Specialized Optical Character Recognition Programs (OCR) allow the user to scan a printed page of text and have the computer read the text aloud, and/or save the text as a file on his/her computer. Several programs offer additional features like the ability to open and read PDF files. The products below all work with a computer and a compatible scanner. Attention should be paid to the supported scanners lists, as not all OCR programs will work with every model of scanner.
There are also stand alone reading machines where the OCR software and scanner are packaged as a complete device. A page of these devices is being compiled and will appear on this web site soon.