Web2Speech

  • Chrome extension
  • Read aloud websites, Google Docs, Gmail
  • Ideal for people with reading difficulties such as dyslexia
  • Functions: read, translate, dictionaires, audio files, highlighting, summarizing
  • Download from the Chrome Web Store
  • Part of the compensating software Alinea and Kurzweil 3000
  • Brand: Sensotec

Sensotec web reader for Chrome

The Web2Speech Chrome extension is an extra tool that is free to use with a web licence for compensatory and reading software Alinea or Kurzweil 3000. You can easily install this Chrome extension on any Chrome browser that supports extensions. After installing, log in with the login details for your compensatory and reading software. Once you have logged in, you will stay logged in unless you delete the cookies on your Chrome browser or manually log out.

Read aloud

This extension reads aloud all websites, Google Docs and even emails in Gmail. Open a document in your Chrome Browser, place your cursor in the text and click on the Play button. By default you start reading where your cursor is and after pressing the play button. You can now also choose to immediately start reading aloud after the click or to have hyperlinks read to you.

 

Reading assistance

Web2Speech also provides reading assistance in the form of double highlighting. The sentence is highlighted in one colour and a different colour indicates the word that is being read aloud. This makes it easier for the reader to follow along and understand what they are reading. By default, the sentence is shown in yellow, and the word in green. However, this colour combination won’t be ideal for everyone. That’s why you can choose the colours of the highlighting to suit your personal preferences. In Web2Speech, an optimal reading experience comes first.

 

Read aloud in different languages

Web2Speech will begin reading the text aloud in the desired language. In the settings, you can choose from 9 different languages (Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish and Arabic) and 50 different reading voices. We use the Sensotec Speech Server with the natural Nuance Vocalizer voices.

 

Translating

Select a word or sentence in the text and click on the translation button. Google Translate will open in a new tab.

 

Reading speed

Because not everyone can read fluently, and reading in a foreign language can be an even bigger challenge, you can customise the reading speed to suit you. You can also adjust the reading style. For example, you can have your texts read aloud continuously or with interruptions. You can also set the extension to either read word for word, or sentence for sentence.

 

Difficult words

Search for the meaning of a word with the dictionary button. You have access to an explanatory Dutch dictionary and translating dictionaries into French, English and German. You can have the meaning read to you, but you can also check whether there are homophones. Consult the image dictionary to clarify the meaning with an illustration. If the searched word is a verb, you can also see its conjugations.

 

Creating an audio file

You can create an audio file of the selected text with the set reading language and reading speed with the MP3 button. The audio file is saved in the Downloads folder as an MP3 or WAV file. This is so useful to listen to your texts or summaries on the go.

 

Highlighting and summarizing

You can now highlight texts and summarize them with Web2Speech. There are 5 different marker colours. If you click on the summarize button, a new tab will appear with the highlighted text. You can save this summary, have it read out, add a previously saved summary to it, delete it or add additional items from the same or another website.

 

Management

You can adjust the settings entirely to your needs: Languages, voices, reading speed, reading mode, large or small toolbar and more.
If you enable synchronization of the Google account, you can use the extension wherever you log in.

 

Using it in the classroom

You install the extension very easily in your Chrome browser. For example, web texts can also be read in the class, eg Wikikids. In addition, it is an ideal tool to support functional reading.

 

Future

The development of this extension goes even further. Version 2.0 now offers additional features such as dictionaries and highlighting and summarizing. In the future, extra features will be added such as screenshot reader, word prediction, pronunciation dictionary, etc.

Install the web reader now via the Chrome Web Store

How to install

That’s how you do that

  1. Open the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Find and select the extension Web2Speech.
  3. Click Add to Chrome.
  4. Some extensions will let you know if they need certain permissions or data. To approve, click Add extension.

To use the extension, click the icon to the right of the address bar.

If you’re using a computer through your work or school, your organization might block some extensions.

Manage your extensions

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then More tools and then Extensions.
  3. Make your changes:
    • Turn on/off: Turn the extension on or off.
    • Allow incognito: On the extension, click Details. Turn on Allow in incognito.
    • Fix corruptions: Find a corrupted extension and click Repair. Confirm by clicking Repair extension.

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