Software Playback Tools

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.

Book Wizard Reader

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Book Wizard Reader, software from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), offers users the ability to read both DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3, ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2002 digital talking books. Review the manual, download a demonstration copy, or purchase the software by going to the APH website.


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

DaisyWorm App for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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DaisyWorm, developed by the Association for the Blind of Western Australia is a DAISY digital talking book playback app for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This application can be used to play books from the Association for the Blind of Western Australia library as well as other talking book libraries worldwide. DaisyWorm supports the playback of non-encrypted DAISY 2.02, DAISY/NISO z3986 audio only and full text full audio books. For support in using DaisyWorm please contact developers at dtb(at)guidedogswa.com.au. DaisyWorm can be purchased from the Apple iTunes Store.

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.

Dorina DAISY Reader (DDReader) for Windows

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This 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.


Latest Release: Dorina DAISY Reader

For support, please go to the DDReader home page.

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. Mattias Karlsson explains: “Students of all ages extract information from books and cite them in their own work. A reader with a vision impairment or learning disability such as dyslexia is no different. With version 6, learners can now select and copy text from the EasyReader reading window, ready to paste into Microsoft Word, or whatever their preferred application may be".


Latest Release: Dolphin EasyReader Version 6.04

Version 6.04 includes improved functionality to provide a more seamless reading experience for readers with visual impairments and dyslexia. More information can be found on the Dolphin Computer Access website.


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

EasyReader Express

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Olav Indergaard explains the benefits that the Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB) have experienced in adding EasyReader Express to their DAISY talking books: "NLB (The Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille) has been a provider of DAISY-content for several years. One of our challenges as a DAISY-content provider has been to ensure that our users have access to DAISY-playback systems in order to fully utilize the DAISY-format. NLB therefore decided to provide DAISY-player software to all our users by including a DAISY-player in all our books. EasyReader Express was the software of choice." More information is available on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

Emerson - EPUB and DAISY Reader

Emerson is a cross-platform audio DTB player. It does not support text-only DTBs, it only supports MP3 encoded DTBs. DAISY formats supported: DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 Version 2005 (formally ANSI/NISO Z3986-2005). Please note that this player is no longer being developed.

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Go Read

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Go Read is a free, open source eBook reader for Android.


Latest Release: Go Read App for Android

Access and download books directly from Bookshare (must be a Bookshare member to download). Read with voiced navigation and text-to-speech in DAISY and EPUB formats. Available from Google Play.

HumanWare Companion

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The Stream Companion software has been renamed to HumanWare Companion because this software now supports both of the HumanWare digital talking book players: Victor Reader Stream and ClassMate Reader. Users do not need to uninstall the previous version of Stream Companion or ClassMate Companion. Previous programs can remain on your computer along with the new HumanWare Companion. Once you are familiar with the new HumanWare Companion, you can then remove the old Stream or ClassMate Companion using the Windows Add/Remove option of Control Panel. HumanWare Companion can be downloaded from the HumanWare website.


Latest Release: HumanWare Companion 3.5.6

Victor Reader Stream users can obtain the HumanWare Companion version 3.5.6 from the HumanWare website.

IVEO® from Viewplus, Speaking Tactile Diagrams

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The IVEO® Hands-on-Learning from viewplus Technologies enables learning through touch, sound, and sight. IVEO® lets you use any one, two, or all three of these learning modalities together to learn faster and retain longer. This tool makes learning structured concepts more engaging and inclusive. IVEO® includes sounds, speech or links, in objects to further stimulate learning. It is compatible with DAISY SVG plug-in.


Latest Release: IVEO Version 2.0, Speaking Tactile Diagrams

IVEO is for those who learn better with touch, sound, and sight combined, thus utilizing any or all three learning modalities to learn faster and retain longer. A free IVEO viewer, compatible with DAISY SVG plug-in, is available from ViewPlus Technologies.


For more information, please visit the official website for IVEO® from Viewplus, Speaking Tactile Diagrams.

KBLL Reader

The Korean Braille Library has developed the KBLL Reader 1.0 with the Sims Line, a software developing company in Korea. KBLL Reader supports only audio and NCC DAISY books. The software is able to set book marking, control speed and volume, and allows the reader to move to chapter, page, or sentence. KBLL Reader can also search word and number (for instance page).

 

If you close the KBLL Reader to end reading, it automatically says the end page of reading. If a user uses KBLL Reader in a common place, like a library or school, this function is very useful.


For more information, please visit the official website for KBLL Reader.

Learning Ally Audio App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

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Gain instant access to RFB&D’s (now Learning Ally) downloadable DAISY formatted books. Learning Ally members can explore Learning Ally’s extensive library of more than 65,000 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 iPhone and iPad: Version 3.2.0

Play a DAISY title in the background while utilizing other apps with the new multitasking support feature. Shake to stop playback. More information about this app is available on iTunes.

Read2Go App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

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Directly from within the Read2Go app, Bookshare members can find, download, and read books on their Apple device. Please submit your feedback to the Read2Go user forum.


Latest Release: Read2Go App Version 1.0.3.0

Update your Read2Go for iOS 6. Read2Go is available for purchase on the iTunes Store.

ReadHear™ Mac

Features:

  • Support for MathML, NIMAS 1.1., & DAISY/ NISO 2005. ReadHear Mac is the first DAISY DTB player that supports all updated specifications on the Macintosh.
  • Roaming Activation for greater portability. The license can be moved from one computer to another making it cost-effective for school licensing, at home and at work.
  • Continuous audio when using another program simultaneously. ReadHear Mac works like a media player, so it will continue reading while you do other things on your computer.
  • Optimized for large books. From encyclopedias to textbooks, any large book will open quickly, navigating and processing at the speed of a smaller book.
  • Automatic Update. ReadHear Mac regularly checks for updates so users will always have the most recent version available.
  • Bookshare, Learning Ally content supported.

Latest Release: ReadHear™ Mac - Digital Talking Book Player for Mac

ReadHear Mac has been updated with:

  • Support for Learning Ally VoiceText: Access to tens of thousands of e-books, including new titles featuring synchronized text highlighting.
  • Support for books with images: Sighted users can now use ReadHear to read and navigate e-books that contain pictures and diagrams.
  • Full Unicode support: The ReadHear activation process has been upgraded to enable use of most international alphabets and symbols.
  • Upgraded language support: ReadHear now features improved handling of European and Asian languages.
  • Improved audio tools: Users can now adjust reading speed for recorded audio tracks.

Download is available on the gh, LLC website.