What do you think is the essential software for a blind user getting their first Mac?

macOS & Mac Apps

Hello, I am looking for all your opinions, I may primarily do my book reading on my iPad, but aside from text to speech and zoom, in your opinions what are the best book readers and general visually impaired person softwares for mac, i am getting a macbook tomorrow and would like some advice this being my first time. Do they have read2go or voice dream on mac?



Submitted by Fatima.Hamoud10 on Friday, June 24, 2016

The Mac already has VoiceOver which is a built in screen reader. When you press any key on the keyboard VoiceOver will say the name of that key. VoiceOver will also tell you what's happening on your Mac. I think the Mac comes with OSX El Capitain.

Submitted by Carlos Taylor on Friday, June 24, 2016

You can go to the BookShare website and enable the web reader to read BookShare books on the mac. If you don't wish to remain in the browser window to read, you can copy and paste your book into Text Edit or some other wordprocessor.

Submitted by Mani on Friday, June 24, 2016

you can download the daisy format from Bookshare (with or without images) and after unzipping the files (automatically done on the Mac), open the .xml file in Safari. You can then read it like you would any web content. I haven't tried this on other browsers.
Hope this helps,