Voice Dream Writer: A Video Podcast with Author Winston Chen

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This is Dr. Erica Warren’s most recent video podcast, featuring dyslexia advocate and author, Winston Chen.

Winston tells us all about the many benefits of his app Voice Dream Writer for individuals with dyslexia. This is the fifth of many free video podcasts for Go Dyslexia!

What is Voice Dream Writer?
Voice Dream Writer is an iOS app that can be used on an iPad or iPhone. It is a easy to use writing application that has a number of powerful features.

Voice Dream Reader Offers a Number of Helpful Tools:

  • Dictation or Voice to Text: Voice Dream Writer offers voice to text or dictation, so you can speak to your iPad and the words will appear.
  • Proof Reading: Now you can edit your writing by listening to the text spoken aloud. Like a personal proofreader, Voice Dream Writer uses text-to-speech technology, so that awkward sentences, grammatical errors and typos can be easily found. It addition, Voice Dream Writer can read words and sentences as they’re typed or dictated so that errors can be corrected right away.
  • Word Finding and Definitions: Voice Dream Writer helps individuals find the right words through phonetic search or meaning search. For example, search for “inuf,”, and you will find “enough”, or search for “large balloon” by meaning and you will find “zeppelin.” Word Finder also shows the dictionary definition of a word.
  • Organizing Ideas: Writer automatically keeps a separate outline of headings, paragraphs and sentences. The Outline helps writers structure their writing and reorganizing paragraphs and sections is a simple drag and drop. In addition, it allows the author to go anywhere in a document without endless scrolling.

Come watch my first video podcast with Winston Chen on his acclaimed app Voice Dream Reader.
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Go Dyslexia Episode 1: Dyslexia and Voice Dream Reader with Winston Chen


This video podcast features Winston Chen, the author of our favorite app for readers with dyslexia.  This is the first of Dr. Erica Warren’s  free video podcast for Go Dyslexia! Winston founded Voice Dream while on sabbatical on an island north of the Arctic Circle and his flagship product Voice Dream Reader is an amazing assistive technology device that provides text-to-voice for pdfs, audiobooks and more.  This top-selling iOS app has a recent, free, comprehensive update with some new extraordinary features. Come learn about this creation and view a demonstration of this amazing tool that is changing accessibility, of the written word, for individuals with dyslexia around the globe.

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Best New Features:

  1. Pac-man reading mode: The latest research at MIT and Harvard shows that everyone can double their reading speed with no loss of comprehension. The new technique combines audio, visual, and attention propulsion. The words disappear from the page a fraction of a second before they’re spoken by text-to-speech.  This forces the reader to visually scan ahead. With  practice, the results can be amazing.
  2. Finger reading: Some readers struggle to follow even the slowest speed, which also becomes distorted. With finger reading, the reader drags a finger under the text to hear each word.
  3. Quickly browse the text: On an iPhone 6s or 6s plus, you can press firmly on the fast forward button while the app is reading —  Force Touch — to double the reading speed. Release it slightly to return to normal speed.

What’s New in 4.0.0 release of Voice Dream Reader?

  • A beautiful new user interface
  • Grid view and cover images in the library.
  • Improved library organization: filters, flags, and sort order.
  • Visual appearance of the entire app uses the current color theme.
  • Experimental rich text and image support for all documents.

Library Synchronization:

  • Your entire library, including folders, reading locations, bookmarks, and annotations are synchronized across all your devices using iCloud Drive.

New Reading Modes:

  • Finger reading allows beginning reads to control the speed by running a finger under each word.
  • Pac-Man mode. Harvard and MIT developed speed-reading method for everyone to read at 2x speed with no loss of comprehension.
  • Sentence mode. Speech pauses at every sentence. Useful for beginning readers.
  • Repeat mode.
  • Option to rewind to beginning of the last sentence when you pause.

New Voices:

  • Alex, free, high-quality voice in iOS 9.
  • New premium child voices from Acapela in US, UK, Australian English, US Spanish, and German.
  • Acapela’s new flagship German voice: Claudia.
  • Emotive variations of Jeroen, Antoine, Margaux, Dimitris and Will.

Other New Features:

  • Set PDF margins to exclude text in header and footer.
  • Up to 4X speed for recorded audio.
  • Support for 3D Touch, split-screen multitasking, and Spotlight search.
  • Safari extension to save Web pages and Web addresses.
  • Evernote file attachments.
  • Background download for files and voices.
  • More accurate language detection.
  • Option to hide header and footer in full-screen mode.