New Vision Concepts
EZReader

    

    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 low vision users with 75+ customized applications to give users unprecedented access to computer capabilities that were once out of reach for users with vision impairments!

Continue reading this page for an introduction to EZReader. Or, use one of these links to jump quickly to the online users manuals for EZReader.

EZTaskBar is the primary interface to the EZReader suite of applications, offering utilities designed to make it easier to use Windows. From EZTaskBar, the user can launch the EZReader application, which provides additional, standalone applications for low vision users.

Low vision users struggle to use basic Windows capabilities and struggle even more to use applications which were not written to accomodate 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 can gain access to capabilities that allow them to keep in touch with friends, family or co-workers and to help them perform work and life tasks more independently than ever before.


 EZReader - Help With Vision at Any Age!

Who can benefit from EZReader? The answer is anyone of any age who is experiencing low vision issues!

EZReader users range from 12 to 96 years old, showing that while vision issues often center on seniors, low vision can affect anyone at any age. Whether you need your eyes for school, work or play, EZReader can help!

Here are several of the ways that EZReader helps users at any age and in any life situation:

Games
EZReader comes with over a dozen fun and educational games, addressing both memory and motor skills. While fun to play, games provide both physical and intellectual stimulation. EZReader games also make it fun to learn to use the computer.

Office Tools
The EZReader suite of software provides support for working users in several ways:

Independent Life Skills
At any age, people with low vision want to maintain their independence - to be able to perform many of their daily activities, drawing on family or friends as little as possible. EZReader users find themselves able to perform many tasks on their own, tasks which were once out of their reach:

If you have a task that your vision makes difficult to complete, then EZReader can help!


 EZTaskBar

The primary interface to EZReader consists of a taskbar located along the bottom of the desktop, just above the Windows taskbar. There are two versions of the taskbar - one that is used to access the 75+ EZReader custom low vision applications and a second that is a magnified version of the Windows taskbar. The two taskbars are referred to as the EZTaskBar and the EZWinBar.

The EZWinBar displays the same icons that the user pins to the Windows taskbar, whereas the EZTaskBar provides custom icons to access the EZReader suite of 75+ custom applications. The user can control which icons/applications are shown on the EZTaskBar.

From either taskbar, the user clicks on an icon to run the indicated application. When the mouse hovers over an icon, a large font popup tip is shown as a reminder of which application the icon represents. Most taskbar applications are full-screen applications and may not be resized.

Both taskbars offers icon sizes up to 192x192 pixels - over 2" in size, making them very easy to see. They also provide easy-to-use single click operation. The icons' colors and size can be changed to fit the user's visual preference.

The EZTaskBar icons are shown in high-contrast colors pairs. The user can change the colors to match their low vision limitations or color preferences.

See EZTaskBar Help for additional details.


 EZReader

The EZReader program can be started from EZTaskBar. EZReader provides access to an addtional 40+, standalone programs written for low vision users.

The look of the EZReader window can be configured in several ways, as shown in these next two images.

The left image displays EZReader's default view, showing a toolbar at the top of the page and the EZReader version number. The toolbar dislays one of several rows of icons, where the icons are used to launch one of the 40+ individual applications available in EZReader.

Optionally, as the right image shows, EZReader can present an array of icons in the center of the window. Each icon opens a different application, corresponding to the rows of icons that can be displayed on the toolbar.

Each of the 40 applications opened through the toolbar or through the array of icons have their own main screen, but all use a common look and feel, as is shown in this next image which shows the Book Reader application.

This image provides a great example of how EZReader applications look - visual simplicity, large fonts and high contrast colors.

Users typically display EZReader applications full screen, but the applications may be resized by the user.

See EZReader Help for additional details.


 How it started!

   As my 95-year-old mother-in-law's macular degeneration progressed, she was no longer able to read even the largest text in her Kindle tablet. After her doctors advised her that her condition could not be improved further with medical treatments, I came up with the idea of the EZReader.

With the large viewing size of EZReader, its large fonts and images, and its extremely easy-to-use touch navigation she was able to read books again. The same solution is now available, with expanded capabilities, to others with visual impairments.

Gary Beene
gbeene@airmail.net
Inventor of the EZReader System


 Locations

EZReader is available for viewing at the following locations.