TextHelp ReadWrite Assistive Technology Software
Our Licence makes Read&Write available to all students and faculty of SUNY New Paltz even on their home computers. If you wish to install it for yourself this page will have the download links and quick install instructions for Macs and PCs.
Quick Reference & Video Instructions
We now have Read&Write on every library PC. When you run Read & Write it puts a tool bar at the top of the screen with a series of tools that help people read and understand documents on the screen.
The tool bar comes with built in video instructions for each tool on the tool bar. Next to each icon is a downward pointing arrow. Click on the arrow to see the options for the tool or even watch video instructions on how to use that feature.
List of tools on the toolbar
|Phonetic Spell Checker: click this button when you have selected the text you wish to spell check. Press Play on the main toolbar to read the dictionary definition aloud. Use the small arrow button to open options.|
|Word Prediction: click this button to open or close the word prediction window. Start typing and words will be predicted. Use the small arrow button to open options.|
|Dictionary: click this button when you have selected a word to look up in the dictionary. Alternatively, click the button before selecting a word, then type the word into the text box. Definitions can be read aloud by clicking Play.|
|Picture Dictionary: click on the Picture Dictionary icon and then select a word. An image of the word will be displayed. Click on the dictionary link to get a text definition of the word. Note: You must be online to use this feature.|
|Sounds like and Confusable words: click this button to identify same sounding and confusable words. Definitions can be read aloud by clicking Play. Use the small arrow button to open options.|
|Verb Checker: click this button to see a verb table with conjugation options for a selected verb. Click Play to hear them read aloud.|
Play or listen to any text on the screen: place your cursor where you wish the text to be spoken. Click the play button to hear it read aloud. If on a website, highlight the text first. Then control the reading with any of the following buttons that appear in this order on the tool bar. (See below)
Play | Pause | Stop
|Screenshot Reader: click this button and drag the mouse over any inaccessible text you wish to read e.g. locked PDFs or inaccessible flash.|
|Speech Maker: select a piece of text, then click this button to convert the text into a sound file e.g. MP3. A wizard will guide you through the conversion process.|
|Daisy Reader: click this button and then browse to the Daisy book you wish to hear read aloud.|
|Scan: click this button to OCR/Scan a paper document to PDF, Word or HTML format. Use the small arrow button to open options.|
|Fact Finder: click this button to do a quick web search directly from your Windows applications. Use the small arrow button to open options.|
|Fact Folder: select information you wish to store, then click this button and complete the dialogue box. The web address is automatically saved.|
|Fact Mapper: click this button to create a visual representation of facts and ideas on screen. Note: You must be online to use this feature.|
|Screen Masking: click this button to tint or mask sections of the window. Use the small arrow button to change the options.|
|Translator: click this button to open the single word translator, then select a word to have it translated. The Paragraph translation option in the dropdown menu allows you to select whole paragraphs to translate into the language of your choice. Note: You must be online to use this feature.|
|PDF Aloud: click this button to launch Adobe Reader. Open your PDF document. On the PDF Aloud toolbar, (located in Tools/plugin in Adobe 10) select ‘click & speak’. Use the small arrow button to open options.Options: click here to toggle through the different toolbars. Use the small arrow button to change the options.|