Premier Programming Solutions
Educators on a budget but in need of text-to-voice software can try Premier Programming Solutions' Scan and Read. The software package instantly translates written text into spoken language and is being offered for free to schools, libraries, literacy groups and nonprofit training organizations around the world.
Scan and Read works with any computer system running Windows 98 and above, and with any TWAIN flatbed scanner. It will read any type of printed material from books and magazines to recipes, owner's manuals and forms. The software is easy to master and offers unique features that allow the user to follow along on the screen and control how fast the computer reads the material back. The software includes 17 different voices. The Scan and Read Pro edition can accommodate most languages spoken in the Western Hemisphere. Premier Programming Solutions, Dewitt, MI, (517) 668-8188, www.premier-programming.com.
This article originally appeared in the 12/01/2001 issue of THE Journal.