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Readit Software

SKU: RIS-001
Price: $1271.20
$1120.00

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Readit Software

Highlights

Capture & read back documents in as little at 2 seconds

Scan documents up to 20 pages per minute, storing entire textbooks in minutes!

Intuitive menus and navigation makes it easy to use at all skill levels

Incredibly accurate OCR and text-to speech

Uses the latest natural human voices

Automatic language detection and switching – even on the same page

3 installations per user

Description

The Readit Software is specifically designed for low vision and blind users allowing them to quickly scan printed documents or import electronic files and convert them into a more usable format that makes it easier and faster to read.

And with almost unlimited magnification, two color enhanced modes, line spacing adjustments, 6 viewing modes, custom highlighting and more, the Readit software has countless visual enhancement options that make viewing documents even easier!

You can also have your documents read aloud with the latest human sounding voices that are clear and easy to listen to. Or choose to navigate your document by word, sentence, paragraph and page using keyboard shortcuts for greater versatility.

Who is Readit for?

Readit is for any low vision or blind computer user who wants nearly instant, easy and accurate access to printed documents (via scanner or Wand) or electronic documents.

Readit could be the ideal system for you if…

Are used to using a standard magnifying system but find the constant movement of text on the screen and the continual repositioning of your documents make you tired, nauseous or just frustrated.

Would like to be more independent and read your own documents.

Prefer reading documents in a particular type of font.

Can read documents more easily if the size of the font or spacing between lines is adjusted.

Find that when reading a whole page of text, the characters or words move around and it becomes difficult to follow the document.

Find that you can more quickly understand a passage of text if someone reads it out loud to you either at the same time as you are reading it, or separately.

Find reading with a video magnifier too difficult because you can’t fit enough characters on the screen to read at your desired speed.

Have a deteriorative eye condition and would like a system that is suitable both now and for the future.

Need to read or study more than one language.

What are Readit’s benefits?

Read faster and comprehend more of the document: This is Readit’s number one benefit. With its advanced text visualizations and styling modes, users can find their perfect viewing style and size which makes reading far easier and more enjoyable. This combined with speech output, can further increase reading speed for low vision users and make any document accessible for blind users.

Easy to use: Readit has been designed to be as intuitive to use as possible. Sensibly grouped features, easy access toolbars with specially designed icons make it possible for users to start using the software with no training at all! All menu items also have their corresponding shortcut key listed and voiced so it’s easy to learn them without needing a manual!

Scan and store entire textbooks (in minutes with Wand): Use standard flatbed scanners (from version 1.1 onwards) or the recommended Wand to capture documents and books at up to 20 pages per minute. Once documents have been captured or scanned, they can be stored on your computer, meaning you never need to carry them with you again! Readit even remembers your exact position in each document when you re-open it.

Incredible accuracy: Readit uses the latest OCR (optical character recognition) technologies to ensure it is as accurate as possible. This means importing poor quality image based PDF files or previously scanned documents still give excellent results.

3 installs per user: Install the Readit software on up to 3 machines with every purchase, allowing the user to read and transfer their documents to multiple machines.

Multi-touch support: Readit fully utilizes the power of multi-touch on Microsoft Windows 7 to make the software more accessible. Simply double tap on a word to start reading from it or use pinch zoom for example.

Import and export documents: Import any existing electronic format document – PDF, Word, Email etc and reformat and read it directly in Readit. Export (including Quick Export) documents to Word, txt, RTF, MP3. MP3 export can be very useful as a revision aid. (Please note for most document import formats, either MS Office is required or a suitable PDF printer).

High-quality speech: Using the latest natural sounding voices, Readit’s voices are clear and easy to listen to for long periods.

Automatic language switching: Readit is the only low vision / blindness software currently available that features the revolutionary automatic language detection and switching. This makes it ideal for users wanting to read more than one language – even on the same page!

* Mac users must be running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer, together with VMWare Fusion 4.0 or newer with Windows 7.

New features for v3.2

Flatbed scanner support

Flatbed scanner support

Users with WIA compatible scanners can now use them to acquire images directly into the Readit software.

Background scanning is also supported meaning you can listen to your document whilst scanning additional pages in the background.

New features for v3.1

Some headline new features for the latest version of Readit include:

Readit's crop-to-text icon.

Crop to text

When capturing or scanning a document, Readit now has the ability to remove the additional area outside of your main document (background permitting) which means it stores only the information you need it to. This can also improve the quality of exported Microsoft Word documents.

Readit's pause on link breaks icon.

Pause on line breaks

To help break up the reading of your documents, Readit now features the ability to automatically pause at the end of every line. This is especially useful when reading lists and tables.

Icon for Readit's variable line, word and character spacing.

Line, word and character spacing

The spacing options for text have now been enhanced to include word and characters adjustments as well as line spacing. This means users can perfectly tweak the layout of the recognised text within their documents to precisely suit their visual preferences.

Icon for Readit's original page orientation.

Original page orientation

For blind users, Readit now allows you to hear the original orientation of your page. This is extremely useful if you need to file things away or simply want to make sure you have a book the right way round!

Icon for Readit's dedicated keypad.

Support for new Readit keypad

We have now developed a specially designed custom keypad for Readit products that has two major advantages:

Ease of use: The most commonly used controls have their own dedicated, custom shaped and sized tactile button, so you don't have to remember any shortcut keys at all if you don't want to.

Productivity: Readit's keypad has been specially designed to enhance its background reading functionality. Have Microsoft Word open and in focus and as you type into your document, you can be controlling the reading of your document in Readit or even capturing a new page, all without having to change focus.

Readit Features

Lex's camera icon for aquiring documents.

Readit allows low vision and blind users of all abilities to read their documents faster and more easily than ever before. 

Import / acquire images quickly and easily

Quickly import practically any document on your PC or Mac*, either directly through Windows Explorer or "File" -> "Import" in the menu.

Easy to use

The Readit software has been designed to be as simple to operate as possible - with just a few keystrokes you perform all the main functions. The adjustable size, easy access toolbars, with clear, colourful icons give instant access to all the main controls.

One of Lex's easy access toolbars.

Lex's speech icon.

Speech output of documents

Readit can instantly begin reading your document out loud at any point with a simple double-left click on your desired starting point. For many users, the speech output combined with the enhanced visualisations of the document make reading far easier.

Icon for Lex's advanced reading visualisations.

Enhanced visualisations for reading

Readit features a total of 8 different colour enhanced or re-formatted modes to ensure the user can find the exact reading style that best suits their needs. These are:

Icon for Lex's image visualisation.

1) Image View

This shows the original image of the document that can then be altered and enhanced. Image mode is most commonly used when a user has hand written documents where Readit is unable to recognise the handwriting so that it can be re-formatted. It's also ideal for looking at purely photographic documents. Image view contains four modes:

Icon for Lex's colour mode.

a) Colour

This is the original representation of the document where users can adjust the image saturation to enhance their document.

Lex displaying a document in image view in full colour mode.

Icon for Lex's enhanced greyscale mode.

b) Enhanced Greyscale

This replaces the colours of the document with your chosen two colour combination. For users who prefer reading text in a particular colour combination, this will likely be of benefit to them.

Lex displaying a document in image view with greyscale mode enabled which can help users with dyslexia read the document.

Icon for Lex's enhanced greyscale mode.

c) Binary

A variation on Enhanced Greyscale mode, Binary can help to bring out the user's document in their chosen two colour combination even if the document contains coloured backgrounds with similarly coloured text on top of them.

Lex displaying a document in image view with binary mode enabled which can help users with dyslexia read the document.

Icon for Lex's overlay visualisation.

2) Overlay View

This unique mode allows you to retain your document layout and full colour images whilst fully enhancing the text. You can simply click on a word to start Readit reading your document to you from that point.

Lex displaying a document in overlay view which preserves the layout of the document but enhances all text, making it easier for users with dyslexia to read the document.

Icon for Lex's column visualisation.

3) Column View

This view automatically wraps text across the screen depending on the user's chosen magnification level. The document can then be scrolled and read vertically.

Lex displaying a document in column view which automatically wraps text across the screen depending on the user's chosen magnification level.

Icon for Lex's horizontal visualisation.

4) Horizontal View

This view stretches all of your document's text into a single line, reducing potential confusion and interference that can be caused by multiple lines of text.

Lex displaying a document in horizontal view which presents a single line of text across the middle of the screen.

Icon for Lex's vertical visualisation.

5) Vertical View

This view centres a single word on each line which can then be scrolled vertically. For certain users this can greatly increase their reading speed and comprehension.

Lex displaying a document in vertical view which presents one word of text on each line, down the middle of the screen.

Icon for Lex's word visualisation.

6) Word View

This displays one word of text on screen at a time, in the middle. This view can be ideal for younger users or users with certain levels of dyslexia.

Lex displaying a document in word view which presents one word of text on screen at a time, in the middle of the screen.

Lex's next and previous screen icons.

Instant Next and Previous Screen reading

Next and Previous screen allows instant navigation around your document one screen of text at a time with no scrolling or blurring of text. Just read what's on the screen and press the next screen button. No scrolling of text means less eye strain and faster and more comfortable reading!

Lex's text highlighting icon.

Text highlighting

Three customisable text highlights are present- underline, rectangle and inverse.

Lex's underline highlighting mode.

Lex's rectangle highlighting mode.

Lex's inverse highlighting mode.

 

Lex's bookmark icon.

Bookmark documents

Place bookmarks in your documents to be able to navigate back to them immediately (e.g. for chapter headings in books).

 

Lex's find text icon.

Text search

Powerful text search functionality lets you navigate straight to any word or phrase in a document, saving time.

Lex's edit pages icon.

Edit Pages

Made a mistake in your document? Simply remove the page, re-order it, rotate it, re-recognise it or delete it with a simple to use "Pages" dialog.

Multiple Language Support with Auto Language Switching

Readit is the first specialist low vision / blindness software to feature full automatic language detection. It is highly intelligent and allows sentence-by-sentence switching making it the perfect tool for learning and reading in multiple languages.

Readit ships with one voice pack as standard. Additional Voice Packs can be trialled free of charge for 30 days and then easily activated once purchased from your local distributor.

Please see the table below for the full list of supported languages:

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Specifications:

Magnification – 0.2-80X (effectively unlimited)

Visualizations – 6 enhanced including unique overlay view

Color Modes – Full, grey scale & binary. Customizable combinations

Time to read – 1 to 15 seconds (hardware dependent)

Supported Languages – over 20 (please see website for complete listing)

Multi-page capture speed – up to 20 pages per minute

Import formats supported – Adobe PDF, Image (BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF), MS Excel (XLS and XLSX), MS PowerPoint (PPT and PPTX), MS Word (DOC and DOCX), OpenDocument Formats (ODF), plain text (TXT), Rich Text Format (RTF)

Export formats supported – Adobe PDF, Image (BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF), Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX), MP3, Open Document Format (ODF) plain text (TXT), Rich Text Format (RTF)

Readit Documents:

See the table below for information on the Readit document format (VisionAid Document format (VAD)) and supported import / export document types with the Readit software

Please note, for importing and export for documents other than image files or PDFs, Microsoft Office must be installed on the user’s computer.

VisionAid Document Format:

Size per page: 0.2 to 3 MB (typically 1MB per page)

Multi-page capture speed:

Up to 20 pages per minute

Import formats supported:

Adobe PDF, Image (BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF), MS Excel (XLS and XLSX), MS PowerPoint (PPT and PPTX), MS Word (DOC and DOCX), OpenDocument Formats (ODF), plain text (TXT), Rich Text Format (RTF)

Export formats supported:

Adobe PDF, Image (BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF), Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX), MP3, Open Document Format (ODF) plain text (TXT), Rich Text Format (RTF).

Recommended Computer Requirements

Processor: Core2Duo 2.0 Ghz or faster
Operating System: Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit)
RAM: XP 1GB, Vista 2.0 GB, 7 – 2GB
HDD Space: 5 GB (to include document storage)

Minimum Computer Requirements

Processor:

Single core Intel Atom 1.6Ghz or equivalent

Operating System:

Windows XP (32 bit only), Vista or 7 (32 or 64 bit)

RAM:

XP 512MB, Vista 1.5GB, 7 – 1GB

HDD Space:

Language dependent, minimum 400MB

Manual

Readit Software User Manual

SKU: RIS-001

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