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

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Mon Mar 23 12:54:33 PDT 2015

I can answer the Duxbury question—it is UEB capable now with today’s version—and has been for the last nine months or more.


Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
HTCTU Director


From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Dan Comden
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:46 PM
To: Cassandra.Tex at humboldt.edu; Access Technology Higher Education Network
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Spring Spending Spree...Software Upgrades...Good idea or not?

Good questions here, hoping to see some answers. Software versions don't usually mean that much, but Cassandra is asking some very important questions as those of us who have to make braille are in a transition period with adoption of UEB.

To answer the Duxbury question: I've never regretted upgrading Duxbury.

If you have to deal with math OCR, there is no substitute for Infty, in my opinion.It should quickly pay for itself assuming you can OCR content at 600 dpi.

We're still using FineReader v10 (corporate) and have no immediate upgrade plans.

-*- Dan

On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM, Cassandra L. Tex <Cassandra.Tex at humboldt.edu> wrote:

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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