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Assistive Technology (AT): Software

The Assistive Technology (AT) Guide provides you with information about assistive software and training in the library.

Assistive Software

Picture of Eric Wood computer study areaWe have a range of assistive software that is available on all library computers. We also have Assistive Technology PCs installed with a more extensive list of assistive software. Click on the 'AT Computers & Laptops' tab to see the location of the various types of computers.

The tabs in the box below will give you an idea of the types of Assistive software that is available in the Library and what they do.

The assistive software is grouped into categories that reflect their main function. For example, Text-to-Speech software makes on-screen text accessible by reading it out loud to you. Some software can fall into more than one category. 

 

 

We also have an Assistive Technology (AT) Blog with posts on matters of Assistive Technology and Software. You will find instructive
'How To' articles and posts on the role different types of assistive software can have in your assignments. We have also included
links to external AT online resources. 

 

Assistive Software in the Library:

Notetalker, Audio Notetaker, TextHelp Read & Write v 11.5, ClaroRead, IncludeMe, Dragon v14, Inspiration, MindGenius, Mind View, Zoom Text (Reader & Magnifier), Spellex Gold (Word & Dragon), EquatIO

Mind Mapping Software: 

The library can issue a free home license of the MindGenius and Inspiration mind mapping software to DMU students. To request a copy,  click here to submit a request form.


Assistive Software FAQs search: 

 

What can it do?

 What is it?

 What can it do?

 You can use it for...

 Inspiration

 Mind Mapping

  • Planning an essay or report
  • Get your ideas down quickly
  • Brainstorming
  • Organise references
  • Revision and notes
  • Add your own audio notes
  • Export to Word with headings & outline
  • Export to PDF and picture formats (JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

 MindGenius +

 Mind View

 Mind Mapping
 Project Management
 Outline written work

  • Planning an essay or report 
  • Get your ideas down quickly
  • Brainstorming
  • Create Gantt Charts and SWOT analysis
  • Time manage your tasks and assignment
  • Organise references
  • Revision and notes
  • Export to Word and PowerPoint with headings and outline
  • Export to an Excel spreadsheet (as a Gantt chart)
  • Export to PDF and picture formats (JPEG, PNG, TIFF)
 

 What is it?

 What can it do?

 You can use it for...

ClaroRead Text-to-Speech
  • Reading out loud on-screen text: Word, PDFs, scanned documents, web pages.
  • Proof-reading written assignments by listening back
  • Adding a coloured screen overlay
  • Accessing a talking a calculator
  • Adding your own audio notes

TextHelp 

Read&Write

Text-to-Speech

(See also: Speech-to-Text)

  • Reading out loud on-screen text: Word, PDFs, scanned documents, web pages.
  • Proof-reading written assignments by listening back
  • Researching
 Dragon

Text-to-Speech

(See also: Speech-to-Text)

  • Researching
  • Read out loud on-screen text: Word and Web Pages
  • Proof-reading written assignments by listening back
  • Works with Audio NoteTaker

 

TextHelp Read&Write is only available on the Assistive Technology (AT) computers. Dragon is available on AT computers and the Blue Cabinet loan laptops.
 
 

 What is it?

 What can it do?

 You can use it for...

 Dragon

Speech-to-Text

(see also: Text-to-Speech)

  • Writing assignments (reports, essays, dissertations)
  • Dictating into Word your essay or report 
  • Transcribing (limited)
  • Voice commands to edit
  • Works with Audio Notetaker

TextHelp 

Read&Write

Speech-to-Text

(see also: Text-to-Speech)

  • Writing assignments (reports, essays, dissertations)
  • Dictating into Word your spoken word

 

TextHelp Read&Write is only available on the Assistive Technology (AT) computers. Dragon is available on AT computers and the Blue Cabinet loan laptops.

See Dragon in action:

 

 

 What is it?

 What can it do?

 You can use it for...

Audio Notetaker

Note-taking 

  • Taking better notes
  • Recording lecturers and interviews
  • Add colour coded tags while recording
  • Import PowerPoint presentations and images
  • Organising notes
  • Transcribing audio (with Dragon - subject to audio quality)
  • Using your smartphone to record lectures with AudioNotetaker App (free download from Google Play)
  • Import audio captured with other devices to use with Audio Notetaker

NoteTalker

Note-taking

  • Taking better notes
  • Recording lecturers and interviews
  • Add bookmarks while recording
  • Import PowerPoint presentations and images
  • Organising notes
  • Filter and extract notes
  • Turning your smartphone into recording device with NotaTalker app (not free)
  • Import audio captured with other devices to use with Notetalker

 

Audio Notetaker is only available on the Assistive Technology (AT) computers.

EquatIO - Digital Maths

EquatIO is an equation editor now available in the Library and across campus to staff and students. You can use it to insert maths and chemistry expressions into Microsoft Word and other applications. Maths and chemistry formulas can be typed, handwritten (via mouse/touchpad), spoken or converted from a photo. 

EquatIO also works with TextHelp Read&Write so equations can be read aloud in the correct order. This feature is only available on the Assistive Technology PCs in as these are installed with Read&Write.

When opening EquatIO from Windows or your CloudPaging account, it should sign you in automatically with your student email account. If it asks you to login, select Microsoft and log in with your DMU email and password. If the toolbar shows that you are running a trial version, click Log Out, and then log back in again.

This is a new addition to our AT software provision. If there are any issues with the application, please log a helpdesk call with ITMS - click here to see their contact details.

Make it accessible

Convert text into an accessible format with Sensus Access.

You can convert PDFs, JEPGs and other types of files into text files, e-books, audio or braille. Click here to go to our Make It Accessible page. 



Conditions of use

You can make an accessible copy if:

  • You own the copyright (for example, it’s your own work)
  • Have permission from the copyright holder
  • If the copyright has expired
  • Or it’s for someone with a print disability

In making any accessible copy you agree that:

Contact us for copyright advice: copyright@dmu.ac.uk

ZoomText Magnifier and Reader is an advanced screen magnification software that enlarges everything on the computer screen. It also has colour controls to improve screen clarity and include effects such as colour dyes, two-colour modes and replacement of problem colours. 

ZoomText is available on Assistive Technology (AT) computers and the Library Study Rooms. 

Useful External links to assistive software manuals, guides and tips.

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What can it do? (Gallery - use left and right arrows to browse)

Mind Mapping

To see the next category of Assistive Software, click on the side arrows.

 What is it?

 What can it do?

 You can use it for...

 Inspiration

 Mind Mapping

  • Planning an essay or report
  • Get your ideas down quickly
  • Brainstorming
  • Organise references
  • Revision and notes
  • Add your own audio notes
  • Export to Word with headings & outline
  • Export to PDF and picture formats (JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

 MindGenius +

 Mind View

 Mind Mapping
 Project Management
 Outline written work

  • Planning an essay or report 
  • Get your ideas down quickly
  • Brainstorming
  • Create Gantt Charts and SWOT analysis
  • Time manage your tasks and assignment
  • Organise references
  • Revision and notes
  • Export to Word and PowerPoint with headings and outline
  • Export to an Excel spreadsheet (as a Gantt chart)
  • Export to PDF and picture formats (JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

Text-to-Speech

To see the next category of Assistive Software, click on the side arrows.

 What is it?

 What can it do?

 You can use it for...

ClaroRead Text-to-Speech
  • Reading out loud on-screen text: Word, PDFs, scanned documents, web pages.
  • Proof-reading written assignments by listening back
  • Adding a coloured screen overlay
  • Accessing a talking a calculator
  • Adding your own audio notes

TextHelp 

Read&Write

Text-to-Speech

(See also: Speech-to-Text)

  • Reading out loud on-screen text: Word, PDFs, scanned documents, web pages.
  • Proof-reading written assignments by listening back
  • Researching
 Dragon

Text-to-Speech

(See also: Speech-to-Text)

  • Researching
  • Read out loud on-screen text: Word and Web Pages
  • Proof-reading written assignments by listening back
  • Works with Audio NoteTaker

Speech-to-Text

To see the next category of Assistive Software, click on the side arrows.
 

TextHelp Read&Write is only available on the Assistive Technology (AT) computers. Dragon is available on AT computers and the Blue Cabinet loan laptops.

See Dragon in action:

 

 What is it?

 What can it do?

 You can use it for...

 Dragon

Speech-to-Text

(see also: Text-to-Speech)

  • Writing assignments (reports, essays, dissertations)
  • Dictating into Word your essay or report 
  • Transcribing (limited)
  • Voice commands to edit
  • Works with Audio Notetaker

TextHelp 

Read&Write

Speech-to-Text

(see also: Text-to-Speech)

  • Writing assignments (reports, essays, dissertations)
  • Dictating into Word your spoken word

Notetaking

To see the next category of Assistive Software, click on the side arrows.

 What is it?

 What can it do?

 You can use it for...

Audio Notetaker

Note-taking 

  • Taking better notes
  • Recording lecturers and interviews
  • Add colour coded tags while recording
  • Import PowerPoint presentations and images
  • Organising notes
  • Transcribing audio (with Dragon - subject to audio quality)
  • Using your smartphone to record lectures with AudioNotetaker App (free download from Google Play)
  • Import audio captured with other devices to use with Audio Notetaker

NoteTalker

Note-taking

  • Taking better notes
  • Recording lecturers and interviews
  • Add bookmarks while recording
  • Import PowerPoint presentations and images
  • Organising notes
  • Filter and extract notes
  • Turning your smartphone into recording device with NotaTalker app (not free)
  • Import audio captured with other devices to use with Notetalker

Infographs of EquatIO digital maths tool

Digital Maths Tool

To see the next category of Assistive Software, click on the side arrows.

EquatIO - Digital Maths

EquatIO is an equation editor now available in the Library and across campus to staff and students. You can use it to insert maths and chemistry expressions into Microsoft Word and other applications. Maths and chemistry formulas can be typed, handwritten (via mouse/touchpad), spoken or converted from a photo. 

EquatIO also works with TextHelp Read&Write so equations can be read aloud in the correct order. This feature is only available on the Assistive Technology PCs in as these are installed with Read&Write.

When opening EquatIO from Windows or your CloudPaging account, it should sign you in automatically with your student email account. If it asks you to login, select Microsoft and log in with your DMU email and password. If the toolbar shows that you are running a trial version, click Log Out, and then log back in again.

This is a new addition to our AT software provision. If there are any issues with the application, please log a helpdesk call with ITMS - click here to see their contact details.

Make it Accessible

Make it accessible

Convert text into an accessible format with Sensus Access.

You can convert PDFs, JEPGs and other types of files into text files, e-books, audio or braille. Click here to go to our Make It Accessible page. 


 

Magnification

To see the next category of Assistive Software, click on the side arrows.

ZoomText Magnifier and Reader is an advanced screen magnification software that enlarges everything on the computer screen. It also has colour controls to improve screen clarity and include effects such as colour dyes, two-colour modes and replacement of problem colours. 


ZoomText is available on Assistive Technology (AT) computers and the Library Study Rooms.  

 

 

Assistive Technology PCs

Assistive Technology PCs have AT stickers in them:

Picture of the AT Sticker on the Assistive Technology Computers

 

These PCs are installed with:

  • Notetalker 
  • Audio Notetaker (Sonocent)
  • TextHelp Read & Write v11.5
  • ClaroRead
  • Include Me 
  • Dragon v14
  • Inspiration
  • MindGenius
  • Mind View
  • Zoom Text (Read & Magnifier)
  • Spellex Gold (Word & Dragon)
  • EquatIO (Digital maths tool)