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New Vision Concepts is proud to present EZReader - an all-in-one touch screen computer,
document camera and custom software suite designed specifically for users
with vision impairments. EZReader provides over 100+ customized applications that give
low vision users unprecedented access to computer capabilities that were once out of reach!
Low vision users struggle to use basic Windows capabilities and struggle even more to use applications which were not written to accommodate the visual limitations of low vision users. In both of these areas, EZReader addresses the needs of low vision users by providing software with the following key design criteria:
The result is that users with vision impairments of any age can more easily use computers and gain access to capabilities that allow them to keep in touch with friends, family or co-workers. EZReader allows users to perform work and life tasks more independently than ever before.
EZReader ReviewSam Seavy, of the popular YouTube channel The Blind Life has released a comprehensive video review of the EZReader system. Sam is legally blind himself so he is able to give a good perspective on how useful EZReader is to low vision users. The video link will play the video from YouTube, where the video is located.
podcast interview that covers EZReader developments since the video review was published.
EZReader IntroductionThe following video demonstrates how easy it is for low vision users to see and use EZReader. Some of the more popular EZReader applications, such as the Book Reader, Email Client, Camera Software, Screen Magnifier and Internet Access are demonstrated.
Since this video was released, there have been quite a few new applications added to the EZReader Software Suite. There has been an emphasis on applications suitable for Advanced Users in a work environment and there's been an equally strong emphasis on the use of speech navigation to assist users in using the EZReader suite of applications.
Click on one of the following links to read about additional EZReader information:
A Change History is available to show you the latest developments!
At any point on the pages, click on the EZReader icon to return to the Table of Contents.
The EZReader software can be purchased separately for installation on a user's PC. Also, some of the EZReader applications (camera viewer, book reader, email client, text editors and Internet utilities) can be purchased as standalone items. See the online sales site for pricing.
The primary EZReader software interface is the EZTaskBar, which displays icons of the most frequently used EZReader applications. It is located just above the Windows TaskBar and is the width of the computer screen. A secondary window, the EZCenterBar, is available and displays an icon for each of the 100+ EZReader applications. Both the EZTaskbar and EZCenterBar can be used to open EZReader applications.
In both the EZTaskBar and EZCenterBar, the user single clicks an icon to start the corresponding EZReader function or application. The user typically displays the EZTaskBar for most operations, opening the EZCenterBar only to access less-frequently-used applications.
The users of EZReader are demonstrating higher computer skills than users of just a few years ago. Managing file and folders, as well as navigating within the Windows file structure are becoming increasingly important to our users, particularly those who use EZReader in an office environment. For those users EZReader has added capabilities similar to the Windows File Explorer, but adapted for low vision users.
EZReader development has also recently focussed on providing blind users with methods for navigating and using EZReader applications. Speech is used to notify users which commands they enter, which applications they are using, content at their current location and also which keys they press or words they enter. These features and several new applications are available which blind users can use to author books and documents.
The new features also make it easier for blind users to open, navigate and non-EZReader applications, such as an Internet browser.
In-App Help and Training Videos
There are several advancements which bring more Help and Training to users. We have released a series of EZReader tutorials - focusing first on the fundamentals of using EZReader and on the most popular EZReader software applications. Each individual application now has an in-app listing of recently used shortcuts as well as a list of all possible shortcuts. Each application also features an in-app Help section, bringing the user content they would otherwise have to get online from he EZReader home page. It's more convenient, faster to access and is presented in the same easy-to-see format as is all EZReader content!
Tablet and Laptop Options
At the request of several users, both a laptop and tablet version of EZReader is now available. Despite the smaller laptop/tablet screens, users value the mobility those form factors provide. The EZReader software is noticeable easy to see and use than other software when viewed on laptops and tablets.
There are over a dozen video tutorials covering major EZReader features and applications. More videos are in work.
|Computer Checklist 1
|Computer checklist to prepare a PC for EZReader installation.
|Computer Checklist 2
|Additional checklist items
|Actions taken by EZReader at Windows startup
|The EZReader taskbar is the gateway to opening all EZReader applications
|Additional EZReader Taskbar options and customization
|How to customize icons shown on the EZTaskBar
|Speech Settings 1
|EZReader speech options provide users with audible information for feedback
|Speech Settings 2
|Additional EZReader Speech features
|Speech Settings 3
|Completes the discussion of EZReader Speech features
|Alternative to EZTaskbar, suitable for blind EZReader users
|App Starter 1
|Utility for directly opening EZReader applications
|App Starter 2
|An EZReader app that creates App Starters
|Reading Amazon or Library books is a top EZReader application
These next two videos provide additional introductory information about EZReader. Both are interviews, one held at the 2022 CSUN convention and another held by the Dallas Celebration magazine for seniors. Each interview features Gary Beene, the inventor of EZReader, talking about the various features EZReader provides.
Celebration Magazine Interview
SUN 2022 Convention
Articles and Advertisements
Here are links to short articles and advertisements about EZReader from Celebration Magazine. They are provided here to help introduce EZReader to you and to help you visualize the benefits that EZReader offers its users! All of the links will open up a PDF file in your browser.
I'm a fan of the lower cost, but well-performing Ryzen 5 processors, but of course the Intel i5 processors are excellent as well. EZReader itself will run fine on the next level down processors, but the PC itself may not feel as "snappy".
There are a number of other cameras, such as the Ipevo 4K and the INSwan INS-2, that provide a 4K sensor and very sharp images at half the cost of my recommended camera. However, I find that the HoverCam's built-in, high-quality zoom is worth the extra cost.
In the US, State and non-profit agencies are your best bet. EZReader is not covered by Medicare. I've seen some interest by VA Health centers but have not yet had a purchase from a VA center. You might check in with the local VA VIST coordinator to see what, if any, funding support they might offer.
Outside the US, I've heard of a few agencies that might provide financial help. I'll post contact information as I find out about it.
Categories are grouping of applications which cover similar capabilities. The Categories also reflect how the applications icons are shown on the EZReader EZCenterbar.
These are perhaps the most-used EZReader applications:
And, here's a complete list of all applications, grouped by Category. Just click on the application name to open the web page for that application.
Applications within the same Category are typically shown adjacent to one another in the EZReader EZCenterbar.
|Main EZReader interface
|Access to all EZReader applications
|Magnified Windows taskbar
|Remove Technical Support
|EZTaskBar App Selection
|Complete icon settings
|Learn or practice typing
|On-screen keyboard for external applications
|On-screen keyboard for internal applications
|Immediately shut down the PC
|Immediately restart the PC
|View any attached camera. Extract text from camera.
|Extract text from video images
|Read electronic books from Kindle and the public Library
|Create, edit and save documents
|Receive and send email. Send Text messages.
|Contact list used by other EZReader applications
|Calendar, with appointments
|Office Apps Lite
|Quickly send email and text messages to contacts
|Auto-save entered text
|Colors and Fonts
|Select any Windows font
|Customize colors used to display text
|Convert screen to 2 colors
|Toggle Windows high contrast theme
|Cover desktop with soft color shading
|Toggle Windows magnifier
|Increase magnifier magnification
|Decrease magnifier magnification
|Close Windows magnifier
|Play music songs from a playlist
|List to online radio stations across the world
|Speak any text found on the clipboard
|Change PC volume
|Mute the PC speakers
|Mute the PC microphone
|Display images, including email attachments
|Slideshow of Gallery images
|Capture an area from the PC desktop
|Extract and read text from the captured image
|Automatically extract text from a screen capture
|View clipboard content (text or images)
|Folders and Files
|Display a Tree view of folders on the PC
|Immediately locate any file on the PC
|View Windows files and folders
|Display multiday weather for selected locations
|Monitor eye performance
|Create, save and play songs
|Chat room for all EZReader users
|Customer text display colors
|Simple calculator with Tape
|Set alarm for a specific time
|Current Time in various world locations
|Cancel printing for EZReader and external applications
|Grid and Graphs
|Simple spreadsheet application
|Create XY graphs of data
|Web page links
|Manage browser display of Internet content
|Open browser bookmarks (Chrome, Edge and FireFox)
|Search multiple web sites
|Enter URL search term and run in browser
|Display and operate Android on screen
|Solitaire game with low vision customization
|Generate and solve crossword puzzles
|Position 15 tiles in numerical order
|Similar to Windows mine sweeper
|Find words in a
|Turn over cards to find matches
|Whack the mole before he moves
|Solve the maze
|Kill the aliens before they kill you
|Put pieces of a picture together in the right position
|Move dots until no connecting lines overlap
|Display and manipulate 3D objects
|Screen saver like the movie The Matrix
|All-black screen saver
|Save any image as a screen saver
|Update EZReader online