2006 Conference General Sessions

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WHAT’S NEW IN OPENBOOK AND WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?

 

Presenter(s)
Tyler Brown
Freedom Scientific
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg FL 33716-1805
Day Phone: 727-803-8000 ext 1160
Email: TylerB@FreedomScientific.com

Presenter #2
Dusty Voorhees
Freedom Scientific
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg FL 33716-1805
Day Phone: 727-803-8000 ext 1021
Fax: 727-803-8001
Email: DustyV@FreedomScientific.com

In this presentation, participants will learn about the exciting new features available in Freedom Scientific’s latest OpenBook release.

What’s New in OpenBook and What Will It Do for Me?

In this presentation, participants will learn about the exciting new features available in Freedom Scientific’s latest OpenBook release.

First impressions of the new OpenBook will happen at launch with all new RealSpeak Solo voices. These natural sounding voices provide clear, easy to understand natural sounding speech.

OpenBook includes a wide variety of features for managing your documents and utilizing them to their fullest by taking advantage of OpenBook’s referencing features. With OpenBook, it’s easy to create audio, Braille, or large print versions of your documents. Transferring them to a PAC Mate or notetaker allows you to easily to take your documents with you. Use the online book search for easy access to thousands of books. The fax feature lets you fax documents, and makes received faxes accessible. You can even make quick copies using OpenBook’s photocopy feature.

New, in this version the new study or referencing features allowing users to add annotations to their documents to expand on what is in the document or to just clarify information. The new highlighting feature allows users to make highlights in their books similar to what other students do in their print book. But it doesn’t stop there. Once the users have completed their highlighting, they can extract their highlights into a separate document for use in creating study notes.

The presentation will begin with a summary of OpenBook's different optical character recognition (OCR) engines and scanning modes. In addition, we will discuss how and when to use the various scanning modes for the most efficient and effective scanning. Following this summary, participants will learn about OpenBook's portability features, including how to save a document to or from a notetaker, save a document as an audio file, create a large print document, or emboss a document. Afterwards, we will discuss OpenBook's powerful document management tools. These include the ability to send and receive faxes, photocopy documents, search for books online, read books in DAISY format, and export documents to other programs. In addition, we will cover the tools provided for marking up or referencing documents. Finally, we will address OpenBook's customization features, which include the ability to adjust a number of speech options, save settings profiles, and log on multiple users.

At the end of this presentation, participants will understand how OpenBook can help them with all their scanning and reading needs. OpenBook's flexibility and performance can help them work with almost any printed document, whether for home, work, or school. For electronic documents, OpenBook provides unmatched portability and management tools. In addition, reading and searching for online books with OpenBook is easy and fun.

OpenBook, along with JAWS and MAGic Screen Magnification, can be part of a complete accessibility solution for blind and low vision computer users at home, school, or in the workplace. OpenBook provides access to printed and graphic-based text and features a wide array of customizable settings, document management tools, portability options, speech settings, and much more to suit the needs of any user. OpenBook provides an important link between the world of the printed page and the world of accessible electronic documents.


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