Exactly one year after Capti for iOS was revealed at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Charmtech Labs LLC today released Capti Narrator v1.0 for desktop computers. Capti is the most comprehensive productivity tool for listening to digital content such as news, blogs, DRM-free e-books, and documents from a variety of sources. The desktop version of Capti Narrator can be installed as a Firefox browser extension, which then installs the Capti application. It will work on both Windows and Mac platforms and is screen-reader accessible. Capti can be downloaded for free from www.captivoice.com
Capti enables consumers to add any textual content to the Playlist and listen to it right away or at a convenient time, even offline.
Web pages can be added directly in the Firefox browser, e.g., by right clicking any link and selecting "Add to Playlist", or by opening the web page and pressing the plus button in the Firefox toolbar. Capti extracts only the main content from web pages, filtering out the noise and enabling the consumers to focus on the text. "We choose the Firefox browser as our launch platform because of our long-term relationship with Mozilla, and because of Mozilla's commitment to Accessibility," said Dr. Yevgen Borodin, President of Charmtech Labs LLC. According to StatCounter, Firefox is the 3rd most popular browser taking 18% of the world browser market.
Capti also supports several popular file-sharing services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, and provides a uniform interface to all these services, making it very easy to import files in 12 different formats. Similarly, Capti provides easy access to several Read-Later services such as Pocket and Instapaper. Capti enables anyone with a regular Pocket account or a premium Instapaper account to import content and listen to it on the go or while relaxing.
"Save-for-later lists quickly fill up with content that you did not have time to read when you added it, and probably will not have time to read later," said Dr. Borodin. "With Capti, on the other hand, you can catch up with reading in your car or on the couch, in the gym or on the plane, you name it."
Capti also supports popular DRM-free book libraries, such as Gutenberg Books with 47,800+ titles open to everyone, and Bookshare the world's largest accessible online library (www.bookshare.org). Bookshare has hundreds of thousands of e-books in accessible formats providing access to a vast collection of titles that can be used for school, work, and pleasure reading. With Capti, people with qualified print disabilities can add books from Bookshare to Capti Playlist, and listen to them narrated with high quality synthetic text-to-speech voices.
"Capti is a productivity tool for people who want to do more with their time. It is useful for professionals who need to keep up with their reading and for students who have tons of reading assignments," said Dr. Borodin. Capti for Desktop enables students to relax their eyes and listen to their homework reading assignments, or improve their comprehension by listening and reading along with Capti, as it highlights the text it reads. While Capti itself is free, it offers a premium subscription service for only $1.99 per month that enables illustrations in books, as well as a full text search in the Playlist. What is more, Capti has an option of synchronizing Playlist, enabling users to switch seamlessly from one device to another and continue listening from where they left off.
Capti Narrator for iOS has been translated to 10 major languages, and it can speak in 26 languages, using some 160 voices, which include premium quality voices from IVONA, NeoSepeech, and Acapela. However, Capti v1.0 for Desktop is currently available only in English, but will read content with any synthetic voice installed on the computer. In addition, Capti for Windows offers eight high quality premium IVONA voices speaking in American and British accent that can be tried for free and then purchased for $29.99 each. Subsequent releases will expand the offering to more voices in a variety of languages available both on Windows and Mac platforms.
Capti Narrator for iOS was revealed at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and has been made available on the App Store worldwide. As a valuable tool for people with vision impairments, dyslexia, and other print disabilities, Capti for iOS was distinguished with the 2014 FCC Chairman's Award for Advancing Accessibility in the category of Mobile Web Browsers.
"We are happy to present Capti for Desktop on the anniversary of Capti for iOS release and in time for 2015 Consumer Electronics Show," said Dr. Borodin.
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