New ePub and PDF Reader Updates Now Available!

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Just this week Texthelp released some exciting new updates. The details along with a few screenshots are included below…

Read&Write for Google

Read&Write for Google Logo

Two separate updates were released for Read&Write for Google™. The first contained improvements to the ePub Reader. Specifically the update allows any highlights created in an ePub to be saved directly to a Google Document. This also works for any vocabulary lists created (see images below).

ePub Reader Screenshot

ePub Reader

Vocabulary List in Google Doc

Vocabulary List in Google Doc

A similar update was released for the PDF Reader. It also allows highlights and vocabulary lists to be saved to a Google Document. In addition, a change was made to the Typewriter annotation tool so that it supports multi-line typing.

In case you aren’t familiar with the ePub or PDF Reader, these apps allow individuals to use Text-to-Speech and other accessibility tools with ePub and PDF files stored in Google Drive.

Highlighting Tools Add-On

Texthelp Highlighting Tools

At the time of this post over 67,000 users have installed and are trialing the new Highlighting Tools Add-On for Google Docs. Once their trial expires, users will continue to have access to the Yellow Highlighter tool and can collect highlights in a separate Google Document. Users who upgrade by purchasing a subscription to Read&Write for Google will have access to all Highlighting Tools in addition to the many supports available in Read&Write for Google.

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About Jason Carroll

Jason first learned of Assistive Technology while working on his undergraduate degree where much of his spare time was spent assisting a regional education centre with basic technology needs. Amazed at how this technology could benefit so many students (particularly those he grew up with) he was hooked and immediately became an expert at the centre. After receiving his Masters, Jason returned to the coop to serve as a full time Assistive Technology Consultant serving over 200 schools in the central Kentucky Region.

Since this time, Jason has trained thousands on Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning concepts throughout the United States and beyond. His focus is on integrating research based practices into the work he does and helping others ensure that what they are doing works. He specialises in assisting people to bridge the gap between operation of technology and actual implementation. Jason is a published author, has taught Instructional Technology and Universal Design for Learning at the University level, and spends a significant amount of time on e-Learning and blended learning initiatives. He is a graduate of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) from California State University at Northridge and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Currently Jason serves as Product Marketing Manager for North America at Texthelp Inc. where he oversees new product launches and speaks nationally on a variety of Assistive Technology topics.

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