Re: Q Read alternative

Isaac Porat


This is Isaac Porat the developer of SpeakOn.

Last time I updated SpeakOn was three years ago mainly because it did what I wanted to do for myself as a blind user.

Everything still works and there are no known bugs.

There is however one issue with Tunein, the favourites facility does not work any more. So in practice if you listened to a station, after you shutdown SpeakOn and start it again your last station is still there waiting for you but you can't have your favourites, list this is because Tunein does not support it for the API that SpeakOn is using and there is nothing I can do about it unless someday I store it locally.

To get around this you can use the find facility in SpeakOn Tunein task (app) and find your station in seconds.



On 22/03/2020 16:26, Gerardo Corripio wrote:
TuneIn? Wow you guys got me hooked! I’ll definitely listen to the podcasts shared earlier, and try it out! thanks for the recommendation!

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El 22 mar 2020, a la(s) 10:10 a.m., David Griffith <daj.griffith@...> escribió:

Speak On was developed in the UK so the only direct connections it has to download is content from the RNIB eText and Audio Newsagent service and it also connects directly to TuneIn Radio if you have an account with them.
However it does have a “Virtual Reader” function which interacts with the automatic eText digital content generated by for Newspapers and Magazines in the UK which makes for a more pleasant reading experience.
If Newsline produces material in ePub2 format then it may be worth importing the content into Speak On and try reading it with the RNIB eText Newsagent app anyway to see if this provides a good experience.
If you wanted to do this you would need to first of all add the RNIB eText app from the add plugins section of the Tools menu and then place your Newsline content, assuming it is epPub2 into the Current Reading directory under the RNIB etect directory under My Speak On media folder.

Of course you can also read the ePub also using Speak On’s eBook function – one of the worst decisions Isaac took was to name this app Text Publications which disguises it utility as an eBook reader.

David Griffith

So it cannot, as far as I am aware connect
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From: john s
Sent: 22 March 2020 14:59
Subject: Re: [nvda] Q Read alternative

David, does speak on handle NFB Newsline content?

Also, can the program use my screen reader?

At 09:56 AM 3/22/2020, David Griffith, wrote:

My actual Podcasts on Speak On are being distributed by Talking Computers on a monthly basis and will appear on the Speak On website a month later but you can find all the recordings below on SendSpace links which will hopefully not be an issue. If there is an issue then I will try and put them also on Open drive.

The main Speak On app is being continuously maintained by Isaac the Program developer though he has no intentions to do major revisions of the app.

The series is not complete as there will be further Podcasts on the RNIB Daisy magazine Service, using the Podcasts app and the Music app to follow.
I actually intend to replace and re-record the eBook Podcasts as half - way through the volume increases which is a little distracting.

Speak On Resources
You can download Speak On media Suite from

Speak On Media Podcast

01 Introduction Speak on Media Suite.mp3
This Podcast covers setting up Speak On Media, changing the default synthesiser to a more friendly voice and introduces you to the range of apps available
by default, and then the further apps available through additional optional plugins.

02 Getting an Audio Books into Speak On Media Suite.mp3

This Podcast describes how shortcuts and the send to menu in File Explorer can be utilised to make it much easier to import books and other content into
Speak On Media.

03 Playing Daisy and Audio Books in Speak On.mp3
This Podcast covers loading and reading of Daisy and Audio Books. It explains Speak On navigation options, bookmarking, and varying the speed and volume
of playback. It also introduces Speak On’s context sensitive help feature.

04 Reading eBooks on Speak On
This covers.
-Loading an eBook into the Speak On Directory through the Send To Menu.
-changing the Reading Voice.
- Navigation levels available in the eBook.
- Managing Bookmarks and getting book size information.
-Tabbing through the Player Bookmark list and Library view.
- Adjusting the speed and volume of book playback on the fly.
- Copying and pasting text from an eBook into Notepad.
- Saving Sections of the book as text files.
- Creating a "virtual eBook" based upon a search term.

05 Speak On and Internet Radio
This Podcast covers
- Using a free or paid Tunein account to access Radio in Speak On.
- Using the optional VI Radio app.
- Importing Radio Streams into the Other Media app to create a 3rd Customised Internet Radio app.

Link to a Radio Streams folder to import into Speak On.

06 Using Speak On and the RNIB Reading Service.

This Podcasts covers downloading a daisy Book from the new RNIB Reading Service and playing it in Speak On.

07 Speak On and the RNIB Newsagent Service Part 1 - Newspapers.

This Podcasts covers.
1. Advantages of using Speak On to easily access the eText Newspaper service, including its Virtual Reader function to streamline reading.
Installing the task and logging into the eText service.
Loading of Newspapers, navigation and adjustment of speed and volume of playback.
Setting up favourite papers.
Bookmarking and extracting articles into text files.

08 Speak On and the RNIB magazine Service

As unfortunately the RNIB have broken links to some of the Magazines and not updated information to Speak ON, there is a need in some cases to download
and import Magazines manually . This Podcasts describes this workaround and explains why you would still want to use Speak On to read your magazines in
this use case.

From: <> On Behalf Of David Griffith via Groups.Io
Sent: 22 March 2020 13:41
Subject: Re: [nvda] Q Read alternative

It is not a media player rather than a book reader but both and a lot lot more.

I will send a list of my Podcasts on it in a minute,

David Griffith

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From: Robert Kingett
Sent: 22 March 2020 01:44
Subject: Re: [nvda] Q Read alternative

The only thing I could find about speak on is the below website? The last update was 2016. Is there a newer version I'm missing? It seems like it's a media player rather than a book reader so if anybody has an updated link, put it in the thread.


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