BrowseAloud - the talking website
How it works
BrowseAloud is a tool that makes websites talk. It helps those with reading difficulties, literacy problems, mild vision difficulties and where English is not their first language. BrowseAloud reads websites and PDF files, saves material that has been read as MP3 files and marks the text that is being read. BrowseAloud is free-of-charge for users.
To get started with BrowseAloud, begin by downloading the BrowseAloud program. It only takes a few minutes and you do not need to make any installations. Just save the file where you want to have the program and run it to start it up. It is also possible to download the file if you are sitting behind a firewall.
Download the program from BrowseAloud's website
When the program starts, you will see a blue, round icon lower right corner of the screen next to the clock:
When you visit an connected website the toolbar from BrowseAloud shows.
Choose your options
By clicking on the blue circle or the blue icon at the bottom of page you can choose
- the speed of the reader
- how you want the text that is being read to be marked
- background colour
- size of the text
- If you want a ruler or darker background.
The options work alike on all connected websites.
Which websites use BrowseAloud?
BrowseAloud automatically recognises which websites function with Browsealoud. The cursor changes its form and the program icon has a yellow check mark over it.