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XEROX SOFTWARE PRODUCT FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED TRANSFORMS PC INTO SYNTHESIZED-VOICE READING MACHINE

 Dramatically Lower Cost, Increased Functionality
 ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Xerox (NYSE: XRX) today


announced a software product that transforms a standard personal computer into a synthesized-voice reading machine, offering a new level of independence to blind and visually impaired people.
 "The Reading AdvantEdge" software, used in conjunction with a scanner and voice-synthesis card, scans books, electronic fax files, hardcopy faxes, and virtually any other typeset materials, converts the document into computerized speech and reads the words aloud at a user- adjustable rate.
 The system employs proprietary Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software that uses artificial intelligence to recognize characters and "learn" as it scans the text. This OCR technology was developed by Xerox Imaging Systems and is used in adaptive-technology products that include "The Reading Edge" -- a completely portable reading machine introduced by Xerox late in 1992.
 "Our foremost goal is to place adaptive technology products into the hands of people who need them to help increase their independence and quality of life at work, school or home," said Gregory Guidice of Xerox Imaging Systems. "By leading the industry in developing technology that reduces costs, products such as The Reading AdvantEdge and The Reading Edge can benefit more of the 3 million Americans with visual impairments."
 The Reading AdvantEdge system reduces costs by eliminating the need for recognition processing cards, yet offers increased functionality and ease-of-use.
 Designed to increase independence and productivity, The Reading AdvantEdge incorporates features that expand opportunities for users, such as: batch processing, the ability to run other applications from within the program without entering the DOS operating system; and the ability to browse through a scanned document before it has been saved or converted into a specific file format.
 The Reading AdvantEdge includes numerous features to expedite the scanning process and guide less-experienced users through the application. The software is designed to automatically rotate the image to ensure proper orientation whether the page is scanned upside down or sideways.
 As an open-system solution, the Reading AdvantEdge is compatible with XIS' Bookedge(TM) and flatbed scanners, Hewlett-Packard scanners, and most screen readers and speech cards, including DECtalk(TM).
 The Reading AdvantEdge, available in April, is U.S. list priced at $795 for the software-only version. Software and scanner bundles range in price from $1,295 to $2,995. The Reading AdvantEdge runs on a 386 PC or higher. Additional product information is available through Xerox Imaging Systems Adaptive Technology Products at 800-248-6550.
 Xerox Imaging Systems, based in Peabody, Mass., provides adaptive technology products for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, dyslexic, reading disabled or have other difficulties in accessing print.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Simek of Xerox Corporation, 716-423-5230, or Gregory Guidice of Xerox Imaging Systems, 508-977-2097/
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