Due to my dyslexia, reading large amounts of text can be very difficult. To get round this problem, I usually use a text reader on the computer which reads aloud to me. There are two main text readers I use, ClaroRead and the text reader built into Dragon Naturally Speaking. Both text readers are good but are useful in different situations.
The Dragon Naturally Speaking text reader does not have quite as realistic a voice as Claro read but it’s still very easy to understand. I use this mainly when proofreading my work. I use speech recognition and it occasionally mishears what I’m saying, so having the computer read back what I’ve written is the most effective way of spotting these speech recognition errors. If I were to read the text myself, I would probably not notice most of the errors. It is convenient to use the Dragon Naturally Speaking text reader in this situation as it means I do not have to open another application. As Dragon can be quite heavy on the computer system resources, having to open only one application is very useful.
The advantage of ClaroRead is that it can read from virtually anything, be it a web page and Internet browser, a Word document or a PDF file. This is particularly useful when I am doing research for university and have to read a long article from the Internet. It saves me the nuisance of having to cut and paste text into a Word document and getting Dragon to read it to me. By far the most useful feature of ClaroRead is the ability to connect to a scanner, scanning pages of text and have it convert the text into a Word document. My course Philosophy, demands a fair amount of reading. This method of scanning my books and getting the computer to read it to me is the easiest and most effective way of getting through my course reading.