Re: Is the NVDA Commands Quick Reference available in some searchable document format? (e.g. PDF, docx)


Jackie
 

Weird. Thanks for the heads-up on the PDF-Xchange viewer. I've
downloaded it now just because I often get requests from folks who
need a free OCR solution.

On 7/17/21, Brian Vogel <britechguy@...> wrote:
Jackie,

I don't use Adobe Acrobat DC, as I've not cared for Adobe's own readers for
some years now, and they keep getting worse and worse as far as my personal
taste goes.  I've been using Tracker Software's PDF-XChange Viewer for
years, even though they call it a "discontinued download" it's still
available from their site and they've updated it many times since its
deprecation to discontinued status.  It is absolutely not a good general
purpose reader for screen reader users, as it's not accessible in its
entirety (or even close to it) and will never become so.  That being said, I
often recommend it to blind users who need to OCR process lots of old
image-scanned PDFs and save the resulting text layer along with the original
image content and never need to OCR it again (and to be able to give it to
the source of the original file and ask them to use it instead so no one has
to do this work again).  It's OCR capabilities are remarkable, and free, and
in addition to English, Spanish, German, and French that "come with" you can
also get many additional language packs, either separately or all of them at
once, for no cost.  And the OCR function is entirely accessible, and proved
to be invaluable for several of my former clients who were in graduate
school at the time and got lots of ancient image scanned PDFs as part of
their course reading material.  I also had a private client at one point who
found the ability to OCR Swedish language texts really, really helpful.

I'm printing out of Brave and have used PDF Creator (my usual preferred
virtual printing utility), Brave's own Print to PDF option, and Microsoft's
Print to PDF virtual printer.  The only one of those that's created a PDF
that I can then apply OCR on successfully, for the NVDA 2021.1 Commands
Quick Reference, is MS's.  That's never happened to me in the past, and I
could not begin to count how many PDFs I've generated via virtual printers,
particularly PDF Creator, that did not have this issue.
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Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H1, Build 19043

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~ Brian Vogel





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