KNFB Reader

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KNFB Reader

Fast, Accurate, Efficient

By harnessing the power of digital photography coupled with state of the art hardware, this highly praised app, tailored to the specific needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, makes access to print materials faster and more efficient than ever.

Now available for Windows 10!

Please select your operating system: iOS or Android or Windows.

Learn how to navigate the Windows Store to purchase KNFB Reader for Windows 10 in docx or pdf.


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KNFB Reader for iOS

Fast, Accurate, Efficient

By harnessing the power of digital photography coupled with state of the art Apple hardware, this highly praised app, tailored to the specific needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, makes access to print materials faster and more efficient than ever.

New recognition languages in version 2.8


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KNFB Reader

Fast, Accurate, Efficient

By harnessing the power of digital photography coupled with state of the art hardware, this highly praised app, tailored to the specific needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, makes access to print materials faster and more efficient than ever.

New recognition languages in version 2.8


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KNFB Reader for Windows

Fast, Accurate, Efficient

KNFB Reader is the world's best solution for enabling blind and low-vision individuals to quickly and easily access the content of printed materials anywhere, anytime. It takes a photo of any text and instantly reads it aloud. It’s as easy as “point, shoot, and read."

Now available for Windows 10!

Learn how to navigate the Windows Store to purchase KNFB Reader for Windows 10 in docx or pdf.

Introducing the KNFB Reader

First released in september 2014, KNFB Reader continues to receive high marks from reviewers and users alike.

This fabulous, life-changing technology was first demonstrated by James Gashel, Vice President of Business Development at KNFB Reader, LLC and Secretary of the National Federation of the Blind, at the NFB's National Convention before a presentation of Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google Inc.

 

From March 1st 2017 on, KNFB Reader is available for iOS, Android and Windows.

The KNFB Reader is a joint development effort of Sensotec nv and KNFB Reader, LLC.

Learn more at AppleVis or listen to an interview with James Gashel.

 

Fast

With the touch of a single button, read virtually any type of printed text, including mail, receipts, class handouts, memos and many other documents.

Accurate

Accuracy is facilitated by a field of view report, automatic page detection, and tilt control.

Efficient

Proprietary document analysis technology determines the words and reads them aloud to the user with high quality text-to-speech.

Features

The features below make the KNFB Reader an excellent choice for capturing and reading documents on the go wherever you are. To read more about the technical specifications, see the Quickstart Guide and Manual.

Version 2.8 for iOS includes these features :

New recognition languages

Additional to the initial languages, KNFB Reader now also recognizes Japanese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Afrikaans, Albanian, Croatian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Romanian, Serbian (latin), Slovak, Slovenian.

Take Picture From Stand Profile

Place your device on a recommended stand and have pictures of text taken automatically; works especially well for use with batch mode to quickly capture and read books.

Link To Dropbox

Turn on link to dropbox so all files saved in your Reader will also be saved in a knfb folder automatically created in your Dropbox directory; files remain in Dropbox even if deleted from your device; also allows backup and restore files from Dropbox and easy file sharing.

 

Reading Modes

Reading modes for single and multicolumn formats.

Synchronized Highlighting

Synchronized text highlighting with Braille and high quality speech output.

Text Navigation

Text navigation by line, sentence, word and character.

Viewfinder & Tilt Assist

Viewfinder for live field of view. Tilt guidance and report to assist with aligning the camera relative to the document.

Automated

Automatic text detection to enable hands-free operation or touch-free operation.

Import and Export Documents

Ability to import, OCR and read image based PDF and JPG. Export HTML and TXT files to cloud storage including Dropbox and Google Drive.

Read Multi-Page Documents

Capture and read documents, brochures, pamphlets, and books.

Multi-Language Support

The KNFB Reader can recognize and read printed materials in a variety of languages including: English, French, German, Dutch(Belgium), Dutch(Netherlands), Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Norwegian, Russian, Finnish, Ukrainian, Estonian, Bulgarian, Czech, Greek.

From version 2.8 on, KNFB Reader also recognizes Japanese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Afrikaans, Albanian, Croatian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Romanian, Serbian (latin), Slovak and Slovenian.

Features

The features below make the KNFB Reader an excellent choice for capturing and reading documents on the go wherever you are. To read more about the technical specifications, see the Manual.

Version 2.8 for Android includes these features :

New recognition languages

Additional to the initial languages, KNFB Reader now also recognizes Japanese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Afrikaans, Albanian, Croatian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Romanian, Serbian (latin), Slovak, Slovenian.

Take Picture From Stand Profile

Place your device on a recommended stand and have pictures of text taken automatically; works especially well for use with batch mode to quickly capture and read books.

Link To Dropbox

Turn on link to dropbox so all files saved in your Reader will also be saved in a knfb folder automatically created in your Dropbox directory; files remain in Dropbox even if deleted from your device; also allows backup and restore files from Dropbox and easy file sharing.

Try Before You Buy

Initial download of KNFB Reader is free to let new users test the app before buying the unlocked version; test period allows processing of 25 documents with all features of the full app enabled; full version unlocked with an in-app purchase.

 

Reading Modes

Reading modes for single and multicolumn formats.

Synchronized Highlighting

Synchronized text highlighting with Braille and high quality speech output.

Text Navigation

Text navigation by line, sentence, word and character.

Viewfinder & Tilt Assist

Viewfinder for live field of view. Tilt guidance and report to assist with aligning the camera relative to the document.

Automated

Automatic text detection to enable hands-free operation or touch-free operation.

Import and Export Documents

Ability to import, OCR and read image based PDF and JPG. Export HTML and TXT files to cloud storage including Dropbox and Google Drive.

Read Multi-Page Documents

Capture and read documents, brochures, pamphlets, and books.

Multi-Language Support

The KNFB Reader can recognize and read printed materials in a variety of languages including: English, French, German, Dutch(Belgium), Dutch(Netherlands), Italian, Spanish, uese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Norwegian and Russian.

From version 2.8 on, KNFB Reader also recognizes Japanese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Afrikaans, Albanian, Croatian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Romanian, Serbian (latin), Slovak and Slovenian.

Features

The features below make the KNFB Reader an excellent choice for capturing and reading documents on the go wherever you are. To read more about the technical specifications, see the Quick Start Guide and the User Guide for KNFB Reader for Windows 10.

KNFB Reader is as easy as “point, shoot, and read"

KNFB Reader for Windows 10 is the world's best solution for enabling blind and low-vision individuals to quickly and easily access the content of printed materials anywhere, anytime.

It takes a photo of any text and instantly reads it aloud.

KNFB Reader’s patented image processing technology makes it easy to photograph even the most complex documents - such as bills, brochures, books, or magazines -using the best optical character recognition (OCR) technology available.

The text is read aloud using any one of Microsoft’s built in voices or can be displayed in Braille with a compatible screen reader and refreshable Brailledisplay.

KNFB Reader's proprietary audio and vibration guidance help the user take the perfect image of a document so that processing is fast and accurate.

KNFB Reader for Windows 10 includes these features:

 

Field of view report & Tilt assist

Verbal field of view report and tilt guidance by audio or vibration feedback to help you take the perfect picture of the document discreetly and without assistance.

File conversion

Allows easy conversion of image PDF's and other image files directly from a desktop or laptop PC, or of image files accessed through OneDrive.

Camera

Snap a picture and analyze a document instantly with your Surface Pro4 or other Windows 10 device with a mobile camera; external camera or scanner needed for other devices.

Backup and sharing

Integration with OneDrive and Dropbox for easy backup and sharing of images and documents between mobile and PC devices.

Processing

Processing of single- or multi-column documents, multiple fonts, and various kinds of formatting.

Automated

Fully integrated with Microsoft Narrator and compatible with other popular screen readers (NVDA, JAWS, and Dolphin SuperNova, as well as with Microsoft text-to-speech voices.

Braille support for Narrator coming soon!

Import and Export Documents

Designed for speed and ease of use, with only four screens and lots of shortcut keys.

Multi-Language Support

At the time of initial release English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Swedish, Russian and Greek are available.

The number of recognition languages available will vary based upon your installation of Windows. This will change shortly, as rapid updates are planned.

KNFB Reader for iOS Download

The KNFB Reader app may be purchased and downloaded by navigating to the following link. KNFB Reader for iOS or search for KNFB Reader in the App Store.

Download the KNFB Reader on the App Store

KNFB Reader for Android Download

The KNFB Reader app may be purchased and downloaded by navigating to the following link. KNFB Reader for Android
or search for KNFB Reader in the Google Play Store.

Get it on Google Play

KNFB Reader for Windows 10 Download

The KNFB Reader app may be purchased and downloaded by navigating to the following link. KNFB Reader for Windows
or search for KNFB Reader in the Windows Store.

Learn how to navigate the Windows Store to purchase KNFB Reader for Windows 10 in docx or pdf.

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Supported Devices

The following supported iDevices must be running iOS 8 or higher to be compatible.

  • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPad Pro 12.9" / 9.7"
  • iPad Air / Air 2
  • iPad mini 4 / 3
  • iPod touch 6 / 5
Black iPhone 5 Gold iPhone 5s

Supported Devices

Due to the large quantity of Android devices available, it is difficult for us to list all compatible devices. Here are recommendations on hardware and operating system version which will ensure a greater likelihood of a successful experience:

  • Optimal experience: Android device with a hexa or octa core CPU, an 8 megapixel camera, and Android 5 or 6.
  • Less optimal (KNFB Reader will run, but you will notice reduced speed and accuracy): An Android device with a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, a 5 megapixel camera, and Android version 4.3.

Supported Devices

KNFB Reader for Windows is a Universal Windows App. It requires Windows 10.

In order to do anything beyond recognizing image files with the app, an image capturing device is required. This could be a document camera, a flat-bed scanner or even the built-in camera on the back of a phone or tablet.

Not all cameras are created equal, you will have better results if the camera has auto-focus, takes pictures of 5 Mega-pixels or more and includes a flash.

Other factors, such as processor speed and available Ram will affect performance.

Testimonials

Feedback from initial users of the KNFB Reader.

"The playing field has been equalized with the assistance of the KNFB reader. I feel that the scanner will make me more employable, besides assisting me to do my work independently."
Review Author Hope Hein
"I was planning to have someone read me the serial number from the battery in my laptop; however, the person could not seem to read the number the same way twice. It wasn't easy -- tiny little print on the end of a long skinny box, but I got it with the KNFB Reader. The beauty of this is that the KNFB Reader, obviously not designed for anything remotely similar to this task, outperformed a sighted reader."
Review Author Anonymous
"I really didn't know what to expect, when I got it. But, from the first picture I ever took, I was extremely impressed. [...] the Reader is so handy and portable, it’s really extremely useful."
Review Author Cynthia Handel
"I just finished sorting today's mail. What a great feeling I have to be able to accomplish this seemingly trivial task. I didn't have to interrupt my son or daughter, I didn't have to wait for a pair of eyes, and my wife does not have to spend time sorting. [...] As my students would say, ‘The KNFB Reader rocks!"
Review Author Mark Feliz

Screenshots

Take a peek at what you can expect.

Screenshots

Take a peek at what you can expect.

Screenshots

Take a peek at what you can expect.

KNFB Reader Online School

Learn the ins and outs of the KNFB Reader by watching these tutorials on YouTube.

Presented by Jim Gashel of KNFB, LLC, these videos explore the KNFB Reader App, from scanning documents to getting the perfect photo, and even Dropbox integration.  Follow along at your own pace and become a pro at using the KNFB Reader.

 

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