Read & Write Gold
The interface for RW Gold consists only of the simple toolbar pictured above. The toolbar can be placed and locked anywhere on the desktop so as to not impede the user or prove to be cumbersome. Upon opening a document or webpage, this toolbar can be used to read and interact with the text.
Play. When selected, text will begin being read, highlighted as spoken. Will read highlighted sections or beginning of line/sentence that the cursor is on. While being read. The up and down buttons can be used to speed up or slow down the pace at which the text is being read.
Rewind. When selected, the reader will go to the previous line or sentence and begin reading.
Fast Forward. When selected, the reader will go to the next line or sentence and begin reading.
Pause. Text reading will pause where it’s at until the play button is pressed, which will then resume the reading where it last left off.
Stop. Text will stop being read and un-highlight.
Screenshot Reader. When clicked, the mouse will have the image seen to the left attached to it and allow the user to drag a box around any section of text they would like. The text will then be scanned and read aloud to the user. Alternatively, a freehand box can be drawn, as well as the ability to simply hover over the text and read specific words or sections.
Speech Maker. Allows the user to create a recording of any section of the text. Simply highlight the desired portion of the text and then press this button on the toolbar and the user will be prompted to save a recording as an mp3 file.
Daisy Reader. RW Gold contains a built in Daisy Reader to read files in the DAISY format. Click the Daisy Reader icon and it will ask you to open a DAISY file from your computer. Once opened, the file can be read using the standard Read & Write voice settings.
Scan. Scans books into Word, PDF, or HTML. Scans from WIA (digital camera or scanner), TWAIN, or from a file. Pressing the black arrow next to the button will allow the user to determine the quality and output format of the file, as well as its save destination.
Fact Finder. When clicked, the user’s default/preferred web browser on the user’s computer will open up to google and any text the user has highlighted will be put into the search bar and have a google search conducted. The user can change/ add other websites to have searches conducted, and there are several preset sources available depending on the topic of the search, an example being barnes&noble.com for a book related search.
Fact Folder. Allows the user to add highlighted text to an archive of information they have retrieved. The text is stored in a folder along with “facts” or information about the subject that the user can add. This folder can then be accessed at any time to review the facts they have acquired.
Fact Mapper. Takes the user to an external website in which they are able to create diagrams pertaining to facts that they have discovered. Enables the user to have a visual aid of information they have learned. Offers the ability to create spheres representing topics and then add relative details. Other spheres can be connected to on another to represent a similar topic of flow of related information.
Screen Masking. When pressed, the user has a variety of options to choose from. After clicking the Screen Masking Icon, the color of the screen will change.
This can be useful for vision impaired users, as it presents the opportunity to select any color they want to mask the screen in. Can change settings to either tint the whole screen or just a few lines where the mouse is located. This can be determined by pressing the black arrow located directly to the right of the Screen Masking button and choosing the desired setting from the “Select Masking Type” section.
Translator. The translator button can be used to either translate individual words or entire paragraphs; dependent on which option is selected. If only a single word is desired to be translated to an alternative language than what the text presents, when pressed, any word the user has highlighted will be displayed along with its foreign counterpart in the desired language. If an entire paragraph is required to be translated, a webpage will open up with the translation of what the user has highlighted. Clicking the black arrow to the right of the translator button offers the ability to switch between single word and whole paragraph translation, as well as the choosing the preferred language output.
PDF Aloud. Clicking the PDF Aloud button prompts the user to open a PDF file. After doing so, the PDF will open with a Read and Write Gold toolbar added to it in Adobe. On this toolbar you can change the settings for how the PDF is read.
Spell Check. Clicking the Spell Check button will prompt the program to go through the entire document and bring up all potential errors. It then gives options for what the user may have intended to write as well as a definition of this word to ensure the user did indeed make a mistake. It can also be used to check individual words that are highlighted.
Prediction. As you are typing a window provides a list of words which are predictions of what you are typing. If you start typing a word and see it on the list you can select it by pressing one of the f1-f12 keys. You can also have a voice read this list by hovering the mouse over the words.
Dictionary. Provides the user with a definition for any word that is highlighted. Options include basic definitions, advanced definitions, and web definitions.
Picture Dictionary. Provides the user with an illustrated definition of any word that is highlighted. When a word is selected or typed into the Picture Dictionary search bar, multiple pictures are displayed that portray either the meaning or literal interpretation of the word.
Word Wizard. Provides the user with an in depth definition of any word that is highlighted or typed into the search bar that appears upon clicking this button. Offers the user to choose which part of speech they would like as well as providing antonyms and synonyms.
Sounds Like and Confusable Words. Provides the user with all the words that could be confused with other words, such as words that have more than one meaning for that are spelled very similarly to other words. Pressing this button will highlight all of these potentially troublesome words and bring it to the attention of the user.
Verb Checker. Allows the user to check if a verb they are using is in the correct tense, and shows all possible options while informing them which choice is correct. Will either bring up a verb that is highlighted or the user can simply type it into the search that appears upon clicking this button.
Calculator. Clicking this button will bring up either a standard or scientific calculator, depending on which option is selected. It also allows for the conversion of length, mass, velocity, time, temperature and volume.