Prism OCR App Review: iOS

Prizmo OCR App is an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) App that allows users to scan text documents (worksheets, text documents, business cards,etc) on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and have the text read back to them. This can be useful for individuals with visual impairments or dyslexia. The apps costs about $10.00 and is user friendly. However, I feel the user really needs to practice getting used to how OCR works. For users that are visually impaired, I feel this app is most appropriate for users with some functional vision. However, I think users would need assistance from a sighted assistant to be able to take the photo of documents since it requires a clear photo of the text on the page.

Simple Use:

Step 1- Click camera button to photograph a page of text

Screenshot of Camera and Voice Reader in Prizmo app.

Step 2 - Photographt page of text from a distance where the text page is recognizeable. A tripod would be very helpful for this stage.  For visually impaired users this step might require the need for a sighted tech guide. You might need to rotate and crop the image to make the text readable by the app.

Screenshot of worksheet being scanned in Prizmo app.

Step 3- Hit Apply as the app  scans the documents

Screenshot of worksheet being cropped in Prizmo app.

Step 4- Select the block of text you would like read out loud.

Scanned worksheet with text selected and being read in the Prizmo App.

Step 5-Step 5: Hit the blue box with the arrow  coming out of the top and select “Read outloud.” See video below for how the app works:

Below is a basic Demo of the Prizmo App on Youtube:


Below is a detailed Youtube tutorial of the Prizmo App:


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