Text – to- audio Converting Standard Print into Electronic Text into Audio



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Text – to- Audio

Converting Standard Print into Electronic Text into Audio

Information on Adaptive Computing from DSS at UAA



Disability Support Services - University of Alaska Anchorage
Electronic text has many advantages over standard print. It can be:

  • Read out loud or converted to a sound file (explored in this session)

  • Magnified on screen

  • Converted to Braille

  • Personalized for study


Steps to converting print into e-text into mp3

  • Standard print (copy clarity is important) – Textbooks, handouts, etc

  • Image file (created with scanner) – PDF, TIF, JPEG, GIF, etc

  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) – Automatic or Manual process

  • Electronic text (Word or text files) – can be edited or read out loud

  • Filereader that “reads to file” creating a sound file of the computer reading the text out loud

  • MP3 player that can then play the file


Locations that support the conversion of print into e-text into mp3

  • Adaptive Computing Lab – Rasmuson Hall 103 with full range of software

  • Library Adaptive Computing Station – near reference desk with full range of software

  • Learning Resource Center – in back of CAWL lab with full range of software

  • IT Labs – scanning stations with OmniPage and Text-to-Audio


Conversion Tools – Complete Process

    • Scan and Read Pro – Available on campus and home licensing option – complete process

    • Read and Write Gold – Available on campus – complete process

    • Kurzweil, OpenBook, WYNN – Used by some students at home – complete process


OCR Conversion

  • ABBYY – loaded up on DSS maintained adaptive computing stations

  • OmniPage – loaded in IT labs on stations with scanners


Text to Audio Conversion

  • TextAloud, Text-to-Audio – loaded up on DSS maintained adaptive computing stations

  • Text-to-Audio – loaded in IT labs on stations with scanners


Additional Resource http://access.uaa.alaska.edu

  • Campus Access maps identifying adaptive computing station locations

  • Ability to drill down to see what software is loaded on stations

  • Access to tutorials describing how to use software

Disability Support Services at UAA http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/dss


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