Voice Dream: An accessible reader for DAISY and EPUB

Original Author(s): Prashant Ranjan Verma
Voice Dream version 4.0.0 includes experimental rich text and image support for all document formats. This version also introduces new reading modes, namely Finger reading, Pac-Man, Sentence mode and Repeat mode. For details, check the "What's New" book preloaded in the app.

Voice Dream Reader is a versatile reading tool for iOS and Android. It can be purchased from the Apple App Store for $9.99. Featuring Dyslexia friendly font, text and audio synchronization, customizable font size and colour combinations, as well as full VoiceOver support - this app is useful for all, including individuals with different disabilities.

Voice Dream Reader supports many file formats including DAISY 3.0 text-only, DAISY 2.02 audio, DRM-free EPUB, PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, HTML and zipped MP3 files.

Voice Dream Reader is integrated with Bookshare and Gutenberg and it can load files from Dropbox, Google Drive or iTunes via USB or Wi-Fi.

Voice Dream Reader comes with Heather, the American English voice from Acapela and works with all the other voices built into iOS 7. Voice Dream Reader offers nearly 100 additional voices in 20 languages from Acapela and NeoSpeech, available through in-app purchases, and they cost $1.99, $2.99 or $4.99.

This app provides many navigation and reading options including navigation by sentence, paragraph, page, and chapter; adding bookmarks, notes, and highlights, reading speed control, pronunciation dictionary and more.

For a complete list of supported file formats, text-to-speech (TTS) voice options and other features, visit the Voice Dream Reader website.

The article A Review of the Voice Dream Reader for iOS: A One-Stop Solution – by Bill Holton (AFB) provides a detailed walkthrough of the app interface and useful tips for VoiceOver users.

The Hadley Institute iFocus series video on Using Voice Dream is also very detailed and informative.

You can also learn to use this app by watching the Voice Dream Reader screencast by Assistivetek

Also see the article Voice Dream Reader - Text to Speech by AppleVis to know more about the usefulness of this app for the visually impaired.

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This page was last edited by VLuceno on Thursday, September 22, 2016 19:29
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