TOOL FACTORY SCREEN READER WITH SCANNING REACHES STUDENTS OF ALL READING, WRITING, AND LEARNING
VT April 25, 2006 - Tool
Factory launches and inexpensive screen reader that will read text
in two different languages! Have text read back from web pages, text documents,
or any open application both in Spanish and English! Tool Factory Screen Reader with Scanning
allows users to scan paper documents or PDF files into Microsoft
Word, then read back the text using Tool Factory Reader! Scan books and hear them read back, or hear
the text from an Adobe Acrobat file in either English or Spanish.
As a bonus, we’ve also included a Screen Ruler that hi-lights
a horizontal bar across the screen for struggling readers. One click
will darken the background, or magnify anything under the Screen
Ruler. Now students can easily focus on one section of text at
Tool Factory Reader
Text can be spoken back and
from anywhere within Microsoft Word - just click the Play
button to hear the entire document, or mouse around the interface
to hear the names of icons. Read text from any other program
on your PC, just select the text with your mouse and it will
read back immediately! With a quick change of settings, text can be
set to automatically play on mouse-over or hi-light. With
Tool Factory Reader you can read and highlight web pages in Internet
Explorer using the “Virtual Cursor”.
Then select any text to save as an audio file and listen to
it later on your iPod. Spoken text is easily saved in .wma, .wav or
.ogg format. A speech pronunciation
dictionary is available to modify the way words are pronounced, then
saved and read in that pronunciation in the future.
features on the tool bar include Font, Spacing, Homophones, Spell
Check and Settings. The Font
button allows the easy switch to one of three popular fonts, with
only one click! This feature also allows the user to adjust
font size, font color, or background color of a document easily within
one click – no highlighting necessary!
The Spacing feature allows the modification of character
spacing, line spacing, and spacing between paragraphs.
Homophones are words that are pronounced
alike although they differ in spelling and meaning, for example, “pair”
and “pear”. Tool Factory
Reader will highlight homophones in the document by selecting
the “Show Homophones” button, or alternatively have them highlighted
as you type. Then by clicking “Check” the document will review
all homophones, suggest alternative words, and provide the meanings
of those words. This check
feature provides a single button for
use in Microsoft Word that combines a homophone dictionary,
thesaurus and spellchecker, making the checking of your text and documents
easier and more comprehensive. Text
can be spell checked individually or as a whole of a document, also
featuring over 1000 pictures to help visualize word meanings.
Tool Factory Reader also contains a Word Prediction
feature, which uses a prediction dictionary of the most frequently
used words in the English language.
The prediction list will automatically appear by your cursor
during typing, although it will only appear when attempting a prediction. By a right click of your mouse you can float
the prediction windows allowing you to place it anywhere on the screen.
Tool Factory Reader
even adds a voice to the Windows Calculator. Enter the sum
with the numeric keyboard and the figures will be echoed back to you.
The buttons on a standard and scientific calculator can also
be spoken, providing the speech settings are enabled. In addition,
figures from Microsoft Excel can be spoken when using
the cursor keys to move around.
Tool Factory Reader
with ScanningTool Factory Reader with Scanning uses powerful OmniPage optical character recognition
technology to convert documents into Microsoft Word text, which
can then be read back immediately by Tool Factory Reader. Scan
From Paper or Scan from PDF and the text and images from
any source will appear in a Microsoft Word document. This feature works using all scanners with TWAIN
or WIA compatible scanners.
One of the best advantages
of Tool Factory Reader with Scanning is the added Screen
Ruler. This is a separate application that works as a reading
bar and strip magnifier. It allows part of the PC screen to be highlighted
and magnified in a horizontal band. This will assist anyone who needs
help concentrating on text or objects. It provides a 'strip' or 'ruler'
across the screen, which can magnify, change contrast, and 'grey'
or 'dim' a background.
Tool Factory Reader has been developed to help PC users of all capabilities
create, read, view, check
and scan text. The tool bar can be docked on your screen or
allowed to float around the screen at your discretion. Available in
Tool Factory Reader and Tool Factory Reader with Scanning
versions, the software is closely integrated with Microsoft™ applications
- with particular emphasis on Word® and Internet Explorer.
Additional add-on voices are becoming available in 17 languages.
French language is Tool Factory’s next scheduled release!
Where to Buy
Purchases can be made directly
online using secure e-commerce, or simply call or fax a purchase order
Tool Factory Inc., 3336 Sunderland
Hill Road, Sunderland, VT 05250
To Order: (800) 220-8386 Fax PO to: (802) 375-6860
Tool Factory Reader
Item #: 2180
Single: $329.95 Unlimited Network Site License: $3,129.95
Factory Reader with Scanning (also includes Screen Ruler)
Item #: 2181
Single: $399.95 Unlimited Network Site License: $3,959.95
ABOUT TOOL FACTORY
Tool Factory is a woman-owned, Vermont-based business
with the goal of making a difference in American education by providing
superior educational software. The Tool Factory staff combs global
markets for the best educational computer applications available and
tailors products to meet the needs of American educators and students.
Tool Factory staff has also pioneered its own unique applications
designed to fill niches not addressed in the current educational marketplace.
Teachers, students, and parents join the Tool Factory staff in testing
products to ensure that they are easy to navigate, fun to use, and
beneficial to the learning process.
Media Contact: Jennifer Sweeney
Tool Factory Inc., 3336 Sunderland Hill Road, Sunderland, VT 05250
Telephone: (802) 375-6549 Ext. 201 Fax: (802) 375-6860
Email Address: Jennifer@toolfactory.com