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Why Support Audiobooks?

Voice Dream Reader was always about text-to-speech, so whenever I was asked to add audiobook support, my thought was, why would I do that? Audiobooks and text-to-speech are competing technologies. I need to stick with my specialty, particularly since Voice Dream Reader is widely considered the best text-to-speech app in the market.

Two months ago, an organization, Swiss Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Print Disabled, approached me and offered to underwrite the development of audiobook support. Specifically, support for DAISY 2.02 audiobooks. While I appreciated that someone would pay me to add a feature to my app, my first instinct was to politely decline. (more…)

By |November 12th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off

Customer Profile: James Nuttall, Educator and Author

Occupation
I worked at the State of Michigan Department of Education for 30 years. Currently I work as an assistive technology advocate and education consultant. I love learning about new assistive technologies, and recently published the book Dyslexia and the iPad – Overcoming Dyslexia with Technology.

How long have you been using Voice Dream Reader?
I have been using Voice Dream Reader since it came out in 2012. I have dyslexia. I have almost everything read to me on my iPad. Voice Dream Reader is one of my favorite apps.
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By |July 29th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off

Release 2.8: Create Your Own Reading Experience

I’m delighted to introduce Voice Dream Reader version 2.8. The new release brings capabilities more advanced than any voice reader on any platform or at any price. The result is a whole new level of flexibility to create your own reading experience.

Personal Pronunciation Dictionary

Don’t like how a voice pronounces a word? Want to skip repeating header text in a PDF document? Release 2.8 introduces a powerful personal pronunciation dictionary. You can tell the speech engine to pronounce a word as if it’s a different word. For example, “lol” can be pronounced as “laughing out loud,” or “MAD” as “M.A.D”, spelling out the acronym rather than saying it as a word. And you can skip any text so they’re not spoken at all.
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By |June 5th, 2013|Product Features|Comments Off

Customer Profile: Karen Janowski, Assistive Technology Consultant

Occupation
I’m an Assistive Technology Consultant in private practice in the Greater Boston area. Additionally, I work part-time in the Newton Public Schools as an AT Specialist. I also blog about a variety of technology topics that support students with special needs here.

How long have you been using Voice Dream Reader?
6 months.

Why do you use Voice Dream Reader?
Voice Dream Reader helps students who struggle with access to grade level content. The app allows students to independently access text; otherwise they are often dependent on others reading the text to them.
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Universal Access For The Written Word

Few events in human history have had the same impact as the advent of the written word. Many experts believe that writing so fundamentally changed the human consciousness that it’s hard for everyone, even those who cannot read, to comprehend how human beings thought before writing. Plato was among the few visionaries who saw this coming, and he was afraid that people would not “remember” the same way.

Like any technology, writing brought its own set of discriminating biases. We value people who write great novels over those who tell great stories orally. We prize reading comprehension above all else in primary and secondary education. The victims of these biases are those who, for whatever reason, have difficulties reading visually.
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