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activePDF Sayble™

Speech Enable your PDF Documents :

activePDF is committed to helping make important information accessible to everyone, anywhere, anytime. With our assistive technologies, you can open up a new world of opportunities to those users who traditionally have struggled with reading PDF files. activePDF Sayble allows you to enhance existing PDF documents for use with the PDFAloud plug-in. PDFAloud is a discreet add-in toolbar for Adobe® Acrobat® and Adobe Reader® that renders PDF documents, scanned text and web information accessible for speech feedback. Its unique "click to speak" and highlighting functionality has been proven to assist users who struggle with reading, such as those suffering from dyslexia.

By allowing those people with literacy difficulties to access information within PDF files through its unique audio format, activePDF Sayble helps to facilitate compliance with such requirements as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and IDEA 97. While PDF is often regarded as inaccessible to many forms of assistive technology, activePDF Sayble (a marriage of activePDF Toolkit™ and the PDFAloud plug-in) brings dramatic improvements in accessibility, assisting visually impaired users as well as others who have traditionally struggled with reading PDF files.

How does it work?

activePDF Sayble uses a combination of watched folders to apply tags to PDF documents. You simply set up input and output folders in a directory on your server and then drop PDF files in the input folder to begin tagging your documents. Users can verify the status and number of available tags via the easy to use License Manager.

activePDF Sayble allows your PDF documents to be accessed by millions of people around the world with literacy difficulties. Using activePDF Sayble saves significant time, cost and human resources by ‘batch' tagging multiple documents simultaneously. Now all PDF documents can be heard and understood by those who are required to either read the content or fill out online forms. Any document can be made audio accessible with unlimited use for as little as 10 cents per document!

Click below to view sample PDFs that have been made accessible using activePDF Sayble:

(Open PDF files in Adobe Acrobat or Reader. PDFAloud plug-in required - download here)

 activePDF Product Feature Table

 Sample university lecture I

 Sample university lecture II

What is ‘Tagged' PDF?
PDF files are constructed of many elements of content such as text, graphics, bookmarks and links that are presented when viewing the document. The structure that binds the content together is expressed via "tags". Tagged PDF files are often used to enable screen-reader devices used by many blind and other disabled users.

What does a PDFAloud Tag do?
A PDFAloud tag enables you to provide PDF documents 'stamped' for use with the free PDFAloud plug-in for Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader. PDFAloud reads the text in a tagged PDF file through your speakers or headphones. Its simple "Click to speak" format eliminates the need to spend hours painstakingly constructing your PDF. Users can also conveniently choose between and variety of accents and languages to customize content for specific geographic regions. With public and private organizations under more and more pressure to provide equal access to information, PDFaloud helps meet legal requirements for accessibility, especially for learning-disabled users. Download here.

What are the Benefits of Using activePDF Sayble?

 Free to end-users

 High performance accessibility

 "Click to speak" any text in a PDF file

 Onscreen highlight follows speech

 Add customized pronunciations

 Variable speed, pitch and voice

 Works with Adobe Acrobat or free Acrobat Reader

 Works with existing sound card

 Support for 10 languages

 PC and Mac compatible

Who Uses activePDF Sayble?

 National, state and local governments that are required to provide public documents accessible to those technology users with reading disabilities.

 Government contractors meeting their responsibilities for accessibility under Section 508 and other accessibility standards.

 Organizations needing to make their materials accessible to learning-disabled, illiterate and other disabled and disadvantaged users (particularly mandatory training collateral).

 Public and private educational institutions that serve disabled users.

 Publishers providing educational institutions with accessible textbooks and other publications.

 International business organizations that may require a vocalization option for their online documents would represent an important advantage to their users as well competitive edge (e.g., foreign language applications).

 Any user who desires the option of "hearing" instead of simply "seeing" their PDF files (for example, distance education where students cannot be physically present at lectures may still find it beneficial to ‘hear' the class as well as reading the notes).