Computer/Desktop Reading/Writing Software

Adobe Acrobat

  • Website: www.adobe.com
  • Brief Description:
    This software allows the user to create, edit, and share PDF Documents. Using the revision tools, users can make notes and record ideas on any PDF file.

Inspiration

  • Website: www.inspiration.com
  • Brief Description:
    This is interactive software that helps in brainstorming. It is designed to turn brainstorming and outlining into a visual procedure that helps the user develop stronger ideas.

Kurzweil 1000 and 3000

  • Website: www.kurzweiledu.com/
  • Brief Description:
    This is comprehensive scanning and reading software. Supports various learning and study strategies and skills.

ReadPlease

  • Website: www.readplease.com
  • Brief Description:
    ReadPlease is a text-to-speech program allowing almost any text to be read aloud on a computer. Running only on Microsoft Windows-based computers, the free version of ReadPlease enables users to cut and paste text into the program for listening. The free version comes with four distinct voices and two slidebars: one controls the size of the font and the other controls the reading speed. The Plus version (available for purchase from ReadPlease) gives users many more options, including AT&T Natural Voices.

WordTalk

  • Website: www.wordtalk.org.uk/
  • Brief Description:
    This is text-to-speech software designed for Microsoft Office Word. It is capable of reading any text within a document on Microsoft Office Word.

JAWS

  • Website: www.freedomscientific.com
  • Brief Description:
    JAWS is general-purpose screen-reading software. It is designed to be compatible with numerous other computer programs.

MAGic

  • Website: www.freedomscientific.com
  • Brief Description:
    MAGic is general-purpose screen-magnification software. It is capable of magnifying a computer screen up to 36-times its original size.

 

MegaDots Braille Translator

  • Website: www.duxburysystems.com
  • Brief Description:
    This is Braille translator software designed to be simplistic and to run on a large number of Windows computers.

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