Tools & Services

Acapela Group

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Acapela Group gives a voice to different products and services by inventing voice solutions to let the content speak for itself. Acapela Group enriches user interfaces in a natural and intuitive way with the help of their latest technologies. Acapela has a long and rich history of focusing on accessibility issues. The company remains deeply involved in improving the daily life of thousands of users around the globe. Acapela Text-to-Speech demo.

Acapela TTS voices for NVDA

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Acapela Text-to-Speech Voices for NVDA is a simple plug-in for the NVDA screen reader, adding Acapela Group’s high quality and high performing voices to your NVDA screen reader in several languages. More information http://www.acapela-nvda.com/.


Latest Release: Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA v. 1.4

Acapela for NVDA v. 1.4 comes with several improvements and new Scottish English voice called Rhona. More information can be found on the Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA blog.

Acapela TTS voices for your Android device

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Acapela TTS Voices app offers Android users the opportunity to easily add a pleasant voice to Google Play apps. Now, you can download the Acapela TTS Voices app directly from Google Play, listen to any of the voices available in 26 languages and select one voice or more to turn your Android device into a smart talking companion. Acapela TTS Voices work with any TTS compatible applications such Google TalkBack, some GPS Applications, translator applications, ebook reader, news reader etc. More info and the Acapela TTS Voices app are available on Google Play.

AMIS (Adaptive Multimedia Information System)

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AMIS is free open source DAISY playback software developed by the DAISY Consortium. Highlights of AMIS include its self-voicing interface, playback rate control, text searching and bookmarking, reading options, and page style customization. AMIS is available in multiple languages.

 

AMIS runs on Windows and supports DAISY 2.02 and DAISY/NISO-2005 books. Learn more about AMIS, DAISY Software Player and download AMIS at the AMIS project page on the DAISY Consortium website.

ANSI/NISO Z39.86 Validator - ZedVal

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ZedVal, also known as the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 Validator, is a DAISY 3 content validator. It was designed to validate Audio NCX books to support their conformance with DAISY 3, officially the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 Standard. More info at the project site.


Latest Release: ZedVal 2.1

This version fixes an issue that caused books containing the MathML 'annotation' element to be incorrectly reported as invalid.

BARD Mobile for Android

A service from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically handicapped (NLS) enables access to nearly 65,000 publications. With BARD Mobile, you can play talking books and magazines on your Android device.


Latest Release: BARD Mobile for Android v. 1.0.3

BARD Mobile version 1.0.3 for Android is available from Google Play. Adds a sleep timer to the Now Reading screen. Play screen is optimized for tablets. Numerous bug fixes.

BARD Mobile for iOS

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The free BARD Mobile app provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download service. BARD contains nearly 65,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily.


Latest Release: BARD Mobile App for iOS vs 1.1.1

With BARD Mobile app, eligible users can play the structured audio materials on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. These users whose devices are connected to a refreshable braille display through Bluetooth can also read the braille materials available on BARD. Free, available on iTunes. The updated version of the app comes with several bug fixes.

Blaze ET

Blaze ET multi-player

Blaze ET sets a new standard for portable DAISY players. For the first time, blind and visually impaired consumers have access to pocket-sized book players integrated with OCR text-to-speech to capture and read aloud printed documents on-demand.

Blaze ET features a numeric keypad as well as several built-in apps including Calculator, Memo and Dictionary. Both Blaze ET and Blaze EZ play audio books and music files from their internal memory or your SD card and connect through built-in Wi-Fi to access online media, podcasts and internet radio. They support more than 20 file formats. Supported are digital files from Bookshare, NLS and Learning Ally. Users can play favorite music or podcasts.


Latest Release: Blaze ET - Digital player with OCR

Use Blaze ET to OCR - capture a menu, magazine article or a library book. Blaze ET can read and play a variety of files including DAISY, TXT, BRL, MP3, MP4, WAV, WMA, WMV, OGG, ASF, AAC, AVI, FLAC, 3GP, MPG, M4A, TXT, RTF, HTML, HTM, XML, DOC, DOCX and EPUB. More information is provided on the HIMS International website.

Blaze EZ

Blaze EZ

The new digital book player, Blaze EZ, is classified as a ‘multi-player with OCR’.


Latest Release: Blaze EZ player firmware upgrade

Blaze EZ firmware upgrade v. 2.0 is now available. Registered users can download and play books from Bookshare, CNIB (Canada) and Nota in Denmark. More information is provided on the HIMS, Inc. website.

BookLink app for iOS

The Blind Foundation’s digital library now has an app for downloading books on an multitude of digital devices. The app is called BookLink. It has been designed for iPhones (4S and later).


Latest Release: BookLink app

The Blind Foundation's registered patrons can download this app from the Blind Foundation's website. Three different DAISY player modes are available in the BookLink app. They enable users to choose the DAISY player functionality that best suits their needs. More information is provided on the Blind Foundation website.

BookPort DT

BookPort DT

The Book Port DT is ideal for reading Digital Talking Books. Record or edit your own material in Digital Talking Book format. Enjoy listening to internet radio or downloading podcasts for education or entertainment.


Latest Release: BookPort DT Firmware Update 1.2

The Book Port DT is a desktop-style Digital Talking Book player and recorder. The main changes include the ability to now download content to internal memory. Users still need an Internet connection to download a title, but once it is on your device, you may read without connectivity.

 

Four services now come installed: APH’s accessible editions of magazines, Bookshare, Open Library, and NLS DAISY. If you already had these services configured, they will still be available.

 

For instructions on downloading and installing this free firmware update, please go to http://tech.aph.org/bpdt_new.htm.

BookPort Plus

BookPort Plus

Main features:

  • Stylish design
  • Large, easily distinguishable keys
  • Embedded Text-to-speech for speaking the contents of computer files
  • Accessible interface
  • Built-in speaker and microphone
  • Rechargeable battery (recharges with AC or USB)
  • Plays Digital Talking Books, audio, and different text formats
  • Supports high capacity SD cards up to 32 GB
  • Flexible file structure. It requires no special file or folder names
  • Creates Digital Talking Books from recordings made on the device
  • Can automatically start and stop recording based on sound levels
  • Can automatically add headings to recordings
  • Plays books from NLS, RFBD (now Learning Ally), and Bookshare

More information is available on the American Printing House for the Blind website.


Latest Release: BookPort Plus firmware update

Version 6.02 Improves responsiveness in large titles. In previous versions, the unit could get sluggish, especially toward the end of the title. Adds functionality to support the optional DAISY Online Download support. Detailed information is available on the American Printing House for the Blind website.

Bookshare

Bookshare™ is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Bookshare offers accessible digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools.


For more information, please visit the official website for Bookshare.

Bookshare Web Reader

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Bookshare Web Reader is the quickest and easiest way to access and read Bookshare books for Individual Members. Can be used on any computer running one of these browsers: Chrome 33+, Safari 6.1+ and Chromebooks 14+. VoiceOver or TalkBack is required to read aloud on mobile browsers. Special features include font size adjustments, three built in color schemes, synchronized text-to-speech and support for images.


Latest Release: Bookshare Web Reader

The current version is optimized for Google Chrome and provides text-to-speech with the voice installed on user's computer in addition to word highlighting. Bookshare Web Reader can also be used with other Internet browsers (Firefox, Safari), but may not have full functionality.

 

This reader works on Mac and Windows. More information is provided on the Bookshare blog.

Braille Sense U2 MINI

Braille Sense U2 MINI

Braille Sense U2 MINI comes with a word processor that supports more file types than other notetakers, including grade 1 & grade 2 Braille support with TXT, RTF, DOC, DOCX, BRL, BRF, HBL, PDF and EPUB.

 

Also features a built-in DAISY Player that supports DAISY 2.0/2.02 and ANSI/NISO Z39.86 (DAISY 3.0), NIMAS, NLS, Bookshare.org and Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D).  In addition, users benefit from built-in Media Player that supports WAV, MP3, MP4, ASF, OGG, WMA, M3U, Audible (AA, AAX), WMV, FLAC and MID.


Latest Release: Braille Sense U2 MINI Braille Notetaker

Braille Sense U2 Mini is packed with new features and upgraded hardware. Offers stable performance with an optimized Windows-based operating system. Built-in DAISY Player supports DAISY 2.0/2.02 and ANSI/NISO Z39.86 (DAISY 3.0). More information is provided on the HIMS Inc. website.

CSS for DTBook [basic]

This CSS stylesheet can be used with DTBook documents: www.daisy.org/z3986/2005/dtbook.2005.basic.css.

DAISY 2.02 Validator

During the validation process, the software applies a series of conformance tests to the DTB. It compares the data in the DAISY content to the requirements and recommendations of the DAISY 2.02 Specification.

 

The Validator is testing for two things: if the DAISY DTB is readable (if it will play correctly), and if it is conformant. In conformance testing, possible violations to specifications are checked, regardless of their impact on the readability of the book. For example, information (metadata) such as book identifier or author are mandatory in the Specification.

 

The results of the validation process are divided into two groups: errors and warnings. For details about the DAISY 2.02 Validator, please read its manual carefully.

 

The DAISY 2.02 Validator was developed in an open source context.

 

Download DAISY 2.02 Validator

DAISY Glossary

A comprehensive DAISY Glossary of terms has been compiled and is being updated.

Older versions are available as listed below, or search the DAISY site for 'glossary'.

DAISY Pipeline

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DAISY production is implemented in many organizations and companies around the world. The DAISY Consortium hosted the development of the DAISY Pipeline, a suite of cross-platform tools designed to support both production and distribution.

The DAISY Pipeline is a DTB and XML-oriented transformation pipeline designed to be used in both server-side and desktop environments. The DAISY Pipeline 2 is an ongoing project to develop a next-generation framework for automated production of accessible materials for people with print disabilities. It is the follow-up and total redesign of the original DAISY Pipeline project.


Latest Release: DAISY Pipeline Release 20111215

Additional information and links are available in the DAISY Pipeline Project area of the DAISY website.

DAISY Player by Jos Lemmens

DAISY player, available as a Ubuntu package and a full featured DAISY CD player for Linux. Also reads out loud ebooks in other formats including EPUB.


Latest Release: Version 10.3 Available

For more information, please go to http://www.jlemmens.nl/.

Daisylezer app

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Full search and play functionality for mobile platform:

  • Searching in online catalogue
  • Personal list on bookshelf
  • Direct stream from bookshelf
  • DAISY navigation
  • Works with iPhone/iPad
  • Multilingual
  • Works well with Apple’s VoiceOver.

Latest Release: Daisylezer App Version 2.02

Developed by Dedicon, designed to work with both - iPhone and iPad. Available from iTunes. Languages: English, Dutch, French, German.

DDReader app for Android

DDReader app

DDReader is a free application for reading accessible digital books in DAISY 3.0 format. It is compatible with text-only books, audio only with navigation and full text with audio.


Latest Release: DDReader app for Android v. 1.2

This DAISY reader app is available in three languages​​: Portuguese, Spanish and English. More information and download are available on Google Play.

Direct to Player app for Android

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Direct to Player is a service for people with print disabilities in Canada who use their public library's CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) service or the CNIB Library. This app works with Talkback and supports full DAISY functionality.


Latest Release: Direct to Player App for Android

The accessible Direct to Player app connects directly to the library (CNIB, CELA in Canada) and loads DAISY audio books and magazines onto your Android device. Available on Google Play.

Direct to Player app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

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Direct to Player is a service for people with print disabilities in Canada who use their public library's CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) service. The accessible Direct to Player app is also available.


Latest Release: Direct to Player App for iOS v. 1.0.7

This version contains minor display enhancements, some bug fixes and a new service announcement feature. Connects to the library (CNIB and CELA in Canada) and loads DAISY audio books and magazines onto your mobile device. Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6. Available on the App Store.

Direct to Player Service

Direct to Player is a service for people with print disabilities in Canada who use their public library's CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) service or the CNIB Library. For more information about the Direct to Player service and how library patrons can get accessible content, visit celalibrary.ca.

Dolphin EasyReader App for iOS

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FREE accessible reading app for people with dyslexia, low vision & blindness.


Latest Release: Dolphin EasyReader app for iOS

Browse & download books from your favorite libraries including Bookshare, Legimus, Vision Australia, RNIB Bookshare & more. Subscribe & read newspapers with NFB-NEWSLINE, RNIB NTNM, MTM & more. Copy text from anywhere on your phone & hear EasyReader announce it. Read with your ears & eyes with synchronized text & audio. More information is provided on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

Dolphin Publisher

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Dolphin Publisher is the premier tool for creating professional DAISY digital talking books with human narration or synthetic (text-to-speech) voices. Used by RNIB, Open University, Learning Ally, Oregon State University, Vision Australia, CNIB and others.


Latest Release: Dolphin Publisher: Version 3.53

Dolphin Publisher 3.53 can be used to produce talking books in DAISY or EPUB 3 formats. Details are available on the Dolphin Publisher page on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

Dorina DAISY Reader (DDReader) for Windows

This open source DAISY 3 reading software was developed by the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind in Brazil and is free to use and share. The DAISY books can be read by synthesized voice, pre-recorded narration, or text only. More information is provided on DAISYpedia.

DTB Splitter/Merger

DTB Splitter/Merger is a tool for handling (splitting/merging) multi-volume DTBooks (Digital Talking Books) in DAISY 2.02 or DAISY 3 format.

Download DTB Splitter/Merger

EasyConverter

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EasyConverter is designed for use in schools, colleges, universities, small or large companies and government organisations. It is simple to use for those with no altformat creation experience, and is equally suited to experienced professionals looking for a single flexible high quality altformat creation tool to meet the needs of dyslexic, visually impaired and learning disabled students.

Key Benefits:

  • Offering students the formats of their preference ensures that you meet the growing legislation on inclusion.
  • Popular materials can be stored for future years and simply converted to specifically meet the needs of new students in their preferred format. 
  • Significant time saving benefits allow you the tutor to concentrate on teaching the curriculum.
  • EasyConverter ensures that you remain adaptable, and able to convert from a wide range of file formats.

Check out the RNIB review of the EasyConverter.


Latest Release: Dolphin EasyConverter 7.01

EasyConverter 7.01 comes with support for documents created in Word 2016 and EasyReader 7 for the latest DAISY playback. More information can be found on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

 

EasyConverter empowers users to make information accessible to people with visual impairments and dyslexia. With EasyConverter you can quickly create accessible Word documents, large print, MP3 audio, DAISY talking books and Braille.

EasyReader

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EasyReader is an accessible talking book reader software, allowing readers to read and listen to content through a combination of text, speech and images.


Latest Release: Dolphin EasyReader Version 7.06

Version 7.06 brings support for RNIB Bookshare. Improvements to EPUB 3 support have been made. More information can be found on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

 

Go Read app

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Go Read is a free, open source eBook reader for Android. GoRead is developed by Benetech and based on the open source FBReader.


Latest Release: Go Read App for Android

Now you can access Reading Lists from your Bookshare account. Go Read interface now comes in Spanish too. Free, available on Google Play.

Google Text-to-Speech

Google Text-to-Speech powers applications to read the text on your screen aloud. For example, it can be used by:

  • Google Play Books to read aloud your favorite book
  • Google Translate to speak translations aloud so you can hear the pronunciation of a word
  • TalkBack and accessibility applications for spoken feedback across your device

To use Google Text-to-speech on your Android device, go to Settings > Language & Input > Text-to-speech output. Select Google Text-to-Speech Engine as your preferred engine. On many Android devices, Google Text-to-Speech is already turned on.


Latest Release: Improved Google Text-to-Speech

What's new? Alternative voice variations are now available on every device. Support to amplify speech volume over other audio has been added. Google Text-to-Speech app is available on Google Play.

HumanWare's Connect 12

HumanWare's unique magnifying system Connect 12 combines a high-performance digital magnifier and an Android tablet. The system now also offers a book application.


Latest Release: HumanWare Connect 12

The new interface offers great flexibility and a multitude of options. Connect 12 Version 2.0 brings a new book application providing access to online accessible libraries such as Bookshare, NLS, Learning Ally and others (subscription required). More information is available on the HumanWare website.

infovox

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All-in-one local & portable talking companion for visually impaired users.

infovox4 adds Acapela Group’s high quality pleasant TTS voices to your favorite screen reader or any Windows application supporting SAPI, in several languages. Create audio files for your own personal use via Speech Creator or create and edit pronunciation lexicon via Pronunciation Editor, add and remove voices via the Download Manager. NVDA screenreader is also included in infovox so that you can always carry with you a complete accessibility solution. More information:http://www.acapela-group.com/infovox/.

Kolibre KADOS

Kolibre KADOS is a web service solution. Instructions on how to set up a service are available on the wiki at https://github.com/kolibre/Kolibre-KADOS/wiki.

 

Kolibre KADOS supports the basic functions of the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol Version 1.0 and can for example be easily implemented in a Linux environment. With this web service, anyone can distribute DAISY books to different types of players that support DAISY, such as Kolibre Vadelma.

 

There is a demo version of the DAISY Online Delivery web service based on KADOS up and running with sample content at kados.kolibre.org, which resets itself every day at midnight.


Latest Release: Kolibre KADOS web service

Kolibre KADOS (Kolibre Adaptive DAISY Online Service) is a web service solution based on the established scripting language PHP. The open source code is available on GitHub at https://github.com/kolibre/Kolibre-KADOS.

Kolibre Vadelma

Kolibre Vadelma exemplifies the possibilities that exist with the open source software supporting DAISY. A talking book player can be built on various existing hardware platforms, including a Raspberry Pi unit. Kolibre Vadelma (the Finnish word for raspberry) supports the established DAISY 2.02 standard and the basic functions of the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol Version 1.0. The source code is available at https://github.com/kolibre and the instructions on how to build and test the player are available on a wiki at https://github.com/kolibre/setup-scripts/wiki.

Learning Ally (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)

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Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D) is one of the leading producers of accessible textbooks in the United States. Digital audio technology was introduced to Learning Ally members in the fall of 2002. Their digitally recorded books using VOICEtext technology provide members with unprecedented independence through their extraordinary portability. Learning Ally digital books can be navigated by page, chapter or section at the press of a button.

Learning Ally Audio app for Android

Learning Ally Audio

The Android version of the Learning Ally Audio app is available in the Google Play store. With the same functionality as the Apple app, it allows users to play any audiobook from the Learning Ally library, download books directly from your bookshelf, navigate by page or chapter, adjust the speed of audio playback, and add bookmarks.


Latest Release: Learning Ally Audio App for Android

Version 1.1.4 enables better proxy support. This app is available from Google Play.

Learning Ally Audio app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Learning Ally Audio App

Learning Ally members can explore Learning Ally’s extensive library of more than 80,000 audiobooks that are designed for people with print and learning disabilities. Learning Ally Audio application for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad is available to individuals via the Apple iTunes store. Learning Ally online account is required to use the product, which offers advanced features for accessibility like bookmarking, chapter and page navigation, last position playback, variable speed control and more.


Latest Release: Learning Ally Audio App for iOS

Version 3.2.4 brings improved performance and improvements based on user feedback. More information and download are available on iTunes.

Learning Ally Link for Chrome

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The audiobook reader designed especially for students with visual impairments, physical disabilities, and learning disabilities, including dyslexia. Learning Ally members can access 80,000 audiobooks including textbooks.


Latest Release: Learning Ally Link for Chrome

Chrome extension featuring unique VOICEtext technology: words are highlighted as they are read, improving comprehension. Also allows teachers and parents to track student progress and work together to help them succeed. Improved Version 1.1.1 is available from the Chrome store.

Learning Ally Link for iPhone & iPad

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Learning Ally memberships come with access to Link, an educational reading app for students who have print disabilities. Parent or Adult memberships require providing Learning Ally with proof of a print disability. Learning Ally is a non-profit serving students with learning & visual disabilities in the US.


Latest Release: Learning Ally Link for iPhone & iPad

Learning Ally Link for mobile is designed for learning through listening. Learning Ally provides more than 80,000 human-narrated audiobooks including textbooks for dyslexic, blind and visually impaired readers. Version 1.1 brings improvements to scrolling and app sensitivity. Also, there is a playback fix for classic audio books when switching from portrait to landscape. Go to iTunes to download.

Learning Ally Link for Mac

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Learning Ally Link is an audiobook reader application designed especially for students with visual impairments and learning disabilities, including dyslexia. Members of Learning Ally can access over 80,000 books.


Latest Release: Learning Ally Link

Learning Ally Link makes it easier for students to read and thrive using audiobooks. Learning Ally audiobooks are human-narrated, equipped with unique VOICEtext technology that highlights words as they are read, therefore improving comprehension. Available in the Mac App Store.

Legimus app

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Legimus is an app from the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media, MTM. This app is adapted to the needs of persons with reading disabilities.


Latest Release: Legimus: Updated with a new voice

To get access to talking books at MTM, patrons need to contact their local library for more information and registration. Users need to have a subscription to be able to listen to a newspaper in the app. Legimus app is available for both iOS and Android, download the latest version from the iTunes or Google Play. A new computer voice Ylva now narrates the newspapers.

Lydhør app

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Lydhør app turns mobile devices and tablets into a DAISY-compatible talking book player, supporting DAISY 2.02, DAISY 3 and EPUB 3 with media overlays.


Latest Release: Lydhør app for iOS and Android

Two Belgian companies Pyxima (a Friend of the DAISY Consortium) and Sensotec developed the Lydhør app. Registered NLB borrowers in Norway can use Lydhør to search for books in the NLB catalogue, borrow a book, and return it when they have finished reading it. Available on the AppStore on iTunes as well as Google Play.

mSourcing Solutions

mSourcing Solutions work with a wide range of input formats (eg, paper documents, bound books, newspapers, magazines, scanned images, PDF etc) and convert them into different formats (e.g. MS Word, PDF, XML, ePub2/3, METS/ALTO​). This includes complex content including historic fiction and ​STM​ journals. More information is provided on the mSourcing Solutions website.

MyStudio PC

MyStudio PC

A license is required for MyStudio PC. DAISY Member organizations may place a request for a license from the Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD), see below.

  • Output: can be used to create audio and NCC-only Digital Talking Books.
  • The software is fully self-voicing. It does not require an external synthesizer.

This software is easy to learn and operate. Additional features include generating synthesized speech from text.


MyStudio PC is typically used in organizations where structured documents (NCC files) are not created before recording begins. It is often used by volunteers producing DAISY Digital Talking Books at home or in a studio.


For more general information about MyStudio PC, please use the Contact Us form (General Category) on the DAISY Consortium website.


MyStudio PC is available to Members of the DAISY Consortium at no cost. Full Members may request up to 50 licenses, Associate Members may request up to 10 licenses. If your organization is a Member of the DAISY Consortium and needs a license, please use the Email Contact link (available immediately below on this page). For this link to display, you must be logged in to the DAISY website using a valid Member login. Your request will be directed to JSRPD.


Latest Release: MyStudio PC Version 2.05.04.00

The Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD) has released Version 2.05.04.00 of MyStudio PC, the DAISY 2.02 navigation structure and audio production tool which is available to DAISY Member organizations at no cost.

NLS Talking Books and Braille Program

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) free talking book program was first established by an Act of the U.S. Congress to serve blind adults. It was expanded in 1952 to include children. In 1962 music materials were added, and since 1966 individuals with other physical disabilities that prevent them from reading standard print are being served. Originally there were 19 libraries – today the NLS network includes more than 100 libraries across the nation and in the U.S. territories. These libraries distribute reading materials to a readership of more than 900,000. The Talking Book and Braille Program is a collaborative arrangement between federal, state, and local libraries. Read more about NLS services and digital content playback options on the NLS website.

Obi - easy to learn, powerful DAISY production tool

Obi

Obi is a free software application - audio production tool. Obi brings the benefits of DAISY technology to a broader range of consumers. In situations where time and cost constraints limit the use of sophisticated synchronized multimedia production tools (e.g. classroom environment, people and organizations in developing countries), Obi can unlock the potential of producers and consumers (e.g. teachers and students).


Latest Release: Obi 3.9.1 - DAISY and EPUB 3 Audio Production Tool

Obi is available for download at the Obi project site.

Olympus DM-4 Audio Recorder / Player

Olympus DM-4

8GB of internal memory allows 2,000 hours of recording time, micro SD card compatibility extends it to 16GB. Supports DAISY 2.02, Audible.com books, MP3 and WMA and PCM formats. Available in the US.

  • Currently does not support Learning Ally books.
  • VOICE ACTIVATION - makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy.
  • OLYMPUS SONORITY - Edit files with Olympus Sonority sound editing software (included), which is compatible with PCs and MACs.
  • VOICE RECOGNITION - Use simple voice commands to create calendar entries, to-do lists and other basic functions.

Latest Release: Olympus DM-4 Version 1.51

To download the latest firmware update please visit the DM-4 and DM-5 Firmware Updates page.

Olympus DM-5 Audio Recorder / Player

DM-5

The DM-5 is a state-of-the-art voice recorder for European market. With linear PCM, MP3 and WMA compatibility, the DM-5 is ideal for anyone who needs crystal-clear sound anytime, anywhere - from business professionals and journalists to photographers, students, the visually impaired and print disabled. CD-quality multi-format playback and recording combined with sophisticated features like Voice Guidance, Voice Commands, Text to Speech and DAISY 2.02 playback make DM-5 the choice for discerning users. For the latest updates, please visit the DM-4 and DM-5 Firmware Updates page.


Latest Release: Olympus DM-5 Version 1.51

Firmware update Version 1.51 for DM-5. Watch a YouTube video about DM-5 features.

PLEXTALK Linio

PLEXTALK Linio

Users can play back their favorite DAISY books, electronic magazines or newspapers. Supports DAISY Online Delivery specifications. High performance built-in speaker provides users with comfortable listening.


Latest Release: PLEXTALK Linio: New Cover

The PLEXTALK Linio is now equipped with an improved keypad cover. In addition to the main functions and navigation keys, you now gain access to the speed and tone keys. For more information, please visit the PlexTalk website.

PLEXTALK Linio Pocket

PLEXTALK Linio Pocket Media Player

PLEXTALK Linio Pocket is a portable DAISY player and recorder, designed for the visually impaired and dyslexic to stream or download talking newspapers, magazines and books online.


Latest Release: PLEXTALK Linio Pocket

The PLEXTALK Linio Pocket offers immediate access to DAISY online services in Finland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Japan, Russia, Sweden - and now also in the United States. Visit the PLEXTALK website to learn more.

PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1

Plextalk Pocket DAISY Player/Recorder

The PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1 is a lightweight, pocket-sized, DAISY-compliant music, voice, and book player/recorder that reaches a new level of mobility and offers ease of use for business, education and leisure. It is a true crossover media player/recorder which contains a host of applications and which also comes with extensive features that support complete accessibility for people with sight problems or learning difficulties.

 

Although this tiny player/recorder is only 55mm X 112mm X 16mm (2.2in X 4.4in X 0.6in) in size, it supports both DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 playback, records DAISY 2.02 and has recording time capacity of 120 hours. Multiple audio playback formats are also supported. Starting with Version 2.00, PLEXTALK Pocket supports DAISY books provided by major library services and content providers (NLS, Learning Ally, Bookshare in the U.S.), etc. PLEXTALK Pocket features the world’s first wireless LAN function as a dedicated DAISY digital book player. Users can share books or files between their computer and the PLEXTALK Pocket via wireless LAN at home or office without using a USB cable.


Latest Release: PLEXTALK Pocket Firmware v. 6.01

PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1 Firmware Version 6.01 comes with several improvements. For more information, please review the release notes.

PLEXTALK Portable Recorder (Model: PTR2)

PLEXTALK PTR2

PLEXTALK PTR2 replaced the PTR1 and is designed to be a high-quality recorder. Create DAISY 2.02 books with audio, headings and pages, as well as music CDs. It can also play DAISY books, music CDs, radio file CDs and CF cards. It can be used as a CD-RW or memory card drive when connected to a computer. For quicker and easier editing of DAISY content, the PTR2 is supplied with the PLEXTALK Recording Software (PRS). This package provides all the necessary tools to record, edit and finalize audio DAISY 2.02 books. PTR2 has a built-in microphone and an optional external microphone, providing recording versatility.


For more information, please visit the official website for PLEXTALK Portable Recorder (Model: PTR2).

PLEXTALK PTN 2 Cross

PTN 2 Cross

PTN 2 Cross, reliable and high-quality DAISY player allows you to read various contents on CD, SD card and USB.


Latest Release: PLEXTALK PTN 2 Cross

Available only in Europe, PTN Cross features a cover that offers direct access to the DAISY functionalities. More information is available on the PLEXTALK website.

PLEXTALK Recording Software Pro (PRS Pro)

PLEXTALK Recording Software Pro is very similar to the software bundled with the Plextalk PTR2. Designed for Windows PCs, it is a simple to use editing and recording tool with voice guidance to support use by individuals who have a visual handicap. PRS Pro is available from Plextor in packages of five (5) copies.


For more information, please visit the official website for PLEXTALK Recording Software Pro (PRS Pro).

Pratsam Mobile

Pratsam Mobile is a portable DAISY player that supports cellular networks. The handheld player is customized for use by the blind and visually impaired. For connections, a standard SIM-card provided by a network operator is used.

Features:

  • Supports high-speed data networks such as HSPA
  • Tactile buttons and guiding voice
  • Bookmarks and sleep timer support
  • Adjustment of playback speed and volume
  • Supports micro-USB charging and standard SD-cards
  • Headphones support
  • DAISY 2.02 support (all types with full audio)
  • DAISY Online Delivery Protocol support

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-mobile-product.html.

Pratsam Producer

Pratsam Producer is a solution for the production of accessible digital publications such as DAISY books and newspapers.

Features:

  • Automated speech synthesis (text-to-speech) production
  • Automatic comparison and verification of XML versus PDF
  • Conversion of XML to datebook, xhtml, EPUB or Microsoft Word documents
  • Optional post-editing with word processor before TTS production
  • Production of DAISY or EPUB, with or without audio
  • Delivered as a cloud service or using a dedicated server

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-producer-product.html

Pratsam Reader app

Pratsam reader app on phone screen

Pratsam Reader App is a DAISY player customized for use by the visually impaired and those with print disabilities, which works on smartphones and tablets.

Features:

  • Navigate by page, heading, sentence or time interval
  • Playback with synchronized audio and highlighted text
  • Supports DAISY Online Delivery Protocol
  • Online and offline reading
  • Bookmarks support, resume from last reading position
  • Search text within a book
  • Adjustable text size and color
  • Adjustable navigation method and playback speed
  • Sleep timer
  • Available on iOS and Android in cooperation with Pyxima

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-reader-app-product.html.

Pratsam Reader Web

Pratsam Reader Web on a phone screen and on a laptop

Pratsam Reader Web is an accessible DAISY player customized for use by the visually impaired and those with print disabilities. The web app does not need any installations and works on all modern platforms, from computers to iOS and Android devices. The app is continuously updated to support all popular web browsers: Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge (previously known as Internet Explorer). Request a Pratsam Reader Web demo account with sample DAISY books at http://www.pratsam.com/request-a-demo-account.html. You will instantly get to listen to a preview!

Features:

  • Simple navigation functions
  • Bookmarks support
  • Table of contents navigation
  • Shortcut buttons on keyboards
  • Synchronized audio and highlighted text
  • DAISY 2.02 support (all types with full audio)
  • DAISY Online Delivery Protocol-support through proxy service

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-reader-web-product.html.

Pratsam Reader Win

Pratsam Reader Win is an accessible DAISY book player customized for the visually impaired and print disabled, for use with computers running Microsoft Windows.

Features:

  • DAISY 2.02 support (all types with full audio)
  • DAISY Online Delivery Protocol support
  • Graphical user interface (GUI) with guiding voice
  • High contrast mode and text size adjustment
  • Can be fully operated with a keyboard
  • Help section with audio guide
  • Works on touch-sensitive screens

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-reader-win-product.html.

Pratsam Server

Pratsam Server replaces expensive solutions available for the distribution of accessible books and newspapers to the visually impaired, such as the mailing of CDs and cassettes. Pratsam Server supports several online distribution methods, such as DAISY Online.

Features:

  • Standalone operation or integration with library system
  • Web browser interface for remote administration
  • Streaming and downloading of content
  • User web pages with content and software download
  • Delivered as a cloud service or a dedicated co-located server
  • Activity logging, statistics and tailored reports
  • Watermarking of DAISY books on the fly

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-server-product.html


Latest Release: Pratsam Server: Distribute Accessible Content

Pratsam Server supports DAISY Online Delivery Protocol 1.0, zip-file download and playback in a web app. Pratsam Server features extensive DAISY 2.02 support and optional watermarking of DAISY 2.02 books. This makes each distributed copy unique and traceable. More information is provided on the Pratsam website.

Read2Go app for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

Read2Go App Logo

Directly from within the Read2Go app, Bookshare members can find, download, and read books on their Apple device.


Latest Release: Read2Go app Version 1.1.1

Read2Go has been updated to work better with iOS 8. Updated buttons: Bookshelf is now titled “My Books,” and Search is now “Search Bookshare”. Read2Go is available for purchase on the iTunes Store.

Save as DAISY add-in for Microsoft Word

The Save as DAISY add-in translates Microsoft Word 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 documents into DAISY.

 

The "Save as DAISY" add-in for Microsoft Office Word incorporates a "Lite" version of the DAISY Pipeline. Users can select to generate the DAISY XML for further processing, or generate a fully conforming DAISY file set with full navigation and full text synchronized with audio. The audio is generated by the default text-to-speech (TTS) engine on your Windows computer.

 

The Save as DAISY - Microsoft project area provides information about the Microsoft Word add-in, as well as links for downloading the latest version.  The version that supports Microsoft Office Word 2010 was released December 15, 2011.

SBS Leser Plus

SBS Leser Plus is a free app available for devices running the iOS operating system. It enables SBS library members to access and read a range of content designed to meet their visual needs. Users can choose colors, text size, and highlights to suit their individual preferences. Built in speech along with VoiceOver and braille display compatibility ensures access for all levels of sight.


Latest Release: SBS Leser Plus app for iOS

SBS Leser Plus app is powered by Dolphin’s EasyReader software. Under Dolphin’s “Your library app, powered by Dolphin EasyReader” program, this is the first time that EasyReader has been used by a third party provider for their own proprietary reading app. SBS (Swiss Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Print Disabled) patrons can read books in DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 formats. Available on iTunes.

Tobi - tool for authoring accessible e-Books

Tobi is an authoring tool geared towards re-purposing published material. It allows users to add audio narration to a text-only document, to synchronize a podcast with a structured script, or to review and improve an existing Digital Talking Book. To create text from scratch, we recommend popular editors such as Microsoft Word or Open Office, which can both produce DTBook markup thanks to their respective Save as DAISY add-ins. More information is available in the Tobi project area. Support for EPUB 3 has been added. Review Tobi User Manual and articles on DAISYpedia.

Victor Reader Stratus12 M

Stratus12 M

The Stratus12 M plays DAISY and MP3 books and music on CDs, SD cards, and USB flash drives. It has built-in text-to-speech to play digital text-based documents. The Stratus12 M includes a 12-key telephone-style number pad for direct navigation functions such as going to specific heading, page, folder, or file numbers.


Latest Release: HumanWare Victor Reader Stratus12 M

More information about this player can be found on the HumanWare website.

Victor Reader Stream (New Generation)

Victor Reader Stream 2

HumanWare's Victor Reader Stream media player is perfect for people who are blind or visually impaired. It’s now smaller, smarter and wireless. Yet, it retains the tactile keypad access, and simple bookshelf navigation.


Latest Release: Victor Reader Stream Version 4.8

This upgrade provides several new features and enhancements including support for dynamic menus in DAISY Online services which support them. Detailed information is provided on the HumanWare website.

Vision Australia Connect app for iOS and Android

Vision Australia Connect app

The Vision Australia Connect app allows users to read titles that are available through i-access®, the online library of Vision Australia’s Accessible Information Service (AIS).


Latest Release: Vision Australia Connect app

Through accessible and simple interface, users can listen to content such as books, magazines, and newspapers. Also, listen to podcasts and web radio stations. Users can choose to automatically connect to i-access® via Wi-Fi as a priority over a mobile network. To be able to use this app you have to be a registered member of the Vision Australia Library. Available from the App Store or Google Play.

What's new in Version 1.2.4:

  • Displays the full text of a title when it is available, including newspapers, with sentence highlighting.
  • Improved messaging feature to receive important messages from Vision Australia.

VitalSource Content Studio (VCS)

VitalSource logo

EPUB3 and HTML5 content authoring tool.


Latest Release: VitalSource Content Studio (VCS)

VitalSource Content Studio (VCS) is a digital content authoring tool which enables the production of accessible EPUB3 or HTML5 publications, suitable for reading on VitalSource's Bookshelf, or any other eBook reader which supports EPUB3.

The VCS tool is:

  • Interactive for educators wanting more FLEXIBILITY
  • Responsive to learners' needs with greater AGILITY
  • Accessible for a learning experience that's INTUITIVE


Find out more on the VitalSource VCS site.


Webbox 2

Webbox 2 and a remote control

Webbox 2 is a compact device with a simple user interface that allows you to listen to audio books, newspapers, magazines and news programs. Users can have access to the latest news and newspapers without having to wait for DAISY CDs. More information is provided on the Webbox 2 website.


Latest Release: Webbox 2 by Solutions Radio

The unique Webbox 2 keeps you in touch with the world. It is an Internet radio, an online DAISY player and so much more. Learn more about all features and read user stories on the Webbox 2 website.