The Sensotec web app is the most flexible way to use compensatory reading software. The online web app is an extra tool that is offered as part of a web licence for compensatory reading software Alinea. The web app works on PCs, Chromebooks, Macs and tablets in the Chrome browser.
This web app will be further expanded with many new functions. Once a new function has passed our quality tests, it will be released online. You’ll see that the web app is constantly evolving.
No installation required, simply log in
This tool doesn’t need to be downloaded or installed. Log in at the URL (alinea.sensotec.be or k3000user.sensotec.be) in your Chrome browser to read and work in PDFs. At the URL, log in with the login details for your compensatory reading software, Alinea or Kurzweil 3000. Once you have logged in, you will stay logged in unless you delete the cookies on your Chrome browser or manually log out. You can also opt to connect your Google, Microsoft or Smartschool account, so you can log in with this account.
Reading and working
The tool opens a new tab in your browser. The layout of your document is preserved, which means you can easily read and work in text PDFs and digital (school)books. You can also easily convert a photo PDF, JPG or PNG to text. Thanks to update 1.3.2 you now also have access to the MS Office formats (docx, pptx and xlsx).
You can adjust the settings to your preferences such as the language and reading voice options, the colours of the reading support, reading speeds, pauses between words etc.
The layout of the web app seamlessly links with the Web2Speech, browser solution, with the characteristic reading buttons in the centre and easy access to other functionalities on the left and right. In addition, the web app has a menu button on the left side that gives you access to functions such as opening, saving as (locally, in Dropbox, in OneDrive or in Google Drive as a PDF, RTF, KES etc.), printing , importing and exporting image files.
Same reading experience
Just like when you read a book, you can flick through pages and quickly go to a specific page. In addition, you can also place your digital textbooks and workbooks side by side. You choose where to begin reading and adjust the reading unit and the reading language.
In the settings, you can opt to have your texts read aloud while typing. In addition, you can easily add notes to your digital documents. Thanks to the text editor with speech, you can make your own notes. The drawing tools help you when filling in your workbook. This means you can make optimal use of your digital schoolbooks online.
Your writing is continually checked. Nothing escapes the spellchecker and verb support. The web app also indicates when a word has a homophone. The dyslexia-specific word predictor ensures your texts are error-free. There is also a text editor with speech, so you can quickly write simple texts. It’s the ideal digital notebook.
Using the MP3 button, you can create an audio file of the selected text, with the reading language and reading speed you have chosen. The audio file is saved as an MP3 in the Downloads folder. This function is useful if you want to listen to your texts or summaries on the go.
Thanks to the direct link with Google Translate, you can quickly translate selected text and have it read aloud. In addition, there are also standard and bilingual dictionaries and, you can also consult thesauruses. It’s possible to use language tagging (the software automatically detects the languages in multilingual documents) in the web app. The web app can read aloud in 9 different languages among which English, German, French, Dutch, etc.
Studying is quicker and easier thanks to a few handy tools in the web app. You can highlight your digital books in different colors and create a summary with one click. You can save this summary as an RTF document or as an audio file. If you don’t understand certain words, you can look them up in the standard and picture dictionaries.
Instead of typing you can dictate text in sticky notes and text notes (in PDF), in the text editor and in the search field of the dictionary.
- Accuracy / efficiency: Using the speech recognition significantly reduces the risk of spelling errors! In combination with the reading function, dyslexia-specific spelling check, word prediction and support for verb conjugation in Alinea, the number of spelling errors you make decreases drastically .
- Speed / time savings: Most people can speak / dictate faster than they can type. This results in an increased productivity, especially for children with fine motor skill problems or dyspraxia (DCD). But also for children who are not yet able to type smoothly.
Tip: For good use of the speech recognition, it is best you speak very clearly and not too quick. It also does not recognize a dialect. Also check your microphone if the speech recognition is not working as it should.
In the classroom
The web app was specially designed to cater to the increasing use of Chromebooks in classroom environments. Since no installation is required, just an internet connection, the user can log in to the software from any platform or device. This makes it very flexible to use, whenever and wherever you like! The web app remembers the user settings. and they are transferred from one device to another. The web app works perfectly with the Web2Speech browser solution which can also be used in the classroom, following a simple installation (extension).
The development of the web app is ongoing. Extra functions such as adding bookmarks and a pronunciation dictionary, etc. will be added during future updates. A speaking calculator, voice commands, exam security and administrator reports, access to MS Office formats (DOCX, PPTX, XLSX etc.) will be released during the final development phase.
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