Getting started on Windows

There are a few ways to get started with DocuScan Plus on Windows, depending on what other Serotek products you use.

If you are using System Access and/or Sero in addition to DocuScan Plus, then the best option is to use DocuScan Plus as part of the main Serotek software package for Windows. Once that package is installed, you can access DocuScan Plus through a desktop shortcut, from the System Access menu, or from the Sero home screen. If you haven't yet installed the Serotek software package for Windows, refer to the help section called "Installing Serotek products on your computer" from the System Access online help.

If you don't use any other Serotek products, we provide a stand-alone installer for DocuScan Plus. In this case, to install DocuScan Plus, first download the stand-alone installer, then run it. If you're running another screen reader or magnifier, you may be asked about how DocuScan Plus should interact with the assistive technology; see the following section for more details. You'll then be asked to log into your Serotek account. If you don't already have an account, you can create a new one and start a 14-day free trial of DocuScan Plus from within the installer. After you've logged in or created an account, DocuScan Plus will be installed on your computer. From then on, you can start DocuScan Plus from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut.

DocuScan Plus for Windows and other screen readers and magnifiers

If you run DocuScan Plus without a screen reader, you will get speech, braille, and/or magnification via Serotek's System Access screen reader. Note that if you don't have a full System Access license or rental, System Access will be restricted to DocuScan Plus itself.

If you use NVDA, DocuScan Plus will rely on NVDA to provide speech and/or braille output, and all standard NVDA navigation and reading commands will apply.

If you use JAWS, MAGic, or Window-Eyes, you have a choice. The first option is to have DocuScan Plus put your screen reader to sleep and run in self-voicing mode. In that case, your System Access text-to-speech preferences will be used, and you will use the navigation and reading commands provided by System Access rather than those provided by your primary screen reader. When you switch from DocuScan Plus to another application such as Microsoft Word, or a feature of Windows itself such as the Desktop or Start menu, your primary screen reader will wake up, and that screen reader's keyboard commands will apply. Alternatively, you can rely on your existing screen reader for speech, braille, and/or magnification, and the settings and keyboard commands of that screen reader will apply. If DocuScan Plus finds one of these screen readers running during installation, it will ask you which option you want to use. Otherwise, it will ask the first time you run it in conjunction with one of these screen readers. In any case, you can change this setting later through Preferences.

If you use ZoomText as your primary assistive technology, you have a couple of options for determining how DocuScan Plus behaves. When you first launch DocuScan Plus, the program will detect ZoomText if it is running. You will then be asked how DocuScan Plus should read. If you want to maintain magnification in ZoomText but want the experience of high-quality voices reading menus, controls, and documents, you should answer yes, and DocuScan Plus will enter self-voicing mode. If ZoomText speech is also enabled and you begin hearing two voices speaking at once, you can temporarily silence ZoomText speech with the Alt+Shift+S hotkey. If you want to exclusively use ZoomText and don't want DocuScan Plus to speak, answer no. In this case, DocuScan Plus will not speak, and ZoomText will behave as it always has. Please note that ZoomText features like App Reader, Doc Reader and Speakit may not work well in DocuScan Plus, and are not directly supported at this time.

Last modified October 24, 2016

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