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I have macular degeneration among other vision problems caused by my type 1 diabetes. I'm just curious if you could recommend any software that could be of help for someone like me on either Windows or Android OS. Thanks.

asked Jan 17 '13 at 04:59

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edited Jan 17 '13 at 09:00

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This is not a direct line to Chris, you can contact him by sending him a email to chris@pirillo.com

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if possible, see if you can get an application such as dragon naturally speaking, it will allow you to control many of the system functions and type documents using voice control.

answered Jan 17 '13 at 09:45

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What kind of software do you need? One that I have used (and seems to be used by many visually impaired people I know) is ZoomText. It's pretty expensive, but you may be able to get it free if there are state organizations that assist visually impaired users. With ZoomText, you can zoom in on the screen and pan around by moving the mouse. It can also do text-to-speech, so it can read emails or web pages to you. It has a lot of customization options, like being able to change the color scheme (you can invert the whole screen, or set it to black&white), change the cursor color/size, add crosshairs to the cursor, and a lot more. For more info about ZoomText you can go to http://www.aisquared.com/

As for Android, I honestly haven't been able to find any screen magnification software. However, if you have a phone with Android 4.2 or higher (at this time, 4.2 is the latest version) I think there is a built-in screen magnifier (similar to iOS, where you use gestures to zoom in and out). If you just need screen reading functionality, that's built in to the OS and you can find it by going to Settings > Accessibility > TalkBack.

answered Jan 18 '13 at 09:20

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