moderated Re: Scanners for convenient OCR and Open Book


They aren't really much more portable than a USB flatbed scanner.
My USB Cannon isn't much bigger than a legal size piece of paper, thicker of
course, but it is light, and I've seen the Pearl, by the time you get it
folded up, it's still a bag to carry.
And when set up, it takes up as much room on a desk as a flatbed, except
that when you aren't scanning with it, you can put stuff on the desk where
the paper will go when you are using it.
Plus, it's only good for documents, it might be difficult to get an 8 by 10
photo all in the picture with the Pearl.
For that matter, you can hold a smart phone over the document and use an app
to read it too, or just take the picture and copy it out as a JPG and scan
it later.
So I think the best options are a flatbed scanner, or a phone.
I use Seeing AI, and it does fantastic at reading things.
It is a free app.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Munn " <michaelrbms@...>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2022 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: Scanners for convenient OCR and Open Book

Hi there, Freedom Scientific have a Portable Camera called Pearl that is
easy to carry and you can scan more than one page at a time
The camera also support convenience OCR with Jaws. They are currently
selling it at a price of $200 during Summer Specials
If you are interested, you can visit for more
Best regards
Michael H. Munn

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny
Sent: Thursday, July 7, 2022 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: Scanners for convenient OCR and Open Book

Maybe they use the settings in Windows Fax and Scan settings.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2022 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: Scanners for convenient OCR and Open Book

Hi Glenn!

The problem is that I don't see any such controls for scanner resolution
or color mode or anything else in either JAWS or Open Book. That is why
I am thinking that a scanner designed to scan documents instead of
photos or for general purpose would work better. My scanner allows me to
set up scanning profiles with all of settings preset and can even define
one profile as the default profile, but no matter how I set it, I get
the same results, which makes me think that both programs bypass the
scanner's profiles.


On 7/7/2022 12:46 PM, Glenn / Lenny wrote:
Hi Gene,
I don't know if one made for documents would give you better results, as
is more a factor of the resolution, which you can change in the scanner's
I've had good luck with my color scanners, one is a cannon scanner and the
other is a all-in one printer scanner.
The all in one I have now wirelessly connects to my router and is in the
network, but is a pain if I have a lot to scan, going back and forth from
one room to another.
The one I had before wasn't meant for a network, but I connected it to my
router and found it in the network and made it work.
I'm not even sure if they make any any more that don't do color.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: "JAWS support list" <>
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2022 11:37 AM
Subject: Scanners for convenient OCR and Open Book

Hi everyone!

I currently have a color photo scanner, I believe that I could get
better OCR results if I switched to a scanner designed primarily for
scanning documents. Can anyone recommend one? I wouldn't mind a document
feeder, but it doesn't need to be one that can hold a ton of pages, if
it can hold and feed 10 pages, that would be plenty for my needs.


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