Re: Scanners.

Russell Solowoniuk

I’m not sure about scanning pictures with the Pearl. Dan is right… the Pearl and OpenBook do have limitations… it all depends on what you wish to do. For me, I mostly use my iMac with a Canon MG6200 printer/scanner combo and it works very well. But, when I have a lot of mail to scan, I’ll fire up my laptop running Windows 8.1 and use my Pearl and Openbook to scan the mail because it’s so fast.

I’ve had good success with inexpensive flatbed scanners on my Windows machine, for example, a Canon, can’t recall the model, that I paid $80 for. I used OmniPage Pro to do the OCR.

So there are many choices, and, if you need to scan pictures and print then a 3-in-1 combo may be what you need.



On Jun 25, 2015, at 3:32 PM, Carolyn Arnold via Jfw <> wrote:

OK - another wrung on this ladder to educate me.
With Pearl, could we scan photographs on it too?


"Whether you think you can or you can't, you're probably right." Henry Ford.


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If you are going with OpenBook, you might want to consider the Pearl. It’s a camera on a stand, and in conjunction with OpenBook, works really well. It takes a picture of the page and sends it to OpenBook for the OCR. Within seconds of taking the picture you will hear the page being read to you. I’m not sure what it sells for now… when I bought mine 5 years ago the Pearl camera was $650… I already owned OpenBook. I think FS has a combo price if you buy both together, but it’s still quite expensive.


On Jun 25, 2015, at 2:18 PM, Michal Nowicki via Jfw <> wrote:


I am by no means an expert on scanners, but whatever you get, you need to
understand that scanning requires both hardware (the scanner) and software
(a computer program that makes use of the scanner). OpenBook is not a
scanner. Instead, it is scanning and OCR software that works with many

If I understand your post correctly, you are considering purchasing an
all-in-one printer, fax, and scanner. While such products work great for
sighted individuals, I'm not sure how many of them, if any, can be operated
nonvisually. For example, I know that some all-in-one devices have an
inaccessible touch screen, and it is not possible to control them from a
computer. That said, it may be better for you to buy two or three pieces of
equipment if, of course, you can afford it. I also recommend scanners with
an automatic feeder.

I hope this helps, and I'm sorry I cannot provide specific advice (e.g.
with regards to device models).


-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold
via Jfw
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2015 2:49 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Cc: Carolyn Arnold
Subject: Scanners.

When I get my new computer at the end of the year or beginning of next, I
intend to get a printer with fax and scanning capability.

So, I'm wondering, as a totally blind user of JAWS, is there a special
scanner I have to get for it to be accessible? Are some scanners out there
more accessible than others?

What is Open Book? I have heard of it. Would I be limited to getting that or
something like that?


"Whether you think you can or you can't, you're probably right." Henry Ford.

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