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Text to Speech App: Voice Dream Reader

  • Published: 2013-03-06 (Rev. 2015-10-29) - Contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World
  • Synopsis: Voice Dream Reader for mobile devices can load and extract text from many sources and file formats and is fully accessible with VoiceOver.

Definition: Screen Reader

A software application that attempts to identify and interpret what is being displayed on the screen. This interpretation is then re-presented to the user with text-to-speech, sound icons, or a Braille output device. Screen readers are a form of assistive technology (AT) potentially useful to people who are blind, visually impaired, illiterate or learning disabled, often in combination with other AT, such as screen magnifiers.

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"Voice Dream has made a significant and positive difference in the education and daily lives of my students and clients, especially those with a print or learning disability, as well as those who are low vision. This is a MUST HAVE app for Students and Educators! - Diana Petschauer, ATP, Founder and CEO, Assistive Technology for Education."

Voice Dream Reader can load and extract text from many sources and file formats. After extraction, Voice Dream performs additional processing to optimize the text for text-to-speech. Ads on web pages are stripped out, page numbers go away and strange characters are removed, so you can focus on what matters: the content.

Listen to PDF and Word documents, eBooks, articles, and Web pages anywhere with offline text-to-speech. Built-in integration with Dropbox, Bookshare, Pocket, Instapaper, and Gutenberg makes it easy to import read material. Sophisticated controls, silky-smooth synchronized word highlighting and auto-scrolling puts you in charge of the listening experience. This app is fully accessible with VoiceOver.

Voices

Includes Heather, a fantastic female American English voice

Features 60 different voices in 20 languages from Acapela and NeoSpeech available through in-app purchase

Languages include:

English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Catalan, Polish, Turkish, Greek, and Arabic.

Loading and Managing Reading Material

Voice Dream Reader Screenshot
Voice Dream Reader Screenshot
Listening to Text

Visual Interaction with Text

UPDATE: New features released on 5th June 2013 Include

Powerful New Controls for Speech

Configurable Text Navigation

New Voices

Other UI Improvements

Requirements:

Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is also optimized for iPhone 5.

Available for download from the Apple iTunes store at: https://itunes.apple.com/app/voice-dream-reader-text-to/id496177674

For further information visit www.voicedream.com




Related Information:

  1. iPhone Apps for Disability and Vision Impairments - Reviews of iPhone Apps that can make your life easier including vision and hearing impairment applications for the blind and or deaf - (Published 2009-03-05).
  2. iSpeech App for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry - iSpeech Brings Speech Recognition and Human Quality Text To Speech to iOS Android and BlackBerry Apps - (Published 2011-08-09).
  3. Verbally - Free iPad App for Speech Disability - Verbally is a free communication aid for people with speech disabilities caused by apraxia ALS stroke traumatic brain injury Parkinsons cerebral palsy autism spectrum disorder or muscular dystrophy - (Published 2011-07-25).
  4. IVONA Text to Speech for Developers - IVONA Text to Speech is an award winning developer and provider of text-to-speech technology - (Published 2011-03-20).
  5. Computer Screen Readers for the Visually Impaired - A review of websites offering both commercial and free screen readers for the visually impaired - (Published 2009-02-17).




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