RNIB Curriculum Clipboard review of the month - EasyConverter

Says: EasyConverter is clear, user friendly and straight forward to use

18th Jan, 2008

EasyConverter box and CDDolphin's innovative altformat conversion software EasyConverter was put through its paces in an RNIB review conducted by a real life Resource Technician who is more than familiar with the day-to-day difficulties of producing timely and quality altformat materials.

Miriam Waller, a Resource Technician for blind and partially sighted secondary school students in Bedfordshire was approached by the RNIB Curriculum team to trial EasyConverter. In her review of the software, Miriam discusses her experiences of using EasyConverter, declaring the software package from Dolphin as "clear, user friendly and straight forward to use."

Giving students the choice they deserve

Miriam is responsible for creating a number of accessible materials for her visually and print impaired students to use. Designed with the needs of people like Miriam in mind, Dolphin EasyConverter allows users to create a variety of alternative format materials to meet the unique preferences of people with visual and print impairments.

"The overall benefit of Dolphin EasyConverter is that you are buying one piece of software with so many different possibilities. In an educational setting, where there are a number of students all wanting the same document but needing different formats, this software should be able to meet most needs"

EasyConverter allows users to convert electronic and scanned paper-based documents into accessible formats including DAISY digital talking books, large print, MP3 files, standard text and Braille.

The five output icons from the EasyConverter user interface

With options to personalise the settings for the different output formats (such as the text size of the large print output and the playback speed of the MP3 output), EasyConverter allows the user to create tailor-made accessible format materials to cater for any visual and audio preference.

"First impressions of Dolphin EasyConverter are very appealing. It is set out clearly and simply and the layout is user friendly."

Miriam stresses the impact that EasyConverter will have on her pupils who are entitled to receive learning materials in accessible formats:

"I am excited of the prospect of now being able to give pupils more of a choice of how they access their work."

Making accessible formats

EasyConverter's ability to create DAISY books and MP3 files in just a few clicks of the mouse is of great significance. DAISY digital talking books constitute the world's fastest growing alternative format, and the increased mobility of MP3 files (through the wide uptake of MP3 players) mean that people can access information wherever they are.

"Using the MP3 and DBT is quick and easy. Both pick up any tags added to pictures making any work produced fully accessible…"

EasyConverter’s large print output also goes beyond the call of duty. Not only does the large print output increase the text size of a source document, but the output also maintains consistent page numbering with the source document, ensuring that the output remains easy to navigate through.

"The large print option did everything I needed it to. I especially liked the automatic page numbering system."

A further unique feature of Dolphin EasyConverter is its ability to input paper-based documents to be converted into accessible formats meaning that any document can become fully accessible in a matter of minutes with EasyConverter. Using this feature means no more hours stood at a photocopier for people in Miriam’s shoes.

"The scanner is very accurate when scanning in text and not too much editing has to take place."

Concluding thoughts

"On the whole I found EasyConverter clear, user friendly and straight forward to use. I think it has a lot of potential."

With version 3 of Dolphin EasyConverter due for release in February 2008, the EasyConverter journey is progressing at an electric pace. Remember, details of future releases of EasyConverter can be found on YourDolphin.com before anywhere else.

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Read the full RNIB review by Miriam on the RNIB website (external link)

 

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