Text To Speech Text-to-Speech (TTS) or speech synthesizers receive information going to the screen in the form of letters, numbers, and punctuation marks, and then "speak" it out loud in a computerized voice. Using speech synthesizers allows computer users who are blind or who have learning difficulties to hear what they are typing and also provide a spoken voice for individuals who can not communicate orally, but can communicate their thoughts through typing.
Speech Recognition allow people to give commands and enter data using their voices rather than a mouse or keyboard. Voice recognition systems use a microphone attached to the computer, which can be used to create text documents such as letters or e-mail messages, browse the Internet, and navigate among applications and menus by voice.
Homophones Often, when one is using the term homonym along with homophone (words that sound the same, but differ in spelling and meaning) and homograph (words that look the same, but differ in pronunciation and meaning, it is useful to consider homonyms as having the combined characteristics of both homophones and homographs.
LibreOffice A credible rival to MS Office, LibreOffice includes powerful applications for making text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, diagrams, and databases, as well as HTML and XML documents. Not only does it let you edit basic documents, such as letters and faxes, it also handles equations and complex and multipart documents with bibliographies, reference tables, and indexes. http://www.libreoffice.org/default/ Add Read Text addin to have text to speech capability. There is also a Zotero addin available.
Zotero FREE Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself. Aksi has plug-ins for OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Word http://www.zotero.org/
Firefox No longer a fledgling upstart, Firefox is the gold standard of alternatives to the still-dominant Internet Explorer. Firefox 3.6 is full-featured, lightning fast, and secure. Its killer selection of add-ons remains strong, with built-in support for the next generation of themes, called Personas, plus the latest update makes version 3.6 about 20 percent faster than version 3.5. However, competition is strong and it can no longer be said that Firefox is the fastest browser available. Firefox is also required to use Zotero
Lingoes Lingoes is an easy and intuitive dictionary and text translation software, It offers lookup dictionaries, full text translation, capture word on screen, translate selected text and pronunciation of words in over 80 languages. These language are English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Arabic, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Thai and more... http://www.lingoes.net/
XMind FREE XMind was a commercial program until 2009. At that time, it was released as a free and open source program. There is a paid version which allows saving in additional formats and private sharing on the web. The layout used here was developed using XMind. http://www.XMind.net
Balabolka Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, ODT, PDF and RTF files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys. Balabolka uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of regular expressions. Balabolka can save the synchronized text in external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When an audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text is displayed synchronously (at the same way, as lyrics for songs). http://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm
Chandler FREE Chandler is an open source Note-to-Self Organizer. It features calendaring, task and note management and consists of a desktop application, web application and a free sharing and back-up service called Chandler Hub. http://chandlerproject.org/
Screen Tinter Free Screen Tinter is a free utility which allows the screen foreground and background colours to be changed at the click of a button. http://www.thomson-software- solutions.com/html/screen_tinter.html
ssOverlay Free Very similar to Dark Screen, ssOverlay (the ss stands for Scotopic Sensitivity), places a coloured overlay onto the screen. The colour and transparency levels can be adjusted to suit the user. Everything is controlled from the icon in the Notification area of the Taskbar (where the clock sits). Clicking this icon will open the menu which allows the selection of Multi Monitor Support, and the percentage of dimming of the screen
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Microsoft Office Microsoft Word 2010 has a number of features to help with writing. Among them a spell checker, thesaurus, autocorrect, outlining and citation features. Student Home Edition includes Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote. It can be installed on three home pc's. MS Student Home Edition Price: $149
Learning Ally (RFB&D) Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic provides accessible materials for the print disabled. Students in K-12 are eligible for free registration. Shares registration information with Bookshare.org.
Bookshare.org Bookshare is an online accessible digital library for print disabled readers. In 2007, it received an award of $32 million (over 5 years) from the US Government's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to make the service available for free to all print disabled students in the US. Bookshare has over 80,000 books as of October 2010 in its collection, contributed by volunteers (who scan and upload the books to the site) and by major publishers (who send digital versions of their books to the collection). Bookshare has more than 100,000 users as of July 2010. Bookshare is a project run by Benetech, which is a nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California. Bookshare can also coordinate registration with RFB&D.
Project Gutenberg.org Project Gutenberg (PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks." Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of November 2010, Project Gutenberg claimed over 34,000 items in its collection. Project Gutenberg is affiliated with many projects that are independent organizations which share the same ideals, and have been given permission to use the Project Gutenberg trademark. Wherever possible, the releases are available in plain text, but other formats are included, such as HTML, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and Plucker. Most releases are in the English language, but many non-English works are also available. There are multiple affiliated projects that are providing additional content, including regional and language-specific works. Project Gutenberg is also closely affiliated with Distributed Proofreaders, an internet-based community for proofreading scanned texts.
NLS The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) is a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. People may be eligible for the program if they are blind or have a visual and/or physical disability. Persons with a reading disability may also qualify for this free program. Library materials are distributed to regional and subregional libraries and are then circulated to eligible patrons.
Baen Books FREE Library of Sci Fi books made free to download by the publisher. http://www.baen.com/library/
Audacity Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
Calibre calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories: Library Management E-book conversion Syncing to e-book reader devices Downloading news from the web and converting it into e- book form Comprehensive e-book viewer Content server for online access to your book collection
Microsoft Document imaging To install Micrsoft Document Imaging (MODI) in Office 2007, go to control panel, select add/remove programs. Select Microsoft Office 2007 from the list, click the Change button. Select MODI from the list. MODI should be available in the Office Tools menu. Microsoft Documnet Imaging was removed from Office Tools in Office 2010. There is a scanning and OCR tool in OneNote, but to install MODI into Office 2010 follow the instruction in the Microsoft support article found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982760 The same instructions will also
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