[Athen] Spring Spending Spree...Software Upgrades...Good idea or not?

Cassandra L. Tex Cassandra.Tex at humboldt.edu
Fri Mar 20 14:46:11 PDT 2015

Hi All,

Sorry for the cross post....

To upgrade, or not to upgrade? That is the question....

1. Abbyy FineReader. We currently have version 10. Is it worth
upgrading to the current version, version 12? If you're using version 12,
do you recommend upgrading? Any problems with version 12?

2. Duxbury. I have an ancient version of Duxbury (10.7 I think).
Would you recommend upgrading now? With 2015 being the "official
transition year" for changes to the braille code (as Gaeir recently
posted), has Duxbury made (or are they in the process of making) changes to
their translation software? Should I wait on this upgrade or do it now?

3. MathType. I currently have version 6.8. I seem to recall that
there were some features (bugs) in 6.9? Is that the case? I'm still
working in Office 2010, so wondering if upgrading to 6.9 would be a good
call or not.

4. INFTY Reader. This would be an initial purchase, not upgrade. Is
anybody using the Abbyy FineReader plug-in for InftyReader? Is it worth
the $300? Abbyy is my OCR of choice but wondering how well it works and
whether it is really necessary.

My goal is not to spend money needlessly. However, if upgrades are in
order, this would be the perfect time to do it. I currently do not have a
high demand for accessible math, but I would like to be prepared when the
need does arise. I also don't do a lot of brailling, but again, I'd like
to be prepared - especially considering that the braille code is moving
from English Braille American Edition (EBAE) rules to the Unified English
Braille (UEB) rules (as per Gaeir's recent email).

Any thoughts and input on whether to upgrade these software products (or
not), would be greatly appreciated!


Cassandra Tex

Assistive Technology Specialist

Humboldt State University

tex at humboldt.edu
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