[nfb-talk] Freedom Scientific Releases New and Improved OCR Recognition Software for JAWS and OpenBook, @ FreedomScientific News March 30 2012

Peter Donahue pdonahue2 at satx.rr.com
Sun Apr 1 06:50:07 CDT 2012


Hello Joshua and everyone,

    Did you check their Web site to verify if this is indeed the truth or an 
April fool? Before declaring this thing a joke it's best to check the 
technology vendor's Web site to determine if announcements like this are 
indeed fact or if they're fiction.

Peter Donahue

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From: "Joshua Lester" <jlester8462 at students.pccua.edu>
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Recognition Software for JAWS and OpenBook, @ FreedomScientific News March 
30 2012


Lame joke!
Blessings, Joshua

On 4/1/12, Humberto Avila <avila.bert.humberto2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> From: @ Freedom Scientific News
> [mailto:freedomscientificnews at freedomscientific.com]
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> Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2012 2:35 PM EDT
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> To: Humberto Avila [mailto:avila.bert.humberto2 at gmail.com]
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> Subject: Freedom Scientific Releases New and Improved OCR Recognition
> Software for JAWS and OpenBook
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> For Immediate Release:
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> Freedom Scientific Releases New and Improved OCR Recognition Software for
> JAWS and OpenBook
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> Today, Freedom Scientific, one of the world’s leading screen reading and
> blindness product makers, has just recently developed and released a new
> breakthrough in its line of products of assistive technology for blind and
> visually impaired computer users.
>
>
>
> Have you ever wanted to take OpenBook® with you at all times anywhere you
> can possibly go with it? Or even better, have you always wanted to be able
> to pick up a handwritten note on a piece of paper and be able to read it
> instantly just like anybody else? Or maybe you are one of those frustrated
> students that are inundated with printed or handwritten material that you
> can’t read in or out of a classroom setting and you have to wait even 
> hours
> or days for somebody to read to you. Maybe you are at a conference, you 
> are
> given a business card or a simple handout that is important, and you need 
> to
> fill out or read along?
>
>
>
> Well, wish and wonder no more! Freedom Scientific now has the solution!
>
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> Due to popular demand, and numerous emails and feedback requests from our
> users, Freedom Scientific has decided to step forward.
>
>
>
> We have released a new, updated, and improved OCR recognition engine for
> both, our Openbook® and JAWS® products. This bran new release includes 
> many
> new features, which include, but not limited to:
>
>
>
> * The ability to recognize smaller type font and better recognition of
> columns in sophisticated tables, which can easily be confusing to read.
> * The ability to recognize print on smaller pieces of print paper, such as
> note slips or contact cards on the spot, with better print focus and not 
> the
> scanner bed or camera.
> * Finally, the ability to recognize handwriting with about 85-90% 
> accuracy!
>
>
>
>
>
> Yes, that’s right! Our new OCR engine has built-in support for handwriting
> recognition. That means that you can either scan or place a handwritten 
> note
> from a co-worker, a spouse, or from a door, into your camera or scanner of
> your choice, and Openbook® will automatically recognize it and be able to
> read it with speech and / or Braille output from your preferred 
> synthesizer
> or Braille display! Not only this. You can open a .pdf, .jpg, or .png 
> image
> that someone sent you with handwriting over the email on your computer,
> perform the OCR recognition command (JAWS 13 and later only), and bingo! 
> You
> will hear the handwriting being spoken out to you or sent to your Braille
> display. Please note that these new features offered by this improved
> version of the OCR engine for JAWS® or OpenBook® software are only
> compatible with Openbook versions later than 8.0 and JAWS version 13.0 or
> later. Please note users of JAWS earlier than 13.0, we will release a
> version of the new OCR engine that we released with JAWS 13.0 later this
> month, with the same features as the ones offered now, so you aren’t left
> out on these new features! This update to the OCR engine can work with 
> both
> 32- and 64-bit operating systems.
>
>
>
> Want some even more awesome news from our OpenBook® development team? We
> have released OpenBook Mobile®, a scanning and reading solution app for 
> your
> iOS device! This means that you can use our popular scanning and reading
> solution right from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, using VoiceOver and 
> the
> camera of your device! Yes, that’s right, OpenBook® is going mobile, and 
> you
> will be able to take it anywhere you go that you find printed material 
> that
> you cannot read. You will be able to go on a trip, be given an airport
> boarding pass, and you will no longer need sighted assistance to see 
> whether
> your plane was gone before you knew it, or to see your flight information.
> You will be able to go to a church service and be able to access printed
> booklets of hymns or group prayers easily and independently without
> requesting sighted help. Even more fantastic, you will be able to walk 
> into
> a classroom door that appears to have no one waiting with you, bump into a
> little sticky note with your finger below or above the Braille marking of
> the classroom number, and not have to wait so many hours and precious 
> study
> time trying to find out if the instructor canceled the class or whatever
> other scheduling conflict that might have occurred with that instructor. 
> If
> you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you will get it out, snap a photo 
> of
> that little sticky note, and you will be able to find out what’s wrong
> quickly, independently  and immediately with the built-in handwriting
> recognition of the OCR engine for OpenBook Mobile®! It’s so easy!
>
>
>
> Currently, OpenBook Mobile® for iOS platforms is available at the Apple
> iTunes store and it costs $2.99. This app is designed to fit any budget. 
> So,
> what are you waiting for? Purchase your OpenBook Mobile® app for your 
> iPhone
> / iPod / iPad now, and let your future shine today! The power of 
> technology
> and handwriting is in your hands, like never before!
>
>
>
> If you have any questions regarding these two new initiatives, don’t
> hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-444-4443 or e-mail us at
> support at freedomScientific.com. We would like to hear from you and your
> feedback!
>
>
>
>
>
> Sincerely,
>
> The Freedom Scientific Team **************
>
> P.S. April Fools! ☺ ☺ :)))
>
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