When I was in college (in the early 2000s) my roommate was visually impaired, and she had very sophisticated (and expensive!) software that would read the webpage for her. It was a bit clunky, and the voices would make us crack up...often. (I distinctly remember a voice choice in her software of an older English chap that would pronounce all her medical terminology with floral gusto!) Now, it's amazing that this type of software is completely free and can be adjusted to fit your audio preferences with just a few clicks.
1.) Chrome is a free browser by Google, that if you don't already use it is one of my favorite web browsers. You can download it for PC or Mac here.
2.) To get the free app (technically it's what we call an "extension" because it lives and works from within the Chrome browser), you can install it from your already installed Chrome Browser: here. The app/extension is called "Select and Speak" from iSpeak.
- Install the app by clicking the blue button that says + FREE. Follow any further instructions it displays. (See graphic above.)
- TIP: To select the entire page try (On a Mac: Apple/Splat + A) or (On a PC: Ctrl + A)
Alicia is a web/print designer & owner of The Branding Arsenal, located in Rockport, Texas.