins the Accessibility Election? | S3 Web Design - a web designer comments on the accessibility of the web sites of the major British political parties.
[Book] Windows 7 and Vista Explained – A guide for blind and partially sighted users. Intended to work with whatever access technology you have. Can be pre-ordered for delivery late May. Orders from USA and Canada should be made to National Braille Press.
10 Best Nokia Beta Labs Apps -include the experimental Braille Reader, indoor GPS, magnifier
A vision for inclusion – A Guide to the European Blind Union. Includes a section on inaccessible products and services.
Abilities Expo | Events for People with Disabilities – USA organization for disabled people and proefessionals. Events display latest technology, products and services.
Access Keys -Accessibility Assessments – these are awards for web sites that meet particular needs.
Accessible Alternatives for CAPTCHA – those visual puzzles you have to solve before you can enter some web sites are not a whole heap of use to blind people, so here are some solutions.
Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 – what’s ARIA all about?
Accessibility tools, web developer tools, wizards and markup generators | Accessify – warning: a script on this page generated a threat warning from AVG anti-virus. Probably trivial, but it’s your choice whether to follow this link.
ADA Online: Is a Website a “Place of Public Accommodation”? | Citizen Media Law Project – in the light of the recent case claiming that Sony’s games site was not made accessible to visually impaired people, questions arise about the status of websites.
AMP Express – get a free accessibility report for your web site.
Balabolka: Free Text-to-Speech for Windows – Fred’s Head – this is a simple text-to-speech program that can read from the clipboard and save sound files from what it reads there.
Beyo CBS Reader is an OCR application for Symbian phones, cost £75. Get a demo in the UK from
Computer Room Services – supposedly the OCR program requires Talks.
Blind in business: Cutting-edge seeing aids – The Independent, UK – how a City of London blind high flyer does it.
Bookshare – Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities – books and periodicals made accessible. USA based.
Browser Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts « AccessTech News – Firefox, IE, Chrome, Safari, Opera.
Color Vision – by Cal Henderson – a tool to simulate how someone with color deficiency would see your site – or not, as the case may be.
Discover new ways of thinking about accessibility – W3C Blog – new documents urges designers to involve users, not just stick to standards.
Dive Into Accessibility – book for site owners.
eyes-free Google Group – access to Android phones.
Finally, Posted Notes for the Visually Impaired – Fred’s Head – ever wanted bigger post-it notes? Now’s your chance!
FireVox – free text-to-speech extension for Firefox.
Free PDF to Word Converter Online – send in your scanned PDF file, and get a Word document back with page features preserved.
Global Assistive Technology Encyclopedia – accessible wiki site that everyone can help to build.
GW Micro – News & Events – Upcoming Events – Online Presentation of BookSense 2.0 Firmware! – When: Monday, December 21, 2009 – registration for this event is closed, but you will be able to hear a recording of it eventually.
IDEAL Group Android Accessibility Wizard – helping people to move from previous generation phones to Android smartphones.
Introducing Easy Web Browsing – Macy’s talking web browser in co-operation with IBM. Only works with oudated versions of Internet Explorer.
JAWS ate my tables – WebAIM Blog – is this a data table or is it a layout table? It isn’t always clear to screen readers.
JAWS scripts for Mozilla Thunderbird version 3.0 – this link starts the installer.
Lighthouse International: Get Organized – handy hints on making your whole life more accessible.
Lou Reed Launches iPhone App for the Visually Impaired – Spinner UK – yes, it is that Lou Reed. The app zooms your iPhone contacts.
Memory Fox Manages Firefox’s Memory Use, Aims to Keep It Low – Memory – Lifehacker – much as you might love Firefox, it can be a memory hog.
northtemple – The Accessibility Checklist I Vowed I’d Never Write – a guideline for developers not experienced in accessibility.
Obama Sides With Blind in Copyright-Treaty Debate – some copyright holders (authors and publishers) in the USA want to deny blind people the right to accessible bookes e.g., text-to-speech on the Kindle). Obama has laid his cards on the table on this issue.
Section 508: Summary of Section 508 Standards – site may not be available this weekend.
Simplicity launches in London computer powered by Eldy – easy computer targeted at older people.
Ubuntu brings advanced Screen features to the masses – screen profiles are very powerful, but most users don’t know about the advanced features.
UN Agencies Agree on Need for Closer Collaboration in Favor of Visually Impaired including access to literary and scientific materials.
VisionAWARE | Resources For Adults Experiencing Low Vision, Vision Loss, and Blindness – find products, services and useful information.
WCAG 2 Tutorial – learn about the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Web Accessibility Toolbar for IE – several manual web page testing tools for Internet Explorer only.
Windows Vista Accessibility Tutorials from Microsoft.
I thought I’d start with the very basics. Without accessibility to the web and other things, blind people can’t get started with anything else. Luckily, this is a very lively area at the moment, and accessibility is likely to be a major theme in this blog.
These are simply alphabetically listed links. Along the way there will be features on particular subjects.
Blindness ‘licked’ by new technology | Weird True Freaky | News.com.au – a camera image transformed into champagne bubbles on the tongue….. the Brainport is due to appear late this year.
BookBole – social network for lovers of accessible books.
Call for law to improve websites for disabled – Commissioner proposes pan-European law to include disabled people.
Change Log for WebbIE and the Accessible Programs – WebbIE is a text-based web browser, and comes packaged with many other handy programs – podcast receiver, internet radio tuner, access to Gutenberg Library, RSS news reader, front end for BBC iPlayer …… It’s too good to miss. This page details recent changes in these programs.
Down for everyone or just me? – if you have trouble getting through to a web site, this free online service may be able to diagnose the problem.
Download Instructions for Microsoft Security Essentials from the Blind Access Journal. You may want to research this a bit more before you install the new security tools from Microsoft. It does seem that you are expected to uninstall your current security software.
E-Access Bulletin Live » Blog Archive » Google reCAPTCHA Purchase Boosts Accessibility Potential – Google has acquired the company that produced an audio CAPTCHA system. Now let’s hope they use it wisely.
E-Access Bulletin Live » Blog Archive » Ofcom Report Uncovers Major Accessibility Research Gap – UK regulators OFCOM found that communications and broadcasting companies were doing very little to give access to disabled people.
Free and Open-Source Screen Reader for Windows « AccessTech News – review of NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access)
How Tech for the Disabled Is Going Mainstream – BusinessWeek – the iPhone may now have speech output and be able to respond to voice commands, but this is familar territory for developers of adaptive technology.
HSBC Credit Cards To Deliver Services For Disabled – improved service in New York following customer complaint.
Keys-U-See Large Print Keyboard – Yellow Keys with Black Print – this and other blind-friendly devices are available in the USA from Amazon’s health and Personal Care Department! I don’t make it up, I just report it.
Kindle DX: Amazon’s 9.7″ Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation): Kindle Store – latest version of this book reading machine available on Amazon’s USA site, but it’s not exactly cheap.
[mp3] Mobile Speak New Touch Interface – Techshare London 2009 – audio recording of one of the presentations, with the microphone, as ever, placed as far away from the person presenting as possible.
National Legislative Measures Aimed at Strengthening Rights of Persons with Disabilities Focus, as States Parties to Convention Open Session – nations urged to embrace the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
New approaches to Flash and Java accessibility in the browser on Windows « The BAT Channel – very useful notes on the approaches taken by screen readers to these sometimes troublesome programs.
Philly Fun Guide – lists accessible arts events in the Philadelphia area
Recent happenings in accessibility-related projects financially supported by Mozilla « AccessTech News – projects include NVDA screen reader, Orca and Firebug
Smart Canews for the Blind – some recent developments.
Textbooks for the Disabled – Inside Higher Ed – publishers and the University of Georgia aim to provide text books in good time for disabled students.
Top 5 Free OCR Software Tools To Convert Images Into Text – maybe you already use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to scan your snail mail, but if you’re not blessed with Kurzweil or some other big-name software, you may find this article a very useful introduction.
Traveling Independently Without Sight – how do they do it?
Websites will talk to you now – Internet -Infotech-The Economic Times – India legislates for accessible web sites, and ATMs, washing machines and other devices are soon to follow.
Window-Eyes 7.11 is Now Available! – update of the well-known screen reader.
World’s First Talking Digital TV System – talking technology for television sets and set-top boxes, developed in Bristol, UK, could bring enhanced TV experience to millions.