PDF Reader is a free program for blind and visually-impaired people that opens PDF and image files as plain text.
- Designed to make PDF and image files easy to read with a screen reader.
- Users can save files as text documents so they can read them later.
- Inaccessible PDF files and image files (JPEG, TIFF) are OCR'd to extract text.
- Open a PDF or image using the standard File dialog. Users can make the program the default PDF reader (handler).
- Opens PDF, JPEG, GIF, TIFF and PNG files with OCR where required.
- It uses 16pt text and line-and-a-half spacing so people with a little sight can use it without needing a screen reader at all.
- Automatically updates itself.
- Works with any screen reader, including JAWS, Window-Eyes, Thunder, NVDA, and Narrator.
- It uses the open-source pdftotext.exe program from foo labs, the Tesseract OCR program from Google, and the GhostScript program.
- PDF passwords are supported, but only for some older types of PDF security (e.g. PDF 1.3 40-bit encryption).
- Runs on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or later (Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10). 32- or 64-bit versions are all supported.
- The Microsoft .Net Framework 4 Client Version is required.