Authoring and ProductionTools
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.
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.
Obi - easy to learn, powerful DAISY production tool
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.
PLEXTALK Portable Recorder (Model: 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 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 Producer is a solution for the production of accessible digital publications such as DAISY books and newspapers.
- 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
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.
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.