The Ultra Hal Text-to-Speech Reader application reads documents out loud, e-books, standard Windows dialog boxes, clipboard contents (for emails and web text), and incoming instant messages on AOL, AIM, ICQ and MSN Messenger clients. In addition to speaking text out loud, this program is able to write audio data directly to Windows WAV files. You can convert all your documents and e-books into WAV files and then burn them to audio CDs or convert them into MP3 files. Ultra Hal TTS Reader has several high quality voices to choose from and gives you control over speed, pitch, and volume.
WordTalk is a free plug-in developed for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 upwards), which may help people with reading and writing difficulties use Microsoft Word more effectively. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary to help decide which word spelling is most appropriate. It sits in a user's toolbar and is configurable, allowing users to adjust the highlight colors, the voice and the rate of speed of the speech.
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Use this web-based word processor to support writing tasks: planning and organization, transcription legibility and editing and revising. Planning is supported with an outlining tool from which the draft can be created. Editing and revising are supported with a spell check tool and text-to-speech review of drafts. Being web-based, this program can be accessed from any computer having Internet access.
VocabGrabber analyzes any text you're interested in, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context. Just copy text from a document and paste it into the box, and then click on the "Grab Vocabulary!" button. VocabGrabber will automatically create a list of vocabulary from your text, which you can then sort, filter, and save. Select any word on the list and you'll see a snapshot of the Visual Thesaurus map and definitions for that word, along with examples of the word in your text.
MindMeister lets you create, edit, collaborate and share your mind maps on the go.
SimpleMind is a cross-platform mind mapping tool that allows users to organize thoughts and ideas in multiple maps; users can also add media such as images, videos, and voice recordings to their mind maps.
Dictionary.com is an app that has an integrated dictionary.