Freeware & Shareware

Freeware & Shareware

Cost free programs available from the Internet

Text to Speech Programs that will voice or speak text back to the user
Read Please 2003 text-to-speech software with 8 other languages/voices.
Natural Voice software is intuitive and very easy to use.
TextAloud has a free trial period. Text to speech software (save in WAV or MP3 file format).
WordTalk is a set of very useful tools with text-to-speech and some literacy supports, including spell checker & thesaurus.
PowerTalk software voices text and word art in any MS PowerPoint file.
Coolspeech text to speech player (Shareware).
E-triloquist program.
Older voices and technology but has some useful features.
2nd Speech Centre – text to speech with sound converter features (Shareware).
Text Sound V2.0 with some useful features. /aloud4ie.htm
Aloud4ie adds text-to-speech capabilities to MS Internet Explorer.
A speech reader for Internet sites using Linux operating system. /view.php?id=21174
Machine Reading -Talking Web Browser 1.1 – reads websites.
Text to Speech software has a free trial download. It has numerous features.

Web Browser and Email Programs
Browsealoud converts text to speech on websites including PDF documents. It reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online. Reading large amounts of text on screen can be difficult for those with literacy problems or visual impairments. It can also assist people who have English as a second language.
WordCue provides assistance in reading words, links and phrases on web pages.
MozBraille is an extension to transform Mozilla or Firefox to a stand-alone accessible Internet browser designed for blind or partially sighted users. MozBraille offers its users three displays or outputs: a Braille output on a braille terminal, a text to speech output, or big characters view.

Literacy Support Programs – Software that assists with literacy needs
WordWeb V4.5 is a free thesaurus and word meanings.
The Thinking Man’s Thesaurus is another very useful thesaurus and works well along with WordWeb.
Photo Story 3 – a program that incorporates photos with text, transitions and music.
Free OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. Note: It requires an OCR capable scanner.
tinySpell V1.5 is a small utility that allows you to easily and quickly check the spelling of words in any Windows application. tinySpell can watch your typing on the fly and alert you whenever it detects a misspelled word. It can also check the spelling of text that you copy to the clipboard. tinySpell installs itself in the system tray for easy access. It comes with an American-English dictionary containing more than 110,000 words.

Onscreen Keyboard & Keyboard Utility Software
Click-N-Type is an on-screen virtual keyboard designed for anyone with a disability that prevents him or her from typing on a physical computer keyboard.
‘ClipText’ stores bits of text that you commonly need (such as addresses) and pastes them directly into whatever application you are using at the text cursor position.
Talking keyboard voices the key that has been pressed. Using the controls on its main window, users can attach built-in or user-defined WAV sounds to specific keyboard events. It is shareware with a free downloadable trial version.
IntelliComplete – 30-day free trial. Has auto complete word or phrase and auto-expand shorthand in any applications on MS Windows.
IntelliEdit – Freeware. IntelliEdit is a rich text editor and can auto complete words and phrases, auto-expand short hand.
‘On-Screen Keyboard V 2.0’ – part of the MS Windows Operating System.

Graphics and Drawing Tools
Irfanview V3.99 is a free, full working copy of a useful graphics editor/utility
A freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. /deep-paint.php
Deep Paint integrates stroke-by-stroke artistic photo cloning, fully editable brush and canvas settings, and paint functionality for realistic and stunning paint effects. Freeware
Fast Stone Image Viewer is a very fast in displaying images
Picassa V2.0 is a free software download from Google that helps you locate and organise all the photos on your computer. Users can edit and add effects to photos with a few simple clicks. Users can share photos with others through email, prints and via the web. It’s fast, easy and at no cost to the user.
Diagrams V1.1 is a diagram creation and manipulation tool that provides different shapes that can be dragged into a work area. Shapes include action, data, decision, terminal, document and input. Sideline, textblock, linejoin, polygon, arc and bezier line tools are also available. It has sticky shape connectors with custom shape data and predefined figures.
Dog Waffle V1.2 is a paint program, not just a photo editing program or an imaging/conversion tool. Even though it can serve many of these markets too, with various enhancement and conversion filters, special effects and color adjustments, the primary reason for Dogwaffle is for users to paint – without the mess. Much of Dogwaffle’s functionality is accessible through plugins. They are highly optimized for speed, and many of them operate in real-time.
‘Photo to Sketch V3.5’ converts any image or photo to an outline or “sketch”. This is a very small application in size (i.e. only 850 Kilobytes as a download) and once installed it takes up only 2.5 MB, but has a great deal to offer. It launches into a window that is resizable. Users can convert any photo or image into a line drawing of variable thickness.
With FotoTagger V2.4, users can annotate pictures. It is a powerful way to label a map, or add text to an image or schematic drawing. Users can label photographs and pictures and add explanatory notes to onscreen graphics or describe with them critical comments and quickly add comments or sentences to inform direct or instruct.

Vision Utilities and Screen/Cursor Magnifiers
Virtual Magnifying Glass: a free magnifying tool for MS Windows
Another Lens displays a magnified view of the area of the mouse cursor
Black Window: Enhances visibility and reduces distractibility of other programs. Fills the screen with a black background that remains underneath other programs.
I-Zoom – A useful and powerful free screen magnifier/reader
Super Magnifier, magnifies portions of your screen up to 15 times. /paulscott/zoom.htm
Zoom screen magnifier. It displays a floating window that shows an enlarged view of the area around the cursor.
This is a free magnifying tool. Fatbits includes features such as magnification levels (from 1x to 20x), a resizable lens area, you can change the width and height of the “lens”, add a crosshatch effect (white, black or invert colour), set hot keys, add the utility to the Startup Folder so as to launch with MS Windows and can be used in English, Portuguese or Spanish languages.
A selection of large colourful cursors that can be used as your pointer. You access them via the mouse control panel.

Calculators and Math Tools
Talking Calculator V3 – This full functioning “talking calculator” can be used with or without a screen reader. Every button and edit area talks. It is easy to use with large keys and contrasting colours.
‘GraphCalc V4.0.1’. GraphCalc can be a student’s sole calculator in mathematics.   GraphCalc can cope with everything from everyday arithmetic to statistical analysis, from betas to Booleans, from cubes to calculus, decimals to derivatives.

The metalogic calculator allows users to enter the whole equation, as a student would normally write it on a piece of paper. Also if you choose View->Steps, students can see how the equation was solved step by step.

Organisers and Reminders /stickypad.html
Stickypad – configurable alarms, resizable windows, variable fonts and other useful features.
Stickies – configurable alarms, resizable windows, variable fonts, other useful features.
Post-It Notes Lite V3.1.1 – create your own notes with pictures and hyperlinks, stick notes on your computer desktop and add alarms to your notes as reminders.
The IHMC CmapTools program empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. It allows users to, among many other features, construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet, link their Cmaps to other Cmaps on servers, automatically create web pages of their concept maps on servers, edit their maps synchronously (at the same time) with other users on the Internet, and search the web for information relevant to a concept map.
Evernote is an intuitive note management application that provides users with a single place for the easy input, organization and quick retrieval of all types of notes and content clippings. With EverNote users can conveniently capture and quickly find typed or handwritten memos; excerpts from Web pages, emails, documents; passwords, phone messages, To-Do’s, brainstorms, sketches and snapshots. EverNote even allows users to find words in handwritten notes and images.

eBook Web Sites
Free e-books. All copyright free with text, HTML and some MP3s
Free e-texts and free texts
Free eBooks.  LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.

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