The ReadSpeaker team is committed to making the online listening experience better and better. We are continually applying the latest in voice technology developments to make our text-to-speech (TTS) solutions the best they can be. We have taken these developments and have made updates to our industry-leading TTS solutions: ReadSpeaker webReader, ReadSpeaker docReader, and ReadSpeaker TextAid.
ReadSpeaker is a staunch supporter of accessibility in the web space. Helping our customers meet WCAG2 guidelines and continually striving to make the best web experience for a diverse population of web users is a company-wide goal. Following on from our collaboration with leading accessibility experts, in addition to feature additions, all of our solutions now have enhanced accessibility features, including updated visuals, better contrast, borders for text highlighted with the highlighter tool to help those with color blindness, and more.
Our linguistics team is also working hard to add languages and voices to make sure that our customers have the widest choice available on the market. Looking for a voice that speaks Catalan? Try Jordi or Empar. Latvian? Have a listen to Oskars. Go ahead and listen to our text-to-speech voices.
We are pleased to announce that ReadSpeaker webReader now has an option to include formReader. This makes it easy for webmasters to add voice functionality to forms. ReadSpeaker formReader provides visitors with interactive voice assistance when filling out web form fields and elements (radio buttons, checkboxes, etc), as well as hearing the text that they enter.
In addition ReadSpeaker webReader now has 6 new interface languages:
Catalan, Basque, Galician, Taiwanese Chinese, Icelandic, and Latvian.
Educational institutions that are using webReader will notice not only a new look and feel, but the ReadSpeaker webReader skin can now have flexible positioning inside the Learning Management System, so institutions can use the Listen button as best meets the needs of their students.
Translation is now available in ReadSpeaker docReader and this exciting new development means that users can have text translated into a selection of supported languages (check here to see which ones).
ReadSpeaker TextAid has quite a few exciting new features for users and administrators alike:
- Pause between words – to help with those that prefer to read a bit slower, users can choose to add a pause between words as the text is read out loud. The accompanying highlighting also pauses to follow the personalized reading speed of the user.
- Multiple file import – to make using ReadSpeaker TextAid for personal documents even simpler, users can now import multiple files from their Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive rather than one at a time.
- Facilitating student – teacher interactions, teachers can now share documents directly with students, and students in turn can hand in assessments and exams with annotations directly to the teacher’s library.
- The personalization tools have become even more refined, with now even the ability to personalize time zone. For distance learning over many time zones this is an added plus.
- For those using the ReadSpeaker TextAid browser extensions, they can quickly and easily use ReadSpeaker Snapshot for any text that cannot be selected (images, pdfs etc). The user selects an area on the screen and, by using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology, ReadSpeaker TextAid reads the text out loud from a pop-up window.
The ReadSpeaker team hopes all customers and users of our tools enjoy these new features and improvements. Don’t hesitate to send us your feedback and tell us what you think!