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Training Guide

Updated Jan 2015

Foreword

Introduction

1.

The Toolbar

2.

Starting Read&Write Gold for Mac

Exercise 1

Understanding the Toolbar

Exercise 2

Changing the icons on the toolbar

Exercise 3

Changing the size and look for the icons

Exercise 4

Learning Check List

Reading text

3.

Reading text in documents

Exercise 1

Changing the Voice

Exercise 2

Changing how words are pronounced

Exercise 3 Instructing the system to read as you type

Exercise 4 Changing the Speech Highlighting

Exercise 5 Learning Check List

Reading text in Web Pages

4.

Reading information on web pages

Exercise 1 Reading webpages in Firefox

Exercise 2 Reading webpages in Chrome

Exercise 3 Learning Check List

Screenshot Reader

5.

Reading text on images

Exercise 1 Screenshot to Microsoft Word

Exercise 2 Change the Screenshot Reader Options

Exercise 3 Learning Check List

Speech Maker

6.

Creating sound files from text

Exercise 1 Learning Check List

Working with Daisy Books

7.

Reading Daisy books

Exercise 1 Learning Check List

PDF aloud

8.

Reading PDF documents

Exercise 1 Learning Check List

Spell checking

9.

Using the Spell Checker

Exercise 1 Changing the colour used to identify Spelling Errors

Exercise 2 Adding words to the Custom Spelling Dictionary

Exercise 3 Adding a phonetic replacement

Exercise 4 View your Spelling Log

Exercise 5 Learning Check List

10. Using the Sounds Like and Confusable Words

Identifying like sounding and confusable words

Exercise 1 Changing the colour used to identify homophones

Exercise 2 Editing the Sounds Like and Confusable Words database

Exercise 3 Returning Always Ignored words

Exercise 4 Learning Check List

11. Predicting text

Using the Prediction facility

Exercise 1 Adding your own Word Banks

Exercise 2 Learning Check List

12. Using the Dictionaries

Using the Dictionary

Exercise 1 Using the alternative searches

Exercise 2 Searching for web definitions

Exercise 3 Using the Picture Dictionary

Exercise 4 Adding user definitions

Exercise 5 Learning Check List

13. Using the Verb Checker

Using the Verb Checker

Exercise 1 Learning Check List

14. Using the Scanning facility

Performing a Scan

Exercise 1 Scanning multiple documents

Exercise 2 Scanning from a file

Exercise 3 Learning Check List

15. Using the Fact Finder

Searching for facts using the Fact Finder

Exercise 1 Changing the default website to search for facts

Exercise 2 Learning Check List

16. Using the Fact Folder

Adding text facts

Adding images

Changing fact details and properties

Exporting facts from the Fact Folder

Learning Check List

17. Using the Fact Mapper

Working with the Fact Mapper

Exercise 1 Creating fact maps

Exercise 2 Adding notes to facts

Exercise 3 Using the Image Library

Exercise 4 Adding your own images

Exercise 5 Linking facts

Exercise 6 Changing how a Fact Map is displayed

Exercise 7 Brainstorming

Exercise 8 Exporting fact maps

Exercise 9 Printing, Saving and Opening Fact Maps

Exercise 10 Learning Check List

18. Using Screen Masking

Using Screen Masking

Exercise 1 Changing the display options

Exercise 2 Using the spotlight

Exercise 3 Learning Check List

19. Using the Translator

Translating single English words into another language

Exercise 1 Translating paragraphs of text into another language

Exercise 2 Learning Check List

20. Using Study Skills Highlighters

Collecting text for your studies

Exercise 1 Learning Check List

21. Vocabulary

Creating a vocabulary list for your studies

Exercise 1 Learning Check List

22. Using the Calculators

Using the Standard Calculator

Exercise 1 Learning Check List

FOREWORD

Read&Write Gold for Mac is designed to provide help to users of Apple Macintosh computers, with reading and writing difficulties. It can read text aloud and help you construct words and sentences. It also has many other features such as advanced spell checking, word prediction and Internet tools, to name but a few.

This guide is designed to familiarise you with all aspects of the system. As well as learning how to use the many facilities offered in Read&Write Gold for Mac, you will also learn how to set up the system so that it will operate in exactly the way you want it to.

The exercises are colour coded and divided into:

1. Basic Exercises – these exercises will help you learn all of the basic skills you need to set up and use the different Read&Write Gold for Mac facilities

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Starting Read&Write Gold for Mac Exercise 1 You start Read&Write Gold for Mac from Applications.

Alternatively, if available, you can double click on the shortcut on your desktop:

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You can move the Toolbar by clicking anywhere, except on an icon, and then dragging and releasing it onto any position on your screen.

You can dock the toolbar to the top by clicking on the Title bar of the toolbar and dragging it to the top of the screen. Now when you open any application it will appear below the Read&Write Gold for Mac toolbar.

Notice that the Menu bar at the very top of your screen has other Read&Write

Gold options:

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Hover your mouse over the icon. You will see the tooltip ‘Spell Check’. Hover your mouse over the icon. You will see the tooltip ‘Dictionary’. From now on, if you have difficulty remembering what a button does, hover your mouse over it to see the tooltip.

The following table explains what each button on the toolbar does.

Simply hover over each icon to see the tooltip.

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Highlight Yellow Calculator Click on Mode in the menu bar. You have the option to change to a different

mode depending on what you are doing:

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 Reading - only icons associated with reading are displayed on the toolbar  Writing - only icons associated with writing are displayed on the toolbar

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What else can you do:

 Change what icons appear on the toolbar – Changing the icons on the toolbar.

 Change the size and look of the icons – Changing the size and look of the icons.

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Reading text in documents Exercise 1 Open a Word document with some text in it or type the following text into a blank

Microsoft Word document:

A volcano tends to occur where tectonic plates meet. The earth is made up of about 8 big tectonic plates. When volcanoes erupt they can throw out lava, ash and gases. An example of a volcano is Mount Rinjani. This volcano is found on the island of Lombok. It has a long history of eruptions and erupted in 1994 and more recently in May

2010. Volcanoes can cause major destruction.

 It is recommended that you save this document as you will use it later in the guide.

 Remember to check that your sound is enabled!

Place your cursor anywhere on the following sentence and then click on the

button:

‘A volcano tends to occur where tectonic plates meet.’ You see each word in the sentence highlighted as it is read aloud.

You can also instruct the system to pause and resume reading by clicking on and

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What else can you do:

 Change how words are pronounced – Changing how words are pronounced.

 Have the text read as you type – Instructing the system to read as you type.

 Change how the text is highlighted – Changing the speech highlighting.

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Type the word Angeline into the Spelling text box.

Type Anjelene into the Pronunciation text box.

Click on the Listen to Selected Pronunciation button to hear the new pronunciation read aloud. This is the correct pronunciation of the word.

This word is added to the Pronunciations list. The word will be pronounced correctly from now on.

Click on Close to close the Preferences.

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Click in the Read the Web check box.

Click on Close.

Open the Safari Browser and type ‘www.texthelp.com’ into the Address field to display the Texthelp homepage.

Click on Install Now when prompted and then Install. Restart your Safari Browser.

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Reading webpages in Firefox Exercise 2

1. Open your Firefox browser and type ‘www.texthelp.com’ into the Address field to display the Texthelp homepage.

2. Click on Install Now when prompted and again click Install Now to install the plug-in.

3. Restart Firefox.

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Reading webpages in Chrome Exercise 3

1. Open Google Chrome and type ‘www.texthelp.com’ into the Address field to display the Texthelp homepage.

2. Click on Install Now when prompted to install.

3. Click on Add.

4. Restart Chrome.

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 The Screenshot Reader can be used with inaccessible Flash and locked PDF documents as well as images.

Open the Texthelp webpage www.texthelp.com/uk/training-screenshot in your Internet browser window.

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Click and hold your left mouse button on the top left-hand corner of the picture, then drag and drop the rectangle to the bottom right-hand corner. After a

moment Read&Write Gold for Mac reads the text aloud:

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Click on the button on the Read&Write Gold for Mac Toolbar.

Select the Screenshot tab of the Preferences window:

Screenshot Reader Tab

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 You will be able to use the other Read&Write Gold for Mac facilities on the text imported into Microsoft Word.

Save and close the Microsoft Word document when you have finished.

What else can you do:

 Change the Screenshot Reader options – Change the Screenshot Reader options.

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3. Click on the Output Screenshot To dropdown and select Screen.

4. Select the Use outline highlighting radio button.

5. Select 5 from the Outline Weight drop down list.

6. Click on the Close button.

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8. Click and hold your left mouse button on the top left-hand corner of the picture, then drag and drop the rectangle to the bottom right-hand corner.

9. Read&Write Gold for Mac reads the text aloud using the settings you have just selected.

 The highlighting colour is the colour that is set as the Speech Foreground Color in the Appearance tab of the Preferences window.

10.Click on the to close the Screenshot Reader window.

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It is possible to convert your text into a sound file using Read&Write Gold for Mac.

Once converted the sound file can be put onto an audio device such as an iPod, MP3 player or smart phone and listened to when and where you wish.

Creating sound files from text Exercise 1

1. Highlight the following text in your document:



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