Pen to Print Online OCR

A person scans a receipt with their phone.

We’ve looked at a few different Optical Character Recognition (OCR) options in the past, but today we are going to look at an OCR app that takes an especially unique approach to this process.

Pen to Print OCR transforms scanned handwritten notes into digital text for seamless editing, searching, and storage across all digital platforms. This includes handwritten notes, including letters, school notes, diaries, meeting minutes, and more. This app is ideal for individuals who prefer taking notes using pen and paper but also want to take advantage of the convenience of digital text.

The app is available for iOS, Android, and PC, and users can convert and download the first 10 pages for free here. This trial is not only a great way to test the app as well as OCR technology in general but to any students or teachers who need a couple pages converted quickly, Pen to Print’s free offering couldn’t be a better value.

This tool can convert various styles of Latin-based handwriting to text, including block letters, cursive, and regular script, making it ideal for students in high school, college, or university, as it serves as a great solution for study notes, class notes, and homework. Or, for working professionals, the app could be very handy for sharing meeting minutes, protocols, and other handwritten documents with multiple participants.

A screencapture of the program.

Pictured Above: Pen to Print Online Version

Pen to Print is a fully functional OCR app that also does a great job of supporting universal design, as it supports individuals who prefer or require pen to paper writing due to their learning differences. Not to mention some note-takers simply remember their notes better when taking them down manually. Or let’s not forget those individuals who never learned to (or simply cannot) type efficiently, and for them, pen to paper is also the fastest approach to notetaking. Whatever the case may be, this app allows those individuals to take notes in the way that works best for them while still being able to take advantage of all the benefits of digital text.

Pen to Print offers premium packs for purchase. These packs start at about $12.99 CDN for 100 pages of OCR, with no time limit attached. This upgrade also allows you to edit, save, copy, email, add to Notes, or share on messaging apps, and more. To learn more about Pen to Print Premium, click here (new window).

This post originally appeared on the AT Help Desk website.

We Have Solutions! – Episode 21: Best of 2023

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For this edition, we are doing a special “best of 2023” podcast where we have compiled some of our favorite moments from the past year. So if you haven’t tuned in to our podcast yet, this episode should give you a good idea of what we typically talk about.

AT Tools in Virtual Reality

A row of people wearing VR headsets.

A couple months ago we started talking about some of the ways in which Virtual Reality (VR) can be used as AT. Today we’re going to take things even further and look at specific areas of difficulty that these apps might address, as well as making specific app recommendations. And while there are a few competing VR devices on the market, the Metaquest 3 is the most popular VR device available right now, and the apps that we are looking at today are all compatible with the Metaquest 3 headset.

The great thing about these apps is that they provide persons with disabilities with alternative means of access to the internet as well as providing alternatives to studying, socializing, meditating, traveling, and more. In short, VR allows individuals who are challenged by a wide variety of disabilities to have experiences that would otherwise be out of reach.

Let’s take a look at some of the VR experiences that are currently available online:

Social Interactions – Some of the most popular VR experiences around right now are essentially VR-based chat rooms, where users can chat with each other via digital avatar all while exploring the often intricately designed VR chat world. And while VR Chat is by far the most popular chat experience, Rec room offers a more gaming-focused experience that still encourages lots of chatting and socialization.

Best Chat App: VR Chat

Best Social App: Rec Room

Mindfulness and Exercise – When you’re in a wheelchair or face similarly restrictive physical disabilities, maintaining your physical self (not to mention your mental health) is especially difficult. Thankfully there is no shortage of VR apps designed to help you move your body as well as to practice mindfulness.

Best Exercise App: Beat Saber

Best App for Mindfulness: Kayak VR: Mirage

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Pictured Above: Kayak VR Mirage Gameplay

Education – Educational games within the VR environment are becoming more and more common, and there’s some very exciting advances in VR Education that are worth mentioning.

Best VR Language App: ImmerseMe

Best Language Experience App: Mondly VR

Best VR Math App: Math World VR

Virtual Experiences – The ability to experience the world without leaving the house is one of the biggest hallmarks of VR technology. And for people who struggle with social anxiety, being able to virtually explore their world safely is one of most attractive aspects of VR Technology. These apps can really help alleviate the stresses associated with trying new experiences, and there is no shortage of incredible virtual experiences being offered right now.

Most Educational Experience: Google Expeditions

Most Helpful Real-Life Simulator: Job Interview Simulator

This post originally appeared on the AT Help Desk website.

ClickUp Collaboration Tool

A woman uses a laptop, while writing down notes.

Whether you are a student or a professional, you will likely be asked to collaborate with others at some point. And in 2023, teamwork typically takes place in a digital environment. Certainly, the recent pandemic taught us that remote collaboration was not only possible, but in some cases even ideal. This technology allows us to work when and where we want, and it allows us to do it in a way that works best for each individual.

And while we’ve looked at some great collaboration apps in the past — Microsoft Teams is a great example — it’s always worth looking at alternative options since each person’s software preference is unique to their specific learning style.

Spoken AAC

An adult women and a little girl smile at each other while each touching their chins in a speech exercise.

Today we’re going to look at a simple, yet elegant AAC app that could be very helpful for individuals who struggle with speech, processing, social interactions, and more. Spoken AAC is an augmentative and alternative communication app that is available for iOS and Android. It requires no specialized hardware and instead harnesses the power of your smartphone to do what it needs to do.

Charles Levasseur Receives CAOT Citation Award

Alain (right) presenting Charles (left) with the award.

Neil Squire Regional Manager Charles Levasseur was honoured to receive the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Citation Award.

Atlantic Region staff presented the award to Charles during a surprise team meeting on Tuesday.

The CAOT Citation Award acknowledges the contribution to the health and well-being of Canadians by an agency, program, or individual within each province/territory, who is not an occupational therapist. Charles was nominated by the New Brunswick Association of Occupational Therapists.

Charles has worked for Neil Squire for over 20 years, and since 2011, Charles has established several special assistive technology projects for the New Brunswick government. He also developed the AT Help Desk, an assistive technology help line for New Brunswickers with disabilities. He currently sits as chair for the avenueNB Cooperative, which brings more than 20 service providers across the province of New Brunswick together to provide more consistent and more accessible services and increased educational opportunities.

Honouring Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

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This November, we honour Indigenous Disability Awareness Month.

Indigenous peoples of Canada experience a disability rate significantly higher than that of the general population. Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) brings awareness of these barriers and the issues that Indigenous peoples living with disabilities and their families face every day. More importantly though, in spite of these barriers, IDAM celebrates the achievements of Indigenous peoples living with disabilities and recognize the significant and valuable contributions they make to our communities socially, economically, and culturally every day.


A woman scans an invoice with her phone.

We’ve looked at a few OCR/scanning apps in the past, and for the most part, when we’re asked about OCR and scanning apps, we typically recommend Microsoft Lens or Adobe Scan. But, because we’ve found that different users have vastly different experiences and preferences when it comes to this technology, we thought that it would be worth looking at another top-rated OCR app.

iScanner is a highly downloaded OCR app that is currently charting at number 19 in the “business” category in Apple’s App Store, with Adobe Scan being the only OCR app rated higher. So, why is it that this app in particular is currently the second highest rated scanning app on the market?

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