Subject: Tech Review for reading solutions - need advice
Iíve been trying to figure out what are some of the best adaptive technology options for high school/college students in dealing with reading.
I couldnít find a comprehensive review so I thought I would post what Iíve found and see what people have to add.
Iím really interested if anyone has tried Read Outloud 6 (University Edition) on the Mac??? Itís a bit expensive but it looks like itís worth it.
These are programs Iíve tried/am thinking about trying and the costÖ
Read: OutLoud Bookshare Edition: $0 - Free to Bookshare members.
I would like to try this but itís not Snow Leopard compatible so I canít. The company says that it should be Snow Leopard compatible by the fall.
GhostReader - $40
This doesnít really do anything that the built Mac text to speech function doesnít do except that it highlights the text so you can follow along easier and I really like that. Itís great for proofreading essays and emails. And it will make mp3s of the text.
Iím using the free trial on this for reading books from Bookshare. It crashes regularly but when it works, itís great (according to the website thereís a Mac software update coming so that may account for the crashiness). Donít know that I would spend $120 on it though.
Read Outloud 6: $319
This looks like it has lots of great features and it works with pdfs, even ones I ocr myself. It looks like thereís not a lot of converting stuff. I think this is my best bet.
I think this probably works great but Iíd have to buy the $1100 in order to scan in my own documents. Since Iím a grad student, I donít have that kind of money!