Tools & Services

Book Wizard Producer

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Book Wizard Producer by APH is full-featured production software that provides options for both original recording and import of existing audio and HTML text files. When you create a digital talking book with Book Wizard Producer, the program uses the DAISY/NISO Z39.86-2002 format. Book Wizard Producer provides options for both original recording and import of existing audio and HTML text files.


For more information, please visit the official website for Book Wizard Producer.

CSS for DTBook [basic]

A CSS stylesheet that may be used with DTBook documents is located at www.daisy.org/z3986/2005/dtbook.2005.basic.css. This CSS is supported and maintained by the Z39.86 committee. You may modify and redistribute it, but please consider donating enhancements back to the source.

DAISY 2.02 Regenerator

The DAISY Regenerator is a software tool designed to enable organizations to repair and upgrade existing DAISY 2.0 and 2.02 DTBs.

The tool takes a DAISY 2.0 or 2.02 DTB as input, and performs a series of operations on it in order to output a valid DAISY 2.02 DTB.

Features include:

  • Conversion of HTML and SMIL files to valid XML
  • Fixes of reoccuring errors and inconsistencies that existed in the output of early versions of production tools
  • Ability to rename files sequentially (so that they play in order in MP3 players)

Why use the Regenerator?

  • Because the elimination of possible errors will yield a better experience for the end user reading the DAISY 2.02 DTB.
  • Because a valid DAISY 2.02 DTB is future safe. Only valid DAISY 2.02 DTBs are guaranteed to be upgradeable to the DAISY 3 standard. In this respect, the Regenerator may be regarded as an organization's "Swiss Army knife" of longevity.

The Regenerator works together with the DAISY 2.02 Validator. After regeneration has been done, the DTB can be automatically validated, to ensure that no errors or inconsistencies remain.

 

Download DAISY 2.02 Regenerator

DAISY Basic Training Manual

DAISY Training Manual for DAISY Members using LpStudioPro & SigtunaDAR.

Note: The download link only appears if you are logged in and are associated with a DAISY Member Organization.

DAISY Producer

DAISY Producer was developed by Christian Egli from the Swiss Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is a system for managing the production process of accessible media. It assumes that users are transforming the content from hard copy or any electronic format to DTBook XML. Once users have the DTBook XML, the DAISY Pipeline and liblouis can be used to generate DAISY Talking Books, Large Print and Braille in a fully automated way. Documentation and download are available on the DAISY Producer website.

DAISY Skippability Tweaker

The optional features described in the DAISY 2.02, have not yet been implemented in all production tools or in playback systems. Several Members of the DAISY Consortium serving students have been extremely vocal about the need for this feature.

These technical individuals in collaboration with the technical DAISY staff have developed a strategy to implement these features that is completely independent of LpStudio/Pro or Sigtuna DAR.

Organizations who wish to implement these features would be required to include additional markup in their source files and to use a post processing tool - The Skippability Tweaker - on the completed project to add this functionality.

The Skippability Tweaker supports adding these features to both NCC-Only and Full Text DTBs. Supported skippable structures are pagenumbers, sidebars, producer notes and footnotes.


For more information, please visit the official website for DAISY Skippability Tweaker.

Dolphin Publisher

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Dolphin Publisher is the premier tool for creating professional DAISY digital talking books with human narration or synthetic voices.


Latest Release: Dolphin Publisher Version 3.03

This update includes essential fixes to remove duplicate IDs from Publisher output files. Details are available on the Dolphin Publisher page on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

Dolphin SaySo Toolbar

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SaySo, a tool that can assist users with their reading and writing projects, highlights the words as they are spoken, helping users to focus and build their understanding of the text. Sit back, read and absorb an entire report or just hear a tricky sentence while researching online. SaySo will also read your emails.


Latest Release: Dolphin SaySo Toolbar for Reading & Writing Version 1.04

SaySo v1.04 includes a range of new features and fixes, making SaySo ideal for use in the workplace as well as in schools and at home. A full list of improvements is available on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

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

DTBMaker/DTB2iTunes

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DTBMaker is a set of open source cross-platform tools for the production of DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 titles either locally or by using our free online production site.


DTB2iTunes is a program used to combine all of the audio files of DAISY DTB into a single MP3 file or iTune Audiobook format and upload it to your iTunes or other MP3 application.

 

It is assumed that the DAISY DTB MP3 files are named in such a way that they will come together in order, are in MP3 format and are not encrypted in any way.  DAISY DTBs produced by DTBMaker 2.0 will be named in this way. DAISY DTB MP3 files produced by Learning Ally and the National Library Service are not in page order and this program will not work for them.


A new feature in DTB2iTunes is that it will now attempt to read a chaptertool.xml file if one is included with the book. If one is found, DTB2iTunes will use it to mark all the navigation points in the book in the audio book created. The current version of DTBMaker for Macintosh will create a chaptertool.xml file each time it produces a book. This permits users to jump to any navigation point in the audiobook file when used on an iPod.


Latest Release: DTB2iTunes 2.0

DTB2iTunes is a program used to combine all of the audio files of a DAISY DTB into a single MP3 file or iTune Audiobook format and upload it to your iTunes or other MP3 application.


For more information, please visit the official website for DTBMaker/DTB2iTunes.

Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT)

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Duxbury Braille Translator™ (DBT) Version 11.2 can read Word 2007/2010/2013 documents. It also handles tabular format and Excel files.


Latest Release: Duxbury Braille Translator Version 11.2

Notable improvements:

  • Better support for the new BANA 2011 Formats (used in the United States)
  • Nemeth Code, Braille to Print support added
  • Export from DBT to Microsoft Word via HTML
  • DBT has new software to handle installation and activation issues
  • DBT now contains a Czech and a Chinese User Interface (see Global Menu, Internationalization)
  • Smart Phone Integration with DBT
  • More languages and better support of existing languages
  • Better Embosser support
  • Math file importing and braille math translation have been improved

More information is provided on the Duxbury Systems website.

 

LpStudio/Pro

LpStudio/Pro is available to Members of the DAISY Consortium. The software is typically used in larger organizations with text production departments and audio recording departments. It is also usable in a singular context as a stand-alone tool, using the included Structure Editor to create NCC-only structures.

The software provides extensive features when producing full text Digital Talking Books using external source documents. The user has extensive functionality and flexibility when working in recording windows. Two recording screen options are available -- Advanced and Simple.

  • Output: Can be used to create NCC-only and full text DTBs.
  • Scripts for Jaws for Windows and maps for Supernova are available.
  • Requires an external synthesizer.

For more information, please use the Contact Us form, selecting the General category.

MyStudio PC

MyStudio PC

This new release of MyStudio PC includes fixes and improvements. 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 very easy to learn and operate. Additional features include generating synthesized speech from text.


MyStudio PC is typically used in organizations where the structure documents (NCCs) are not created before recording begins. It is also typically 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 Web site.


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 2.05.02.00

The Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD) has just released Version 2.05.02.00 of MyStudio PC, the DAISY 2.02 structure and audio production tool which is available to DAISY Member organizations at no cost.

Obi

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 3.0.1 - DAISY Audio Production Tool

Obi is available for download at the Obi project site.

odt2daisy - OpenOffice.org Writer Extension

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odt2daisy is an OpenOffice.org Writer extension, enabling Export as DAISY output in DAISY 3 format, including support of mathematical content.


Latest Release: odt2daisy Version 2.1.1

This release includes numerous improvements.


For more information, please visit the official website for odt2daisy - OpenOffice.org Writer Extension.

PLEXTALK Portable Recorder (Model: PTR2)

PLEXTALK PTR2

PLEXTALK PTR2 replaced the PTR1 and is designed to be a high quality recorder with the ability to create DAISY 2.02 books with audio, headings and pages, as well as music CDs. It can also play DAISY books, music CDs, Audio 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. This portable unit 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 handicapped. 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).

Save as DAISY add-in for Microsoft Word

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

 

"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.


Latest Release: Add-in for MS Office 2013

Courtesy of Microsoft Japan.

 

Links to download the Save as DAISY add-in for Office 2013 were posted to the DAISY Consortium website in January 2014.

Sigtuna DAR 3

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The DAISY Consortium wishes to thank the Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, JSRPD, for making Sigtuna DAR 3 available to DAISY Consortium Members.


The final release of Sigtuna DAR 3 was made available February 2008.

  • Output: This software can be used to create audio and NCC-only, and full text/audio DAISY 2.02 Books.
  • Scripts for Jaws for Windows are available. Requires external synthesizer.

The user has the ability to create, edit, and/or remove NCC headings and pages during the recording process (when in "ToC-only mode"). In addition, a user can add full text segments to an NCC-only Digital Talking Book using the ATAU mode.


The software is typically used in larger organizations as well as in stand-alone settings.


For more general information, please use the Contact Us form, selecting the General category.


Sigtuna DAR 3 is available to Members of the DAISY Consortium at no cost. A license is required. 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. Please include the information about your organization and name of the representative in your email.


Latest Release: Sigtuna DAR 3, version 3.0.22

The final release of Sigtuna DAR 3, version 3.0.22, has just been made available. This DAISY 2.02 production tools supports the production of DAISY books with audio and structure, as well as full text/audio DAISY books. It is made available to DAISY Members by the Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, JSRPD. A license is required.

Studio Recorder

Studio Recorder from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is a digital recording software package with support for conversion to DAISY 3, ANSI/NISO Z39.86 2002 content. Studio Recorder should be used with APH's Book Wizard Producer when working on conversion.

Originally created by APH to serve as an internal tool for creating direct-to-digital audio recordings, Studio Recorder contains many features that make recording, editing, and proof reading audio books easy. It is a powerful digital recording and editing software package geared specifically to making recordings of the spoken word and includes features not found in similar programs primarily designed for music production.


For more information, please visit the official website for Studio Recorder.

Tobi - Tool for Authoring Accessible e-Books

Tobi is an authoring tool geared towards re-purposing published material, for example: 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 publication. 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.