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  1. Here's a link to a youtube explaining this: https://youtu.be/s1-ld5lOBsM Hi all. As many of you know, in order to read your books in Chrome, you have to convert the file extension from .XML to .html. I got kind of tired of renaming every single book share file from .XML to .html. So, I created a little Automator workflow that solves this problem. Basically, it opens the folder, finds the file extension and converts it. I've attached a dropbox link to this post. Open up the link and install the workflow. Next time you want to convert, Simply right click the folder, go to the services menu, and click Bookshare open v1. It will do the rest. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ycmupzap8un9u4n/Bookshare open v1.workflow.zip?dl=0 For more creative solutions like this go to http://bit.ly/talospotential Subscribe here: https://bit.ly/talossub
  2. Dear all, My name is Jackson. Bookshare was a tool that changed my life and for that I will be forever grateful. Because of assistive technology, I’m actually able to read at super speeds (700 wpm). I wanted to share what has been helpful for me with all of you, so that you can benefit! I've had so many people (with learning disabilities and without them) ask me how to set up various text to speech engines. Thus, I started a channel that explains some basic steps, and also is going to get into deeper ways to leverage tech. Here's the link to my first video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryxhoJb467c&t= I also am always looking for questions that people have, so if you're constantly getting questions about how to set something up, let me know and I might be able to make a video (I plan to do at least one on how to get the most out of bookshare soon). I hope this helps you - there's a world of potential out there.
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    Books available in PDF

    Here's one solution. Download as text, open the file and change the file with the .xml extension to a .html extension. That will allow you to open it in Chrome. Open it up in Chrome by either dragging it in or double clicking it (it's been glitchy recently). Then tell Chrome to print it and then before hitting the print button hit "change" for the printer destination. Switch the destination to "Save as PDF." This allows it to automatically convert to a PDF.
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    Read2Go - sound control problems

    Astrid. Another alternative (that has bookshare integrated) is Capti. If you want to change the voice, it's a bit weird, but if you want a specific apple voice let me know and I'll explain the steps. Capti is, in my opinion, one of the better readers - and it's free.
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    Noteability App

    Dear Kim, If you have Google Chrome, you can automatically print your book as a PDF. Here is the sequence (I use a mac): First, open the document in Chrome (let me know if you do not know how to do this). Second, hit the button to print the page (command or control + P) Third, change the print destination to "Save as PDF" Fourth, save it and it will go wherever you want. Here's some pictures if it helps (I hate written instructions): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sD0xClm9q69BovGImGXBBKcUR0dle7kh/view?usp=sharing
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    Speechify

    Hey everyone, I wanted to let you all know about this program I recently found called Speechify (https://getspeechify.com/). Here's a nice video about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRFwBIsHu5M It's a great piece of software that is good for both everyday computer usage and for reading on IOS devices. On the computer, it is perfect for normal browsing. One of the biggest problems I have with the Apple built-in text to speech functionality is that it doesn't pause, skip forward, or go backwards. Speechify can do all of those things. It also has the ability to use RSVP (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapid_serial_visual_presentation). Basically, it flashes the words one by one - it helps a ton with eye fatigue. Another benefit is that you don't have to keep pasting things into it (like with other programs). One other feature, which not everyone will use, is that it reads up to 720 words per minute. Honestly, very few programs allow for this, which is really unfortunate. I use it when I'm doing generic things on my computer (e.g., browsing, reading articles, writing papers for school, etc.). The reason it's so good for this is that I can use a normal word processor and have the text read to me. Another thing is that it pairs really well with reading Bookshare texts. On the computer, I use it to read my textbooks - since it is easier for me to read on my computer than my tiny phone. You can also use it on your phone, but I don't do that as much. Oh and did I mention? It OCRs stuff on the computer and it can OCR photos from books on your phone. There are some problems with it, it can be a bit buggy sometimes, but the developer is super responsive. He actually has dyslexia and used text to speech to help himself in college: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZs2Q08o9LI