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Assistive Software

Here are guides on assistive software assigned by category.

Digitising a Printed Document

Scanned documents can be made editable and readable by a screen reader with the help of a software that can perform optical character recognition (OCR). One such software is Adobe Acrobat X Pro which has already been installed in the laptop in the Accessible Pod.

Here are the steps to create a digitised document from a printed page:

Step 1 Ensure that the laptop is connected to the scanner, and the scanner is switched on.
Step 2 Open Adobe Acrobat X Pro, and go to File > Create > PDF from Scanner and select Custom Scan. 
Step 3 Select the scanner as "WIA-Officejet Pro 8500 A909g".
Step 4 The option to " Make Searchable (Run OCR)" is selected by default. 
Step 5 Click on the “Scan” button.
The document will be converted into an editable and readable PDF file.

Step 6 The text will now be selectable and readable using Adobe Reader’s Read Out Loud feature.


For more information on how to use Read Out Loud, view this guide on the Read Out Loud Feature in Adobe Reader.