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Using Natural Reader Free 3.0 for Mac for Text-to-Speech

Natural Reader 3 (free) on the Macintosh can be used to provide text-to-speech with the CourseSmart reader.

  • Using the Natural Reader application does not require the Accessible Reader. There is no need to contact CourseSmart Support for this option.

Each CourseSmart book is available in one of two available formats: Flash-based and Print-Fidelity. Each format requires a slightly different technique for using imported text. Instructions for using Natural Reader with each format follow.


Full-Application Method – Flash-Based Books

You will know if your book is Flash-based if the Reading Option of “Continuous” is available for selection as shown below:

          

 

The following instructions describe the procedure for using imported text with your book.

  • Start the Natural Reader application



  • Press Command-A to select all text in the Natural Reader application window



  • Press Delete to clear the default text in the Natural Reader application window

  • Go to your CourseSmart browser and go to the page you would like to read

  • Select the text you would like to read

  • Click on “Copy” in the pop-up menu



  • Switch back to the Natural Reader application and press Command-V (copy) to put the text into the Natural Reader window

  • Press the Play button to read the text aloud



  • Your text will read out loud with a highlighter:



  • After completion of this text, press Command-A again to select all, press Delete to clear the Natural Reader and you are ready to repeat the process for your next block of text

  • For review, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rksq8yzv2Ls&feature=youtube_gdata

 

Miniboard Method – Print Fidelity Based Books

If you only see Single Page and Thumbnails as display options in the reader, your book is in Print Fidelity format. The page display options will appear as below:

          

The following instructions describe the procedure for using imported text with your book.

  • Start the Natural Reader application



  • Select the introductory text in the Natural Reader window, then press Delete or Backspace to remove the text.



  • Click on the “Miniboard” option in the upper right corner of the application



  • Click on the Cursor-On Select button to set it to “ON”



  • Open the eTextbook you wish to read and navigate to the page that you wish to read.

  • When you are on the page you want read, use your mouse to select the area of text you want read out loud

    1. Click on the “Copy” option in the pop-up menu. Your selected text will appear in the CourseSmart copy pop-up window.



    2. Click at the upper left corner of the text in the CourseSmart copy dialog box and drag your cursor over the area to be read aloud

    3. The text you select will be placed in the Natural Reader Miniboard and read outloud immediately

  • You can use the Miniboard Play button to re-read the text

  • To move to the next area to be read, click “OK” on the CourseSmart copy dialog box to close it, select the next area of text you’d like read in the CourseSmart reader

  • The text in the Miniboard will be erased, at which point you can go back to step 1 above

  • To review, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dedFVisJynA&feature=youtube_gdata

 

 

 

        

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