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Old 25. Mar 2009, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know strange request, but I have a lot of medical articles, that I could be more efficient with if I could convert them, then listen
Heck I will take any program that will convert any text document to any audio file.

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Old 26. Mar 2009, 03:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Adobe has something abuot it - Read a PDF with Read Out Loud:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Acrobat/...ff-7d15.w.html
http://www.adobe.com/enterprise/acce...der6/sec2.html

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Old 26. Mar 2009, 03:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, and Opera (www.opera.com) has an inbuilt voice module which works for English. It is the good old computer voice, it'll make you chuckle once in a while, but yes, you will be able to listen at least to a website.
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Old 26. Mar 2009, 04:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Some of this concerns the law. Software companies are obliged to do something for the disabled. Also for people with eye problems - visual impairments. I did a search for "visual impairment freeware" but I'm not familiar with the sites I found so I don't dare to give you a specific link. :-D Anyway - here's the search: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...LL_da&aq=f&oq=
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Old 26. Mar 2009, 04:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, and Opera (www.opera.com) has an inbuilt voice module which works for English. It is the good old computer voice, it'll make you chuckle once in a while, but yes, you will be able to listen at least to a website.
And Opera also have a program with several interesting features for mobile phones. Maybe there's a read-out-loud among them?
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Old 27. Mar 2009, 09:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a lot of medical articles, that I could be more efficient with if I could convert them, then listen
Gosh... don't want to be a busybody but I'm curious to know how Tables and Figures read?

Audio seems to me tricky to consult all round perhaps...

Bob

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Old 27. Mar 2009, 06:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Bob, I think your right.

The more I play around with different things, the more I start to think, not a very practical idea.

I have found a few Text to Speech Freewares, after I get done playing with each I hope to post any that are worthwhile, and maybe someone can take it and run for a full review.

A few problem noted so far:
Voice quality is still horrible. Most FW distribute with SAPI4 voices, which are very mechanical sounding. Making it near impossible to speed up the rate and still understand. Although I will say for the difficulty in the documents I gave them, Pronunciation was fair

As Bob was saying at least with the document I wish to convert, they most likely will require sometype of editing to quickly purge extroneous words/data. Although not as annoying as you might think. But on the plus side this can easily be done with any PDF-to-doc converter and option off convert pics, textbox, ect, and they are gone. None the less one more step. Making this process look less like something I want to do.

I must make mention of a promising website, that will do online conversion of multiple text formats to an MP3 or WAV, which can then be saved to the site or downloaded for personal use. Check it out at yakitome.com.

Still looking for more suggestions, and thank you everyone who's contributed so far.
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Old 27. Mar 2009, 08:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi W@ter P0l0 PIayer,

I just wonder what you need to do "efficiently" with these articles. If you'd like to give me some indication, I'll see whether I can give any useful advice.

Personally, I can't think of a situation where I'd want to consult a scientific medical article in "audiobook" format.

I like to be able to access both a hard copy (to read through and mark up) and the pdf (for reference and consultation, eg word searches).

Can you give me some idea what type of information you need to extract, study or review?

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Old 07. Apr 2009, 05:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hey Bob, sorry got busy, I hope your still out there

I have always been more of an audio learner. In fact would dictate journal articles to tape for myself. Then I could play them in the car, or on the move. I was never really worried about missing data, graphs, pictures ect. 1) because while dictating got to see it firsthand.
2) Could always go back to the original article

So I was looking for a way to streamline the process.

Right now I was thinking it might be particularly useful, because I have a licensing exam soon and thought maybe this would help me get through more material, especially since I am a thorough (slow) reader.

I'll take any recommendations, Thanks

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Old 08. Apr 2009, 06:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi again w@terp0l0 Pl@yer,

Yes, you of course know how your own aural memory works, so your mp3 idea (and some of the software suggestions) may be good for you.

At the same time, I think trying to make your reading style more flexible could be a great short-term and long-term investment.

My 2 cents worth:

Presumably you've got some idea of the sort of information and understanding you will need to access during your exam (if not, of course, do find out first). This should give you a good starting point for your reading. Try to hunt out that sort of information and make it your targwet to gain that sort of understanding.

To seek specific information, you need to skip and scan. You can access some tutorial resources from this page:
http://www.monash.edu.au/lls/llonlin...nt-reading.xml

"Understanding" involves a deeper set of cognitive reading skills, obviously depending on what you're comprehension aims are. For instance, I don't know whether the papers you have to study compriser original research or narrative reviews (presumably the field is clinical). Are you expected to critically appraise the articles? If so, critical appraisal is a very analytic form of reading requiring special methodologic skills. But of course you know this already...
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A good place to start to develop critical appraisal skills is with Trisha Greenlagh's book "How to Read a Paper" published by the BMJ. Unfortunately, this is no longer a free download. However, you can access an introductory chapter here: http://epicentre.massey.ac.nz/Portal...algh_1997e.pdf
Another evidence-based classic is JAMA's User's Guide to the Medical Lterature, which you can still access for free:
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=t...num=4#PPA75,M1

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Anyhow, I'd really recommend sharpening up the basic information seeking reading skills. They're so useful; in so many real-world settings.

Hope this is some help.

Bob

PS I'll reply to further queries when I get a chance... maybe next week. ATB
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