Abbyy screenshot reader

What applications do screen readers support?

The Windows screen readers all support common Microsoft applications such as Office, Internet  Explorer and Messenger, as well as varying support for other applications including Soundforge, Winamp, Firefox, Eudora and Acrobat Reader. Two of the Windows based screen readers, Window Eyes and Jaws, offer an additional means of supporting applications that are not supported by default.

They both provide a scripting, or mapping, language that can be used to create a bridge between the screen reader and an application that is not already catered for. It is then possible for a technically minded user to develop scripts for themselves and further widen the range of applications their chosen screen reader will work with.

How do screen readers deal with different languages?

A screen reader will have a primary language, which matches the language of the operating system. In addition they are capable of dealing with different languages within documents. For example, if a passage of text in a web page is marked up in the code as being in French, a screen reader will alter the accent, pitch and speaking rate of the synthesised speech output to mimic the style of spoken French.

Most screen readers support common languages including English, American English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. Other languages, including French Canadian, Mexican Spanish, Finnish and Basic Chinese are offered by different screen readers.

Ограничения бесплатной версии

Работа в ознакомительном режиме доступна на 15 дней. В течение этого периода возможности программы не урезаются.

Чтобы пользоваться утилитой и дальше, нужно купить лицензию. Сделать это можно так:

  1. При запуске выбрать «Купить ABBYY Screenshot Reader». После этого пользователь попадет на страницу с продуктами, где надо найти Скриншот Ридер.

  1. Нажать «В корзину», затем «Оформить заказ».

  1. Далее требуется пройти регистрацию и указать способ оплаты (банковские карты, Сбербанк онлайн, Яндекс деньги, QIWI, Webmoney, PayPal и другие).
  2. Для активации продукта надо запустить ABBYY, нажать «…ввести серийный номер» и набрать код, полученный после покупки, в этой строке, затем щелкнуть «Далее».

Primary Screen Reader

Which of the following is your primary desktop/laptop screen reader?
Screen Reader # of Respondents % of Respondents
NVDA 493 40.6%
JAWS 487 40.1%
VoiceOver 157 12.9%
ZoomText/Fusion 24 2.0%
System Access or SA To Go 12 1.0%
Narrator 12 1.0%
ChromeVox 7 0.6%
Other 22 1.8%

The following chart shows historical trends for primary screen reader usage.

For the first time since 2009, JAWS is not the most common primary screen reader reported, with NVDA now having slightly higher usage.

There are three primary players—JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver. Usage of all other screen readers has steadily declined—taken together they only account for 6.4%. For survey simplicity, infrequently used screen readers were not offered as response options.

Respondents with disabilities are more likely to use JAWS and NVDA and less likely to use VoiceOver as their primary screen reader than respondents without disabilities. 9.8% of respondents with disabilities use VoiceOver, compared to 34.9% of respondents without disabilities.

Преимущества ABBYY Screenshot Reader

Рассматриваемая утилита имеет несколько характеристик, выгодно отличающих ее от аналогичных приложений:

  1. Максимальное удобство. Программа располагается в небольшом окне с простым интерфейсом, где есть все необходимые настройки. Нужно только выбрать, сохранить содержимое экрана в виде изображения или скопировать текст выделенной области в документ. Для быстрого доступа значок программы спрятан в трей-меню.
  2. Считывание символов. ABBYY SR подходит не только для создания скриншота выделенной области или всего экрана, но и для сохранения текста с картинки. Не всегда возможно скопировать текст с источника, особенно если речь идет о фрагменте видеоролика или отсканированном листе. При помощи рассматриваемой программы можно взять информацию с сайта, где установлен скрипт по защите от копирования, и сохранить его в документ Word, Excel.
  3. Распознавание 188 языков. Это естественные (русский, итальянский и т. д.), искусственные (эсперанто), а также языки программирования, химические формулы.

Настройка

Большинство программ чтения с экрана позволяют пользователю выбрать, будет ли большая часть знаков препинания объявляться или игнорироваться. Некоторые программы чтения с экрана могут быть адаптированы к конкретному приложению с помощью сценариев . Одним из преимуществ сценариев является то, что они позволяют делиться настройками между пользователями, повышая доступность для всех. Например, у JAWS есть активное сообщество разработчиков сценариев.

Многословие

Многословие — это функция программного обеспечения для чтения с экрана, которая поддерживает пользователей компьютеров с ослабленным зрением. Элементы управления подробностью речи позволяют пользователям выбирать, какой речевой ответ они хотят услышать. В частности, настройки детализации позволяют пользователям создавать мысленную модель веб-страниц, отображаемых на экране их компьютера. Основываясь на настройках подробности, программа чтения экрана информирует пользователей об определенных изменениях форматирования, например, когда фрейм или таблица начинается и заканчивается, где графика была вставлена ​​в текст или когда в документе появляется список.

Язык

Некоторые программы чтения с экрана могут читать текст на нескольких языках при условии, что язык материала закодирован в его метаданных .

Некоторые программы чтения с экрана также включают языковую многословность, которая автоматически определяет параметры подробности, связанные с языком вывода речи. Например, если пользователь перешел на веб-сайт в Великобритании, текст будет прочитан с английским акцентом .

Mobile Screen Readers

Mobile Screen Reader Usage

Do you use a screen reader on a mobile phone, mobile handheld device, or tablet?
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
Yes 1,557 88.0%
No 213 12.0%

The percentage of respondents using a mobile screen reader was notably up from 69.2% in July 2015, when the survey had broader distribution to a more diverse and less technically proficient user base. 90.9% of respondents with disabilities indicate using a mobile screen reader, compared to only 65.3% of respondents without disabilities. 94.3% of users with advanced screen reader proficiency indicate using a mobile screen reader compared to just 50.5% of those with beginner proficiency.

Mobile Platforms

Which of the following is your primary mobile/tablet platform?
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch 1,146 75.6%
Android 334 22.0%
Other 35 2.3%

iOS devices continue to dominate the mobile screen reader market. Android usage increased slightly, though at a slower pace than previous years. Usage of other platforms (Windows Phone, Chrome OS, Nokia, etc.) combined represent only 2.3% of usage.

Usage of iOS devices was significantly higher in North America (85.7%) and Australia (81.4%) than in South America (37.5%), Asia (38.5%), Africa/Middle East (62.5%), and Europe/UK (66.9%).

iOS device usage among screen reader users was notably higher than for the standard population, whereas Android usage was much, much lower. Those with more advanced screen reader and internet proficiency were much more likely to use iOS over Android.

Mobile Screen Readers Used

Which of the following mobile screen readers do you commonly use? (Choose all that apply)
Mobile Screen Reader % of Respondents
VoiceOver 69.0%
TalkBack for Android 29.5%
Voice Assistant 5.2%
Mobile Accessibility for Android 1.9%
Nuance Talks 1.8%
MobileSpeak 1.5%
Other 3.2%

Since July 2015, VoiceOver usage increased to 69% from 56.7%. TalkBack increased to 29.5% from 17.8% over the same 2.5 year period. All other mobile screen readers saw decreased usage over that period. 20.9% of respondents commonly use multiple mobile screen readers.

Mobile vs. Desktop/Laptop Usage

Do you use a screen reader most often on a desktop/laptop computer or a mobile/tablet device?
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
Desktop/Laptop 528 34.6%
I use mobile/tablet and desktop/laptop screen readers about the same 825 54.0%
Mobile/Tablet device 174 11.4%

54% of respondents use both devices about the same amount. Users are more likely to predominantly use desktop/laptop screen readers than they are mobile/tablet screen readers. Respondents with disabilities are more likely to use a mobile screen reader than respondents without disabilities.

Mobile App vs Web Site Usage

When performing common online tasks such as banking or shopping are you most likely to use a mobile app or the web site?
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
Mobile App 779 46%
Web site 916 54%

Respondents with disabilities are more likely to use the mobile app than respondents that do not have disabilities. Those with advanced screen reader proficiency were much more likely to use the mobile app than those with beginner proficiency.

Primary Screen Reader

Which of the following is your primary desktop/laptop screen reader?
Screen Reader # of Respondents % of Respondents
JAWS 811 46.6%
NVDA 555 31.9%
VoiceOver 204 11.7%
ZoomText 42 2.4%
System Access or SA To Go 30 1.7%
Window-Eyes 27 1.5%
ChromeVox 7 0.4%
Narrator 6 0.3%
Other 60 3.4%

The following chart shows historical trends for primary screen reader usage.

What happened in 2015? Essentially, the survey was distributed to a much broader audience, with many ZoomText and Window-Eyes users recruited to respond. Window-Eyes was also offered freely with Microsoft Office before the 2015 survey, but has since been discontinued. A much broader analysis from 2015 is available on the WebAIM blog.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the 2015 numbers were inaccurate. They certainly are accurate of respondents for that survey, which included more low-vision users than any other survey. 39% of respondents in July 2015 reported low vision, compared to only 20.4% on this survey. This difference in respondent demographics accounts for much or most of the decrease of respondents using ZoomText in 2017.

In short, there are three primary players—JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver. But we should not discount the continued impact of other screen readers, primarily ZoomText among the broader low vision community.

For survey simplicity, other specific screen readers were not offered as response options. The survey comments indicate that SuperNova was very common among «Other» screen readers.

Respondents with disabilities are more likely to use JAWS and less likely to use VoiceOver as their primary screen reader than respondents without disabilities. 10.4% of respondents with disabilities use VoiceOver compared to 22.6% of respondents without disabilities.

How does a screen reader work?

Since the majority of users don’t use a mouse, all screen readers use a wide variety of keyboard commands to carry out different tasks. Tasks include reading part or whole of a document, navigating web pages, opening and closing files, editing and listening to music. A visually impaired computer user will use a combination of screen reader commands and operating system commands to accomplish the many tasks a computer is capable of performing.

All current operating systems have their own keyboard shortcuts, which are available to everyone not just screen reader users. An example of a Microsoft Windows keyboard shortcut is using the alt + A key combination to open the Favourites menu in Internet Explorer. Each screen reader uses a different series of commands, so most people will tend to choose a screen reader and stick with it, as the task of learning a large number of new keyboard commands is considerable.

Screen Readers Commonly Used

Which of the following desktop/laptop screen readers do you commonly use?
Screen Reader % of Respondents
NVDA 72.4%
JAWS 61.7%
VoiceOver 47.1%
Narrator 30.3%
ZoomText/Fusion 5.5%
ChromeVox 4.7%
SA or SA To Go 3.5%
Window-Eyes 1.2%
Other 6.0%

Usage of NVDA, VoiceOver, and Narrator continue to increase, with JAWS usage down slightly. NVDA is now the most commonly used screen reader among survey respondents. Notably, Narrator—freely available in Windows for several years—is the primary screen reader of only 1% of respondents, but commonly used by 30.3% of respondents (up from 21.4% in 2017).

Demographics

Region

Respondent Region
Region # of Respondents % of Respondents
North America 695 58.0%
Europe/UK 324 27.0%
Asia 69 5.8%
Australia and Oceania 34 2.8%
Africa/Middle East 35 2.9%
South America 36 3.0%
Central America and Caribbean 5 0.4%

This survey had more respondents outside North America than previous surveys, thus providing better representation of the global screen reader user audience.

Age

Please indicate your age.
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
0-20 116 9.5%
21-40 557 45.5%
41-60 364 29.7%
61+ 188 15.3%

Disability

Do you use a screen reader due to a disability?
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
Yes 1064 87.6%
No 150 12.4%

In general, responses are very similar between respondents with and without disabilities. Any notable differences are detailed below to help us determine differences in practices or perceptions between the disability and the developer communities.

Disability Types

Which of the following disabilities do you have?
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
Blindness 930 76.0%
Low Vision/Visually-Impaired 226 18.5%
Cognitive 42 3.3%
Deafness/Hard-of-Hearing 74 6.0%
Motor 24 2.0%
Other 45 3.7%

193 respondents (15.8%) reported multiple disabilities. 58 respondents (4.7%) reported being both deaf and blind.

Screen Reader Proficiency

Please rate your screen reader proficiency
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
Advanced 755 62.2%
Intermediate 393 32.4%
Beginner 65 5.4%

Those who use screen readers due to a disability reported themselves as more proficient with screen readers—68.2% of those with disabilities considered their proficiency to be «Advanced» compared to only 21.5% of those without disabilities.

Internet Proficiency

Please rate your proficiency using the Internet
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
Advanced 919 76%
Intermediate 276 22.8%
Beginner 15 1.2%

Reported proficiency on this survey was higher than all previous surveys, perhaps suggesting that screen reader users are becoming more accustomed to using the internet. Those without disabilities rate themselves as more proficient than those with disabilities.

Screen Reader Usage

Which of the following most accurately describes your screen reader usage?
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
I exclusively rely on screen reader audio 850 71.3%
I primarily rely on screen reader audio, but also use visual content 140 11.7%
I primarily rely on visual content, but also use screen reader audio 115 9.6%
I exclusively rely on visual content 40 3.4%
I primarily rely on Braille output 47 3.9%

Note

We neglected to ask about usage of Braille in combination with visual or audio outputs. Many respondents indicating using a combination of Braille and visual and/or audio output.

Nearly 25% of respondents rely at least partially on the visual components when using a screen reader. 79.5% of those with disabilities rely exclusively on audio, compared to only 7.4% of those without disabilities (primarily testers). This is not entirely unexpected, but does indicate significant differences in usage between those with disabilities and those without disabilities.

Настройки ABBYY Screenshot Reader

В ABBYY Screenshot Reader простой и понятный интерфейс. В окне программы слева находятся опции для выбора необходимых действий, справа находится кнопка «Сделать снимок».

В настройке «Снимок» можно выбрать область экрана для создания скриншота:

  • Области — снимок области экрана, произвольно выбранной пользователем.
  • Окна — снимок окна запущенного приложения, части окна приложения.
  • Экрана — снимок всего экрана монитора.
  • Экрана с отсрочкой — снимок экрана с отсрочкой по времени в 5 секунд.

В настройке «Язык» по умолчанию выбрана опция «Авто». Программа самостоятельно определит язык распознавания. При необходимости, пользователь имеет возможность выбрать нужный язык.

В настройке «Передать» необходимо выбрать, куда передать распознанный текст или скриншот:

  • Текст в буфер обмена — сохранение распознанного теста в буфер обмена.
  • Текст в Microsoft Word — сохранение распознанного текста в документе Word.
  • Текст в файл — сохранение распознанного текста в файл.
  • Таблицу в буфер обмена — сохранение распознанной таблицы в буфер обмена.
  • Таблицу в Microsoft Excel — сохранение распознанной таблицы в таблицу Excel.
  • Таблицу в файл — сохранение распознанной таблицы в файл.
  • Изображение в буфер обмена — сохранение изображения в буфер обмена.
  • Изображение в файл — сохранение изображение в файл.
  • Изображение по электронной почте — сохранение и отправка изображения по электронной почте.

В случае, сохранения в буфер обмена, текст, таблица, или изображение вставляется в окно открытого приложения.

Для сохранения текста в документе Word или в таблице Excel на компьютере должна быть установлена программа Microsoft Office.

Если выбрано сохранение в файл, откроется диалоговое окно, в котором необходимо выбрать имя файла и формат файла для сохранения на компьютере.

В другие настройки ABBYY Screenshot Reader можно войти из области уведомлений. Для этого, нужно кликнуть по значку программы правой кнопкой мыши, а затем изменить настройки приложения.

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Change the voice or language

When you first turn on ChromeVox, it automatically chooses a voice based on the language you’ve chosen for your Chromebook. . 

Change language

  1. Press and hold Search , then press the letter o twice. Or press Launcher , then press the letter o twice. 
  2. In the Voices section, select Chrome OS. Your default language shows on the button label.
  3. Choose another language from the list. You’ll hear the new language you’ve selected.
  4. When you’re done, press Ctrl + w.

Slow down, speed up, or stop spoken feedback

Important: Depending on your keyboard, you can press the Search key  or the Launcher key  for some shortcuts. Both keys work the same.

Slow down

Search + Shift + (left square bracket) (or)

Launcher + Shift + (left square bracket)

Speed it up

Search  + (left square bracket) (or)

Launcher  + (left square bracket)

Stop speaking Ctrl

Change pitch of the ChromeVox voice

Important: Depending on your keyboard, you can press the Search key  or the Launcher key  for some shortcuts. Both keys work the same.

Higher frequency

Search  + (right square bracket)

Launcher  + (right square bracket)

Lower frequency

Search  + Shift + (right square bracket)

Launcher + Shift + (right square bracket)

Which operating systems do screen readers work with?

Screen readers are available for each of the most common operating systems, Linux, Mac OS and Windows.

Linux screen readers

  • Gnopernicus;
  • Speakup.

The Gnopernicus screen reader is developed by Sun MicroSystem’s Gnome Accessibility Project. It enables visually impaired computer users to access the Gnome 2 desktop. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnopernicus The Speakup project developed the Speakup screen reader which can be run on some of the popular Linux distributions, including Debian and Slackware. http://www.linux-speakup.org/speakup.html Both of these Linux screen readers follow the open source tradition, which means they are freely available for download.

MAC OS screen readers

Voice Over.

Apple took a new approach to screen reader technology. Instead of requiring a separate application to be purchased, Voice Over comes as part of the MacOSx Tiger OS. Voice Over uses the Cepstral TTS by default.

Windows screen readers

  • Jaws for Windows (JFW);
  • Hal;
  • Window Eyes.

Jaws is developed by Freedom Scientific, market leaders in screen reader technology. Jaws is primarily designed for desktop computers, but they also offer a portable USB pen drive version. The Jaws screen reader comes bundled with a TTS called ETI Eloquence. http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/JAWS_HQ.asp Hal is developed by Dolphin Computer Access, primarily as a desktop computer screen reader.

Dolphin also manufacture a screen reader designed for use on a Portable Digital Assistant (PDA) and a USB pen drive version. The Hal screen reader comes bundled with Dolphin’s own Orpheus TTS engine. http://www.dolphincomputeraccess.com/products/hal.htm Window Eyes, runner up in the global market share, is developed by GW Micro. It is only available in a desktop computer version. The Window Eyes screen reader also uses the ETI \Eloquence TTS engine. Each of the Windows based screen readers are separate applications and do not come bundled with the OS, which means that a substantial price tag is attached.

Use the ChromeVox menu

To open the ChromeVox menu, press Search  + . (period). Or, press Launcher  + . (period). If you are on a touchscreen, you can tap the screen with 4 fingers.

You can press the left or right arrow to switch between the menus. If you are on a touchscreen, you swipe left or right.

To open a specific item from a list, press the up or down arrow and then press Enter.

  • Search: Type into the bar to find a list of results from any of the ChromeVox menus.  
  • Jump: List of all of the ChromeVox shortcuts.
  • Speech: List of speech shortcuts that includes how to increase or decrease the speech rate and pitch. 
  • Tabs: List of all your open tabs. 
  • ChromeVox: List of several ChromeVox shortcuts that includes the ChromeVox Tutorial and Learn Mode. 
  • Actions: List of touch-specific options

You can use the ChromeVox menu lists to navigate a web page.

  • Heading: List of headings on the web page. 
  • Landmark: List of landmarks on the web page.
  • Link: List of links on the web page.
  • Form controls: List of buttons or forms on a web page. 
  • Table: List of tables on a web page. 

Navigate the ChromeVox menu

Important: Depending on your keyboard, you can press the Search key  or the Launcher key  for some shortcuts. Both keys work the same.

Turn Braille captions on/off

Search  + a, then b (or)

Launcher  + a, then b

Hide the ChromeVox menus Esc
Show Heading list

Search  + Ctrl + h (or)

Launcher  + Ctrl + h

Show Landmark list

Search  + Ctrl + ; (semicolon) (or)

Launcher  + Ctrl + ; (semicolon)

Show Links list

Search  + Ctrl + L (or)

Launcher  + Ctrl + L

Show Form list

Search  + Ctrl + f (or)

Launcher  + Ctrl + f

Show Table list

Search  + Ctrl + t (or)

Launcher  + Ctrl + t

Change spoken feedback settings

Important: Depending on your keyboard, you can press the Search key  or the Launcher key  for some shortcuts. Both keys work the same.

Open Search options

Search  + o, then o (or)

Launcher  + o, then o

Find in page

Search  + (forward slash) (or)

Launcher  + (forward slash)

Start reading from current location

Search  + r  (or)

Launcher  + r

Turn earcons on or off

Search  + a, then e  (or)

Launcher  + a, then e

Hear punctuation marks as you type them

Search  + a, then p  (or)

Launcher  + a, then p

Hear letters as you type them

Search  + a, then t  (or)

Launcher  + a, then t

Ignore the next key press

Search  + Shift + Esc  (or)

Launcher  + Shift + Esc

Learn more about ChromeVox

Important: Depending on your keyboard, you can press the Search key  or the Launcher key  for some shortcuts. Both keys work the same.

Open the ChromeVox context menu

Search  + m (or)

Launcher  + m

Open Search tutorial

Search  + o, then t (or)

Launcher  + o, then t

Turn on Learn Mode (Hear the names of the keys on your keyboard)

Search  + o, then k. Your keyboard will say the name of any key or key combination you press, and explain what the keyboard shortcut does. (or)

Launcher  + o, then k. Your keyboard will say the name of any key or key combination you press, and explain what the keyboard shortcut does.

Note: You can also use this with connected braille displays and touch gestures on a touchscreen to hear the names of the functions.

Turn off Learn Mode Ctrl + w
Open update notes

Search  + o, then n (or)

Launcher  + o, then n

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