Released 12\14\2k

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"WeMedia Talking Browser v1.2" is a PC software application that was developed in an effort to help blind and vision impaired people to experience the World Wide Web in a much more friendly way then is currently available.

We, at Customized Computer Software, sincerely thank WeMedia.com for the funds to complete the development of this project along with making it possible to release, they're the best!

Basically, this is a web browser that "speaks" (using Microsoft Active X Agent© technology) the text from web pages for the benefit of the blind or vision impaired person. Please do not confuse this as another "screen reader" as it is a totally different concept to make the Internet experience available in a more user friendly way. In fact, it has been designed to be used without the help of a screen reader. It is operated via keystrokes (mouse clicks allowed), and upon further development, via voice recognition. These features give the sight impaired user the ability to navigate (with the skills or senses available to them) within the program. We have made a point of designing this software to be VERY simple to operate, thus giving a wider audience that can take advantage of it's use. Any additional software needed ( a text-2-speech engine) is supplied within the setup program to be installed on the system.

Includes the following features...

The application has the ability to be operated completely via user function keystrokes or user mouse clicks as to allow the blind or impaired vision person to execute program features without the need of a "helper".
The application "talks" all functions and the help menu so as to allow the user to rely on their hearing ability only (to extend their own self reliance).
Includes an "interactive" help system to guide the user at every step.
Ability to announce where the focus is (within the program) upon demand.
All links included within the loaded web page can be accessed via a "scan method" that speaks the name of the link or in the conventional way.
Features a "favorites" function to add favorites for future use. Takes advantage and use of the Microsoft IE bookmark system but displayed and accessed in a different manner.
Includes a "Browser map" that the user can perform any function of the browser from this one stop via a single keystroke. Put the focus into the "browser map" via a hotkey, scan down the list of commands until find desired function, press the Enter key and it's done!
Includes several advanced features such as a text enlarger, option to change font size, option to change background colors, options to set the voice speed, tone, pitch, etc.
Option the view the page in the normal view or text only (all graphics stripped out) for low sighted users.
Features a very complete and tailored help section and features.
Browser can be operated by the use of only 6 hotkeys. 
Last but by all means not least, a simple web browser that will "talk" the text that is displayed on most any web site.

Our sighted visiters can click on this >> wemedia_screenshot_small.JPG (2245 bytes) image to view a screen shot.

After receiving valued feedback from current users we will start working on a more advanced version. It will/ may include the following added features:

The application will give the user the option of using voice recognition (i.e. the computer will convert the user's speech to actual computer commands that will operate just like a keyboard and mouse does now) and / or the user's keystrokes and mouse clicks to activate all the functions.
The "talking" web browser will allow the  user to surf the web by means of the users  function keystrokes OR speech recognition. 
The application may feature a "live chat room" that will speak the contents of what the user has typed in and the response from the other client on demand. This will be limited to the other user having this software installed on there computer as well. Peer to peer communications.
Also, we hope to have an email feature added to the software that will not require sight to operate simply.
Other features and improvements that feedback from v1.0 users have indicated would be useful.
Other neat stuff may be included, but at this point, will keep "under hat"!

Min. system requirements...

Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, ME, 2000 or NT
Windows compatible sound card and speakers
Microsoft Internet Explore 4.+
All other required software components supplied within the setup (VB6 runtime files, Text 2 Speech Engine, Microsoft Agent© core files)

 

Download and ordering instructions...

Download the We Media Talking Browser off of THIS PAGE !
Due to the size (8.24 Mb) of this setup, we also offer the option of receiving the software on CD (for a shipping / handling charge of $9.00) from this LINK !
Mail a request for CD to Customized Computer Software, PO Box 171, Midwest, WY 82643.

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