[Athen] What scan read alternatives to WYNN do you all use?

Doug Hayman dhayman at uw.edu
Wed May 22 09:34:48 PDT 2019

Hoping to tap into your collective knowledge and experience.

I set users in our Scholars program up with a variety of assistive
technology. They get stand-alone systems that they can use for their final
years of high school then take on to college.

Early on we used Kurzweil 3000 then moved to WYNN as the latter was less
expensive and had similar features.

More recently I'd used WYNN with the Pearl document camera but have been a
bit disappointed in the company's ability to upgrade the software. The
installer disk shows a 2013 copyright and appears to not be developed to
keep up.

I'd had some issues wherein the bundle of WYNN/Pearl weren't playing well
together. One official tech support person suggested me downloading the
demo of OpenBook and installing that on the same machine so that it would
install the proper drivers for the Pearl document camera, something the
outdated WYNN disk couldn't do.

Last spring upon running into the same issue and contacting them once
again, one support agent said something along the lines of "Wow, I don't
think they are going to keep making this product anymore." He had me run
some Pearl firmware tool that broke things, had to reverse that then go
back to the OpenBook install hack.

I'd like to provide our scholars with something up-to-date that allows them
to scan/read on their laptops to carry out the function that WYNN used to
fulfill for us.

What would you all suggest as good alternatives for both software and
scanning hardware that is lightweight/portable?


Doug Hayman <dhayman at u <dhayman at u.washington.edu>w.edu>
Senior Computer Specialist
DO-IT Program (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, Technology)
UW Technology Services
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 221-4165
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