Archive for February, 2007
A new search engine, powered by Google, has been added to the Better Living Through Technology website.
The previous ksearch search engine was limited as it needed to be constantly updated.
You can try the new search engine immediately from the front page of the BLTT website.
February 22nd, 2007
For many years most major web browsers have had built-in text size controls. Although it is generally very useful, the feature has its limitations as some pages fall into an unreadable mess and some others fix their text to a certain size and won’t budge.
Internet Explorer 7 ships with a new feature called Page Zoom that magnifies the entire page up to 400%. This includes the text and graphics and leaves the layout intact. However it’s not all clear sailing as my article on web page magnification clearly illustrates.
The article also looks at the free PageZoom add-on for Firefox which attempts to provide a similar feature.
February 15th, 2007
Microsoft Anna is the new SAPI voice included with Windows Vista.
Anna replaces the robotic Microsoft Sam with a smoother, more realistic voice. She is included free with Windows Vista and should work in any program that uses the SAPI speech including Clicker 4 or 5, Writing With Symbols and the free text-to-speech programs such as Narrator, ReadPlease and Free NaturalReader.
Unfortunately Microsoft has no plans to make Anna available to users of Windows XP or any operating system other than vista.
You can listen to my sample of Microsoft Anna and visit the Text-To-Speech Section of the BLTT website.
February 12th, 2007