KNFB Reader transitioned to Sensotec & renamed to OneStep Reader
Formerly known as the KNFB Reader, the OneStep Reader uses technology known as optical character recognition (OCR) that was developed in the early 2000s through the work of the National Federation of the Blind and Raymond Kurzweil, a pioneering inventor. After years of collaboration among NFB, Dr. Kurzweil, and Sensotec, the continued development of the product KNFB Reader (from now onwards branded as OneStep Reader) was transitioned to Sensotec beginning 2022.
Read all about the NFB and the name change (Jan. 2022) here.
All about the OneStep Reader app!
The power of digital photography and advanced hardware are combined in this universally acclaimed app. This app, launched in 2014, has already helped tens of thousands of blind people and people with poor vision to independently read letters, brochures, product labels, restaurant menus, and so on. The app was named the winner of the AppleVis Golden Apple Award for three consecutive years (2014, 2015, and 2016). In early 2018, the app underwent a substantial update (version 3 for iOS), which also made it perfectly suited for those with trouble reading, people learning a 2nd language, or busy professionals.
Version 2.9 (for Android users) boasts following great features:
• leading OCR technology and high-quality recognition and conversion of printed text into speech or Braille in no time.
• option to adjust user settings entirely to the needs of the user (reading speed, font, etc.).
• 14 user-interface languages and effortlessly reads documents in 33 different languages.
Version 3 (for iOS users) has following extra features:
• An improved layout and simpler navigation throughout the app.
• Access to e-books and documents in ePub as well in PDF format (images or text, with or without tags). This makes the app perfect for students and professionals that read and edit texts in different formats and from various sources.
• Reading from the original image, with highlighting of the sentence and word being read. Of course, simple text display is also possible.
• Expansion of saving and sharing using OneDrive, GoogleDrive, and DropBox.
• More image editing options: cropping, rotating, editing.
• Open links directly in the app, even for telephone numbers and e-mail.
Read all about the Multi license to use the OneStep Reader on different devices.
About the app
Quick, accurate, and efficient
You can read any type of printed text with just the click of a button. Examples include e-mails, recipes, learning materials, memos, and many other documents.
The image area report, automatic page detection, and horizontal stability tool ensure that the app operates as accurately as possible. This allows you to be sure that you photograph the text correctly and fully.
Thanks to our in-house developed technology for document analysis, the words are determined and then read aloud clearly for the user using a high-quality TTS (text-to-speech) software.
Various reading modesfor books, articles, and labels, but also for invoices and memos.
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