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Created on Monday, 18 January 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

A new version of FineReader has just been released and the basic OCR accuracy seems to be much better than the previous version 9 (which was actually much worse than version 8 - we carried on using 8 because 9 was so bad). Here's a screenshot of a PDF image that was recognised using FineReader 9:...

Created on Wednesday, 13 January 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

WH Smith are selling eBooks half price until 15 January. There are over 100,000 available and so you can get your hands on say the Twilight series for £4 each (no thanks), Rebus novels by Ian Rankin (that's more like it) as well as books by the likes of Barack Obama or Jeremy Clarkson. ...

Created on Tuesday, 22 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The Audio Revision Project at Lochaber High School is a really good example of how learning resources can be provided in alternative formats. The project is a collaboration between Dyslexia Lochaber, who raised the funding and organised some volunteer narrators, and Lochaber High School. Revision...

Created on Tuesday, 22 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Spoken Ink is a new web site offering downloadable audio short stories by authors such as Roald Dahl, Angela Carter, Julian Barnes, Margaret Atwood "and a host of new and unknown talent." Most of the stories cost 99p to download and you can listen to them on your computer, MP3 player, mobile phon...

Created on Tuesday, 22 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last Friday we gave a couple of talks on assistive techology and AAC, to students on the Moray House Primary Postgraduate course, and here's the powerpoint presentation. It is a whistle-stop tour through Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning. The presentation is a PDF and the notes for each...

Created on Friday, 18 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

This is a chance for you to help improve the accessibility of Glow. If Glow is to fulfil it's aims it needs to be accessible to every pupil in Scotland and one way of helping many pupils with visual or reading difficulties is through 'text-to-speech' software, so that pupils can have material on G...

Created on Wednesday, 16 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The latest edition of the Accessibility Action Group newsletter is well worth a read and shows how much is going on in the field of accessible formats. For example: new guidelines for publishers in how they should respond to requests for permission to adapt books or for digital versions of ...

Created on Monday, 14 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Lots of teachers, pupils and parents are interested in scanning books into the computer, converting it readable text, so that for example: pupils with physical disabilities can press a key on the keyboard, or click a switch, to turn the pages, or dyslexic pupils can have the text read out ...

Created on Friday, 04 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The University of Edinburgh celebrated 40 years of commercialisation with an exhibition and reception in the Playfair library on November 16th 2009. The Smart Wheelchair was Mr (or should that be Miss?) 1987 - the year when we started work on the first protoype. The event was attended by His Roya...