Tools for Creating DAISY Books

Dolphin Publisher - Professional Digital talking book authoring software

Publisher, designed for alternative media specialists, is authoring software for the creation of Daisy digital talking books. It allows the creation of multimedia content integrating text, audio and images. Step-by-step production instructions are available in the last section of AHEAD's Alternate media Production Resources (http://www.ahead.org/etext/AHEAD%202005%20Production%20Binder%20-%20Distribution.pdf).

Dolphin Audio Publishing
Dolphin Computer Access
60 East Third Avenue, Suite 301
San Mateo, CA 94401 USA
Tel (Toll Free): +1 866 797 5921
Fax: +1 (650) 348 7403

Dolphin Producer

Dolphin Producer is not as powerful as Dolphin Publisher. It is designed for those who are visually or print impaired or anyone who makes alternative formats for them.

Dolphin Audio Publishing
Dolphin Computer Access
60 East Third Avenue, Suite 301
San Mateo, CA 94401 USA
Tel (Toll Free): +1 866 797 5921
Fax: +1 (650) 348 7403

Kurzweil 1000

Kurzweil Educational Systems
Cost: $995

Kurzweil 1000 is scanning/reading software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to blind and low vision people. The application turns text into synthesized speech and users can bookmark, make notes, skim or summarize text to aid mastery of concepts and details. They can edit or create documents assisted by an audible dictionary, thesaurus or prioritized spell checker, and archive them using a simple file management dialog.

Kurzweil 1000 also retrieves information online with features that simplify locating electronic books and magazines, and even encyclopedia articles from the Web. In addition, it takes reading on the road by sharing electronic information with MP3 players, portable note taking devices, Braille printers and conventional e-mail applications.