PDFs or other files to audio on your Ipod
Interesting article on new software from ScanSoft lets you convert your PDFs to WAV or AIFF and listen to them on the go.
“The Peabody, Mass.-based company didn’t incorporate talking documents into OmniPage just to prove to the world it could, or to entertain ex-SpeechWorks engineers. Strammiello said a group of doctors in one of
ScanSoft’s focus groups—the medical market represents one of the company’s key verticals—asked for the feature.
“They were talking about not having the ability to read information all the time, and wouldn’t it be great if they could listen to it?” Strammiello said. “The genesis of the idea [was making information] more
accessible to them. When we rolled that concept out to a horizontal section of our user base beyond the doctors, we got a real positive response, and that’s what led to rolling RealSpeak [into OmniPage].”
It made sense to OmniPage’s developers that not only doctors would use audio document files, but other user groups as well—such as people who proofread documents by listening to them being read aloud, and visually
impaired people who rely on screen-reader software to read text to them.”