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ReadSpeaker Rolls Out New Version of ReadSpeaker TextAid

The speech service's online personal reader includes new text and document library capabilities.
Posted Nov 20, 2014
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ReadSpeaker, a speech-enabling Web-based service, introduced the latest version of ReadSpeaker TextAid, which has a fully redesigned user interface and an updated list of user-friendly features. The upgraded user interface—available in four languages with more to come—makes it easier for students to use ReadSpeaker TextAid. Feature upgrades include new tools for document uploading and reading as well as writing assistance.

A number of text-selection tools have been added to facilitate text accessibility. Users can choose to listen to a text selection and easily look up further information on selected text with a Wikipedia or Web search in a new tab. Several highlighting and text settings further enable users to customize how they want written content to be displayed. ReadSpeaker TextAid users have access to a personal library, where they can save text and retrieve it any time they want. A translation tool is available for the different supported languages.

ReadSpeaker TextAid now includes ReadSpeaker's plug-in free document viewer, docReader, which enables users to upload documents in a variety of formats, including PowerPoint, Word, EPUB, and PDF. Users can save and load content to their own personal document library and access their ReadSpeaker TextAid documents from any browser or device. Users have the option of viewing and listening to their documents at the same time, while easily modifying features such as font, text size, and color.

For writing assistance, the latest addition of ReadSpeaker TextAid includes a number of updates. Users can have their text content read back to them as they type. Options include the reading of full sentences or reading each word upon completion. Character-by-character reading is also possible, with more support to come. The text field has also been updated and now uses the full width of the browser window for improved readability and formating.

Updated institutional support features streamline the process of managing ReadSpeaker TextAid use among students in library-style fashion. Institutional users can specify a ReadSpeaker TextAid "coordinator," who has the power to add and remove users, organize groups, and appoint other coordinators. Document uploads can be coordinated, and content can be shared among selected groups. Institutional users have access to detailed usage statistics for all students and comprehensive LMS institution-wide integration tools.

"The latest version of ReadSpeaker TextAid has been redesigned with the student in mind. New features make it even easier for end users to enjoy the benefits of text to speech, and offer institutions all the tools necessary to make deployment simple, effective, and hassle-free," said Niclas Bergstro, founder and CEO of ReadSpeaker, in a statement.


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