New Vision Concepts
EZCamera

    

EZReader

The EZReader System includes a comuter, a document camera and over 30 custom applications designed to give vision-impaired users significantly improved access to computer capabilities. It focuses on improving the ability of users to read screen text content by providing large font sizes, high contrast colors and minimal screen complexity.

EZCamera

One of the EZReader applications, EZCamera, a camera viewer, is available for purchase separately. It includes the EZCamera software and a 12X, optical zoom document camera. The software may be installed on any PC running Windows 10 with the camera attached via a USB cable.

  EZCamera provides all of the features of the EZReader camera viewer, including the ability to take snapshots, view snapshot history, zoom in and out, and display camera output in 2-color mode.

Any camera on the PC can be viewed with EZCamera - such as the included document camera or a webcam attached to the PC.

Installation creates a desktop folder containing the EZCamera files. It also creates 2 desktop shortcuts, one for EZCamera and one for a Team Viewer remote control utility that is used to support users when requested.

Table of Contents

The following information will help you get the most out of EZCamera.

----------------- Overview -----------------   Installed Applications
 

 Welcome

Welcome to EZCamera, custom software that enables users with low vision to easily view printed materials - mail, newpapers, magazines and more!

Every screen in EZCamera embodies the same key design elements as those in EZReader, combining to give users unprecedented ease of access to electronic capabilities that were once out of reach.

  • Minimal computer skills
  • Compatible with Windows 10
  • Touch screen navigation
  • Keyboard and mouse support
  • Unlimited text size
  • Large on-screen images
  • High contrast, user-selected colors
  • Minimal visual complexity

Finally, EZCamera supports the use of touch screen navigation and data entry, allowing users to operate their computers entirely by touch or by keyboard and mouse if preferred.

 Installation

The EZCamera installation provides the following applications, pulled from the flagship product EZReader:

Each of these are discussed in a section of their own, further down this page.

 Navigation

EZCamera requires very minimal computer skills. Actions and navigation (between functions or within a document) are taken by selecting one of the icons found at the top of the current screen.

To minimize complexity, every screen contains just 5 navigation/action icons. Just touch an icon, or click on it with a mouse, to perform the action. Right mouse click on an icon to see a description of what action will be taken.

The navigation icon sizes may be selected by the user. Additionally, a text description of the icon may be displayed, where the text font size can be adjusted by the user.

EZCamera has enough features that 3 rows of navigation/action icons are required. The extra rows of icons can be reached by pressing the rightmost, "Menu" icon when present. The Menu icon displays a dot for each available row of icons. The dot corresponding to the current row of icons will have a white center. This multi-row menu approach gives the user full access to an application's capabilities without increasing the visual complexity of the screens. Right-mouse clicking on the Menu button displays the previous row of icons.

EZCamera also supports "gestures", where scrolling of a document or a list is achieved by dragging the screen up or down, just as is done on cell phones. Font size can likewise be changed by pulling thumb and forefinger together, or apart, for zooming in and out on a document. A touch screen monitor is required to use gestures.

 Shortcuts

There are several dozen keyboard shortcuts that enable a user to jump quickly to EZCamera features or to change supported settings.

These shortcuts, Control-X, are supported:

These shortcuts, Control-Shift-X, are supported:

These shortcuts, Control-and/or Control Shift-ArrowKey, are also supported. They allow moving and resizing the EZCamera using the keyboard.

 Cursors

EZCamera displays extremely large (about 1.5") easy to see cursors to enable the user to easily locate the position of the mouse. The cursor is significantly larger than is available through Windows.

The user may also select a color for the cursor. Black, white, blue and yellow are allowed. These next images are real-size images of the cursors used in EZCamera.

Large sizing cursors, those displayed at the edge or corners of a window, are also provided by EZCamera.

 System Messages

Typically, EZCamera displays a large toolbar across the top of its window. But when EZCamera wants to display a message to the user, the toolbar is temporarily hidden and the message display in the same location.

EZCamera uses the largest possible font to display the message.

Messages are typically displayed for 2 seconds, but the user can adjust the display time for up to 4 seconds.

 Screen Printing

EZCamera allows the user to print a copy of the current window.

To save printer toner, the user is allowed to invert the displayed colors to ensure that the background is the lighter of the two display colors. See the Settings section for more information.

 Help Options

EZCamera excels in providing Help options for users. Tutorials, built-in-help screens, text-to-speech and remote tech support are all available.

Free Support
New Vision Concepts provides free support to users of EZCamera.

Right-Mouse Context Help
Another built-in Help mechanism is that right-clicking a navigation/action icon will display a description of what the icon does.

Click Sounds
When EZCamera detects a user click it issues an optional beep sound. This provides assurance to the user that their input was received.

Traditional Support Methods
Tech support is also available to users, either through email or phone calls. A quick call to New Vision Concepts tech support can often resolve questions in just minutes.

ShortCuts
Two shortcuts are useful for locating Help information quickly - one that displays a summary of available shortcuts and another that displays a list and description of all supported Settings.

Remote Control
With user permission, tech support can create a Team Viewer session, which allows viewing of the user's computer screen to help understand and resolve issues that a user is facing. The user runs the installed Team Viewer helper application and provides the assigned ID number to the support technician.

 EZCamera Camera Viewer

The EZCamera book reader is the primary installed application. Online update is also installed and is available from the EZCamera toolbar.

The EZCamera book reader has 3 rows of navigation/icon icons. In each case, the left-most icon Exits the book reader. The right-most icon toggles through the 3 rows of icons.

The functions of the other row 1 icons are as follows.

The functions of the other row 2 icons are as follows.

The functions of the other row 3 icons are as follows.

 Document Camera

EZCamera users can view printed materials using the included optical zoom camera. Newspapers, printed books and other printed materials can be seen at up to 12X magnification with no distortion.

The primary camera, included with EZReader, provides an amazingly clear image of printed materials. Using the camera is extremely easy - just turn the large zoom knob to zoom in or out of the printed material and press the large focus button to adjust focus.

Camera properties include:

  • 12X optical zoom
  • HD resolution
  • Built-in illumination light
  • Large shooting area (17" x 9.5")
  • Adjustable height and viewing direction

By default, EZReader is set to display the provided camera. However, EZReader can display any camera attached to the PC, such as webcams.

A smaller, more portable USB camera is also available for folks on the go.

 Online Updates

The EZCamera program can be updated free of charge via the Internet. Use the shortcut Ctl-Q to have EZCamera check the server to determine if an update is available. If an update is available, the user will be asked to confirm the update command.

Thank you for considering EZCamera!