I am actually a little bit surprised. I used Kurzweil Educational
Systems 1000 with a scanner when I was in school 15 years ago. But at
the time, this ocr did a lot of mistakes, meaning that even quite common
characters  in plain text where often recognized falsely. In contrast to
that, Abby   FineReader has trouble only with special mathematical
symbols, or if the resolution of the image is very poor. Otherwise, I
have not yet encountered mistakes  with its OCR / I use version 14. But
maybe the Kurzweil OCR engine improved over the last years?

On 11/01/2020 07:35, Shaun Everiss wrote:
While in university, I tried the demo and liked it.

I couldn't afford the software so just cracked it with some serials
some guy gave me from somewhere.

I used it for the next 5 years.

My eventual plan then was to buy the software but when I upgraded to
the next windows version, that was one of the things I had to give up.

If I ever get a actual well paying contract or something or win loto
or something which gets me a load of cash though I'm going to buy it.

I found the program a seemless experience using both abbyy and
omnipage engines with braille translation and pdf viewing second to
none and it would always be the prefured scanner of choice.

I use abbyy fine reader and while that and knfb does work well enough,
I would prefur it as it saved my rear many times.

On 11/01/2020 5:57 pm, Monte Single wrote:

It is a great program;  toobad the k 1000 costs a thousand dollars,
but loaded with bells and whistles.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of
Shaun Everiss
Sent: January-10-20 7:22 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] OCR

I did not know that.
So I guess we can view the knfb reader is the kurzweil home version
with just basic scanning and ocr without the other stuff.
Now eventually I plan to get the regular k1000 as I used it at
university for various things, including braille conversion, and its
a really good program.

On 11/01/2020, Monte Single <> wrote:
Hi Shaun,

The k in knfb  comes from Kurzweil.

The earliest versions of Kurzweil scanning software go back to the

From: [] On Behalf Of
Shaun Everiss
Sent: January-10-20 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] OCR

I have both abbyy and knfb I got knfb on convention week last year or
was it the year before when it was only 20 us it is a good program but
had no idea it works with a scanner.

On 11/01/2020 10:08 am, hurrikennyandopo ... wrote:


The app I use on my windows 10 machine is KNFB reader and is very
accessible with nvda. it works with my flat bed scanner/printer and it
seems if you have a couple of computers with the same account and a
spare scanner it can be installed on the other computer as well.

I think also you can trial it 25 scans with some limitations then it
has to be brought. Not sure what price it is now I did not think it
was that bad may be 90 dollars kiwi on sale? You would ahve to see how
much in your language dollars but only works on windows 10.

Gene nz

On 10/01/2020 8:26 pm, Brian Crabtree wrote:

I don’t have any recent experience of Abbyy, but I set up Omnipage for
a friend in 2018 and he finds it works well with his flatbed scanner.

I set up two simple workflows using Omnipage itself (I can’t write
scripts) and he runs them using NVDA, rather than using the buttons
on the scanner.

What follows are my instructions on using the workflows, in case they
might help someone to choose between Abby and Omnipage. Here they are:

The workflows allow you to choose either to scan a physical document
before doing O C R or to select a document to O C R - for example, a
file that was attached to an email, so is already in electronic form
but is not yet readable by NVDA.

Each set of instructions to Omnipage is called a workflow - the one
you will normally want I have called "Scan to Word”.

The way to run a scan is to start Omnipage from the TaskBar, using
Windows key plus T for Tango, then arrowing to Omnipage and pressing
Enter to start it.

It seems that Omnipage does not remember which workflow you were using
last, so you need to change the workflow each time, as follows:

*    Load Omnipage.
*    Remove the document it has saved from the previous run, if any, by
pressing alt plus f then n.
*    Press No when asked to save it.
*    Select the correct workflow using alt plus p then w to open the
*    Arrow down to the one for “Scan to Word” and press Enter to
select it.
*    Start the selected workflow using alt plus p then w then s - if
you are
scanning, the scan will start.
*    N B  if you choose the workflow to O C R a file that you have
earlier (e.g. one which was attached to an email) you will be taken to
a File Explorer window, to choose it, with the current directory set
to Downloads, so it’s easiest if you save attachments in the
Downloads folder.
*    Wait for the workflow to complete - for the scan workflow,
click the "stop
loading pages" button.
*    NVDA seems not to speak, so alt plus tab out & back to start
speech and
you should hear it speak the wording that has been recognised.

If NVDA refuses to speak, you can get Omnipage to voice the result.
After pressing caps lock plus S (twice) to turn NVDA speech off:

*    turn on Omnipage's speech mode by pressing F5 or alt plus t
then s.
*    press ctrl plus end to hear the result spoken.
*    you can interrupt or stop Omnipage speech by pressing F.
*    after it finishes, turn NVDA speech back on with caps lock plus S.

Martin Wiemer

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12683 Berlin

Tel.: +49 178 715 66 76

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