Voice Dream Reader

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Description of App: 

Having reached top 10 in Education in 79 countries, Voice Dream Reader is the world's most accessible reading tool. With advanced text-to-speech and a
highly configurable screen layout, it can be tailored to suit every reading style from completely auditory to completely visual, plus synchronized combination
of both.

Voice Dream Reader supports reading PDF and Word documents, DRM-free EPUB and DAISY eBooks, Web pages and more. It's directly integrated with Bookshare,
Dropbox, G-Drive, Evernote, Pocket, Instapaper, and Gutenberg.

We update Voice Dream Reader regularly with new features: we're committed to making this the last reading app you will buy.

Voices
- 36 enhanced VoiceOver voices in all languages are available for free (iOS 7 only)
- 78 premium voices from Acapela, NeoSpeech and Ivona in 20 languages available through in-app purchase
- Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Czech,
Catalan, Polish, Turkish, Greek, and Arabic.

Voice Reading
- Listen to documents like it's music, with play-pause button, gestures or remote control
- Continues reading when you lock the screen
- Change voice and reading speed (50-700 words per minute) on the fly
- Remembers the voice and speech rate used for each document
- Correct pronunciation with your own pronunciation dictionary
- Sleep timer

Visual Reading
- Switch between original layout and text-only view for PDF documents
- Synchronized word and line highlighting
- Improve focus with reduced text area and auto-scrolling
- Customizable font including OpenDyslexia font
- Font size up to 80 points for low vision users
- Adjustable margin, line spacing and character spacing
- 3 fully customizable color themes

Getting Content
- Text extraction from PDF, Plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, RTF, Apple Pages, and HTML files
- Text extraction from DRM-free ePub and DAISY books
- DAISY audiobooks, and audiobooks as zipped MP3 files
- Store and view PDF documents in original layout
- Dropbox and G-Drive
- Pocket, Instapaper and Evernote
- Bookshare and Gutenberg
- Built-in Web Browser to download file and extract text from Web pages
- Import using USB and iTunes from a PC or Mac
- Copy-paste and text editor
- Language translation (in-app purchase)
- Folders for organizing content
- Export full text, highlights, and notes

Navigating
- Navigation by sentence, paragraph, page, chapter, highlights, bookmarks, 15, 30, and 60 seconds
- Remembers speech and visual location where you stopped
- Bookmarking, text highlighting and note taking
- Full-text search
- Built-in dictionary
- Playlist

Important Notes:
- It is not possible to load DRM-protected books from iBooks, Kindle and Nook.
- Instapaper requires paid subscription for third party access.

 

Version: 

3.2.0

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 6

iOS Version: 

8.0.2

Accessibility Comments: 

This is a very accessible app, and the developers seem truly committed to improving it. Organizing content is somewhat difficult and may require sighted assistance, but downloading and reading content works very well. As of the latest release, 2.7.2, the developer has fixed the issues noted below with regards to the inaccessibility of the text box. It is now possible to read by words, characters and lines through the text with voiceOver.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

The samples for peter (happy) and peter (sad) which previously did not play are now working properly.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@voicedreamapp