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PDF reading software

The Library has a range of software which you may find useful for reading PDF files that you download.  In addition to reading PDF files aloud they can also support your studies in other ways such as spell checking, proofreading, changing screen colours.  To find out more click on the tab for the software you are interested in.

Read & Write supports your study skills through a toolbar which works alongside other applications such as Microsoft Word, email and the Internet. It is designed to provide support for people with writing, reading and spelling difficulties.  

Here are just some of the tools available:

  • Text-to-speech - it will read the content of web pages and documents aloud
  • Dictionary - gives dictionary definitions of words
  • Spell checking - check your spellings with definitions and example sentences
  • Sounds like and confusable words - check and correct your use of words such as their and there or weather and whether
  • Speech Input - types as you speak (requires a microphone)
  • Screen Masking - change the colour of the whole screen to make it easier to see and read
  • Highlighters - highlight useful text and then collect these into a new document, which is useful for taking notes

Read & Write is available on all Library PCs.

Read & Write video tutorials and Read & Write user guides are available on the TextHelp website.  Try out a useful tool which allows you to discover the Read & Write toolbar bar buttons.

Read & Write for Google Chrome is a toolbar which offers many of the functions of the full Texthelp Read & Write software within the Chrome web browser.  It works with webpages and files accessed through Google Drive such as Google Docs, Google Slides, PDF files and ePub files.

Here are just some of the tools available:

  • Text-to-speech - it will read the content of web pages or Google Docs files aloud.  
  • Dictionary - gives dictionary definitions of words
  • Speech Input - types as you speak (only available in Google Docs and requires a microphone)
  • Screen Masking - change the colour of the whole screen to make it easier to see and read
  • Highlighters - highlight useful text and then collect these into a new document which is useful for taking notes

Video tutorials on using Read & Write for Google Chrome, a Read & Write for Google Chrome user guide for Google Docs and a Read & Write for Google Chrome user guide for Office 365  are available on the TextHelp website.

ClaroRead supports your study skills through a toolbar which works alongside other applications such as Microsoft Word, email and the internet. It is designed to provide support for people with writing, reading and spelling difficulties. 

Here are just some of the tools available:

  • Text-to-speech - it will read the content of web pages and documents aloud.  
  • Spell checking - check your spellings and look up dictionary definitions 
  • Homophones - check your use of words such as their and there or weather and whether
  • Screen colour- change the colour of the whole screen to make it easier to see and read

ClaroRead is available on all Library PCs.

ClaroRead video tutorials and ClaroRead user guides are available on the ClaroRead website.

ClaroRead Chrome is a toolbar which offers some of the functions of the full ClaroRead software within the Chrome web browser.  It works with webpages and files accessed through Google Drive such as Google Docs and PDF files.

It provides:

  • Text-to-speech - it will read the content of web pages or Google Docs files aloud.  
  • Screen Overlay- change the colour of web pages to make it easier to see and read

Installing the ClaroRead Chrome extension

  1. Go to the Chrome Web store ClaroRead Chrome page
  2. Click on the + Add to Chrome button
  3. Click on the Add Extension button
  4. Once installed you will see the ClaroRead Chrome icon on your Chrome toolbar.  Click on this to access the toolbar.

ClaroRead Chrome video introduction and ClaroRead Chrome help guides are available on the ClaroRead website.

To find out more about the accessibility features built into Adobe Reader please see the FAQs below.

SensusAccess - convert your documents into accessible formats

SensusAccess is provided by an external company.  Please see the SensusAccess Privacy notice for information about how they manage your data.

Conditions of use

SensusAccess allows students and staff to automatically convert documents into a range of alternate media. You can make an accessible copy if

  • you own the copyright (e.g. it's your own work),
  • you have permission from the copyright owner,
  • the copyright has expired,
  • you have a print disability or if it's for someone with a print disability.

In addition to the above, students and staff may also convert documents produced by Leeds Beckett University in relation to course work and University activities, e.g. module handouts, course packs, lecture notes, without prior permission from the University. This does not apply to published works or material where the copyright owner is not the University, unless you have a print disability.  

Copies should be for personal use only. Please ask Library staff if you are unsure which documents can be converted.

Please be aware of the Data Protection Act when converting and storing files that contain personal data.

Students with a print disability using SensusAccess need to agree that:

  • the copy won't be shared with others
  • you can't find a commercially available version in an appropriate format

and you abide by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988, Section 31A (Disabled persons: copies of works for personal use).

Convert your documents

Please note you need to use your Leeds Beckett University email address with this service.

A SensusAccess tutorial is available which will guide you through using SensusAccess

For help scanning a document into a digital format, please see Scanning & Copying

For help using SensusAccess, please see these instructional videos and SensusAccess FAQs

 

 

 

Contact the Alternative Formats team

Learning Support Officer

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Susan Smith