Difficulties with VoiceOver and PDFs

iOS & iPadOS

Greetings all!
Using my iMac (OS High Sierra), I have been scanning in hard copy documents using an Epson printer/scanner and saving them as PDF files. Unfortunately, I have been unable to read said files using voiceover on my iPhone 7-plus. Should I get a more robust PDF creator that is compatible with my Epson scanner that allows me to make editable PDF files? I've heard good things about the VoiceDream Reader app; should I just get that? Or should I get an OCR reader? Thank you!



Submitted by eclectica on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

It sounds as if you are creating inaccessible PDFs, which explains why you cannot access them on your iPhone. If I were you, I would just use Seeing AI or KNFB Reader to do OCR on the original documents and then save to your iPhone. And, yes, Voice Dream Reader is a good investment.

Submitted by Seanoevil on Wednesday, September 5, 2018


Whilst I do not have to do any actual scanning, from time to time I do have to work with a lot of inaccessible PDF Documents.
I have the Prismo App on my Mac and find it does a good job of converting inaccessible PDF's to a number of other accessible formats.
Be warned though, the layout and operation of Prismo is not very intuitive, so if I haven't used it in a while I enjoy a good few minutes of frustration when trying to convert my first document...