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Projects that aid with seeing or interpreting the screen and graphical user interface (e.g. Screen Readers and Magnifiers),Speaking
Accessible BBC Listen Again
The British Broadcast Company (BBC) allows people to listen to vast quantities of their radio and TV output up to a week after it is first broadcast on one of their dozens of radio or TV stations. This service, called iPlayer, relies on a web browser interface that might be difficult for some users, especially people with screen readers. Accessible BBC iPlayer allows you to access the BBC's iPlayer content through a truly accessible interface designed to work with any screen reader. Select programmes and stations with the cursor keys and listen to them at your leisure. NOTE: Accessible BBC iPlayer is now included in the WebbIE3 installation.
Accessible Radio
Accessible Radio is a way to listen to radio stations on the internet that is easy and simple to use and is designed to work with any screen reader. NOTE: Accessible Radio is now included in the WebbIE3 installation.
Accessible RSS
Interested in keeping up with the headlines and newspapers? A new technology called RSS has recently taken the Internet by storm. Websites provide "feeds" of their latest stories and headlines, and you can get these simple lists, updated every few minutes. Accessible RSS is an accessible application that lets you access these RSS feeds. NOTE: Accessible RSS is now included in the WebbIE3 installation.
Accessible Web Directory
This simple program lets you explore the DMOZ web directory, a catalogue of good websites. NOTE: Accessible Web Directory is now included in the WebbIE3 installation.
AccessiblePodcatcher (formerly AccessiblePodcaster) is a simple way for blind and screen reader users to use podcasts. NOTE: AccessiblePodcatcher is now included in the WebbIE3 installation.
Audio Enriched Links
Audio Enriched Links provide previews of linked web pages to users with visual impairments.
This is an ongoing project aimed at providing people without sight the same rich information and spatial awareness that sighted people get from exploring maps.
Daisy Pipeline
The Daisy Multi Format Converter allows conversion of DAISY books between different formats.
Emacspeak is a speech interface that allows visually impaired users to interact independently and efficiently with the computer.
Fatbits magnifies an area of the screen and paints the giant pixels into a new window, which may be useful if you have a visual impairment. To make the screen even more accessible, you can modify the colours it displays.
Fire Vox
Fire Vox is an open source, freely available talking browser extension for the Firefox web browser.
The Gnopernicus project aims to enable users with limited vision, or no vision, to use the Gnome 2 desktop and Gnome/GTK+-2 applications effectively.
This software makes Linux accessible to the blind user.
A simple screen magnifier. Magnification ranges from 2x to 64x with a quick locate option to position the viewing window. The tool magnifies the area around the mouse pointer
MAGpie 2.01 is a tool for creating closed captions and audio (video) descriptions. Authors can add captions and audio descriptions to QuickTime, Real, or Windows Media Player.
Microsoft Reader
Microsoft Reader is used to view certain eBooks on your computer. An additional piece of software, 'Microsoft Reader Text-to-Speech Package' can be downloaded in order to speak your eBooks to you, giving you access to all manner of novels and non-fiction eBooks without the need to read them from the screen.
No Squint
NoSquint is a Firefox extension that allows you to adjust the default text zoom level.
Non Visual Desktop Access
Orca is a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen reader that provides access to the graphical desktop via user-customizable combinations of speech, braille, and/or magnification.
PowerTalk automatically speaks any presentation or slide show running in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows. You just download and install PowerTalk and while you open and run the presentation as usual it speaks the text on your slides. The advantage over other generic 'Text To Speech' programs is that PowerTalk is able to speak text as it appears and can also speak hidden text attached to images. Speech is provided by the standard synthesised computer voices that are provided with Windows. Note: The "Latest version" information here is not currently maintained. Select the external download link to Sourceforge for the latest versions!
Allows quick and easy changing of the background and font colours, without having to go through the Screen Properties dialogs.
Reads any text you see on your screen - all purpose text-to-speech software. Available in a freeware version, and a payed plus version. This is not open source.
Rockbox is an open source replacement firmware for archos mp3 players. The firmware includes many enhancements on the standard version, including audio prompts for files which can be useful for people with problems with their vision.
Sayz Me
Sayz Me is a free text-to-speech reader for Windows. Text is typed in or copied from the clipboard and then read aloud.
A screen reader using software or hardware speech synthesizer.
Speakup, written by Kirk Reiser and Andy Berdan, is a screen review package for the Linux operating system.
Thunder Screen Reader
Thunder is free screenreader talking software for blind and visually impaired people.
Virtual Magnifying Glass
Virtual Magnifying Glass is an easy-to-use screen magnification tool for Windows.
Vischeck is a way of showing you what things look like to someone who is color blind. You can try Vischeck online- either run Vischeck on your own image files or run Vischeck on a web page. You can also download programs to let you run it on your own computer.
Vu-Bar 4
A unique piece of software, provides an on-screen, slotted ruler.
Web Access Gateway Software
This software intercepts web pages before they appear on your screen, making them easier to see if you are visually impaired.
WebbIE makes surfing the Internet easy. It lets you read web pages as simple text, and navigate them with the arrow keys. You can easily fill in forms, hear a summary of page content and list the links, and copy and paste web page information to your own computer.
WeMedia Talking Browser
A talking browser designed for vision- and learning-impaired Web surfers.
A utility that searches any user interface in Windows XP or Vista for MSAA and UIAutomation information and makes this available to assistive technology interfaces. Microsoft .NET 3.0 framework must be installed before installing WindowCatcher. This can be downloaded free from the Microsoft website, or a CD with a full installer can be obtained from the ACE Centre
WordTalk is a free plug-in developed for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 upwards), which can help people with reading difficulties use Microsoft Word more effectively.

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