- Human Sounding Speech
- Intelligent Screen Reader
- The Dolphin Cursor
- Scan and Read Aloud
- Braille Display Support
- Getting Started and Help
- Bookshelf and Launch Pad
ScreenReader features the high quality, human sounding, Vocalizer Expressive text-to-speech synthesiser to read documents and apps out loud.
Alter voice preferences to suit your ear. Volume, speed and spelling speed can be finely tuned for all voices.
Where your synthesiser allows, use ScreenReader to create custom voices by adjusting: Pitch, Intonation, Roughness, Breathiness, Head size and Gender.
Use one voice to speak everything, or separate voices to differentiate between: edit areas, prompt dialogs, menus, Dolphin Cursor or reading entire documents.
Speak as you type
Characters, words or both can be spoken aloud to improve confidence while writing in any text field such as a document or the Subject field of an email.
Read from Here
Read from Here is for when you simply want to have a document or web page spoken to you in its entirety. Start and stop reading with a single keystroke or mouse click. As the text is spoken, the current word and line is highlighted visually - ideal for sighted trainers or users with some sight.
Quick Navigation Keys
Quick navigation keys skip forward and back through Microsoft Word documents, web pages in Internet Explorer and PDFs in Adobe Reader. At the touch of a key, rapidly locate:
- Form controls
Item Finder speeds up navigating complex documents and web pages by listing:
- Spelling Errors
- ARIA Landmarks.
Each list of items can be sorted alphabetically and you can jump directly to any of the listed items.
Text Style Information
Text style information is announced so you can check your documents look great. Fonts, sizes, colours, bold, italic, underline, subscript and superscript changes can all be reported. Ensure accuracy in Microsoft Word where spelling and grammar errors are also indicated. Maximise your productivity and set ScreenReader to only report text style information when you need it most. Set text style announcements independently for editing, prompts, menus, document reading or while using the Dolphin Cursor.
4 built-in Verbosity Schemes
Verbosity tells you about the types and states of over 60 kinds of control as you tab and arrow around web pages, Windows and app dialogs. Hear if checkboxes are checked. Hear the position of sliders. Hear if links have already been visited.
If you are just getting started, choose High Verbosity and ScreenReader will remind you which keys to press.
Choose from 4 built-in verbosity schemes or take ultimate control and create your own verbosity. (Braille users can choose speech and Braille verbosity independently of each other.)
Monitor Markers announce changes occurring elsewhere onscreen away from the cursor. Security notifications appearing in your web browser, file download progress, when the other person in an instant message conversation is typing a message, Monitor Markers will cause ScreenReader to speak automatically. If you don't want to hear these notifications you can toggle Monitor Markers with a keystroke or from the ScreenReader Control Panel.
Dolphin Cursor explores the screen and controls the mouse, from the keyboard. Perfect for people who cannot see the screen or find using the mouse difficult.
Automatic Dolphin Cursor
The Automatic Dolphin Cursor switches on in situations where the Dolphin Cursor is needed most - Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader and in Windows Help. (Mouse users can easily switch off the Dolphin Cursor.)
Standard Windows keys such as arrows and TAB are used to logically move the Dolphin Cursor, minimising any learning curve. On the web or in PDFS, use the Quick Navigation keys to jump instantly to the next control, heading, list, table etc. Physical movement keys are also available for when you need to understand visual layout.
Restricted Dolphin Cursor
Restrict the Dolphin Cursor in the current area and keep focused on the task in hand. Simple hotkeys are available to move away to the next or previous Window or Dialog.
Forms mode switches off the Dolphin Cursor when you need to type. Simply TAB through a form on a web site and Forms mode takes the guesswork out of when to switch the Dolphin Cursor On and off.
F3 Find locates text on screen for those times when you know exactly what you're looking for but not where to find it. F2 and F4 instantly jump the Dolphin Cursor to the previous and next match.
Text selection with the Dolphin Cursor can copy most messages displayed on your computer screen to the Windows Clipboard for later use in an email or document. Simply hold the shift key and cursor over the text you wish to select then press CONTROL+C to copy it direct to the Windows clipboard. Ideal for quoting web pages or help content, plus copying messages from your applications.
Simulate Mouse Actions from your Keyboard
Press a key to move the mouse to the Dolphin Cursor, and then use keystrokes to: left and right click, drag and drop, even control the mouse wheel and middle click.
Scan and read paper documents and letters; ScreenReader includes inbuilt OCR (Optical Character Recognition) so you can independently read print documents. Just add a scanner! And because the OCR is a ScreenReader feature, simply and conveniently choose the "Scan & Read" button on ScreenReader's Bookshelf tab.
ScreenReader's OCR can also be used to scan and read inaccessible PDF documents. Simply press the DocReader hotkey, CAPS+NUMPAD PLUS, when you're in Adobe Reader.
Over 50 literary and computer Braille translation tables included for Braille beginners, language students and computer programmers. Also includes the new Unified English Braille Code alongside traditional Grade I Uncontracted and Grade II Contracted codes.
Over 60 Braille Displays Supported
Connect with a cable via USB or serial, or go wireless with Bluetooth; ScreenReader supports over 60 Braille displays from the leading Braille manufacturers, including:
- Alva Comfort and BC6 series
- Eurobraille E-sys
- Freedom Scientific Focus Blue
- HandyTech Active Braille
- HIMS Braille Sense
- Humanware Brailliant
- Optelect EasyLink
- Papenmeier Braillex
The carousel below illustrates these Braille displays:
Routing buttons above or below cells on your Braille display are recognised by ScreenReader for positioning the cursor precisely, clicking on links and controls or even describing font styles. You can also use the routing buttons with the SHIFT key for selecting text to be used with the clipboard.
Input keys can be used to compose email or write documents in Braille. ScreenReader accurately back-translates to standard text which appears in your mainstream application. Reduces the need to keep moving your hands between the Braille display and computer keyboard. Speeds up productivity for users confident writing in Braille.
Enhanced Braille helps you spot style changes in your documents by using dots 7 and 8 to indicate: underline, bold, italics, spelling and grammar errors, subscript and superscript, headings and links.
Switch to Physical Layout to get a Braille representation of how text is tabulated on your computer screen. Ideal for understanding the context of cells in a table or spread sheet.
Braille verbosity tells you about the types and states of over 60 kinds of control as you tab and arrow around web pages, windows and dialogs. For example, whether checkboxes are checked, the position of sliders and whether links have been visited. Choose the amount of detail from 4 built-in verbosity schemes; take ultimate control by creating your own verbosity scheme; even choose separate verbosity schemes for speech and Braille.
Display Braille on Screen
Sighted trainers and teachers can follow what is happening on the actual Braille display with a fully synchronised on-screen equivalent. You can choose the position and size of On Screen Braille, so it remains visible but never gets in your way. On Screen Braille can also be used to learn Braille visually when no physical Braille display is available.
Control ScreenReader direct from the Braille Display
Whether you want to change a ScreenReader setting, read a particular part of the screen or simulate a keystroke, ScreenReader's Hotkeys settings let you customise the function of buttons on your Braille display.
Braille Tracking and Hooked Areas
Braille Tracking and Hooked Areas allow you to keep your finger on what's happening in your application away from the active cursor. These tools allow the Braille display to show what you need when you need it.
ScreenReader comes with everything you need to get you up and running, right away!
The Setup Wizard walks you through the most commonly changed ScreenReader settings. Choose your speech, Braille, start-up, control panel and keyboard preferences. Skip steps, or go back at any time. The wizard runs automatically the first time you launch ScreenReader or call it any time from the ScreenReader Help menu.
CAPS+F1 Help menu provides convenient access to detailed descriptions of completing tasks in popular applications such as Microsoft Office and on the web. In addition CAPS+F1 includes hotkeys, links to web resources, Windows Basics, ScreenReader Manual and Notes.
Key Describe Mode
Key Describe Mode is great for beginners learning their way around the keyboard. While in Key Describe Mode, simply press keys on the keyboard and ScreenReader will speak and Braille what those keys do, but without actually carrying out the function.
Conveniently browse and search millions of best sellers, classics and periodicals directly from ScreenReader's Bookshelf tab.
Content from Bookshare® and other trusted library partners is made instantly accessible with speech and Braille in the ScreenReader.
Enjoy direct and instant access to millions of accessible books and newspapers from:
- RNIB Newsagent
- NLS BARD
- CNIB (Canada)
- Passend Lezen (Netherlands)
- Anderslezen (Belgium)
- Legimus (Sweden)
- Inläsningstjänst AB (Sweden)
- NLB (Norway)
- SBS (Switzerland)
- Project Gutenberg
Read directly on your Windows device with ScreenReader's speech. Alternatively take books with you; use ScreenReader to transfer titles to portable MP3 and DAISY players for reading on the go.
Launch Pad provides instant access to audio, weather and book search. Press a couple of keys and you can listen to popular radio stations, the latest podcasts or read RSS News feeds. You can even use Launch Pad to lookup the dictionary definition of a word, find out the local weather forecast, search for books, and find walking directions.