Once launched, OpenBook opens with a blank untitled
document from which you can begin working and announces
whether the document is in Read-only or Edit Mode. If you
prefer, you can change the startup document to be the
document you were working on last. To do this, go to the
Settings Menu and select General Settings (ALT+G, G). In
the General Settings Dialog box, press TAB until you arrive
on the Open Untitled Document on Startup radio button.
Press the DOWN ARROW key to select the Open Last
Document on Startup radio button. If you want to make more
setting changes, press ALT+A or TAB to the Apply button
and press the SPACEBAR. Exit this properties page by
pressing ENTER. Next, to change the settings so that
OpenBook is always in this Mode, open the Settings Menu
again (ALT+G). From the Menu, choose Save the Settings...
. In the Save Settings dialog box, press ENTER to make the
changes part of the default settings. For more information on
this feature, please see the book, Using Settings Files.
You can close OpenBook like any other Windows application
by pressing ALT+F4, pointing the mouse and left clicking on
the X in the top right hand corner of the window, or selecting
Exit from the File menu.
Acquiring and Reading
OpenBook combines the best in image acquisition, image
processing, and reading features to convert printed media
into electronic format. It then displays and reads the content
aloud giving you access to material that would otherwise be
inaccessible or difficult to read.
When you install OpenBook, the Eloquence text-to-speech
synthesizer from Nuance is also installed and is the default
for reading. OpenBook can acquire images using either a
scanner, or the PEARL camera. You can acquire one or
more pages from a document, such as a book or piece of
mail, and then read or edit the resulting text. If you want to
keep the document you just acquired, you can then save it to
a file on your computer. Additionally, you can customize the
acquisition, processing, reading, and display properties of
To acquire a page from a scanner, place the page on the
scanner bed and press the F4 key when you are ready to
acquire the page.
To acquire a document from the PEARL, position the page
under the camera so that the top edge is aligned with the
page guide. Center the page between the outer edges of the
page guide, or line up a side edge of the document with an
outer edge of the page guide. Press the F4 key when you
are ready to begin acquiring.
Note: The PEARL is optimized to work in normal room lighting
under most conditions. The LED should be left off.
Here are a few shortcut keys to get you started with
To have OpenBook read to you, press INSERT+DOWN
To acquire a page, press F4 or SPACEBAR.
To toggle between Edit Mode and Read-only Mode,
To silence speech press the CTRL key.
To read faster, press ALT+CTRL+PAGE UP.
To read slower, press ALT+CTRL+PAGE DOWN.
Online Help System
OpenBook’s Online Help System consists of three
components, the Contents page with its tree view of books
and topics, the Index page with its alphabetical listing of
topics, and the Text View, which displays all topic content.
When you launch Help, OpenBook places you in the Text
View. To move from the Text View to the Tree View of books
and topics, press F6. To return to and begin reading the
contents in the Text View, press F6 again.
To navigate the books in the tree, use the UP and DOWN
ARROW keys. The RIGHT ARROW key expands books to
display their topics, while the LEFT ARROW key closes
books. When you find the topic you want to read, press
ENTER. OpenBook Help displays that topic and
automatically begins reading the contents.
Note: To display the selected topic in the Text View, you must
press ENTER. Simply moving back to the Text View
without pressing ENTER does not display or read the
newly selected topic.
The Index page is particularly helpful if you are searching for
a particular topic because it lists help topics in alphabetical
order. To move between the Contents and the Index pages
of Help, press CTRL+TAB.
Navigating the Index’s list of topics is similar to navigating
the Tree View of the Contents page in that you can use the
UP and DOWN ARROW keys to move you up and down the
list of topics. Or if you know the topic you want to find, type
its first letter. For instance, you want information on the
Zoom feature of OpenBook. You would then type the letter Z.
The Index automatically moves through the list to that topic
or to a topic that begins with the letter Z.
You can also navigate OpenBook’s Help System by pressing
the TAB key. When you press the TAB key, you cycle
between the three controls in Help. Pressing the TAB key
once activates the Tree View or Index list, use the ARROW
keys to navigate or open and close topics. Pressing the TAB
key twice, activates the Tab Control on the Contents or
Index page, use the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW keys to
switch between the Contents or Index page. Pressing the
TAB key again activates the Text View where the topic
contents are displayed. Here you can press INSERT+DOWN
ARROW to read or the ARROW keys to navigate the
When you are in a dialog box, press SHIFT+F1 to read the
context-sensitive help message for the current item.
You can also access context-sensitive help by right clicking
the mouse on a control and selecting “What’s This” or by
clicking on the ? (question mark) symbol at the top right
corner of the dialog box and then clicking on a control.
Turning on Key Describer allows you to safely explore
keyboard commands without actually performing the
command. For example, when you turn on Key Describer
and press a key, OpenBook tells you what the selected key
does without actually performing that particular function. To
turn on Key Describer, press INSERT+1. Press INSERT+1
again to turn off Key Describer and return to normal
OpenBook User’s Guide
We provide you with the content of the OpenBook Online
Help System in the OpenBook User’s Guide
, which uses
large text for easy reading. The manual contains the Quick
Start Guide, a detailed description of OpenBook’s features,
and pull out reference cards.
If you do not find the answers to questions or problems that
you have, contact Freedom Scientific Technical Support,
(727) 803-8600 or e-mail Support@FreedomScientific.com.
Office hours are from Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M. to
7:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.
Please have the following information on hand:
Product serial number used for registration.
Product name and version number.
Type of computer hardware you are using.
Software version number of Windows.
Select About OpenBook from the Help menu to view the
version number of OpenBook you are currently running. This
dialog box also displays your product serial number and your
computer’s locking code (used for ILM activation).
Freedom Scientific is continually seeking to improve and
expand OpenBook. Periodically, updates to OpenBook will
be released. It is recommended that you keep your software
up-to-date so that you experience the greatest possible
Updating your software is quick and easy. To search for
updates to OpenBook, do the following:
Note: Your computer must be running Windows XP or later,
and it must be able to access the Internet in order to
use the following update procedure.
1. Press ALT+H or click on the Help menu.
2. Press P or select Check for Updates. The update feature
determines if you have the most current release. If you
do not, select one or more items from the list and then
select INSTALL to begin the update. All enhancements
since the initial release are included in the update.
Note: If your computer has active firewall software (such as
Windows Firewall), you may receive a warning
indicating that either the FSAutoUpdate Application or
FSAutoUpdate.exe is attempting to access the Internet.
You must allow this process to access the Internet
through the firewall in order to retrieve updates.
Migrating Files from a Prior Version of
If you have updated from a previous version of OpenBook,
you probably have files stored in your old Library folder that
you would like to be able to access in OpenBook 9.0.
When you uninstall a prior version, the OpenBook folder,
which contains the Library, remains on your hard drive to
ensure any files saved in these folders are not removed. The
following procedures will show you how to navigate to and
open these files, as well as move the older files to your new
To open files that are located in a previous OpenBook
library, do the following:
1. Press CTRL+O to open the Select a File to Open dialog
2. Press SHIFT+TAB two times to move to the Look in
combo box and press UP ARROW until you hear Local
3. Press TAB to move to the Files list view and use the
arrow keys to locate the folder of the previous
OpenBook installation and press ENTER. For example,
if the last version installed was 8.0, locate the folder
4. Locate the folder Users and press ENTER.
5. Locate the folder Default and Press ENTER.
6. Locate the folder Library and Press ENTER to open the
7. Locate the category folder that contains the file you wish
to open and press ENTER.
8. Locate the file and press ENTER to open it.
If you need to regularly access files from a previous library,
you will find it more convenient to simply copy the entire
library, or selected contents, into your OpenBook 9.0 library.
To copy a library, do the following:
These steps assume you are familiar with
navigating the Windows operating system with your
screen reader or screen magnification software.
1. Press WINDOWS Key+R to open the Run dialog box
and type c:\OpenBKX\users\default\library (where X
refers to the version number, such as 7 or 8) and press
2. When the Library folder opens, press and hold the CTRL
key while navigating through the list of folders using UP
or DOWN ARROW. When you locate a folder that
contains files, press the SPACEBAR to select it.
Continue until you have selected all of the folders you
want. Alternatively, if all of the folders contain important
files, simply press CTRL+A to select everything at
3. Press CTRL+C to copy.
4. Go to the OpenBook 9.0 program group and press
ENTER on My OpenBook Documents to open the
OpenBook 9.0 library.
5. When the Library folder opens, press CTRL+V to paste.
If you receive a dialog box telling you that folders
already exist, select Yes to all.
All files from your previous library are now available in the
OpenBook 9.0 library.
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