[nabs] FW: [Accessible Devices] Upcoming Press Release
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Tue Nov 23 04:58:08 GMT 2010
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Introducing DocuScan Plus Affordable, portable and feature rich access to the printed word has long been a challenge for blind consumers. The ideal solution is one which is easy to use, has a number of compelling features, can be used at home or on the go, and doesn’t break the bank. There has never been a single product which fits each of these criteria, until now. Serotek’s DocuScan Plus is an OCR solution which provides quick and accurate results and can be used from anywhere with a wide variety of supported devices. You can use a traditional plug and play scanner, an automatic document feeder, a duplex scanner, an iPhone, or even a document camera to scan your materials. Best of all, you don’t even have to be at your own computer to use the product. As a cloud-based solution, docuScan Plus can be accessed from any computer, and as long as your scanning device has native Windows drivers, no additional software need be installed on the machine. Students and professionals need access to a wide variety of materials, ranging from one-page handouts to bills and other mail, to textbooks and other lengthy documents. DocuScan Plus has scanning modes to suit each of these needs. Simple scan allows the user to quickly scan a small amount of material, review it, and either save or discard it. Batch scan is perfect for materials like textbooks or product manuals. A user can scan a large number of pages and OCR is performed in the background. The recognized document can then be saved for later editing. The AutoRead mode is ideal for those who want to review materials as they are being scanned. The document will automatically begin reading the first recognized page, and the user can continue scanning pages even as the material which has already been recognized is read. A user can even create a profile with OCR settings which work best on a particular type of document, and save this profile to use each time that document type is encountered. Whether scanning a one-sided page with a single collumn, or a complex two-sided document with multiple collumns, DocuScan Plus returns fast and accurate results. The use of DocuScan Plus is not restricted to paper documents.
The product also supports the reading of PDF files, whether they are resident on a hard drive or accessed from a browser. There’s no need to use Adobe Reader. Any of the material recognized by DocuScan Plus can be saved to online storage, emailed to yourself or someone else, and can even be converted to Daisy, MP3, or BRF format for reading from a portable device. In addition to supporting a wealth of Twwain-compliant scanners, DocuScan Plus can also be used with a portable document camera. This camera interfaces with a computer over USB, and it takes a snapshot of the material in focus.
The camera can automatically detect that a page has been turned and capture the next image, and can even be used in Live Camera mode to magnify images on the page for low vision users. The camera is lightweight and can easily be carried in a small backpack. For those who don’t want to carry an extra device but still want to be able to read menus and the like, DocuScan Plus can be used with a phone on the Android or iOS platforms. The user simply snaps a picture from the phone, which is then sent to Serotek’s server to be processed. The text results are sent back to the user’s phone within a matter of seconds. As with other scanned material, the results can be stored online for later viewing by the user, or discarded if no longer needed.
Given this impressive list of features, you might expect DocuScan Plus to cost upwards of $2000 which would be competitively priced with existing AT products of this type, but this is not the case. For just $299 for the DocuScan Plus software and $499 for the optional document camera, a student or professional can be equipped with a powerful OCR solution that can be used absolutely anywhere. This means that if a computer is available in a library, Internet café, classroom, boardroom, or anywhere else, it is appropriate for use with DocuScan Plus. This product can be purchased as a standalone, or in conjunction with other Serotek products. For more information about DocuScan Plus and other Serotek products, please visit www.serotek.com , or call (866) 202-0520.
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