Computer programs and apps

Last changed: 09 November 2022
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Here you can find information about useful computer programs if you prefer to listen to texts, and would like to know more about programs that can help you with spelling and writing. We have also collected suggestions for useful apps.

You have access to several computer programs and apps that can help you in your studies. The computer programs make it possible for you to listen to texts, and they help you with spelling and writing.

You can download and install the programmes on your own computer from SLU’s software share. Log in with your student account. If you need help, turn to IT-support.

You can download the apps onto your mobile or tablet yourself from Google Play and the App Store.

Listen to course literature and texts

If you find reading and writing difficult, you could benefit from audio versions of your course literature, articles and compendiums or accessing them in another way.

Your course literature can be made available as a talking book, e-text or in braille. You also have access to the Tortalk speech synthesis program that can help you with reading articles, compendiums, websites and other digital texts.

Talking books and braille

If you have reading difficulties, you can download talking books free of charge from the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM). This may also apply even if you do not have a learning support decision. Contact SLU librarians to find out what applies for you.

You are welcome to contact the SLU librarians to help you find, order, download or listen to talking books and get started with the service. Once you have an account you can download talking books from Legimus.

As soon as the reading list for your course is available, it is a good idea to find out which books are already available in recorded format, and what you need to order. It takes around 6-10 weeks to create a talking book, so it is important that you order in good time. The library will help you order new versions of talking books. Literature in braille also needs to be ordered from the library.

To be able to listen to talking books, you need a reader program:

  • For PC, use Easy Reader which is available on the student computers at SLU. You can install the program on your personal computer by contacting IT support. You can also download EasyReader from the MTM website.
  • If you use a Mac download ReadHear Mac. Read more instructions on the MTM website.
  • If you would like to listen to talking books on your mobile and have an account that enables downloading you can also use the Legimus app from MTM. It is available for both Android and iPhone/iPad.

Read articles and compendiums 

You can listen to articles, reports, compendiums and all types of online texts using speech synthesis. If the text is only available in printed form, you must scan or photograph it before you can listen to it. You can use SLU's printers/photocopy machines for this.

Tortalk

The speech synthesis Tortalk reads all the text you highlight on the screen, including PDF files and websites. Choose between different Swedish and English voices. Tortalk is installed on all SLU student computers. You can download and install the program on your own computer from SLU’s software share. Log in with your student account. If you need help, turn to IT-support.

Get spelling and writing help

Tortalk

Speech synthesis that reads out the text you highlight on the screen. By listening to the texts you write, it is easier to detect any missing words or if the sentence structure needs to be changed. Choose between different Swedish and English voices.

Verityspell

Spelling program for English texts with support texts and example sentences in English.

These programs are also available on the resource computers at SLU libraries

Screenruler

Screen ruler that sections off lines of text on the computer screen, making it easier to focus on some text rows.

Wordfinder

Use Wordfinder Professional to look up words in the different dictionaries included in the program. WordFinder Grammatik offers a text review of English texts, and checks spelling, grammar and style.

The Dyslexie font

A font specially created to make reading easier for people with dyslexia. The Dyslexie font is available on all SLU student computers.

You cam download the font for free here.

Apps

Some apps are available both as free and pay versions. The free version is often not complete, which means that not all functions will be available. You can explore the various apps and read more about them on Google Play or the App Store before deciding whether to buy one.

From text to speech (speech synthesis)

Acapela TTS Voices

An app where you can buy synthesised voices in different languages, including various Swedish voices. The app can be used with other apps to read the text out loud.

  • For: Android
ClaroSpeak

Reads digital text. You can write your own text or copy/paste a text from elsewhere. It is also possible to retrieve text documents from Dropbox, for example.

  • For iPhone, iPad
Google Text to speech

Converts the text to speech and can be used with other apps to read the text out loud.

  • For: Android

From image to text

Prizmo Go

If you take a picture of a text, the app will convert it into an electronic text that can also be read out loud.

  • For iPhone, iPad
Text Fairy

Take a picture of a text and it will convert it into electronic text. The text can then be shared, copied or read aloud.

  • For: Android
TorTalk

picture of purple speech bubble

Available as an app for both Android and iOS. TorTalk supports both Swedish and English, as well as several other languages. Take a picture of a text and the app converts it into electronic text that is read aloud.

Read PDF document

vBookz PDF Voice Reader

Open PDF documents in the app and they will be collected on the app’s bookshelf. The app can then read out the documents. Support is available for 16 languages as in-app purchases.

  • For iPhone, iPad, Android

Translation

Google Translate

App that translates between different languages. Translate a text by using the keyboard or by drawing the characters. It is also to input a voice message or take a picture of a text and have it translated. The app can also read out what you have written.

  • For iPhone, iPad, Android
Swedish dictionary - SAOL - Svenska Akademiens ordlista

SAOL provides recommendations for spelling, word inflection and word structure. You can search for words in the app. The app also has a spell checker, thus making it easier to find words that are difficult to spell.

  • For iPhone, iPad, Android

Note taking using audio and images

If you would like to record a lecture, always make sure to ask the lecturer for permission. A recording may only be made for private use and must not be distributed.

AudioNote

A recording app that you can also use to take notes, pictures and draw. When you open a specific set of notes, the audio will be played from the point of the recording when you made the notes. Please note that the free version is somewhat limited

  • For iPhone, iPad, Android
Evernote

Gather notes in different formats in the app, e.g., audio or visual. It is also possible to create to-do lists and save images and links. You can synch the app between devices so you always have access to the information.

  • For iPhone, iPad, Android
Notability

An app to take notes, record and make notes in PDF documents.

  • For iPhone, iPad

 


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