ATI Fwd: HumanWare Launches Version 2 of the Victor Reader Stream DAISY, MP3 and NISO Player
chiphailey at cableone.net
Mon Jun 30 13:38:07 CDT 2008
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>From: "HumanWare" <nicolas.lagace at humanware.com>
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>Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2008 04:32:42 +1000
>Subject: HumanWare Launches Version 2 of the Victor Reader Stream
>DAISY, MP3 and NISO Player
>VICTOR READER STREAM THE PROVEN SUCCESS STORY, IS NOW EVEN BETTER
>WITH A FREE VERSION 2.0 SOFTWARE UPGRADE
>Longueuil, Canada, June 30, 2008 -- Victor Reader Stream, the
>pocket-sized portable MP3 player designed for blind and low-vision
>people has swept the world wide market place since its launch in
>September 2007. Heralded by its users as the most significant
>assistive technology in recent years, the Stream has already
>enhanced the life style of thousands of blind and low vision people
>world wide. In addition to the variety of audio formats (MP3,
>DAISY, and NISO books and music) supported by Victor Reader Stream,
>the new version 2 software will add even more media and text formats.
>Victor Reader Stream version 2 will now play electronic Braille
>files with its built-in text-to-speech including multiple formats of
>English Braille encoded files, Unified English Braille, and
>non-English Braille formats. Version 2.0 also adds playback of
>Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Rich Text Format (RTF) files. ,
>Further, the bookshelf feature has been extended to enhance the
>access and playback of all media types with special new features for
>Audible books, Podcast files, and music.
>With the addition of the new media types of version 2.0 the Stream
>now provides a pocket size device that can play an impressive list
>of alternate format books and documents available to the
>print-disabled. IT will play the special navigable DAISY and NISO
>digital talking books produced by most libraries for the blind in
>the world. It can be authorized to play the AudioPlus digital books
>from Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) in the United
>States. It can play Bookshare.org digital books. It can be
>authorized to play the popular commercial audio books, newspapers,
>and magazines from Audible.com. It is optimized to integrate with
>Serotek.com who provide an extensive repository of digital
>multi-media content for blind and low vision people. It also plays
>MP3,, OGG Vorbis, WMA, Wav, AMR-WB+, SPX, and FLAC audio files. The
>built-in text-to-speech can play electronic text formats including
>BRF (Braille), HTML, RTF, TXT, and XML. In addition to its extensive
>digital player capabilities, it has a voice recording functionality
>for recording of voice notes, meetings, and lectures.
>What Stream customers are saying:
>"I love my Victor Reader Stream and it travels with me wherever I go."
>"This is one of the best products I have seen come along in a long
>time. It is well made, works right out of the box, and reads just
>about any kind of book you need read."
>"It's one of the most impressive and well-planned and well-working
>pieces of equipment I have seen for a long time."
>"We appreciate the overwhelming enthusiasm of our customers and are
>pleased that we have been able to incorporate many of their
>suggested new features and improvements in the enhanced version 2 of
>the Stream", says Gerry Chevalier, HumanWare Victor Reader Product
>Manager. "And the best news is that the latest version 2 software
>can be installed for free on all existing Victor Reader Streams."
>The Stream has extensive navigation features for moving through
>audio books and text files, including functions that allow you to
>move to the next chapter, section or page, or to set bookmarks. For
>all audio book and media formats the Stream provides a variable
>speed control with digital pitch correction which allows the reader
>to accurately listen at higher than normal playback speed.
>The player is completely accessible by blind and low-vision users.
>All keys and messages are provided through audio feedback. The
>player has a built-in User Guide and a Key Describer mode.
>Besides playing electronic text, the integrated text-to-speech voice
>announces the track names of music files. It uses an SD memory card
>to store books and music transferred from a computer.
>Victor Reader Stream can be purchased online at www.humanware.com
>(in USA). Current Victor Reader Stream users can upgrade their
>player to software version 2.0 online at www.humanware.com.
>HumanWare (www.humanware.com) is the global leader in assistive
>technologies for the print disabled. HumanWare provides products to
>people who are blind and have low vision and students with learning
>disabilities. HumanWare offers a collection of innovative products
>include BrailleNote, the leading productivity device for the blind
>in education, business and for personal use; the Victor Reader
>product line, the world's leading digital audiobook players, and
>SmartView Xtend, the first fully modular and upgradeable CCTV-based
>For more information:
>Tel.: (450) 463-1717
>E-mail: nicolas.lagace at humanware.com
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