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  • Karey Carbaugh
    Thanks John, Steve, and the others who have responded. I will mention this idea of a video camera conversion to OCR image. I suspect he will not be open to a
    Message 1 of 19 , Apr 29, 2002
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      Thanks John, Steve, and the others who have responded.
      I will mention this idea of a video camera conversion to OCR image. I
      suspect he will not be open to a word at a time if he isn't open to half
      the line at a time. His biggest concern is that if he cannot read the
      volume of documentation at a glance, as I understand it, he may be at risk
      of loosing his business that he owns which requires mountains of paper
      reading. These are all very good suggestions though which I will certainly
      pass along, as well as others if any come up.

      Thank you,
      Have a great day
      Karey

      Karey Carbaugh
      Project Manager
      IBM Global Services
      Boulder, CO 80301
      Phone: (303) 939-3355 IBM T/L: 263-3355
      e-mail: Karey@...


      jn@... on 04/29/2002 03:46:00 PM

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      Hello again, Karey,

      Rather than a scanner, he could use a high-quality digital camera to
      photograph each whole page with an electronic image in memory, and then
      apply OCR to the image. Once the text is in electronic text form,
      there are many ways he could read it, but the fastest way would be
      using a rapid reader such as WordAloud. As his sight deteriorates
      he will be able to take in fewer words at a glance. He can continue
      to use WordAloud if his sight goes completely, because of the speech mode,
      which is good psychologically. There is no new hurdle to leap over.

      BTW, WordAloud has some skimming features - you can jump from
      sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph and heading to heading.

      Cheers,

      John
      --
      In message <OF8C29BE2F.2214639B-ON87256BAA.00546789@...>
      "Karey Carbaugh" writes:
      >
      >Thanks John and Laurie for your quick replies.
      >
      >I mentioned the idea of scanning in the documents that he needs to read.
      >The problem as he explained it to me is that he is the president of a
      small
      >company and reads several hundred pages a day and would be unable to scan
      >them all in to read them. I got the impression that he needs to visually
      >scan (or skim) the text and therefore needs to be able to visually "see"
      >the entire line at once. Where a normal sighted person can skim nearly a
      >whole page at once, he is interested in at least seeing a whole line at
      >once. Anything less would be a productivity detriment for him. I
      >expressed that I can appreciate his dificulty as I am not able to read
      >things nearly as fast as my sighted counterparts can skim them either.
      >This gentleman has recently begun to lose his sight and is trying to be
      >able to do things as much like he used to as possible. I also expressed
      >that it would take a fairly large display to be able to see the whole line
      >at once. He wondered, as did I, if a wide screen TV would work.
      >
      >I am glad you mentioned the Word Aloud program. I am interested in
      looking
      >at it for myself. If it truely can help read more quickly, this might
      >solve some of the problems I have faced with productivity. I will check
      >out both this product and the MagniReader.
      >
      >
      >
      >Thank you,
      >Have a great day
      >Karey
      >
      >Karey Carbaugh
      >Project Manager
      >IBM Global Services
      >Boulder, CO 80301
      >Phone: (303) 939-3355 IBM T/L: 263-3355
      >e-mail: Karey@...

      --
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      Fax: +44 (0) 20 8742 8715
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    • Karey Carbaugh
      Sorry for the flurry of notes. I didn t read this one before I sent the last reply. This is also an excellent idea. Thanks Steve. Thank you, Have a great
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        Sorry for the flurry of notes. I didn't read this one before I sent the
        last reply. This is also an excellent idea. Thanks Steve.

        Thank you,
        Have a great day
        Karey

        Karey Carbaugh
        Project Manager
        IBM Global Services
        Boulder, CO 80301
        Phone: (303) 939-3355 IBM T/L: 263-3355
        e-mail: Karey@...


        Steven Whatley <swhatley@...> on 04/29/2002 12:19:05 PM

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        the entire line at once?



        Hello,

        There are bar hand magnifiers. It is a long half cyllendar. I have one
        that is 12 inches long. It makes the letters taller but not wider. An
        example can be found at: http://www.shoplet.com/office/db/APO27555.html

        Will this help?
        Steven



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      • Steven Whatley
        ... Most magnifier catalogs have them. I don t know of a good place to buy magnifiers online. But, I m sure there are some. I wish Science Products, Inc.
        Message 3 of 19 , Apr 29, 2002
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          On Mon, 29 Apr 2002, Karey Carbaugh wrote:
          > Sorry for the flurry of notes. I didn't read this one before I sent the
          > last reply. This is also an excellent idea. Thanks Steve.

          Most magnifier catalogs have them. I don't know of a good place to buy
          magnifiers online. But, I'm sure there are some. I wish Science
          Products, Inc. had a web store. I mentined it to them once but they did
          not express an interest in having a web presence.

          Later,
          Steven
        • Anja Torres
          I was in the same predicament as him. I wanted to read the whole page or at least the whole line. I have my own practice and have to go through loads of
          Message 4 of 19 , Apr 29, 2002
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            I was in the same predicament as him. I wanted to read the whole page or at
            least the whole line. I have my own practice and have to go through loads
            of records, texts etc. As my vision went from X2 to X8 magnif. With
            Zoomtext, I had to give in and realize that my life had changed. Right now
            there is nothing that does exactly what he wants. I have 3 CCTVs, a
            miniviewer, 3 scanners, Kurtzweil, Windoweyes, name it, and I have it. I
            hired myself a reader (a live, human reader…..) and I use a large CCTV for
            graphics. The problem is that it is not the monitor size that decides the
            size of the document, it is the camera. Anja

            -----Original Message-----
            From: Karey Carbaugh [mailto:karey@...]
            Sent: Monday, April 29, 2002 3:44 PM
            To: magnifiers@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: Re: [magnifiers] Does anyone know of an enlarger that will read the
            entireline at once?


            Thanks John, Steve, and the others who have responded.
            I will mention this idea of a video camera conversion to OCR image. I
            suspect he will not be open to a word at a time if he isn't open to half
            the line at a time. His biggest concern is that if he cannot read the
            volume of documentation at a glance, as I understand it, he may be at risk
            of loosing his business that he owns which requires mountains of paper
            reading. These are all very good suggestions though which I will certainly
            pass along, as well as others if any come up.

            Thank you,
            Have a great day
            Karey

            Karey Carbaugh
            Project Manager
            IBM Global Services
            Boulder, CO 80301
            Phone: (303) 939-3355 IBM T/L: 263-3355
            e-mail: Karey@...


            jn@... on 04/29/2002 03:46:00 PM

            Please respond to magnifiers@yahoogroups.com

            To: magnifiers@yahoogroups.com
            cc: jn@...
            Subject: Re: [magnifiers] Does anyone know of an enlarger that will read
            the entire line at once?



            Hello again, Karey,

            Rather than a scanner, he could use a high-quality digital camera to
            photograph each whole page with an electronic image in memory, and then
            apply OCR to the image. Once the text is in electronic text form,
            there are many ways he could read it, but the fastest way would be
            using a rapid reader such as WordAloud. As his sight deteriorates
            he will be able to take in fewer words at a glance. He can continue
            to use WordAloud if his sight goes completely, because of the speech mode,
            which is good psychologically. There is no new hurdle to leap over.

            BTW, WordAloud has some skimming features - you can jump from
            sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph and heading to heading.

            Cheers,

            John
            --
            In message <OF8C29BE2F.2214639B-ON87256BAA.00546789@...>
            "Karey Carbaugh" writes:
            >
            >Thanks John and Laurie for your quick replies.
            >
            >I mentioned the idea of scanning in the documents that he needs to read.
            >The problem as he explained it to me is that he is the president of a
            small
            >company and reads several hundred pages a day and would be unable to scan
            >them all in to read them. I got the impression that he needs to visually
            >scan (or skim) the text and therefore needs to be able to visually "see"
            >the entire line at once. Where a normal sighted person can skim nearly a
            >whole page at once, he is interested in at least seeing a whole line at
            >once. Anything less would be a productivity detriment for him. I
            >expressed that I can appreciate his dificulty as I am not able to read
            >things nearly as fast as my sighted counterparts can skim them either.
            >This gentleman has recently begun to lose his sight and is trying to be
            >able to do things as much like he used to as possible. I also expressed
            >that it would take a fairly large display to be able to see the whole line
            >at once. He wondered, as did I, if a wide screen TV would work.
            >
            >I am glad you mentioned the Word Aloud program. I am interested in
            looking
            >at it for myself. If it truely can help read more quickly, this might
            >solve some of the problems I have faced with productivity. I will check
            >out both this product and the MagniReader.
            >
            >
            >
            >Thank you,
            >Have a great day
            >Karey
            >
            >Karey Carbaugh
            >Project Manager
            >IBM Global Services
            >Boulder, CO 80301
            >Phone: (303) 939-3355 IBM T/L: 263-3355
            >e-mail: Karey@...

            --
            Access the word, access the world! -- Try our WordAloud software!!

            John Nissen, Cloudworld Ltd., Chiswick, London
            Tel: +44 (0) 845 458 3944 (local rate in the UK)
            Fax: +44 (0) 20 8742 8715
            Web: http://www.cloudworld.co.uk


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          • Steven Whatley
            Hi all, When this thread first started, an image popped up in my head. Have you seen those long message boards made of red LEDs that shows text scrolling
            Message 5 of 19 , Apr 30, 2002
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              Hi all,

              When this thread first started, an image popped up in my head. Have you
              seen those long message boards made of red LEDs that shows text scrolling
              across? I can imagine hooking a CCTV camera to that and read one line at
              a time. But, I odn't think this would be to practical nor cost effecient.

              Later,
              Steven
            • Karey Carbaugh
              Hmmm, an interesting image. I hadn t thought of this, and while this individual told me that cost was not an issue, I agree that this is probably not the most
              Message 6 of 19 , Apr 30, 2002
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                Hmmm, an interesting image. I hadn't thought of this, and while this
                individual told me that cost was not an issue, I agree that this is
                probably not the most cost-effective method, and I'm not sure it is a
                practical solution, especially in an office setting.

                Thanks Anja for your wisdom, you and others are confirming what I suspected
                from the first conversation I had with this gentleman. I had never met him
                before, and I told him I didn't hold out much hope of solving the problem
                in the manner he wanted, but that I would give it a good try. You are
                right in that the camera is what really controls how much is on the screen.
                With a very large screen (say a 52" screen) a person could get by with much
                less magnification from the camera, but if the camera is not a wide angle
                camera, you still won't get the whole line across. I had even suggested to
                him that he consider a projector that could project up to an entire wall of
                an image. There are even some projectors specifically designed to get a
                whole line (or in some cases a whole page) at a time. If he had a big
                enough wall, he could see the whole page at once.

                I don't know the type of business this person has, but I think much of what
                he deals with is legal documents. So, I think the comments I am hearing
                are very good. He may do well to begin shifting his expectations and ways
                of doing things in order to maintain his livelihood. While I have been
                low-vision all of my life (and I guess it is a blessing that my vision
                hasn't and isn't expected to deteriorate), I can certainly appreciate the
                frustration he is going through.

                Thank you,
                Have a great day
                Karey

                Karey Carbaugh
                Project Manager
                IBM Global Services
                Boulder, CO 80301
                Phone: (303) 939-3355 IBM T/L: 263-3355
                e-mail: Karey@...


                Steven Whatley <swhatley@...> on 04/30/2002 07:18:02 AM

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                Hi all,

                When this thread first started, an image popped up in my head. Have you
                seen those long message boards made of red LEDs that shows text scrolling
                across? I can imagine hooking a CCTV camera to that and read one line at
                a time. But, I odn't think this would be to practical nor cost effecient.

                Later,
                Steven



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              • Michael Wigle
                I would still strongly recommend you look at the Clarity AF CCTV since if it is used with a large TV it is the most likely device to do what he wants. However,
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                  I would still strongly recommend you look at the Clarity AF CCTV since if it
                  is used with a large TV it is the most likely device to do what he wants.
                  However, the other thing you may want to discuss with your client would be a
                  way for him to delegate the work. Having an assistant that could be taught
                  to skim quickly for the key words he's looking for to read more in-depth may
                  be a good alternative. One thing you need to realize with OCR software of
                  any kind is that he's not likely going to like the time it takes to scan in
                  using a scanner and then do the OCR and then still have to skim that page.
                  OCR software also will not read pictures (nothing can read a picture) but
                  some of them will enlarge the picture and include it with the original text.
                  If any of this paperwork is coming from elctronic format originally he may
                  also want to look at inexpensive text to speech software to quickly read the
                  documents while he does other things. I know my manager often has someone
                  skimming for pertinent information and reading aloud while he does other
                  things and also uses the DocReader in ZoomText to read electronic paperwork
                  while he does other things. Just a few more ideas on top of the slew you
                  already have.

                  Michael Wigle
                  Computer Access Specialist
                  Cincinnati Association for the Blind


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                  Thanks John, Steve, and the others who have responded.
                  I will mention this idea of a video camera conversion to OCR image. I
                  suspect he will not be open to a word at a time if he isn't open to half
                  the line at a time. His biggest concern is that if he cannot read the
                  volume of documentation at a glance, as I understand it, he may be at risk
                  of loosing his business that he owns which requires mountains of paper
                  reading. These are all very good suggestions though which I will certainly
                  pass along, as well as others if any come up.

                  Thank you,
                  Have a great day
                  Karey

                  Karey Carbaugh
                  Project Manager
                  IBM Global Services
                  Boulder, CO 80301
                  Phone: (303) 939-3355 IBM T/L: 263-3355
                  e-mail: Karey@...


                  jn@... on 04/29/2002 03:46:00 PM

                  Please respond to magnifiers@yahoogroups.com

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                  the entire line at once?



                  Hello again, Karey,

                  Rather than a scanner, he could use a high-quality digital camera to
                  photograph each whole page with an electronic image in memory, and then
                  apply OCR to the image. Once the text is in electronic text form,
                  there are many ways he could read it, but the fastest way would be
                  using a rapid reader such as WordAloud. As his sight deteriorates
                  he will be able to take in fewer words at a glance. He can continue
                  to use WordAloud if his sight goes completely, because of the speech mode,
                  which is good psychologically. There is no new hurdle to leap over.

                  BTW, WordAloud has some skimming features - you can jump from
                  sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph and heading to heading.

                  Cheers,

                  John
                  --
                  In message <OF8C29BE2F.2214639B-ON87256BAA.00546789@...>
                  "Karey Carbaugh" writes:
                  >
                  >Thanks John and Laurie for your quick replies.
                  >
                  >I mentioned the idea of scanning in the documents that he needs to read.
                  >The problem as he explained it to me is that he is the president of a
                  small
                  >company and reads several hundred pages a day and would be unable to scan
                  >them all in to read them. I got the impression that he needs to visually
                  >scan (or skim) the text and therefore needs to be able to visually "see"
                  >the entire line at once. Where a normal sighted person can skim nearly a
                  >whole page at once, he is interested in at least seeing a whole line at
                  >once. Anything less would be a productivity detriment for him. I
                  >expressed that I can appreciate his dificulty as I am not able to read
                  >things nearly as fast as my sighted counterparts can skim them either.
                  >This gentleman has recently begun to lose his sight and is trying to be
                  >able to do things as much like he used to as possible. I also expressed
                  >that it would take a fairly large display to be able to see the whole line
                  >at once. He wondered, as did I, if a wide screen TV would work.
                  >
                  >I am glad you mentioned the Word Aloud program. I am interested in
                  looking
                  >at it for myself. If it truely can help read more quickly, this might
                  >solve some of the problems I have faced with productivity. I will check
                  >out both this product and the MagniReader.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >Thank you,
                  >Have a great day
                  >Karey
                  >
                  >Karey Carbaugh
                  >Project Manager
                  >IBM Global Services
                  >Boulder, CO 80301
                  >Phone: (303) 939-3355 IBM T/L: 263-3355
                  >e-mail: Karey@...

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                  Tel: +44 (0) 845 458 3944 (local rate in the UK)
                  Fax: +44 (0) 20 8742 8715
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                • jn@tommy.demon.co.uk
                  Hi Anja, ... name it, and I have it. Have you tried any serial presentation systems? I find I can read very fast - though I m a bit dyslexic I can manage
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                    Hi Anja,

                    "... name it, and I have it."

                    Have you tried any serial presentation systems? I find I can read very
                    fast - though I'm a bit dyslexic I can manage 500 wpm comfortably.
                    WordAloud allows you to blow up the text to over 100 point, i.e. about
                    1" high characters, on the screen, and you've a choice of colour
                    of text and background. Providing you can take in the longer words
                    at a glance, i.e. without needing to scan across with your eyes, you
                    should be able to read from the screen as fast as a sighted person,
                    and read a lot faster than the average sighted person can from the
                    printed page!

                    Cheers,

                    John
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                    In message <LOBBKFHBKEAKHCBKMKLBOEAOCIAA.anjatorres@...> "Anja Torres"
                    writes:

                    >I was in the same predicament as him. I wanted to read the whole page or at
                    >least the whole line. I have my own practice and have to go through loads
                    >of records, texts etc. As my vision went from X2 to X8 magnif. With
                    >Zoomtext, I had to give in and realize that my life had changed. Right now
                    >there is nothing that does exactly what he wants. I have 3 CCTVs, a
                    >miniviewer, 3 scanners, Kurtzweil, Windoweyes, name it, and I have it. I
                    >hired myself a reader (a live, human reader…..) and I use a large CCTV fo>r
                    >graphics. The problem is that it is not the monitor size that decides the
                    >size of the document, it is the camera. Anja

                    --
                    Access the word, access the world! -- Try our WordAloud software!!

                    John Nissen, Cloudworld Ltd., Chiswick, London
                    Tel: +44 (0) 845 458 3944 (local rate in the UK)
                    Fax: +44 (0) 20 8742 8715
                    Web: http://www.cloudworld.co.uk
                  • Karey Carbaugh
                    Thanks Michael, There have been a slew of responses to this (scattered in with a lot of my normal mail), and I had overlooked your previous append. I think
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                      Thanks Michael,
                      There have been a slew of responses to this (scattered in with a lot
                      of my normal mail), and I had overlooked your previous append. I think
                      this is a great idea and the Clarity AF CCTV might give him an interim
                      approach as he moves to some of these other thoughts. This is the first
                      time I have ever really asked a broad question like this on here and I
                      thought I might get a lot of responses. I learned of this person through
                      the American Council of the Blind, and while I have no real connection to
                      him, his needs were interesting to me. I have also gotten some great ideas
                      to help me solve some of the problems I face as well. Your idea of having
                      someone (or a doc reader) to read while he does other things is a great
                      one. I do that a lot myself. Unfortunately, the impression that I got is
                      that most of his documents are not, and will not be, in electronic form.
                      And, you are right in that he has already said that scanning them in would
                      be too cumbersome given the amount he deals with.

                      Thank you,
                      Have a great day
                      Karey

                      Karey Carbaugh
                      Project Manager
                      IBM Global Services
                      Boulder, CO 80301
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                      "Michael Wigle" <michaelwigle@...> on 04/30/2002 10:06:06 AM

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                      I would still strongly recommend you look at the Clarity AF CCTV since if
                      it
                      is used with a large TV it is the most likely device to do what he wants.
                      However, the other thing you may want to discuss with your client would be
                      a
                      way for him to delegate the work. Having an assistant that could be taught
                      to skim quickly for the key words he's looking for to read more in-depth
                      may
                      be a good alternative. One thing you need to realize with OCR software of
                      any kind is that he's not likely going to like the time it takes to scan in
                      using a scanner and then do the OCR and then still have to skim that page.
                      OCR software also will not read pictures (nothing can read a picture) but
                      some of them will enlarge the picture and include it with the original
                      text.
                      If any of this paperwork is coming from elctronic format originally he may
                      also want to look at inexpensive text to speech software to quickly read
                      the
                      documents while he does other things. I know my manager often has someone
                      skimming for pertinent information and reading aloud while he does other
                      things and also uses the DocReader in ZoomText to read electronic paperwork
                      while he does other things. Just a few more ideas on top of the slew you
                      already have.

                      Michael Wigle
                      Computer Access Specialist
                      Cincinnati Association for the Blind


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                      Thanks John, Steve, and the others who have responded.
                      I will mention this idea of a video camera conversion to OCR image.
                      I
                      suspect he will not be open to a word at a time if he isn't open to half
                      the line at a time. His biggest concern is that if he cannot read the
                      volume of documentation at a glance, as I understand it, he may be at risk
                      of loosing his business that he owns which requires mountains of paper
                      reading. These are all very good suggestions though which I will certainly
                      pass along, as well as others if any come up.

                      Thank you,
                      Have a great day
                      Karey

                      Karey Carbaugh
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                      Hello again, Karey,

                      Rather than a scanner, he could use a high-quality digital camera to
                      photograph each whole page with an electronic image in memory, and then
                      apply OCR to the image. Once the text is in electronic text form,
                      there are many ways he could read it, but the fastest way would be
                      using a rapid reader such as WordAloud. As his sight deteriorates
                      he will be able to take in fewer words at a glance. He can continue
                      to use WordAloud if his sight goes completely, because of the speech mode,
                      which is good psychologically. There is no new hurdle to leap over.

                      BTW, WordAloud has some skimming features - you can jump from
                      sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph and heading to heading.

                      Cheers,

                      John
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                      "Karey Carbaugh" writes:
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                      >Thanks John and Laurie for your quick replies.
                      >
                      >I mentioned the idea of scanning in the documents that he needs to read.
                      >The problem as he explained it to me is that he is the president of a
                      small
                      >company and reads several hundred pages a day and would be unable to scan
                      >them all in to read them. I got the impression that he needs to visually
                      >scan (or skim) the text and therefore needs to be able to visually "see"
                      >the entire line at once. Where a normal sighted person can skim nearly a
                      >whole page at once, he is interested in at least seeing a whole line at
                      >once. Anything less would be a productivity detriment for him. I
                      >expressed that I can appreciate his dificulty as I am not able to read
                      >things nearly as fast as my sighted counterparts can skim them either.
                      >This gentleman has recently begun to lose his sight and is trying to be
                      >able to do things as much like he used to as possible. I also expressed
                      >that it would take a fairly large display to be able to see the whole
                      line
                      >at once. He wondered, as did I, if a wide screen TV would work.
                      >
                      >I am glad you mentioned the Word Aloud program. I am interested in
                      looking
                      >at it for myself. If it truely can help read more quickly, this might
                      >solve some of the problems I have faced with productivity. I will check
                      >out both this product and the MagniReader.
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >Thank you,
                      >Have a great day
                      >Karey
                      >
                      >Karey Carbaugh
                      >Project Manager
                      >IBM Global Services
                      >Boulder, CO 80301
                      >Phone: (303) 939-3355 IBM T/L: 263-3355
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                    • Anja Torres
                      Hello John, maybe I spoke too soon, maybe I do not have it all. I do not know what a serial presentation system is. When I use Zoom Text I get dizzy after a
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                        Hello John, maybe I spoke too soon, maybe I do not have it all. I do not
                        know what a serial presentation system is. When I use Zoom Text I get dizzy
                        after a couple of minutes, and I do not like Window Eyes because I cannot
                        track with it. CCTVs also make me seasick. That is why I opted for a human
                        reader. Please let me know where to learn more sbout it. Thank you. anja

                        -----Original Message-----
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                        Hi Anja,

                        "... name it, and I have it."

                        Have you tried any serial presentation systems? I find I can read very
                        fast - though I'm a bit dyslexic I can manage 500 wpm comfortably.
                        WordAloud allows you to blow up the text to over 100 point, i.e. about
                        1" high characters, on the screen, and you've a choice of colour
                        of text and background. Providing you can take in the longer words
                        at a glance, i.e. without needing to scan across with your eyes, you
                        should be able to read from the screen as fast as a sighted person,
                        and read a lot faster than the average sighted person can from the
                        printed page!

                        Cheers,

                        John
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                        writes:

                        >I was in the same predicament as him. I wanted to read the whole page or at
                        >least the whole line. I have my own practice and have to go through loads
                        >of records, texts etc. As my vision went from X2 to X8 magnif. With
                        >Zoomtext, I had to give in and realize that my life had changed. Right now
                        >there is nothing that does exactly what he wants. I have 3 CCTVs, a
                        >miniviewer, 3 scanners, Kurtzweil, Windoweyes, name it, and I have it. I
                        >hired myself a reader (a live, human reader…..) and I use a large CCTV fo>r
                        >graphics. The problem is that it is not the monitor size that decides the
                        >size of the document, it is the camera. Anja

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                      • jn@tommy.demon.co.uk
                        Hello Anja, Speech is a serial audio presentation system, since words are spoken in succession. You hear one word, then the next, and so on. A serial visual
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                          Hello Anja,

                          Speech is a serial audio presentation system, since words are spoken
                          in succession. You hear one word, then the next, and so on.
                          A serial visual presentation system is when words are displayed in
                          succession. You are shown one word, then the next and so on.
                          Because only one word is displayed at a time, it is possible to
                          magnify the words until the whole width of the screen is used.
                          But the important thing is to have the size of characters such that you
                          can take in each whole word at a glance. So you don't have to
                          move your eyes from side to side. That is why rapid reading is
                          possible. I suspect your dizziness comes from the words swimming
                          about across the screen. With a serial presentation system each
                          word is frozen on the screen until replaced by the next word.

                          To try a serial presentation system, try downloading WordAloud
                          from www.wordaloud.co.uk. In this system, the visual presentation
                          can be coupled speech (audio presentation), such that you see each
                          word as it is spoken. If you turn off the speech (by setting the
                          mode to "text" in the options box), you can use WordAloud as a
                          rapid reader. And you can of course use it in any language with
                          the Latin alphabet (as supported by HTML).

                          BTW, when not couple to speech, the time that each word is display
                          depend on the length of word, when WordAloud is playing through
                          the text. You can adjust this speed from 10 wpm (words per minute)
                          up to 1000 wpm. Alternatively at the "word level" you can step
                          through the words using the Right arrow/cursor key.

                          Have a go! Let us know how fast you can read, and whether you
                          avoid the dizzy feeling.

                          Cheers from Chiswick,

                          John
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                          "Anja Torres" writes:

                          >Hello John, maybe I spoke too soon, maybe I do not have it all. I do not
                          >know what a serial presentation system is. When I use Zoom Text I get dizzy
                          >after a couple of minutes, and I do not like Window Eyes because I cannot
                          >track with it. CCTVs also make me seasick. That is why I opted for a human
                          >reader. Please let me know where to learn more sbout it. Thank you. anja
                          >
                          >-----Original Message-----
                          >From: jn@... [mailto:jn@...]
                          >Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 9:09 AM
                          >To: magnifiers@yahoogroups.com
                          >Cc: jn@...
                          >Subject: RE: [magnifiers] Does anyone know of an enlarger that will read
                          >theentireline at once?
                          >
                          >Hi Anja,
                          >
                          >"... name it, and I have it."
                          >
                          >Have you tried any serial presentation systems? I find I can read very
                          >fast - though I'm a bit dyslexic I can manage 500 wpm comfortably.
                          >WordAloud allows you to blow up the text to over 100 point, i.e. about
                          >1" high characters, on the screen, and you've a choice of colour
                          >of text and background. Providing you can take in the longer words
                          >at a glance, i.e. without needing to scan across with your eyes, you
                          >should be able to read from the screen as fast as a sighted person,
                          >and read a lot faster than the average sighted person can from the
                          >printed page!
                          >
                          >Cheers,
                          >
                          >John

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