Yes, it's a Jaws feature called OCR, & it's explained
here's the information from the jaws help.
Frequently, you will encounter images that contain textual
These can include a PDF file, the setup screen of an
application, or the
menu of selections for a DVD movie. While these images contain
text that is
readable by a sighted person, JAWS is unable to read the text as
it is part
of the image.
The Convenient OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature
enables you to
access any image on the screen that includes text, or recognize
all of the
text in a PDF document. With just a few simple keystrokes, JAWS
recognize the image in a matter of seconds and activate the JAWS
you can navigate the resulting text. The recognized text will be
in the same
location as the actual image on the screen. In order to
recognized text from other text that may be in the window, JAWS
will use a
different voice when it encounters the recognized text. When you
the PC cursor, or switch to another application or dialog box,
the text is
removed and you will need to perform the OCR again.
If you open a PDF document and there is no text available to
read, you can
perform a keystroke that will recognize the entire document and
resulting text into the Results Viewer for reading. You can then
standard reading commands to review the text or select and copy
content for pasting in other applications.
To use Convenient OCR, the following layered keystrokes are
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, D. Recognizes the currently open PDF
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W. Recognizes the current application window
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, S. Recognizes the entire screen.
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, C. Recognizes the currently selected
control, such as a
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, Q. Cancels recognition while it is in
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, QUESTION MARK. Speaks a brief help message
the commands in the OCR layer.
The following examples illustrate just some of the uses of this
You insert a DVD movie into your computer which brings up a menu
you to select from various DVD features. You press
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W and
after a few seconds, JAWS will alert you that OCR is complete.
point, the JAWS cursor will be active and you can navigate
around the screen
using the ARROW keys and read the text of the menu. When you
hear the option
you want, press NUMPAD SLASH to perform a left-mouse-click, or
PLUS to route PC to JAWS to activate the option. Prior to JAWS
13, this menu
would have been completely inaccessible.
Note: Depending on the type of screen the DVD displays and the
the text, the Convenient OCR may not always work. Some DVD
screens will be
recognized better than others.
You open a PDF in Adobe Reader which turns out to be
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, D to have JAWS begin recognizing the entire
After several seconds, the contents of the PDF file are
displayed in the
Results Viewer for reading. Use standard reading commands to
review the text
or select and copy sections of content for pasting in other
For example, you could select all, then copy and paste into a
document, which you could then save.
Note: The OCR process takes longer for larger PDF files. As text
recognized, it is added to the end of the existing text already
Results Viewer. This allows you to continue reading without
the document is processed. If you are currently not reading
using Say All,
JAWS announces the current line as new text is added to the
to indicate that OCR is still in progress.
Note: If the PDF document requires a password, you will be
prompted to enter
it when you first press INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, D. You must enter
password before the OCR process will continue.
You try to install or use an application whose interface is not
such as AcronisR True ImageT Home 2011 or 2012. If no text is
available when pressing TAB or when using the JAWS Cursor, you
Convenient OCR. Start with the PC Cursor and press
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W to
recognize the text of the welcome screen graphic. You can then
use the JAWS
Cursor and NUMPAD SLASH (left mouse button) to move to and
choose what are
possible buttons and links.
If you are not getting clear recognition results or you find
that text is
running together when you recognize the current screen, window,
refer to FAQ 63556 for ways to optimize performance. When
recognizing a PDF
document, Convenient OCR does not use the physical image that is
visible on the screen, so the recognition results feature a
higher degree of
accuracy since they are not affected by the current screen
Note that to correctly recognize text in other languages, you
the primary and secondary OCR language. The Convenient OCR
settings are in
the main tree view in Settings Center. When you expand this
item, you have
Primary Recognition Language and Secondary Recognition Language
Use the SPACEBAR to cycle through the available languages until
you hear the
one you want, or press F6 to move to the combo box and select a
When you install JAWS from the program disc, the OCR components
automatically installed. If you download JAWS from the Web site
and have an
active Internet connection when you begin the installation, the
components will be downloaded during the install. If you do not
active Internet connection when you install JAWS from the Web
message is displayed at the end of the installation stating that
components were not installed. To use the OCR feature, establish
connection and run the installation again so the OCR components
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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:14 PM
Subject: Is there a openbook like program that will
scan for us.
I’m not able to buy Openbook9 at this time,
I meed to let the funs catch up , but I really need a program
that can scan for us.
Now, I never heard of one, but that doesn’t
mean anything; there’s a lot of things I never heard of.
Thanks to all.