Hello Quentin and all,
Quentin, I'm very happy that the NV Access team can meat up in
person. The team of the small firm that I work for here in
Bulgaria (at the moment there are somewhere between 10 and 20
people on our team) is also scattered around the country and we
also communicate with each other via internet and phone. This
summer however, the firm has managed to organize two seminars
for team building and we were able to meat with each other. I
was very happy to meat with most of my colleagues at those
seminars, so I know what the feeling is.
And now to two examples of good usage that I was able to find
for the Windows 10 OCR feature in NVDA.
The first one is with images with text in them on the internet.
In Facebook, I'm subscribed to a bulgarian Facebook group for
jokes and humor. In some cases, the participants there post
jokes the text of which is written in images. That was making
them unreadable with a screen reader. But not anymore, thanks to
the Windows 10 OCR functionality in NVDA. Now all I have to do
is move the browse mode cursor to the image with text in it,
press NVDA+R, wait a few seconds and then read the result. Since
the text in most cases is in bulgarian, by default I set the
Windows 10 OCR language in the NVDA preferences to "Bulgarian"
and change it to english if needs be.
The second example is with text in videos. I personally don't
have enough vision left to be able to play games efficiently, so
I have to settle with watching videos in YouTube played by other
gamers. In some of those games, the character picks a note for
example. Probably because the note is handwritten, the game
displays it in an overlay on the screen in printed text (in most
cases on a darker background with lighter color for the text).
Sometimes the YouTube gamers do read the text of the note, but
not always. It would be hard for me to read such notes on my
own. In one of the last such games that I've watched, my
favorite YouTube gamer - DanQ8000 - did not read most of those
notes for some reason. I was just going to ask him to do it for
the future videos, when I realized what else I can do to read
those notes on my own. And that is - use the Windows 10 OCR in
NVDA to do it. So, I've switched the OCR language to english
(since the text of the notes was in english); switched the video
to full screen mode (I usually watch it that way); paused the
video to the spot where the note is displayed; pressed NVDA+R
and when the result was ready, I've read it. The OCR accuracy
was good enough, so I did not had troubles understanding the
meaning of the text.
So, big thanks go to NV Access and Microsoft for this wonderful
P.S.: In my observations, the accuracy of the Windows 10 OCR is
much better from the one provided by the additional add-on,
specially for bulgarian. That is why I prefer the Windows 10 OCR
in comparison with the additional OCR add-on for NVDA.
На 5.10.2017 г. в 2:54, Quentin
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