PDF Reader

Product Type: 
Device modifier
Manufacturer Name: 

Product Description: 

PDF Reader is a free program for blind and visually-impaired people that opens PDF and image files as plain text. 

Main Features: 

  • 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.

Primary Specifications: 

  • Works with any screen reader, including JAWSWindow-EyesThunderNVDA, 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.

More Information: 

See Manufacturer's website.