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Software & hardware

Dragon naturally speaking 10

Uses speech recognition software to dictate, edit and control applications such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and Internet Explorer. A headset is available from the Loans Desk to use with this software. As the use of this software can disrupt others it can only be used in the Assistive Technology Room CB02.08.127 which can be booked through Book a Room
User Guide

Kurzweil 3000 (Version 11)

Converts scanned print documents and digital files (such as eBooks or email) from text to speech and reads them aloud. Other features include highlighting, text circle tools, annotations, bookmarks and voice notes.
Overview tutorial | More tutorials | Kurzweil User manual (PDF)

Read & Write 11

Read & Write Gold is a floating toolbar with great tools to help you improve your reading, writing and research including:

  • reads text out loud in natural voices from any documents (MS Office, web browsers and text pdf)
  • identifies spelling errors using speech enabled dictionaries
  • guides correct English pronunciation and grammar
  • lists possible words with Text Prediction


Coverts text to MP3 files, which can be downloaded to an MP3 player.

Video Tutorials.

Scansoft OmniPage 16

Uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to transform text from scanned pages or image files into editable text for use in computer applications.
User Guide - available as WAV, DOC or PDF.

Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro

Uses Optical Character Recognition and read out load features make it possible to open an image PDF and change it to a text PDF.
Online Help

Plustek Opticbook 3600+ Scanner

Allows books to be scanned to the very edge of the page without the need to press down on the spine. Use with Newsoft Presto! Page Manager, Abbyy Fine Reader and DigiBook.

Zoomtext Magnifier

Integrated magnification and screen reading for vision impaired computer users.
Online Tutorials | Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Additional equipment 

The Library Reserve has the following:

Headphones (including Dragon headphones) are available for loan from the Reserve.

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