SuperNova Enterprise

Magnifier & screen reader ready for remote access across Citrix & Remote Desktop Services.

  • Deploy a single product to meet the needs of all your blind and partially sighted team members
  • Magnification, speech, screen reader and braille display support included
  • Includes remote access for installations via RDS and Citrix networks
  • Access to local and remote networks, thick and thin clients
  • One step unlock and activation for all workstations
  • Flexible licensing based on number of users, not number of workstations
  • 12 month software maintenance agreement included

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An OverView of Dolphin SuperNova Software

Visual Features

Crystal Clear ‘True Font’ Magnification

SuperNova’s True Font technology looks beautifully smooth even on the largest displays. Magnify text and images from 1.2 all the way up to 64 times. And because everyone’s eyesight is different, magnification comes in 28 sizes so you can find a perfect fit. Zoom in and out as much as you need with a touch of a key, spin of the mouse wheel or by clicking the handy buttons on screen.

Never Lose Sight of the Action!

Automatic tracking magnifies the action so you can see what you are doing at all times. As you move your mouse pointer, type in text, or tab between links – magnifier follows seamlessly so you can always see where you are working.

Smooth Panning

Ideal for unsteady hands or anyone who finds mouse movements difficult to follow. Simple keystrokes gently slide the magnifier: up, down, left or right. Press repeatedly to increase speed. When you want to stop simply release the keys.

High Visibility Mouse Pointers

Mouse pointers which are easy to see but keep out your way. Choose from 4 popular mouse pointer color schemes or create your own scheme to make the mouse pointer easy to see. You can set the pointer size independent of your magnification level so your text is never hidden by the mouse. With over 200 pointer images included, your mouse pointer has never been so flexible.

Highlight Mouse, Cursor, Word, and More

Highlighting shows your place at a glance. Distinctive shapes and colors draw attention to the mouse pointer, cursor, word, line, Windows focus and Dolphin Cursor so you or a sighted colleague or trainer can easily see where in your application you are working.

Highlighting is ideal for anyone who loses their place, or teaches or trainers wanting to see at a glance where students are working. Highlighting can be toggled off and on with a hotkey or click of a button.

Six carefully balanced highlighting schemes are included to draw attention to where the action is on screen. Make your own focus highlighting scheme selecting shape, color, tint, size, when the highlight is shown and level of transparency.

8 Magnifier Views

8 magnifier views keep documents and apps in perspective. Show your magnification:

Full screen
Split screen (top, bottom, left or right magnified)
Fixed window
Movable magnifying glass
The rest of the screen shows the original size, unmagnified application, keeping the context clear. The magnifier view can be resized and repositioned so you can quickly and easily control where on screen the magnifier appears.

Control the Magnifier with Simple Keystrokes

Jump to edges, corners or the center of the original screen. You can save and restore your magnified position, or reserve a special hooked area to keep a close eye on the clock, document word count or spread sheet formula bar. And you can hide hooked areas with a hotkey so they only appear when you want them.

24 Color Settings

Choose from 24 carefully designed color schemes each designed to reduce glare and maximize your comfort while reading. Alter the appearance of colors on your screen, preserving your original document colors for printing. Or make your own scheme by adjusting brightness, contrast or color tint. Color Replace can swap colors to show only the shades you recognize, making reading web pages easy again.

Reading Features

Hooked Areas

SuperNova lets you save different hooks for different applications, and you can have as many as you want, helping you to keep useful information in view at all times.  Monitor your word count or formula bar with a hooked area . Or just keep one eye on the clock!

Doc Reader

Doc Reader re-flows your documents and web pages in a dedicated window made for reading. With the click of a button, SuperNova uses your choice of: font, colors and line length. Ideal for simplifying the appearance of busy documents. Press play and Doc Reader will speak aloud your text highlighting each sentence as it goes.

Line View

Line View smoothly scrolls documents and web pages across a single line so you can sit back and enjoy reading without the distraction of screen clutter. With Line View, you can set the font, colors and scrolling speed to suit your sight. Press the space bar to pause and resume scrolling, and use the arrow keys to fast forward or rewind.

Margin Release

Margin release shows how close the magnifier is to the edge of the real screen ideal for people with restricted peripheral vision. You can keep your mouse pointer in the central area of your monitor by adding extra space around the original screen. The strong change in contrast clearly shows when the mouse pointer is approaching the edge.

Touchscreen Magnification

Tablets and touchscreen access with SuperNova is effortless:

  • Use 1 finger to pan SuperNova’s magnifier around documents and apps
  • Use 2 fingers to pinch and stretch, changing the amount of magnification in any app
  • Use 3 fingers to tap and change the colors and find more magnifier options

SuperNova also includes a high contrast large print, onscreen keyboard which fits the screen width and lets you see what you’re typing.

Multiple Monitor Support

Get more done with multiple monitors. Magnify on one, two or as many displays as required. Multi-task with each magnified document on separate screens; project presentations original size to sighted audiences keeping speaker notes magnified on your laptop; work closely with a trainer or colleague who can follow a clone of your display, but at regular size.

Side by Side

Side by Side works with the Windows Extended Desktop to show each application magnified on a separate screen, so you never run out of desktop space. Designed for magnification users who need to keep track of simultaneous tasks. Keep an eye on incoming messages on one monitor, prepare your documents on a second, and have a web browser or spreadsheet opened on a third. The number of monitors and which applications go where is entirely up to you. Each application is tracked separately so you don’t lose your place.

Mouse Buffer

Mouse Buffer means you don’t lose your pointer when using applications Side by Side. SuperNova’s unique mouse buffer means the pointer only moves on to a different screen when you insist. Switch monitors with a hotkey, or set your own resistance level to determine how hard you have to push the pointer against the edge to move it to the next screen. Magnified slide notes on a laptop that is also projecting unmagnified slides via a beamer to a white screen.


Cloning options are available for a variety of teaching, training or collaboration scenarios. Clone with Standard view shows an unmagnified copy of any application on a second screen so one user with partial sight can work seamlessly with another with full sight.  Clone magnifies the same content on multiple screens so several colleagues who are partially sighted can collaborate on the same application.


Span simulates having one huge screen stretching your application across several monitors.

Presentation Mode

Presentation Mode is made for Microsoft PowerPoint. You can have your speaker notes magnified on your laptop while your sighted audience sees your slides original size via a projector or large screen just as you intended.

Connect & View (Low Cost Magnifier)

Connect a camera to your computer and SuperNova Connect & View turns your tablet, laptop or desktop into a lightweight, portable video magnifier.

  • Magnify newspapers, magazines, bills, labels and even objects onto your computer screen.
  • Turn on Connect & View and the viewer displays what ever is under the camera lens.
  • Connect & View comes with a handy toolbar giving users instant access to the most popular features by mouse or touch:

Increase and decrease the magnification

Use the increase and decrease magnification buttons on the toolbar to zoom in and out for comfortable viewing. Touchscreen users can also adjust the magnification with a 2 finger stretch or pinch.

Rotate the image in the viewer

Convenient for when your document is accidentally upside down.

Color changer

If the image is difficult to see or the contrast poor, adjust the colors by repeatedly pressing the color changer button that cycles through a variety of the most popular schemes including, invert brightness, high contrast black on white, high contrast white on black, yellow on blue, white on blue and yellow on black.

Lock your camera’s auto focus

If your camera includes an auto focus feature, you may prefer to turn it off as it can be distracting with magnification applied or when under fluorescent lighting.

Capture the image for further exploration

The capture image button copies the camera’s image, unmagnified, which can then be saved or added to a document for future reference.  Alternatively SuperNova can convert the image into text and read aloud using SuperNova’s “Scan and Read” options.  Also:

Adjust the viewing area to top, bottom, left or right side of the screen; and change the viewing area size to fill 80%, 50% or 20% of your screen, or even sent to a second monitor.

No need to move your worksheet around under the camera, or use an X-Y table – use the mouse or touch to explore your document easily.

Connect & View (Interactive Whiteboard)

Magnifiy Teachers’ Interactive Whiteboard

With Connect & View from SuperNova, partially sighted students can connect to and magnify the teacher’s interactive whiteboard on their own tablet or laptop.  The student can then customize the view to meet their own magnification and color scheme needs.  The split screen feature enables them to make notes at the same time as monitoring what’s happening on the whiteboard.

Connect & View enables partially sighted students in mainstream classroom environments to work alongside their peers in the same way. Connect & View is quick and easy to set up at the beginning of a lesson and offers password enabled access for security. Inbuilt snapshot technology means a student can save a copy of the magnified screen at any time for use when they need it.

With SuperNova Connect & View low vision students can:

Magnify and explore the smartboard in comfort from their own laptop or tablet
Apply a colour scheme to suit the information and their sight
View the magnified smartboard and their app, side by side
Take a snapshot for further exploration at their own pace or for a later date
Take a snapshot to read at home – quicker and more accurate than notetaking
Track the teacher’s mouse or cursor at the click of a button.
Create a profile for each classroom to ensure a quick start to each new lesson.

Staff and educators can be confident, thanks to:

Simple set-up at the start of the class with no disruption to other students
Password protection; ensuring documents are always safe & secure

Compatible with ALL interactive whiteboards and the LVI MagniLink Portable Magnifier

Scan & Read

Scan and read paper documents & letters; SuperNova Magnifier & Speech includes inbuilt OCR (Optical Character Recognition) so you can independently read print documents. Just add a scanner! And because the OCR is a SuperNova feature, simply and conveniently choose the “Scan and Read” button on SuperNova’s Bookshelf tab.

SuperNova’s OCR can also be used to scan and read inaccessible digital PDF documents. Simply press the DocReader hotkey, CAPS+NUMPAD PLUS, when you’re in Adobe Reader.

Annotate scanned text and PDFs

With SuperNova, people with low vision can fill out forms or worksheets independently – even if they have not been provided in an accessible format. 
Simply use Scan and Read to open text from a scanner, camera or PDF file in the Doc Reader. Once open in the Doc Reader, you can annotate your scanned document with text boxes, highlights, underlines and more. This is ideal for completing worksheets or filling out inaccessible forms at school or at home. 

You can even share your scanned document (complete with all of your annotations and notes) with a teacher or colleague. Options include exporting the document as a PDF or copying it to the clipboard.  

EasyReader & Launchpad

Conveniently browse and search millions of bestsellers, classics and periodicals with EasyReader for Windows, available in the SuperNova Media tab.

EasyReader provides direct access to the world’s largest collection of accessible book and newspaper libraries. Content from Bookshare® and other trusted library partners is made instantly accessible in EasyReader, as users can customise text size, colours and reading speed.

Read directly on any Windows device, or take books with you – use EasyReader to transfer titles to portable MP3 and DAISY players for reading on the go.

Launch Pad

Launch Pad provides instant access to audio, weather and book search. Press a couple of keys and you can listen to popular radio stations, the latest podcasts or read RSS News feeds. You can even use Launch Pad to lookup the dictionary definition of a word, find out the local weather forecast, search for books, and find walking directions.

Dolphin Cursor

The Automatic Dolphin Cursor switches on in situations where the Dolphin Cursor is needed most – Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader and in Windows Help. (Mouse users can easily switch off the Dolphin Cursor.)

Standard Windows keys such as arrows and TAB are used to logically move the Dolphin Cursor, minimizing any learning curve. On the web or in PDFS, use the Quick Navigation keys to jump instantly to the next control, heading, list, table etc.  Physical movement keys are also available for when you need to understand visual layout.

Restricted Dolphin Cursor

Restrict the Dolphin Cursor in the current area and keep focused on the task in hand. Simple hotkeys are available to move away to the next or previous Window or Dialog.

Forms Mode

Forms mode switches off the Dolphin Cursor when you need to type. Simply TAB through a form on a web site and Forms mode takes the guesswork out of when to switch the Dolphin Cursor On and off.

F3 Find

F3 Find locates text on screen for those times when you know exactly what you’re looking for but not where to find it. F2 and F4 instantly jump the Dolphin Cursor to the previous and next match.

Text Selection

Text selection with the Dolphin Cursor can copy most messages displayed on your computer screen to the Windows Clipboard for later use in an email or document. Simply hold the shift key and cursor over the text you wish to select then press CONTROL+C to copy it direct to the Windows clipboard. Ideal for quoting web pages or help content, plus copying messages from your applications.

Simulate Mouse Actions from your Keyboard

Press a key to move the mouse to the Dolphin Cursor, and then use keystrokes to: left and right click, drag and drop, even control the mouse wheel and middle click.

Braille Display Support

Over 50 literary and computer Braille translation tables included for Braille beginners, language students and computer programmers. Also includes the new Unified English Braille Code alongside traditional Grade I Uncontracted and Grade II Contracted codes.

Over 60 Braille Displays Supported

Connect with a cable via USB or serial, or go wireless with Bluetooth; ScreenReader supports over 60 Braille displays from the leading Braille manufacturers, including:

EuroBraille Esys
Freedom Scientific Focus Blue
Handytech Active Braille 40
HIMS Braille Sense
Optelec Alva BC640
Humanware Brailliant
Optelec Alva Comfort
Optelec EasyLink
Papenmeier BrailleX Duo

Routing Buttons

Routing buttons above or below cells on your Braille display are recognized by ScreenReader for positioning the cursor precisely, clicking on links and controls or even describing font styles. You can also use the routing buttons with the SHIFT key for selecting text to be used with the clipboard.

Input Keys

Input keys can be used to compose email or write documents in Braille. ScreenReader accurately back-translates to standard text which appears in your mainstream application. Reduces the need to keep moving your hands between the Braille display and computer keyboard. Speeds up productivity for users confident writing in Braille.

Enhanced Braille

Enhanced Braille helps you spot style changes in your documents by using dots 7 and 8 to indicate: underline, bold, italics, spelling and grammar errors, subscript and superscript, headings and links.

Physical Braille

Switch to Physical Layout to get a Braille representation of how text is tabulated on your computer screen. Ideal for understanding the context of cells in a table or spread sheet.

Braille Verbosity

Braille verbosity tells you about the types and states of over 60 kinds of control as you tab and arrow around web pages, windows and dialogues. For example, whether check boxes are checked, the position of sliders and whether links have been visited. Choose the amount of detail from 4 built-in verbosity schemes; take ultimate control by creating your own verbosity scheme; even choose separate verbosity schemes for speech and Braille.

Display Braille on Screen

Sighted trainers and teachers can follow what is happening on the actual Braille display with a fully synchronized on-screen equivalent. You can choose the position and size of On Screen Braille, so it remains visible but never gets in your way. On Screen Braille can also be used to learn Braille visually when no physical Braille display is available.

Control ScreenReader Directly from the Braille Display

Whether you want to change a ScreenReader setting, read a particular part of the screen or simulate a keystroke, ScreenReader’s Hotkeys settings let you customize the function of buttons on your Braille display.

Braille Tracking and Hooked Areas

Braille Tracking and Hooked Areas allow you to keep your finger on what’s happening in your application away from the active cursor. These tools allow the Braille display to show what you need when you need it.

System Requirements (minimum)

Installation on Server for use with Remote Desktop

Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 64bit Server.
  • Microsoft Windows 2016 64bit Server.
  • Microsoft Windows 2019 64bit Server.

Remote working environments supported by SuperNova Enterprise edition:

  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenApp and XenDesktop) 5.5 and later
  • Remote Desktop (Windows 2008 R2 and later)
  • VMWare Horizon 6.7 and later

Virtual Machines

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10


  • XenDesktop 7.x (older versions may also work)

Supported Citrix Clients

Older versions may also work.

  • Citrix Workspace App
  • Citrix Receiver 4
  • Citrix Receiver 3
  • ICA Client 12
  • ICA Client 11
  • ICA Client 10
  • Citrix Quick Launch

Microsoft Remote Desktop Clients

  • Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 R2 and Windows Server 2019.
  • Remote Desktop support for Windows 11, Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

VMWare clients

  • VMWare Horizon Client 3.5, 4.10 (x86 and x64) and later

Server Hardware

  • CPU Usage: Maximum of 4 Dolphin Software users per CPU-core (approx 700Mhz per user), ideally 1 Dolphin Software user per CPU-core.
  • Memory: 250MB per user – the memory requirements of third party applications that are used should also be taken into account.
  • GPU: physical GPU not required.  Virtual emulated GPU required. Magnification can be configured to run on a virtualised real GPU, or on the CPU.


  • For remote SAM extensions, a spare RDP/ICA channel will be required.
  • Network Bandwidth: For magnification/Colour Scheme/visual effects: 5Mbit/sec
  • Network Bandwidth: Sam Remote extensions: 50Kbits/sec
  • Network audio (optional) 500Kbit/sec
  • Network latency: < 10ms.


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