ZoomText Mac comes with seven preset color filtering modes, similar to what ZoomText offers on the PC. While all of these modes look great, certain users may need to tweak on-screen colors, depending on their eye condition.
In today’s tips and tricks video, we’re going to show you a brand new feature in the latest FREE ZoomText Mac update that allows you to apply a warming or cooling filter to any selected color scheme, even for Normal colors. Now you can fine tune each of the individual color filters as you see fit! Watch the video right here by clicking on the play button below or go onto YouTube and watch it there.
Since winning the show back in September, Christine has been hard at work creating her very own cookbook – Recipes From My Home Kitchen hits bookshelves today. In case you need a little extra push to make this purchase, take it from Gordon Ramsay himself: “Her signature Asian-influenced comfort-food appetizers, entrees and desserts demonstrate an innate connection to flavor and texture that I rarely experience in professional chefs, let alone amateur cooks.”
Congratulations to Christine for breaking down social barriers and helping to spread the word that you do not need sight to be a success in the kitchen or in the literary field. Kudos, and happy cooking!
When I was in high school, I ran track – looking back, I’m not entirely sure why as I really do not enjoy running (at all). Nevertheless, I endured two years of track – those grueling practices, shin splints from the hurdles…until I switched over to tennis, which I must say I enjoyed much more.
But enough about me – how about high school sophomore Jhaliyah Anderson, an athlete who has transitioned from running for the Illinois School of the Visually Impaired to competing for Thornton Fractional South High School in the long jump and 100-meter dash. Jhaliyah has been blind since the age of three from a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma. She hasn’t let this get in the way of her competitive spirit – as her teammate Jasmine Scott states, “It is an inspiration for us to see her out here, knowing she is at a disadvantage, but she doesn’t see it that way.”
When Jhaliyah runs the 100-meter dash, Jasmine is right by her side holding her hand – something which I bet took a lot of hard work and practice to synchronize. For the long jump, people stand on both sides of the runway clapping to help her run straight and give her an indication as to when she needs to make that final leap. She is an inspiration to us all – check out this video or read more about her amazing story:
Before vacationing in Disney in mid-April, I had a lot on my plate. Besides being swamped with tax preparation, I was also in the midst of a kitchen renovation. Key decisions were needed before leaving so that work could begin while my daughter and I were away. This way, we would miss the bulk of the disruption. Given that my kitchen is smack in the middle of our home, you have to go through it to get to any other room in the house. Plus, contractors like to start bright and early; eating breakfast while getting ready for school/work requires a certain flow not achievable in a construction zone.
The kitchen was last touched in about the sixties, sporting a dark, multi-colored linoleum floor, white-speckled counter tops, yellow plastic wall tiles, and poor lighting. Needless to say, it’s been a visual nightmare. To top it off, the previous owners placed the refrigerator in an adjoining room, which just so happens to be my daughter’s bedroom! I suspect this was to make room for the Whirlpool dishwasher, which I certainly can’t give up. Somehow a new fridge must make its way back into the kitchen, and a new stove was unavoidable.
So you’ve got ZoomText ImageReader up and running. You’ve been getting some really excellent OCR results, and you want to be able to email that Sports Illustrated article about the NFL draft to your friend. Luckily, ImageReader gives you a number of different document formats you can export to. PDF and Word retain the actual layout and any graphical elements in the document you’ve taken a picture of, and the plain-text formats allow for easy copying and pasting of text into an email, or for smaller attachment sizes.
Today’s tips and tricks video will show you how to save the text that ImageReader captures to a number of document formats and how each will look after exporting. Watch the video right here by clicking on the play button below or go onto YouTube and watch it there.
I like the idea of sewing but even when I had perfect vision, after each and every project, I would swear to myself that I would never sew again. For those of you who still enjoy the battle but struggle with threading those pesky needles, here is a link with some great low vision sewing and crafting techniques.
If that’s not enough, my low vision sister has her own methods that she’d like to share:
I use a wire needle threader and fine crochet hook to thread needles.
In my recent blog post about my upcoming Disney vacation, I received some advice in the comments that really clung with me throughout my Disney experience: “just let the kid inside of you out – nobody knows you and will remember you.” Thank you. It didn’t take long for me to incorporate this philosophy.
But besides having magical fun with my daughter, my mission was to check out Disney’s handheld device with audio description, intended to give equal access to blind and visually impaired Disney Theme Park guests. The device tells you what’s around you in varying level of detail. I had heard some positive feedback from some Disney guests that are blind, but given my relative ease in navigating due to my normal peripheral vision, I wasn’t sure if this device would benefit me enough to risk an intrusion into our fun. Would this device be like a third wheel?
I must admit, I do not watch Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) – not because it doesn’t look like an interesting show, but I just can’t add ANOTHER one into my repertoire Plus, I did take a ballroom dancing class in college which ended in a concussion so maybe ballroom dancing and I just aren’t meant to get along.
In any case, my boss sent me a video the other day – not only is DWTS a reality show, but periodically, they have pro dancers delight the audience with their amazing moves. Earlier this month, the guest star was 17-year-old Brilynn Rakes, who also happens to be legally blind from the eye condition Nystagmus. She truly has an amazing attitude, calling them her “dancing eyes”, which she says is just perfect for her.
“Most people use their sight and they use their mirror to see what they’re doing and how they’re dancing. I don’t,” says Brilynn. “I have to go from what I feel.” Her reaction when she learns that she’ll be dancing with show pro Derek Hough is just adorable.
Head over to this website to watch two videos of Brilynn – the first is her back story that aired on the show along with her dance with Derek (I love how the song she danced to is by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – the lead singer is not only from our home state of Vermont but she is also legally blind). The second video is Brilynn’s behind the scenes explanation of what this dance meant to her and how she overcomes her eye condition to dance with confidence and grace. Enjoy!
We recently added even more in-person training sessions into our schedule! If you are a teacher that needs to know how to use the latest screen magnification technology, an IT professional that assists low-vision clients, a student or current ZoomText customer who is looking to know how to get the most out of ZoomText, then [...]
As you have probably heard, we recently released ZoomText ImageReader, a companion product to ZoomText that makes printed text accessible. Put an item (book, magazine, document, etc.) underneath the included document camera, snap a picture, and a few seconds later the text appears in large, high-contrast fonts and is read aloud in natural-sounding voices. The [...]
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