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MAKING GRAPHIC TEXT ACCESSABLE AND PORTABLE AND EASY TO ACCESS - OpenBook

Presenter
Dusty Voorhees, Senior Product Manager
Freedom Scientific
11800 31st Court North
St. Petrsburg, Florida 33716
800-444-4443

This presentaion will cover using OpenBook to gain access to a variety of graphic based text and taking it with you as you leave your desk.

This presentation will cover the many ways OpenBook allows users to access textual information either not available in electronic format or not accessible to screen readers in the format it is presented in. The session will cover techniques for making the information portable so you can take it with you as you leave your computer behind and head out to do other things. Additionally, techniques will be discussed for improving efficiency in scanning, reading and organizing your documents.

Freedom Scientific continues to expand the sources of graphic based text which can be brought into OpenBook and recognized as text. Virtually anything that can be printed from your computer can now be brought into OpenBook and the text can be recognized. Think about bringing the text contained in graphics on the internet directly into OpenBook and being able to read them. PDF documents which are not able to be read by your screen reader can now be read from within OpenBook.

Once your documents are made accessible through OpenBook, you can now make them portable. Transfer your files quickly to your notetaker for access on the road, in the classroom or elsewhere. OpenBook will automatically convert your file to TXT or BRL format and allow you to place it where you want within your notetaker. Emboss to Braille directly from your OpenBook without having to purchase additional software, complete with page formatting options and the ability to emboss in either Computer or Grade 2 Braille. If you would prefer to listen to your files on the road, instruct OpenBook to create MP3 or WAV files. The speech setting you have active in OpenBook will be used to create your audio files. Save these files to a removable disk which will fit in your portable audio device and you can easily listen the files while away from your computer using speech settings you are used to hearing.

Ever with you understood all the different options for how to scan a document or book and do it efficiently. This session will discuss the scanning options cover the items which will allow you to pick the most efficient way to get your text into accessible format and yet accomplish the many other things you want to work on. Things like scanner selection and scanning techniques will be discussed to help you make the decisions which allow you to make the best use of your valuable time.

Not only can you become more efficient in scanning your documents, but reading techniques will be covered, including skim reading, fast forwarding, moving by units and utilizing bookmarks. Why spend needless time trying to locate specific text when you can search for it and bookmark it for later reference.

The session will allow time for questions and discussion of subject matter.


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