Hal Screen Reader
Intelligent speech & Braille for
You don't have to see a computer screen to use the
latest IT applications. Hal Screen Reader provides the very best
intelligent screen access for visually impaired computer users through
speech and Braille.
Right from the word go, Hal will talk you through its automatic and user
friendly installation. Hal's sophisticated technology makes all kinds of
Windows applications, the Internet and e-mail, easy to use. Hal works by
recognizing and reading information from the computer screen aloud through
your computer's soundcard. Screen information is also displayed in Braille
for users of the many supported Braille devices. The information provided
is comprehensive: Hal not only reads text but also recognizes Windows
dialogs, icons, buttons, menus and controls. Hal comes complete with
online and context sensitive help and full manual both in print and on
audio CD. Interactive tutorials are also included to make getting started
with Windows easy, and Dolphin also offers lifetime technical support by
telephone and e-mail
Browse the Internet
With Hal, reading a web page can be as simple as reading a word processor
document. Dolphin's Virtual Cursor allows you to browse the Internet
without a mouse. Hal announces graphics labels automatically and reads
through frames and tables quickly and accurately. The Dolphin Links
Navigator makes sorting through links on a complex web page quick and
easy. With the Internet Updater, keeping up with Dolphin's latest software
updates is as simple as clicking a button.
Reliable and automatic
Dolphin is proud of its reputation for producing well engineered, reliable
products. Dolphin software has more built-in intelligence than any other
screen access system. This allows Hal to work automatically with most
off-the-shelf Window's applications; it can also be configured to work
with complex or proprietary applications.
Hal is designed to meet the ever changing needs of today's IT environment.
Accordingly, Hal does not alter either the operating system or application
software in any way. This means that Hal is stable and reliable, whether
installed on a home PC or business network server. It also ensures that
your computer and software will remain compatible with that of friends and
colleagues, thus keeping your lines of communication wide open.
Hal Screen Reader is designed with independent operation in mind.
Installed on a network or a server, Hal can be used from any terminal and
can be switched on or off as required, giving the user the freedom to move
around a building or campus. With many features to choose from, users can
save their preferred settings and retrieve them from wherever they choose
to log on. Dolphin offers flexible licensing options and discounts for
organizations with more than one Hal user.
Hal works on all of the supported Windows platforms.
- Easy browsing of Internet web pages and other
applications with the Dolphin Virtual Cursor even where there is little
or no keyboard access.
- Internet Updater for fast, automatic updates.
- Comprehensive online and context sensitive help.
- Intuitive hotkeys for easy operation.
- Reads or spells out any text on screen: documents,
menus, web pages, e-mails.
- Reads icons and Internet graphics labels and
announces font and style information.
- Talks as you type, by character, by word or both.
- Read word, line, web page, document or entire Window
at a single keypress.
- Spoken prompts allow easy navigation through Windows
menus, dialogs, file systems and other Windows controls.
- Works with any font, including accented characters
- Choice of two software speech synthesizers: Dolphin
Orpheus Speech System and Microsoft's MSAPI Speech synthesizer.
- Orpheus' intelligent pronunciation recognizes similar
words by context.
- Choice of nine Orpheus voices or create your own
using variable speed, pitch and volume.
- Choice of 9 Orpheus languages including: English (UK
and USA), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish (Latin and Castilian)
and Swedish . New languages are being added all the time.
- Automatically recognizes many other hardware and
- Fast and responsive Braille output.
- Text and graphical information at your fingertips.
- Choose computer or literary Braille (Grade 1 or Grade
- Works automatically with a wide range of refreshable
Braille displays and note takers.
- Accurate information on formatting, style and
- Intelligently reads ahead so dialog information is
conveyed in context.
- Braille hotkeys, preprogrammed and user-programmable,
speed up and facilitate operation.
Hal comes with a print manual, quick reference cards in
print and Braille, audio manual and interactive tutorials on CD. Technical
support is available by telephone and e-mail
Simple, comprehensive and flexible configuration is the secret to Hal's
Professional edition. It can solve IT accessibility issues for a
business's staff and customers quickly and cost-effectively. Business
software applications, corporate intranets and databases are often
designed without consideration for visually impaired users but the
flexibility of Hal Professional means it can be quickly trained to deal
with even the most complex applications.
The benefits of Hal Professional are particularly
valuable in the workplace. Employees in fast moving IT environments, such
as call centers and banks, can set Hal to give them exactly the
information they want through speech or Braille. Hal Professional also
improves access to web sites, bespoke databases, and to mainframe data and
applications through Telnet and terminal emulation software.
Despite the advanced technology involved, configuration
is straightforward. This means businesses do not have to pay out vast sums
for scripting consultants or computer programmers to write new accessible
software. The technology behind Hal Professional may be complex - but as a
result, its operation is easy.
Hal Screen Reader works with Microsoft Windows Vista and XP and can be installed on wide and local area networks, laptops and
home PCs. No special equipment is required.
Minimum system requirements:
- Processor - Intel® Core 2 Duo™ 2.1Ghz, or Intel®
Pentium™ D Processor 925 3.0Ghz, or Intel® Centrino
Duo™ Mobile 1.66, or AMD® Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core
Processor 3600+, or equivalent or higher.
- Memory - 1Gb or higher
- Graphics card - "add in" AGP or PCI Express or
PCI card with 256 MB memory or higher.
- Sound card - "on-board" or "add in".
- Hard disk - 500 MB of free space, if multiple
Text To Speech (TTS) engines are to be installed
then more free space will be required
- Internet connection
- Processor – Intel P3 750 Mhz or
AMD Athlon 750 or higher
- Memory – 512 MB or higher
- Graphics card – AGP "add in"
card with 8 MB memory or higher (not
- Sound card – Sound Blaster 1024
or equivalent (not on board)
- Hard disk – 125 MB of free space
- Internet connection
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