ViewPlus IVEO Transformer
II. IVEO Transformer Pro Setup
A. Software installation and activation
Activation of IVEO Transformer Pro:
C. Deactivation and Uninstallation
III. Working with IVEO Transformer
A. Transformer Pro Overview
B. Transformer Pro Home Window
Obtaining new image
Opening recently used image/file
C. Page Layout Window
D. Annotation Window
E. Simplify Image Window
F. Braille Window
G. Views Window
H. Preview Window
I. Preferences Panel
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IVEO Help and Support
Welcome to IVEO - a hands-on graphics system that combines
touch and sight with audible information and sounds to make graphics more
accessible for all, including people with visual or learning disabilities. With
IVEO you can view existing accessible graphics, create accessible graphics, or
convert inaccessible graphics to accessible ones!
The IVEO system consists of three software components and a
choice of hardware component.
NOTE: THIS MANUAL
WILL EXPLAIN IVEO TRANSFORMER PRO SOFTWARE ONLY. FOR FURTHER REFERENCE
REGARDING IVEO SYSTEM, PLEASE GO TO IVEO PLAYER AND CREATOR MANUAL.
Player: End user application to view, explore and learn from
existing IVEO files. Included with IVEO Creator and Transformer Pro in the
professional package, and available separately for end users.
Creator: Create your own interactive files using Adobe
Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Microsoft Visio, InkScape, or any other program that
saves or exports to SVG and complete editing in IVEO Creator.
Transformer Pro: Import image files or scan printed materials
using IVEO's advanced OCR technology, and convert to your own interactive
files. Transformer Pro and
Creator are separate applications but both are included in the IVEO application
set for professional content preparers. A separate user manual is available for
Transformer Pro. It is not included within this manual.
Touchpad – a touch-sensitive pad for reading text labels and
graphical object names on tactile-audio images up to a size of 11x14 inch, or
28x35 cm. Multiple touches speak additional descriptive information. IVEO
touchpads connect through USB.
IVEO Digital Pen – a digital pen with an IR
transmitter whose position is determined by an IR receiver attached to the PC
through USB. Standard mode has functionality similar to the touchpad where
clicking causes text labels or graphic objects to speak their content. More
descriptions available by multiple clicks. Follower mode speaks without
clicking when pen passes over a text label or graphic object.
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Windows 7, 8, or 10
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Hard drive use
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II. IVEO Transformer
For installation of the IVEO Transformer Pro you will have
received an installation file (ending .exe). It's best if it will be copied to
the computer locally before executing installation. Please find the
installation file using Windows File Explorer and press Enter or double click
on the file to start installation.
IVEO Transformer Pro installation
The installation program will guide you through software
installation with on-screen instructions. Please allow this program to make
changes to your computer and follow the instructions to complete IVEO software
After IVEO software installation has completed successfully,
it will appear under Windows Programs/Applications list within the ViewPlus
section, or find installation files under c:\Program Files (x86)\ViewPlus using
the standard Windows file browser.
All IVEO software requires activation using the purchased
IVEO license number. Upon startup, the application will ask to activate the
software as described below. Without activation the software will stop working
after 30 days.
When starting IVEO Transformer Pro application, the
following window will pop up asking for Product Activation. If cancelling
activation, a message will prompt to you how many more days you can use the
software without activation. If the software was already running for 30 days,
the trial period has expired, and the program will not open at all without
IVEO Transformer Pro software
The window shows two buttons. With an existing internet
connection, option "Activate online" will be most efficient.
Both "Activate online", and "Activate by file"
will open a dialog window for entering registration information, but with
different activation buttons at the bottom. Please complete this form.
IVEO software activation form
If you have entered a valid IVEO license number, the
activation process will be done when hitting "Activate Now".
You might get a warning before the form is accepted to not
have supplied enough contact information. You can return to the registration
form or proceed with activation anyway, but please be aware that this
information is important in order for ViewPlus to be able to provide support if
any serious problems, such as a computer crash, should occur.
Activation by File:
With "Generate Activation Request" the data
entered to this form will be saved to file and you should receive the following
IVEO software activation file
Next you should take the file to a computer with internet
connection and visit the ViewPlus website software activation page at https://viewplus.com/viewplus-support/activate/
IVEO software activation file
Browse to the ActivationRequest.dat file and submit the
upload. In return you should receive a request to download the activation
response file. It is recommended to save this to the same location as the
request file, or at least to a known location.
Now you can return to the computer running the IVEO
application to activate. After starting the application, choose "Activate by
file" within the first prompt.
IVEO software activation options
Browse to the IVEOActivationResponse.dat file and open it.
Now activation should be completed.
IVEO software activation completed
If you wish to deactivate your IVEO Transformer Pro product
license, open your IVEO Transformer Pro application and go to the preferences
page and choose "Product Activation …" from that page. See section below
for instructions on how to get there.
IVEO Transformer Pro
"Preferences" option "Product Activation …"
A small window will pop up asking for your preferred method
of deactivation. In principal it is the same procedure as explained for the
activation procedure explained above. Please refer to that description to
After deactivating your IVEO software you might also want to
uninstall it from your computer. Please refer to your Windows system functions
to uninstall ViewPlus IVEO software from your Windows PC.
Transformer Pro is a wizard-driven application intended to
have a modest learning curve and to be excellently usable. It permits you to
import from a scanner or any standard format image file as well as SVG files
previously created with IVEO Transformer Pro, or IVEO Creator.
Optical character recognition (OCR) can be performed during
the import operation.
The application creates a separate tactile image that can be
optimized without affecting the original visual image at all. You are lead
through options to quickly and easily
Correct, delete, or perform OCR on text portions of the tactile
Create title and description annotations for the full image or
for any graphical object in the tactile image.
Simplify the tactile image with preset choices to quickly set for
optimal tactile quality. Simplification includes edge detection, line
intensification, and reduction/elimination/pattern-replacement of color fill.
Convert text to braille and/or add braille labels (intended
primarily for stand-alone tactile graphics).
Create and manage different "views" of the same SVG
file to give enlarged selected regions of the whole image its own view
The "views" can be played and explored by the end use
in IVEO Player. Therefore, print to any ViewPlus Embosser, save the edited SVG
to your data base and/or go to play SVG in IVEO Player directly.
If printed to a ViewPlus ink embosser, the
original visual image is printed combined with the embossed image on one paper.
"Views" are identified by an index
number, editable by the user, which is inserted into the file and optionally
embossed on the tactile copy.
After successful installation of IVEO Transformer Pro you
will be able to start it from the ViewPlus section within your program list on
your Windows PC, or you might find a start icon pinned to your start screen.
Upon start-up IVEO Transformer Pro will show the following
IVEO Transformer Pro home window
Within this home window, and all other Transformer Pro
windows you will find the following buttons and controls:
"Minimize Application" icon at the top right corner
"Exit Application" icon at the top right corner
"Go to Preferences" button at the bottom right (see
section below for further explanation)
"Show OnScreen Keyboard" button at the bottom right
"Show Desktop" button at the bottom right
The first step to get started with IVEO Transformer Pro
application is to open some image data to be working on. Therefore, you have
options for obtaining an image from standard image sources, or to open an SVG
file that has been created previously using IVEO Transformer Pro.
An image can be opened from file with extension PNG, BMP,
GIF, JPEG, JPG< or SVG. A standard file browser will open to select the file
after clicking the control labelled "From File". Note, that SVG
files, which have not been edited with Transformer yet, will be opened like any
Alternately, an image can be opened by scanning in from any
TWAIN-compliant scanner installed on the system. Therefore click on the control
labelled "From Scanner".
The dialog that opens will show compatible scanners on your
Windows system. Optional you can choose to have the image go through OCR when
opening. Click "Scan" to start the scanning and importing process, or
click "Close" to abort the action.
Recently used files will show in two separate lists. The
left list shows recently used images, and the right list shows recently used
SVG files. SVG files showing in this list have saved to the IVEO standard file
location previously. IVEO standard file location is folder "Svg"
under the users default documents folder. Recently used images will be saved
under subfolder "Scanned Images" from this "Svg" folder.
Transformer "Open selected
file for editing"
To open a recently used file, select it from one of the two
lists and click on control "Open selected file for editing".
As soon as you open a file, or image for editing,
Transformer will proceed to the next window.
The "X" button between the two lists or recently
used files can be used to delete the selected file from harddisk, meaning it
will be removed from the IVEO standard file location.
Once an image/file has been opened for editing, Transformer
will proceed to the next window, called "Page Layout".
Transformer "Page Layout"
Before explaining editing options, a few words about common
features of this and all following windows:
Transformer navigation controls at
bottom edge of window
You may zoom in and out for viewing convenience without
changing the final output. Use button controls showing magnifying glasses with
plus an minus sign at the lower right of the screen for this zoom feature.
Along the bottom edge of the screen you find navigation
controls, starting with the house symbol at the very left. Clicking the house
will bring you back to the home window.
The normal procedure for creating complete audible tactile
graphics in IVEO Transformer would be to step through all 6 windows, named
along the bottom edge of the application window from left to right, starting
with "Page Layout". You can step through the windows by selecting the
window name, or by selecting the forward, or backward arrow button at the left
of all window names, or the right respectively.
Transformer "Page Layout"
window with custom paper size
When opening an image in "Page Layout" window, Transformer
Pro automatically selects landscape or portrait orientation depending on the
image aspect ratio.
You are given the choice of paper size, and using a
different orientation of the paper. Standard paper sizes are available from a
drop down list, or custom paper size. When choosing custom paper size, additional
entry fields for width and length will appear.
You will choose the output paper format to be used for the
final copy. You may change these choices later in the event you want to print
There is also a button control for 90 degree clockwise
rotation of the image. It will rotate 90 degree with every click, keeping the
paper size and orientation as is.
The next window is used to enhance the image to permit
information to be conveyed during audio/tactile access. This window provides a
list of annotations in the current document.
window showing OCR'ed text
If you have just imported a bit map, this list will contain
all the OCR'ed text sections that have been detected. In the picture above it
is just one text section, so one annotation in the list. You may add additional
annotations using button "Add Annotation …".
This is the procedure you will want to follow when adding an
1) Choose to
select the annotated area by drawing a shape freehand, or by drawing a
superposing rectangle, or by using the magic wand to select regions of the same
color. The picture above shows the magic wand feature selected.
into the outer circle of the wheel once using the magic wand, causes the whole
round area of the wheel to be selected for annotation, as indicated with the
cyan colored outline.
"Add Annotation" dialog opens automatically upon selection of an
annotation area. Here you can enter text for the title of the element. If the
area that was chosen for the annotation contains image of text, a click on
"Recognize text inside selection" will make an attempt to OCR that
image of text and will insert the result into the entry field for
4) This field
can be used to enter text for element description.
5) In this
field a sound file can be linked to the element. WAV, or MP3 files can be
linked. Click on the musical notes icon to open a file browser to choose the
file from your computer.
Title, description, and sound file will be the levels of
information which are being given back in audio information to the reader of
the SVG in IVEO Player.
6) The choice
in "Appearance" will determine the appearance of the annotated area
on embosser output. "as hidden overlay" will leave the embosser
output to what the original image is showing. Other choices are to emboss the annotated
area with one of 10 preset patterns. If selecting to show in certain pattern,
this will only have effect on the embossed output. In IVEO software
applications, still the original image data will show.
"OK" the annotation will be added, use "Cancel" to abort.
To the left you will find a button to open an on-screen keyboard for text
Annotations" view of "Annotation" window
When selecting an annotation from the list, it will be
highlighted within the image view, and a "Delete Annotation" button,
as well as an "Edit Annotation" button will appear on the window. Clicking
to edit an annotation will call the dialog previously explained again, showing
current data of selected annotation.
This next window offers tools to simplify the output of the
image for tactile reading.
At the top right , there are a few presets available from a
drop down list for adjusting line intensity, and tactile representation of fine
details and fills, plus there is a slider control to set the edge enhancement
level. These controls can quickly convert a visual image into a tactile image
that can be excellent for audio/tactile use.
One of the presets (Outline, Fill With Auto Patterns) will
create fill patterns instead of solid fills on different colored areas from the
By default (No Change), a color image is converted to
tactile output in which dark colors are converted to higher embossed dots, and
light colors to lower embossed dots in 17 to 20 dots per inch resolution. White
areas have no dots. Sometimes this leads to good tactile representation without
any enhancement, but normally applying some data processing for enhancement in
regard to contrast and line intensity helps a lot for detecting objects on
tactile output from a color image.
Most ViewPlus embossers do an excellent job of embossing
fill, but big areas of heavy fill are generally not a good idea. Therefore, the
list of presets also offers options to reduce fill. In particular, the best
choice for the inexpensive ViewPlus EmBraille embosser is usually zero fill (No
Image" window - use pencil
There is also a pencil option in this window. This is the
procedure you will want to follow when using the pencil tool:
button "Use Pencil".
2) Choose the
drawing color by clicking the grey colored rectangle, which is a preview of the
currently selected drawing color. When clicking here a line of filled
rectangles will show in shades of grey from white to black. These grey tones
are representing embossed dot heights as produced with ViewPlus embossers. The
darker the grey, the higher will be the dot on embosser output.
3) Choose a
pen radius by selecting the corresponding dot here.
desired strokes on the page.
The pencil tool can also be used to cover over anything that
should not be embossed when using white pencil color. In general be aware that
the strokes drawn here will only be visible on embossed output. The same as the
pattern fills on annotations.
Image" window - show strokes
Strokes can also be deleted again. Use "Show Strokes"
button to highlight all strokes on document view. Then you can select single
strokes, which will become yellow when selected. When using button "Delete
Stroke" the selected stroke will be deleted.
This Window does what its name implies. It permits you to
add braille or to remove braille that has been added previously. The purpose of
this window is to enable you to create stand-alone tactile graphics with
braille labels. You do not usually want to use braille for graphics that are to
be read by audio-tactile methods. Braille is just too big, and it is often
distracting to many blind users who will just want to hear the text spoken.
window - options of Braille visibility
The picture above shows the expanded list of options for
visibility of Braille labels. You have the choice to show any Braille labels on
your document in Braille dots, or in ASCII character representation, as well as
the choice to hide Braille.
When choosing Braille in ASCII, or in Braille dots, Braille
will be embossed in Braille dots on embosser output when printing. Only screen
representation will be in ASCII characters if that option is chosen.
When choosing to hide Braille, it will not be embossed on
output either, and will not be visible when playing this SVG in IVEO Player.
It’s a tool to hide Braille for the end user without having to delete it, and
so the author of the SVG can bring Braille labels back up here in Transformer
on demand and save to another version of that same file, for example.
Use "Add Braille …" button and click anywhere on
the document view to open a dialog to enter desired text for a Braille label.
window - options of Braille visibility
The simplest method of entering Braille is to enter standard
print text to the upper entry field and click on "Translate" to have
it convert to Braille, which will then show within the lower field. With the
checkbox to the right you also have the option here to show Braille in Braille
dots, or ASCII representation.
The translation will be done according to Braille Settings done
within the left section. It might be collapsed, but can be made visible with
the little button showing a down arrow. Braille settings include the language
to be translated as well as Braille type to be applied.
When hitting the OK button (check symbol), the Braille label
will be added to the document view.
window - options of Braille visibility
You may place braille at any desired location, and it is up
to you to be sure that it does not overlap some other braille or graphic that
will interfere with the end user’s ability to read it. You may grab any braille
selection with the mouse and move it if necessary, or you can delete the
currently selected label using the "Delete Braille" button, which will
appear only when a label is selected.
This window permits you to create different views for the
end user from one document. The default view is normally the full graphic, but
it is often desirable to have other views. For example, a US map is much more
valuable if a view of the small northeastern states is included. A view is a
section of the image that is enlarged to the full page, saved, and can be printed
separately and viewed in IVEO Player by the end user.
window - showing default view
The picture above shows the example file from this manual in
default view. On "Views" window the color print representation will
be shown, so no Braille, or strokes, or otherwise simplified version of the
To add a view, use the "Add View …" button. Then
you draw a rectangular outline which will be locked to the aspect ratio of
current page layout. The content within this rectangle will be zoomed to a full
page, which will be the newly created view to this SVG document.
window - adding new dialog
After selecting the rectangular area for the new view, a
dialog will open asking to enter a name for the new view.
window - showing default view
Different views can be added to the SVG file and will be added
to the list of views. The views are identified by name, but will also have specific
barcodes assigned. By these barcodes views can be recalled and proper SVG file
will be loaded in IVEO Player or Creator.
The barcode can be generated by using button
"Generate" within the Views Window, or can be entered manually within
the entry field which shows the barcode index in integer numbers.
This window will show the SVG document in default view,
including annotated areas and Braille labels if Braille is not set to
This window has edit fields for the SVG document title and
description to be filled in. These are normally spoken when the file is opened
in IVEO Player. The end user can play the title through speech output with the
F1 key and the description with the F2 key. It is very strongly recommended
that you give all files good titles and that you input a description that is
adequate for quick skim reading. A good description is very helpful even if the
user has already explored the image by audio/tactile reading. A good
description helps with later recall of important information and/or for quick
window - print dialog
From this window different views of the SVG file can be
printed when using button "Print". The dialog that opens when using
button "Print" will let you choose the printer to be printed to, as
well as the view that you would like to print (1).
You also choose to have the bar code embossed on the output
or not (2). The embossed bar code will enable the end user to open the SVG file
corresponding to printed view in IVEO Player or Creator by touch.
Click "Print" (3) from this dialog to start
You can also transfer to IVEO Player directly out of
Transformer using button "Play in IVEO …" within this window. The SVG
file will open immediately in IVEO Player with last selected view. During this
transfer the SVG file will also be saved into SVG database within standard IVEO
Use button "Save As SVG" from this window before
closing IVEO Transformer to save the file under a known location on your
computer. A standard file browser dialog will open to choose file location and
file name. The file browser will default to the standard IVEO folder for SVG
database, and for easy access it is recommended to stick to that folder.
The preference panel has several sections that effect
different functions in Transformer. It can be accessed from any window in IVEO
Transformer Pro by clicking the "Go to Preferences" button at the
lower right corner. To exit the preferences panel, press ESC key on your
keyboard, if not using the "Apply" button.
IVEO Transformer Pro preferences
Choice of Interface Language: Select language for Transformer
user interface text displays from drop down list. Currently, only English and
German is available, but we are always happy to work with our customers to
localize to more languages. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have a
Enable Speech: Turn speech output through screen reader on, or
off using the check box. If no active screen reader application is running on
the system, please make sure to have a voice installed compatible to MS Speech
Platform Version 11 to be used instead. If several voices are installed, one
can be selected from the drop down list here, but an active screen reader
application will always have priority over this selection.
Emboss Fiducial Corners: Turn this on, or off using the check
box. The fiducial corners will add corner marks on the tactile output, which
are being used to calibrate sizing between the tactile print and the image
opened in IVEO Player or Creator.
Auto OCR when opening images: Turn this feature on, or off using
the check box.
Generally OCR works best for graphic images
containing text labels surrounded by white space and worst for labels with
variable color background. There is a provision in Transformer Pro to select
text and OCR it individually within the Add Annotation feature. This is
intended for cases where that particular bit of text is missed by the OCR
engine. But for some graphics, it may be more convenient to OCR individually
than auto-OCR initially if there are major OCR difficulties with that
Additional to the Auto OCR, you can choose to have Braille labels
created from the recognized text instead of standard labels. This is seldom a
good idea, since braille is so large, it is unlikely that any
automatically-generated braille labels will be properly placed. However, if
this option is used, the braille translation choices from the Braille Settings
section within this preferences panel are used.
Auto Trim white margins: Turn this option on, or off using the
check box. Normally it is a good idea to make the informational part of an
image as large as possible, so turn this on to have unnecessary white spaces
around an image removed during import.
Choose a Braille Language from the drop down list. This Language,
or corresponding Braille table will be applied when translating OCR'ed text to
You are also being given the choice of Braille grade/contraction
level (grade 1, grade 2, computer braille, and others if available for the
Attached Device: In the Preview Window at the end of the editing
procedure you can test playing the SVG file in default view. Therefore set your
input device by choosing it from the drop down list here. Currently there are
two choices, the IVEO touchpad, or the IVEO digital pen.
The calibration procedure "Calibrate
from Current Image" as known from IVEO Player, or IVEP Creator can also be
applied in IVEO Transformer Pro. Use Ctrl+U to initiate this procedure.
Click here to launch the IVEO Transformer Pro manual from the
Click here to call a dialog giving options to view and enter
activation information, or to activate/deactivate your IVEO Transformer Pro
If you have not activated your IVEO yet, it
will work in trial mode for 30 days.
If your product is activated, you will also
find the name and license number within the informational section below on the
Click here to check for IVEO Transformer Pro updated online.
Use this button to save any changes you made within preferences
settings and return back to your last window in Transformer.
To exist the Preferences panel without saving any changes
press the ESC key on your keyboard.
IVEO Help and Support
Please also visit ViewPlus Support online for other
resources and support inquiries.
Additional training and support is available for purchase
through your authorized ViewPlus distributor or from ViewPlus Technologies.
ViewPlus Technologies, Inc.
1965 SW Airport Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97333
Toll free phone number: 866.836.2184