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The ZoomText Mac Reader and CamReader make it easy to read:

  • busy webpages
  • print documents you’ve photographed*
  • text you’ve placed in the clipboard
  • text within a (pdf, txt, rtf, jpg or png) file

*Note that CamReader is an add-on feature and must be purchased separately. Reader presents the information in a special environment where the text has been reformatted for a clean viewing and reading experience. Text is presented either in full-screen or windowed mode, with customizations for text size, font, line spacing, and a wide range of color and voice options:

Reader automatically extracts just the essential information from online articles, making the content much easier to consume. No matter what you bring into Reader, it will automatically read through all of the content, or you can choose to manually read by word, sentence, or paragraph.

As reading occurs, each sentence and spoken word is highlighted so you can follow along. If you don't need to follow along visually, feel free to go about and do other things on your computer; Reader will continue to read until it reaches the end of the document.

Read from Browser

Here are the steps to read content from the web.

  1. Open the webpage that you wish to read.

On the ZoomText Quick Launch Menu, choose “Reader” and then “Read from Browser”:

  1. Alternatively, you can press the hotkey COMMAND + OPTION + R to automatically pull content from the open browser tab (this hotkey is only supported in Safari and Chrome).
  2. To start and stop reading, click the Play/Pause button on the WebReader toolbar or just press SPACEBAR.
  3. To exit WebReader, click the red “X” or use the hotkey COMMAND + W.

If you’ve read several articles in a row, the hotkey COMMAND + LEFT/RIGHT ARROW will let you navigate between them. 

Read from Clipboard

Reader isn’t just for the web! You can also read content that you place into the clipboard. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Select the text you’re interested in reading with the keyboard or mouse.
  2. Press COMMAND + C to copy the text to the Clipboard.

On the ZoomText Quick Launch Menu, choose “Reader” then “Read from Clipboard”:

  1. Alternatively, you can press the hotkey COMMAND + OPTION + P.
  2. To start and stop reading, click the Play/Pause button or press SPACEBAR.
  3. Alternatively, simply select the text with your keyboard or mouse, and press COMMAND + OPTION + U to read your selection.
  4. To exit Reader, click the red “X” or use the hotkey COMMAND + W.

Read from File

Reader has more! You can also read content from a file on your computer. Note: Reader can access the following file formats - pdf, txt, rtf, jpg and png. Here’s how you do it.

 On the ZoomText Quick Launch Menu, choose “Reader” then “Read from File…”: 

  1. Alternatively, you can press the hotkey COMMAND + OPTION + F.
  2. Use the Open dialog box to select the file you’d like to hear.
  3. Click OK.
  4. To start and stop reading, click the Play/Pause button or press SPACEBAR.
  5. To exit Reader, click the red “X” or use the hotkey COMMAND + W.

Read from Camera

Reader has even more to offer! You can even read content using a document camera. Here’s how you do it.

On the ZoomText Quick Launch Menu, choose “Reader” then “Read from Camera”: 

  1. Alternatively, you can press the hotkey COMMAND + OPTION + E.
  2. Once the camera view is on screen, place your document on the black portion of the mat that came with the camera. Lining up the edge of the doument against the white section of the mat will ensure your document is well positioned.
  3. At this point, you may crop the image if desired. If the crop frame is not in view, type the letter “O” to toggle it on. The frame can be resized by dragging any of the lines or the circles at the corners of the frame.
  4. Press SPACEBAR to snap the picture and the OCR process will begin.
  5. When OCR processing completes, ZoomText will begin reading the document aloud and highlighting as per your settings.
  6. To start and stop reading, click the Play/Pause button or press SPACEBAR.
  7. To exit Reader, click the red “X” or use the hotkey COMMAND + W

Read an Email

Let’s say you want to read an entire email or maybe a whole document! There’s an even easier way to do this:

  1. Open the item you would like to read.
  2. Press COMMAND + OPTION + G. This will automatically select all text within the active application window, and Reader begins reading.
  3. To start and stop reading, click the Play/Pause button or press SPACEBAR.

To exit Reader, click the red “X or use the hotkey COMMAND + W

Reader Toolbars

No matter how you start the Reader you will be presented with a text window (it may be full screen) at the top of the Zoomtext Reader window is a toolbar. The toolbar changes depending upon your “Read From” choice. One toolbar is in view whenever text is visible in the Reader window. The other toolbar is visible only when you select to “Read From" camera to photograph a piece of paper or use the camera for view live images; this toolbar reverts to the other one if you snap a picture.

Here is an image of the toolbar you’ll see when text is in view:

With this toolbar you can manage Playback and Share (Save) the file. All items in the toolbar can also be accessed via the keyboard:

Play/Pause Spacebar
Previous Paragraph Up Arrow
Previous Sentence Left Arrow
Next Sentence Right Arrow
Next Paragraph Down Arrow
Save Command + S        

 

Here is an image of the toolbar you’ll see when the camera image is in view:

With this toolbar you can control the OCR and Live View camera image. All items in the toolbar can also be accessed via the keyboard:

Snap (a picture) Spacebar
Zoom in + (plus)
Zoom out - (minus)
Apply a color filter F
Toggle crop frame O
Rotate (image) Return (Enter)

 

The right hand side of the toolbar is the same in both cases. All items on the Read From section of the toolbar can be accessed via keyboard:

Read from browser

CMD + OPT + R

Camera view

CMD + OPT + E

Camera mode

M

Read from clipboard

CMD + OPT + P

Read from file

CMD + OPT + L

Show (Reader) settings

S

 

Reader Settings

In the Reader Settings dialog, you can customize Reader text, color and speech as well as change camera and OCR settings. Here’s the way to get to the settings:

  1. Press COMMAND + OPTION + O to open the Reader.
  2. Press the letter S on the keyboard or click the Settings icon which is represented by crossed wrench and screwdriver:

Text

Click on Text tab to use the sliders on the right-hand side of the dialog box to change “Text size” and “Line spacing”.

Use the drop down to change the “Font”. You can choose one of four fonts or select “Use fonts from the captured document”. 

Color

Click on Color tab to change the “Color scheme” and then decide what you wish to “Apply scheme to”.

You may choose one of five pre-defined schemes or create your own by choosing “Custom”. Schemes can be applied to Sentence and word, Sentence, Word or None. Select none if you do not wish to see any text highlighted. Whenever you make a change, the new color setting is shown in the “Preiew” window. 

Speech

Click on Speech tab to adjust the Voice, Speed, Volume and hear what it sounds like via “Speak Sample”.

By clicking in the “Sample” box that says, “This is sample text to speak” you can even change what is spoken. Any voice on your computer will be in the drop-down list under the “Voice” heading. 

Camera

Click on Camera tab to change which camera is being used, to adjust camera resolution and the crop frame on the image. 

Most Mac computers come with a built-in “FaceTime HD Camera”. Since this camera is integrated into the screen bezel, it is not apporiate for our purposes. (It would be awkward to hold your document in front of the screen and try to keep it still while peeking under the page to Camera manipulate the toolbar.) Therefore, set the “Camera” drop down to “USB Camera”, the name of the camera you purchased from Ai Squared.

The USB camera can be used in two ways; as a “live camera” and as a “OCR” feed. While live camera requires high frames-per-second (fps) which is only available at moderate resolution, the OCR functionality requires high resolution which is only avialable at low high frames-per-second (fps). Many resolution and frames-per-second (fps) options are supported by the USB Camera.  

By default, “Live camera resolution” is set at 640 x 480 @ 30 fps. You probably want to keep it at 30 fps; however, you can lower the resolution if you choose.

By default, “OCR resolution” is set at 2592 x 1944 @ 2 fps. Other options provide lower resolution and higher fps. You can experiment with changes if you choose.

ZoomText Mac remembers your settings each time you exit the program. Therefore, when you start the program, the camera selection is whatever you used last. If you want the camera selection to always start as the OCR feed or Live Camera, you can choose either option for the “Start camera at” drop down. You can always change this setting on the fly at the “Read From” section of the ZoomText Reader toolbar.

The next option in the Camera settings dialog is the “Show crop frame” checkbox. You can toggle the crop frame on and off using this check box. Beneath it, you can change the “Color” and “Thickness” of the crop frame. You can also change whether the crop frame is on or off on the fly at the “Camera”’ section of the ZoomText Reader toolbar. 

OCR

Click on OCR tab to change OCR autoread and language settings.

When the option to start reading automatcially upon completion of OCR processing is turned on, where do you want the confidence threshold? By default, “Autoread when confidence is greater than” spinbox is set to 50%. You can change the confidence level here.

The last item in this dialog is the setting for “The document I am converting is in”. This is where you select the language in which your document is written so that the OCR engine recognizes the text properly.

Finally, there are two items under the tabs. The “Always display fullscreen” checkbox allows you to toggle the choice of full screen and smaller window for the ZoomText Reader. The “Restore Defualts” button will change all ZoomText Reader settings back to original. 

Live View

Your USB camera can also be used as a CCTV! Change from OCR to Live Camera and you can use the camera to see personal items up close. Use the camera to thread a needle or read a perscription bottle. Here’s how you do it:

On the ZoomText Quick Launch Menu, choose “Reader” then “Read from Camera”: 

  1. Alternatively, you can press the hotkey COMMAND + OPTION + E.
  2. Once the ZoomText Reader is in view, go to the Read From: section of the toolbar and click the down arrow just to the right of the camera icon.
  3. Choose Live Camera (highest frame rate) from the drop-down menu.
  4. Now your USB Camera is set to give you the best results for live viewing.

 

 

 

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