Howard Traxler

I guess, my point is:  I don't own either of the ocr packages but have demos  and copies of both.  I don't feel the need to own either, but an ocasional scan and read might be useful; even though it may be a bit less accessible.

On 1/11/2020 9:22 AM, Gene wrote:
Kurszweil may still allow you to set an engine.  Openbook used to, but they now have settings such as faster and slower, but more accurate.  It may be that one of these settings only uses one engine for speed.  One or two others use more than one and combine the results for best accuracy, or what Openbook says is best accuracy.  I haven't eexperimented much with this, but in the very little I've done, it appears to me that I may often get better results on the fastest setting.  I suspect the fastest setting only uses one engine.  I don't recall why, it was years ago, but the small amount of experimenting I did led me to believe that fastest uses Fine Reader.
And just because one engine may be used in that you may be able to set one as you could and may still be able to in Kurzweil, that doesn't mean it is completely used.  For example, for a time, openbook used Fine Reader to decolumnize text, whichever engine you selected for recognition.  It may still do so; I haven't seen this discussed for a long time.  I don't know what Kurzweil did.
But I'm not sure what you are asking.  You can't just run an engine from Openbook or Kurzweil and not have the rest of the program running.  And what would be the point?  It is no easier to scan if you could just run the engine.  You don't have to use any other features of Openbook or Kurzweil if you don't want to.
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*From:* Howard Traxler <>
*Sent:* Saturday, January 11, 2020 8:31 AM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [nvda] OCR

It's my impression that both open book and kurzweil use one of the
popular recognition engines, omnipage, ABBY, etc?  With one of those
packages installed, is it possible to use just the ocr engine without
messing with the whole package?  I must put on my hacker's hat.


On 1/11/2020 6:11 AM, Angel wrote:

Perhaps the difficulty often encountered with optical character
recognition software might be the sort of scanner employed. I
upgraded my computer, recently.  Which involved purchasing a new
scanner.  I changed brands of scanner.  I found my new scanner made
quite a difference in the ability to recognize character recognition.
Of course, I use the “Open Book” program.

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Windows 10

*From: *Shaun Everiss <>
*Sent: *Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:35 AM
*To: * <mailto:*>
*Subject: *Re: [nvda] OCR

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.

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Sent: January-10-20 7:22 PM
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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
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Shaun Everiss
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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

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

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 workflows

*       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 saved

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.

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