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

Chris Nusbaum dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com
Sun Apr 1 17:39:21 UTC 2012

The mobile app and handwriting support would be really awesome! 
It's the KNFB Reader, but on iOS devices; in other words, you 
don't have to get a special phone to work it.  Ray (on the NFB 
Talk list,) this might solve your problem with the documents you 
would need for jury duty! Oh wait...  it's a joke!! Really, FS? 
April fools? Now, let's see how many people call them; after all, 
they said to call them if we had any questions about their 
so-called development.  I was excited about that app and was 
going to download it on my iTouch today! Darn!! Maybe David 
Dunphy was right when he called them Freedom Science Fiction! 

Chris Nusbaum

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."
2 Corinthians 5:7

Sent from my BrailleNote

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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:

Freedom Scientific Releases New and Improved OCR Recognition 
Software for JAWS and OpenBook

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 

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 

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!


The Freedom Scientific Team **************

P.S.  April Fools! ☺ ☺ :)))

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