Office Lens enhancements offer visually impaired users better access to text and photos gets Immersive Reader and Frame Guide for iOS.
Two new features Immersive Reader and Frame Guide for iOS, are available today Thursday Nov. 10 for Office Lens, expanding the toolbox from OneNote to OneNote Online, Word for the desktop and Word Online.
The Immersive Reader is now built directly into Office Lens, eliminating a step of inserting captured image into OneNote to take advantage of Immersive Reader. Now, today's update allow users to have the text read aloud at the speed of their choice and to increase the font size and spacing.
Second, a new tool called "Frame Guide" empower people with visual impairments to get an image of exactly what they're trying to capture is launched too. The tool uses Apple's Voice Over technology, to show uers "how to capture their desired content by telling the user to move back, to the right or in other directions to get the full page in the frame."
Frame Guide leverages learning from the work of the Seeing AI research project.
"Office Lens helps users by utilizing orientation detection and column recognition to transform text on a printed page into searchable and readable content."
Immersive Reader, if you don't know about it, "helps users to easily scan and read content, helping them move from the physical to digital world."
With it, you can 'reads text out loud with simultaneous highlighting that improves decoding, fluency and comprehension while sustaining focus and attention, increase or decrease fonts size. You can also optimizes font spacing in a narrow column view to improve reading fluency for users who suffer from "visual crowding" issues. Users can go back five words and forward one page in the content.
It also let users to control the speed of the voice reading back the words.
Get Office Lens with Frame Guide and Immersive Reader for free in the iOS App Store.
A new Office for Android Insider Preview build 16.0.7531.1002 as part of the November update released today and contains a number of new features:
Among others, users will now be able to turn datasets into maps in Excel. "15% of datasets are geographically-based," so Excel will now recommend a map instead of a chart for data that it recognizes as such, said Microsoft. This is available with Office 365 subscription.