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WYNN 6.0 and PEARL Provide Portable Solution for Learning

Industry Firsts and Patented Technology, Coupled with Literacy Software, Provide Optimized Web Access & Learning Supports

(St. Petersburg, Florida – June 3, 2011) – The Learning Systems Group of Freedom Scientific, Inc., developer of literacy software designed to create custom learning environments for struggling students, announced today the release of the newest version of the industry-leading WYNN™ software. WYNN 6.0 adds state-of-the-art technology for tools needed in today's fast-paced educational environment. WYNN 6.0 includes support for the revolutionary PEARL® portable document camera. PEARL's lightning-fast optical character recognition (OCR) brings instant portable access to printed material. WYNN 6.0 also includes support for educational technology such as MathML and DAISY books.

Freedom Scientific has partnered with Design Science, the creators of the industry-leading MathPlayer™ software, to include support for MathML. Design Science develops software used by educators, scientists, and publishing professionals, including MathType™, Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, MathFlow™, MathDaisy™, and MathPlayer, to communicate on the Web and in print. MathML is the math mark-up language adopted as part of the NIMAS standard. Open any MathML document in WYNN's Web browser to speak the equation or make it bigger so it is easier to read.

Literacy Support Tools Help Struggling Students Perform Better
WYNN 6.0 fully integrates all the support capabilities of a powerful literacy software program, including reading, writing, studying, and doing research using the Internet. WYNN places all these capabilities in the program, rather than merely superimposing “floating” toolbars on the text. WYNN is also the only software that offers struggling students WebMasking™. This patented feature highlights selected text on a Web page by line, sentence, or paragraph while blocking out distracting elements like advertisements. This enables the reader to better focus, read, and comprehend text.

Other new WYNN 6.0 features and benefits include:

  • Book Search: Quick access to e-books from Bookshare.org, Gutenberg, and others
  • Skim Reading: Pre-read for content and save time while studying by quickly checking out what’s in a document before reading it thoroughly.
  • Split View: See Exact View and Text View simultaneously. This provides easy comparison of the original document and the resulting Text View, which allows visual tailoring to assist with visual processing difficulties.
  • Two-tone Exact View: Use the same custom colors for Exact View as you do in Text View, making your visual preferences universal.
  • Crisp Exact View: Technical advances have made WYNN's Exact View even more crisp and clean, providing an even better user experience.
  • Built-in Updater: You can update WYNN using the new Check for Updates feature. If a new update is available, you can install it from within WYNN. This enables you to get minor updates without uninstalling and installing a new version.

“We are pleased to provide our customers with these new benefits,” said Roberta Brosnahan, Vice President and General Manager, Learning Systems Group. She continued, “Moreover, in this world of mobile, on-the-go computing, our unique, portable solution, WYNN with PEARL, provides immediate access to information along with unprecedented convenience.”

WYNN Is Always in Color with a Clean, Uncluttered User Interface
WYNN's unique features and benefits were created with input from educators, researchers, and individuals with learning difficulties such as dyslexia. It uses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to enhance success. WYNN was designed to be useful for all users, yet excels at satisfying the needs of learning disabled and struggling students. Everything in WYNN, down to the smallest detail, is built to satisfy those rigorous requirements.
WYNN continues to maintain its other unique differentiators for the benefit of all of our users, such as its clean, clear user interface, including the unique Text View/Exact View method to display documents; Web Browsing features, including the patented WebMasking® feature; NavBar for managing open documents; and visual tailoring, including the ability to change size, line spacing, and word spacing with a click of the mouse. WYNN's benefits help students and adults lead more productive lives, whether it is in the classroom, at home, or on the job.

For More Information
For a WYNN 6.0 demo disk and pricing information, contact Freedom Scientific’s Learning Systems Group by phone at (800) 444-4443 or by e-mail at WYNN@freedomscientific.com. You can also download the demo version at our Web site at http://www.freedomscientific.com/lsg/products/demos.asp.

About Freedom Scientific
Freedom Scientific is the leading worldwide provider of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. The Company sells its products worldwide and has offices in Florida and Switzerland. The Company’s products have been translated into 24 languages and are available in 55 countries. Freedom also has a line of software products for those with learning disabilities.

Freedom Scientific’s Learning Systems Group is recognized as a leading provider of easy-to-use, easy-to-learn solutions, based on sound educational principles. The products assist individuals of all ages to be more successful with reading and writing. Visit www.freedomscientific.com/lsg.

Freedom Scientific®, WYNN™, and PEARL® are either trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact: Beth Thomlinson, 800-444-4443 ext. 3428, BethT@freedomscientific.com