I met Henrik Lindholm at BETT this year as he attended my talk and he invited me to look at his products which are cross-platform apps meeting a variety of literacy needs. I found their IntroWords on the app store. It’s a free download which I am downloading now as I type. It has text to speech and word prediction and I will definitely add to :)my favourite apps:) on the App Mapping Tool. Do pay a visit there! I have updated the list for January 14 and you can download an excel version for yourself. Let me know if you have added your app to the list I’d be interested to hear. I might be re-vamping the way information is leveled with the National Curriculum in the future so watch out for new and exciting ways to examplify need!!..er…. quite a long download ….. for IntroWords….must be the speech engine! The app version I am using in iOS I’d be interested to hear from any other platform user eg Andrioid, or PC. …. 75% there!! ….. 95% there!!!…… 98%…, there!
Although free to download there is a login either as an individual or a school. It also has OCR and I include a screen shot of what it can do.
The basic package costs £7.99 and you can add OCR – scanning documents – for £3.99 which is a fair price for what the package can do! The text to speech reads PDF files so useful for schools. The prediction is good secondary levels as the word banks are appropriate for that level on initial load up .
I tested the OCR and it works on bold clear black text under a yellowish light. Probably worth trying it in daylight. My iPad2 has the poor camera so will try it on my iPad Mini with the better camera. OCR promises much but the problem always lies with the ability to hold things still to take the picture and the type of lighting as well as the size of text. Good attempt but I need to test under a range of lighting conditions.
After testing on an iPad mini with a good camera. I found the best way is to use the OCR selection box to ensure that you only select text . It works quite well in good lighting conditions.