Standards List: Adaptive Technology

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Software

The Department of Human Services has made a Statement of Assurance to provide comparable access for individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA, which makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability, employers must reasonably accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants or employees, unless undue hardship would result.

  • BIT will set standards for assistive devices.
  • Telecommunications will set standards for the support of devices.
  • Bureau of Personnel will set standards for training employees with disabilities in the use of standard devices.

This technology will be applied to individual computers as new technology. This technology will be available to all employees requiring assistive technology.

An OpenBook Unbound

OpenBook is software developed for blind and visually impaired individuals to read, edit, and manage scanned images from books, magazines, manuals, bills, newspapers, and other printed documents. OpenBook converts printed documents or graphic-based text into an electronic text format on your PC, using quality speech and the latest in accurate optical character recognition (OCR). OpenBook utilizes both Nuance OmniPage® and ABBYY FineReader® OCR engines to bring you the most accurate text recognition available.

OpenBook provides the user with the flexibility to use either of two leading text-to-speech software synthesizers: RealSpeak™ Solo Direct and Eloquence. RealSpeak™ features a natural, human-sounding voice to enhance your reading experience. Eloquence provides practical and efficient synthesized speech for editing or skimming documents.

The many low vision features of OpenBook allow the user to tailor the appearance of text on your screen, including font style, size, character spacing, and colors. A Split View option allows for easy comparison of the original document and the results of the OCR conversion. Masking and Word Spotlighting features synchronize with the text being read, making it easy to follow the screen position during reading.

Users can mark important passages of a document for later reference, and use highlights to quickly navigate within document. OpenBook enables a user to insert comments in a document. Comments can be announced during document review or keep them hidden. Users can also export Highlights and Comments to new documents for easy review.


  • Convert printed text to human-like speech
  • Powerful optical character recognition provides editable text
  • Scan bound books and maintain pagination
  • Enlarge and reformat text for easier reading
  • Wrap text to fill the screen
  • Add comments and highlighting
  • Export to other applications like Microsoft Word or Notepad
  • Versatile document navigation and management tools maximize productivity
  • Supports Windows® 7, Vista™, XP, and Windows® 2000
  • Common key commands with JAWS and MAGic
  • Enhanced ability to search for and download books from the Internet
  • Full support for listening to DAISY and other audio files
  • Built-in Braille support
  • Use OpenBook to acquire text while in Microsoft® Word
  • Built-in photocopy functionality

System Requirements

  • Pentium™ class or more PC
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, or 8.x
  • 32 MB RAM
  • 200 MB free hard disk space
  • CD-Rom drive
  • Sound card or SSIL-supported synthesizer
  • Supported HIP or TWAIN compatible scanner

Last Updated: 12/12/2012
Last Reviewed: 11/29/2017

Powered by the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
Contact Us: 605.773.4357 605.773.4357
| Email Us
| 700 Governors Drive, Pierre, South Dakota, 57501