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 PEABODY, Mass., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ Xerox Imaging Systems (XIS) today announced version 2.0 of BookWise, the world's first PC-based interactive reading system to incorporate XIS' proprietary Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. New features include: the most advanced version of XIS' OCR software, editing capabilities from within the BookWise 2.0 program and file management, compatibility with Hewlett- Packard's family of scanners and automatic page orientation.
 BookWise 2.0 scans printed materials, converts the text to synthesized speech, highlights the text and reads aloud to the user at an adjustable rate in words, phrases, sentences or lines. The reading process can be interrupted at any point to repeat sections, hear words pronounced, use syllibication and have words defined or spelled aloud. BookWise 2.0, which is used as a compensatory tool to help dyslexic and other learning-disabled users read, can also be used as an instructional tool for adult literacy programs, as a complement to remedial reading classes, English as a second language programs and rehabilitation programs for people who have experienced a stroke or head injury.
 BookWise 2.0 recognizes virtually any printed or typed character and actually learns the character as it processes the text. The system enables users to "read" almost any document required in their day-to-day business, school or personal activities by taking a multi-sensory approach to reading, simultaneously displaying all messages on the screen as they are spoken aloud. Users can operate the system and adjust the volume on their own or with a tutor, at a pace best suited to their needs.
 "This product demonstrates XIS' continued commitment to develop leading-edge technology to help print-disabled individuals in their day- to-day lives," said Gregory Guidice, director of Marketing for XIS' Adaptive Technology products.
 BookWise 2.0 will be available December 1993, and can be purchased as software only, software with a high-quality DECtalk(TM) synthesized speech card, or as a turnkey reading system bundled with a choice of an XIS flatbed or bookedge(TM) scanner. Priced from $1,295 to $4,295, BookWise 2.0 will be available for almost 50 percent less than the product's existing pricing. Contact XIS' Adaptive Technology Products Division toll free at 1-800-248-6550 for more information.
 Xerox Imaging Systems (XIS), based in Peabody, Mass., provides adaptive technology products for individuals who are dyslexic, reading disabled, blind, visually impaired or have other difficulties accessing print. For nearly two decades, XIS has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to provide print-disabled users with products which increase and facilitate their independent access to written materials in print format.
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 /CONTACT: Gregory P. Guidice, Xerox Imaging Systems, Adaptive Technology Products, 508-977-2097; or Susan Curtin, Cunningham Communication, 617-494-8202, for Xerox Imaging Systems/

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