Another thing to try is the KNFBReader Windows 10 app.
I can't recall the last time I really used the full Kurzweil 1000 version on my computer, but still use the KNFBReader app from time to time.
In general though, I hardly use a third party software for OCR on my computers at this point because most of that I now do with my iPhone if it's an actual sheet of paper and I'm also a Jaws user mainly. Their built in OCR feature has gotten really good and is good enough for the odd document or image.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Cearbhall O'Meadhra
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 10:01 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] OCR

Thanks, Rui,

Well, that is my experience too! As others have said, the whole OCR crisis has faded considerably since about ten years ago when Kurtzweil was all the rage and, indeed, was the most accessible. I think the benefit of the good OCR engines was that they included an accessible means of editing the results so that any OCR errors could be quickly cleaned up.

Nowadays, I use the Canon commercial scanner tool which simply delivers an image from the scanner into my chosen location in "My Documents". I then use the application menu to pass the image through FineReader in batch mode into Word and I have all the functionality of Word to make any changes that are needed. These steps were not so easily available in the past. This is why I find I can live with the inaccessibility of the FineReader application.

All the best,


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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Rui Fontes
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 5:08 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] OCR


Firstly, I didn't said that FineReader was fully accessible!

I just asked what was the problem with the accessibility of the menus...

Regarding the Editor window it is somehow accessible, but it is a strange window...

I have tried with a document, recognized almost completely correct to TXT format, but with errors on the Editor window... And trying to correct in that window is not possible...

By instance, in the Editor appears M RIA instead of MARIA, and I was unable to correct it...

After the recognition, press Control Tab and then Shift Control Tab...
Maybe not the first time, but you will land in a edit area...

Rui Fontes

Às 16:40 de 06/09/2020, Cearbhall O'Meadhra escreveu:
Hi, Rui,

I am using FineReader 11 because I recognised its value as an OCR machine. The menus are perfectly accessible. However I cannot browse the document resulting from OCR nor can I make any edits to the document. The editor does not seem to be accessible. As you do find this program to be fully accessible, could you suggest how I might use the editor and view my pages in FineReader with NVDA?

All the best,


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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Rui
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 12:25 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] OCR

What accessibility problems with FineReader menus?

I am using FineReader 14, and I have already installed FineReader 15 for costummers, and didn't notice any accessibility problems with the menus...

Rui Fontes

Às 08:29 de 06/09/2020, Shaun Everiss escreveu:
Well there are accessibility issues with the menus on abbyy.

Yeah textcloner pro uses the iris engine.

I only need ocr for the occasional bill or other typed document.

I have knfb reader for some other stuff, and for the rest if
balabolka or codex can't read it then they are probably not worth my time.

I do hope that they do get this fixed.

I have not invested in omnipage as such but still.

Even though I emailed finereader support well abbyy support about
this issue with menus and delays in nvda, it appears that they never fixed it.

It took ages till I even got an update and then I asked support about
my access fixes only to be told they were not completed.

You'd think they would actually, 1. give a higher priority to get
those fixed and also update sooner.

In sort I really want a program that is reliable and has good support.

As for omnipage, its not even owned by nuance.

Aparently the best abbyy version is v12 but while yes I have my
registration code I no longer have links that work for old abbyy 12.

On 6/09/2020 7:19 pm, Gene wrote:
Why are you disappointed? Also, unless this has changed, Text
Cloner didn't use as good OCR engines. It had two major selling
points, one that it is a very simple program and very easy to use,
and two, that it is inexpensive. In today's environment, I'm not
sure either carachteristic matters much any more and if the program
is still more simple, it may not be worth giving up the added
accuracy of products like Fine Reader and Omnipage. Those are
questions those who use newer versions of these programs will have
to discuss to get current information because things can change so much and so fast in programs.

-----Original Message----- From: Shaun Everiss
Sent: Saturday, September 05, 2020 9:53 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] OCR

Well good I brought text cloner when I did then.

Its not been updated since 2011 but yeah, at least I have textcloner

I am quite disappointed with abbyyy and their latest finereader product.

I do use ocr and scanning but not as much as I usually did.

Interestingly when I checked you can still buy the product with paypal.

The company you buy from seems to be something completely different
but I am happy I got the program.

I don't use something like this to continuously update anyway.

On 6/09/2020 3:30 am, Robert Logue wrote:

I was going to try Text Cloner Pro but the company seems to be closed.

Text Cloner Pro - Premier AT Home

Start downloading link takes me a log in page with no option to join.

Emailed support and they said they are permanently closed. Actually
said"Sorry we are pertinently closed Does pertinently mean
temporary due to Covid:?I attached their reply.

I'm on vacation so will try the support number I found in another

Text cloner support

I hope I can get it but I haven't even had a chance to try it. My
experience with ABBY in the past wasn't so good.


On 2020-01-08 4:43 p.m., Kerryn Gunness via Groups.Io wrote:

i use abby

----- Original Message ----- From: Quentin Christensen
Sent: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 7:19 PM
Subject: [nvda] OCR

Good morning,

Has anyone compared OCR software lately? I had someone ask about
Omnipage 20. I know a few people use Abbyy Finereader, but I wasn't
sure how they compare or what other options are out there currently.

Kind regards


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