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2019 summer update – ReaderPen

Need help reading, understanding and learning? We have some news for you.

This is our Summer 2019 update for ReaderPen!

 

In our ever-ongoing quest to promote reading confidence, independence and literacy we have not only updated ExamReader but also ReaderPen.

 

Our latest updates

Applies to ReaderPen software version 7.0.102.

Easier – guided setup

The experience when using ReaderPen is dependent on it being setup properly. To make that easier, a setup guide is added. The guide runs automatically at power up. When the guide has been completed once, it does not appear again unless manually executed (Settings/Run wizard). The guide includes e.g. selection of preferred language, menu options, voice accents and left/right hand usage.

 

More accessible – talking menu

To improve accessibility further, a Talking Menu is implemented. When talking menu is activated, menu items and brief instructions are spoken to the user to assist menu navigation. This is especially useful for visually impaired and users with severe reading challenges but may also be a nice feature for any user. Talking Menu supports the same languages as the visual/written menu (English, French, Spanish).

 

New content – American dictionary

The English section of the Dictionary function already includes Collins dictionary and Oxford Primary dictionary. In this release an American English dictionary is added. To select it, use navigation buttons in Dictionary mode.

All dictionaries support definitions to be read out to the user. Should this not be wanted, it is possible to turn it off. In Dictionary mode, press Menu button to access settings.

 

More localized – multiple accents

When you listen to text being read out, it is preferred that it is spoken with your own accent. Especially when listening to pronunciations. In Spanish and English it is possible to chose between different accents according to your preference. Spanish supports traditional Spanish and Latin American Spanish. In English we have added Australian, Irish, Scottish and Indian English to previously available British and American English. Select your preferred accent in the sub-menu.

 

Literacy

Supporting the user to become an independent and confident reader is the primary, but not only, objective. Once passed the threshold of actually reading a text, literacy and learning obviously follows. To support this even better, dictionary access is integrated into the Text Reader mode. If a word is especially difficult to read or pronounce, simply select it and press-and-hold the OK button to zoom in on the word and repeat the pronunciation. In a similar manner it is now possible to select a word and swiftly look it up in the dictionary through the sub-menu. And even have the definition read out.

 

Flexible – Exam Lock mode

We have previously impemented Exam Lock, a feature locking down functions not allowed to use in tests (subject to regulation in each individual school or district). In this release it is now possible to limit the accessible functions to either only Text Reader, or Text Reader + Dictionary. The latter making understanding easier.

 

Genral improvements

Aside from that, we have improved usability. In Text Reader mode it’s made easier to clear the screen from text and start over with a blank screen. It is also possible to disable the automatic reading of each scanned line, allowing the user to scan and listen to larger paragraphs more conveniently. With Pause/Resume it is possible to halt the speech whenever there is a need to take a breath and digest the information. This feature also makes it possible to stop, scroll back, and re-listen to a specific part of the text that is especially important or complicated.

 

Contact us

Do not hesitate to contact us or our exclusive distributor Scanning Pens if you represent people with special needs related to the languages we support, and are interested in knowing more about products and best practice.

Upgrade?

Visit our Download page and check if your ReaderPen is upgradeable.

2019 summer update – ExamReader

Summer 2019 and we have a major update for ExamReader!

 

In our ever-ongoing quest to promote reading confidence, independence and literacy as well as usability we have some great news to share.

 

More languages

To enable and assist even more people to read on their own we have added several new languages and accents and now support people with reading difficulties reading British, American, Scottish, Irish, Indian and Australian English, Spanish and Latin American Spanish,  the Scandinavian languages Swedish (our native tongue), Danish and Norwegian as well as Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese.

 

New features

Aside from that, we have improved usability. To make it easier to customize the pen a setup guide walking you through the most important settings is shown the first time the product is powered up. The guide can also be run manually – see Settings\Run wizard. In Text Reader mode it’s made easier to clear the screen from text and start over with a blank screen. It is also possible to disable the automatic reading of each scanned line, allowing the user to scan and listen to larger paragraphs more conveniently. With Pause/Resume it is possible to halt the speech whenever there is a need to take a breath and digest the information. This feature also makes it possible to stop, scroll back, and re-listen to a specific part of the text that is especially important or complicated.

 

All in all this does not only help with reading, but also literacy. And better understanding makes learning easier.

 

Since earlier versions, but it’s worth mentioning again,  there is a Talking menu, enabling menu navigation even for e.g. visually impaired users.

 

Contact us

Do not hesitate to contact us or our exclusive distributor Scanning Pens if you represent people with special needs related to the languages we support, and are interested in knowing more about products and best practice.

Upgrade?

Visit our Download page and check if your ExamReader is upgradeable.

C-PEN Connect

C-PEN Connect is the latest scanner pen in out portfolio of products – and soon to be available for purchase.

As the name may reveal, it is a connected pen scanner. And wireless. Based on Bluetooth technology, it connects wirelessly to host devices. At the time of launch, apps for Android and iOS are available, but more operating systems will be supported with time.

C-PEN Connect + app opens up a world of options. The device is small, lightweight, robust and easy to bring along anywhere and anytime. And if you’re anything like me, your phone is already in the bag or the pocket :-).

 

Digital Highlighter: if you read a text for learning or research purpose you probably underline, highlight and/or manually transcribe text on your computer. C-PEN Connect does all these things in a single move. Simply run the nib of the pen scanner over the text line and the text is automatically inserted into the app. A few taps on the screen, and the text file is in your Dropbox, Google drive or any other cloud drive you may use.

 

Reading or learning an additional language: When reading in another language you are likely to get stuck every now and then, or perhaps you just need to make sure you understand everything correctly. Use this connected pen scanner and get instant translation.

 

Assistive tech/reading aid: Reading a book and, especially, trying to remember what you read when you have to fight your way through it can be a challenge. Having someone read for you, or having to wait for digital content being prepared for you makes you dependent. With C-PEN Connect, the companion app and its Auto-read function, the book and yourself is all you need. Sit down and read on your own anywhere and anytime you like. And use your headphones to get some privacy.

 

Collaborate: At times you may collaborate on a task with your friends. Scan and excerpts and quotes, and easily share with your team.


UPDATE 2019-03-18:

C-PEN Connect product information


 Check this video.

Coming soon…

Current C-PEN models works either stand-alone or with MAC OSX and Windows. Now we are filling the gap. Mobile devices. Subscribe to our news (below) and stay tuned.

DictionaryPen firmware update

BETT Awards 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C-Pen is proud to announce BETT 2017 Awards Highly Recommended and Runner Up.

For more information about the Product check here.

Credit to ScanningPens for the support.

 

Dictionary Pen video guides

Recently we released C610D Dictionary Pen video guides (above).

Reading user guides is not something that the average user spend to much time doing and we hope these video clips will ease the pain getting started with the product (and hopefully turn out useful to those of you considering a #dictionarypen and want to know what you get).

In short the #dictionarypen scans and stores text in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. It contains multiple Oxford dictionaries and natural speaking TTS pronouncing single words as they are looked up/translated in the dictionary. The internal memory enables storage of 100’s of thousands pages of text (and can be used as general USB drive). It can also emulate a keyboard to scan and input text to a computer (no drivers to install). And doubles as a voice recorder… (click for detailed description).

Windows 10 Anniversary update breaks TS1 function

Please note that the latest update of Windows 10 – Anniversary update, version 1607, OS build 14393.51 the USB camera functionality is broken.

If you are a TS1 user Please DON’T update because you will be unable to scan after installing this update.

If you’ve done so, please uninstall within 10 days from the date of the update installation, you’re still able to go back to the previous version.

This affects a lot of imaging devices on the market and applies until the USB driver is fixed by Microsoft, sorry for any inconvenience caused and we will keep you informed.

UPDATE (2016-09-29) permanent fix:

Microsoft has announced that they have rolled out an update (KB3194496) that permanently fix the issue between Win 10 Anniversary and TS1.

UPDATE (2016-09-19) intermediate fix:

For those of you who are familiar with Windows registry, here is a fix to get your TS1 working again with Windows 10.

Make sure to back up your registry/create a restore point and revert back to the restore point in case the fix doesn’t solve the problem.

 

UPDATE (2016-08-17):

Latest news from Microsoft is that they will release an update to address the issue.

Mike from Windows Camera team says: “At the moment we have a prototype of the MJPEG update being tested, and once we validate it works well, we’ll look to publishing it out to customers who have already updated to the Anniversary Update, through our servicing channels.

We thus hope that this will be fixed soon (there is unfortunately nothing we can on our side as it is a matter of functionality that has to be supported in Windows).

Your patience is appreciated.

Dictionary Pen in US

We’re happy to announce that the Dictionary Pen is now available in USA through our long term partner Ectaco.

The Dictionary Pen hosts nine (9) OXFORD Academic and English Language Teaching (ELT) dictionaries and supports six different languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian) It’s a totally portable, pocket-sized device that pronounces the looked up word with a natural speaking text to speech voice.

It is also a scanner for capturing lines of text and uploading to a PC, Mac or Linux computer, making it ideal for students, teachers and professionals to capture essential information.

There is no software required to upload the text to Windows, MAC or Linux PC’s. Just connect the device to a computer with a USB cable and it appears as an external hard drive.

Other features include a built-in voice recorder with playback.

ExamReader

The C-Pen EXAM Reader is the latest and greatest in the C-Pen family. With its embedded natural text-to-speech voice it is a breakthrough for anyone wanting to read English exam questions.
C-Pen EXAM Reader tailored for UK and the English market and is sold exclusively by ScanningPens in the UK.
And… yes, it is approved by Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) for use in exams in UK.
Check out the video below and the leaflet!

Or why not have a look at the more generic C610R Reader Pen with Collins English-English dictionary and TTS and text storage capabilities?