AssistiveWare on Wednesday announced
— two new products designed to enhance Mac OS X for sight-impaired users. Prices start at $149.
VisioVoice converts text, Word, HTML, PDF and RTF files to audio files or iPod-ready iTunes tracks. It also provides a document and selection reader with fast-forward and rewind functions; large cross-hair and target cursors; text and image zoom windows; spoken interface elements and multilingual support (initially in French and Dutch).
VisioVoice is bundled with InfoVox iVox, which provides high-quality voices to be used with any Speech Manager-compliant application in Mac OS X. That includes TextEdit, Preview, Acrobat Reader, Proloquo and AppleWorks, and more.
Both products are Universal binaries that work natively on Intel and PowerPC-based Macs, and include all voices for the language of choice. Most languages include male and female voices — US English even includes children’s voices.
Infovox iVox requires Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later; VisioVoice requires Mac OS X v10.4 or later.