Less than one month since Microsoft's landmark launch of the "SAVE AS DAISY XML" plug-in, Dolphin unveil the first DAISY player, speech enabled with Acapela voices, to support the DAISY DTBook format created by Microsoft's free add-on for Word.

After close collaboration with the Microsoft and the DAISY consortium, EasyReader version 3 is the only DAISY playing software that supports the DTBook output or DAISY XML files created by the free Word plug-in.

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Dan Hubbell, technical evangelist for the Accessibility Business Unit at Microsoft says "EasyReader and the Microsoft 'Save As DAISY XML' plug-in create a really exciting opportunity for visually impaired and print impaired people, giving them the ability to easily create, read and listen to their own fully synchronised DAISY materials. Microsoft's 'Save as DAISY XML' Plug-in and EasyReader are a powerful combination that will enable the rich DAISY experience to be brought to even more readers worldwide."

Microsoft's recognition of DAISY as the World's fastest growing alternative format has seen the DAISY profile soar. But for many DAISY readers, the Microsoft Word DAISY XML Plug-in represented only a part of the solution.

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Ron Stewart, Vice President of Dolphin Computer Access Inc. and Technical Adviser to AHEAD explains, "the 'save as DAISY' option allows Word users to generate DAISY XML files, not full DAISY books. However, the DAISY XML file is one part of the technology that goes into making even a simple text only Daisy book".

"EasyReader version 3 not only supports DTBook output, but also reads aloud the DAISY material whilst synchronizing the words highlighted on screen - providing the complete DAISY reading experience that visually impaired, print impaired and dyslexic readers wouldn't be without."

Already available in 15 languages, EasyReader now comes bundled with the high quality Acapela synthesisers, ensuring readers can listen to their own DAISY materials in their language of choice, with the most natural sounding voices available.

Hazel Shaw, Dolphin's Group Marketing Manager explains "DAISY readers quite rightly insist on only the best synthesisers. The Acapela voices are clean, crisp, and bursting with the character required for true reading pleasure, excellent information retention and really bring the whole DAISY experience to life."

Acapela logoLars Erik Larsson - Acapela's Group CEO says "EasyReader, supporting the DAISY XML files created by Word and read by Acapela, is another major step in the DAISY road-map. Dolphin has been steering the development of DAISY creation and DAISY playing tools for many years. Acapela are delighted to partner with Dolphin Computer Access in helping to ensure the continued growth and success of the World's most widely used assistive technology format, DAISY. Both organisations are committed to providing equal access to the written word for the benefit of the wider accessibility community".

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