More Than One Way to Read: A Review of Kurzweil 1000 and OpenBookBy Hodges, Brad; Access World, Vol. 7, No. 4
Publication Date: July 2006
Article reviews Kurzweil 1000 Version 10 from Kurzweil Education Systems and OpenBook Version 7.02 from Freedom Scientific, which are optical character recognition (OCR) programs designed for people with visual disabilities. The programs are evaluated in terms of the following features and criteria: (1) hardware requirements, (2) installation, (3) scanning and reading, (4) working with documents in PDF format, and (5) technical support. The author contends that both programs performed well on OCR tasks. The Kurzweil 1000 may be more suited for beginners, as it features helpful prompts and reminder messages that provide a simple introduction to the technology. Customer service is available 14 hours each day from Monday through Friday.
Assistive Products Discussed: OPENBOOK
Published by: AFB Press (Website:http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=46)
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) (Web Site: http://www.afb.org )
Link to text: http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw070405