Firefly App – Text to Speech on Your iPad

Are you a Kurzweil 3000 user and interested in accessing your universal documents from your iPad?

Not a Kurzweil 3000 user but interested in accessing pubic domain classic literature or trialing Kurzweil’s text to speech iPad app??

Firefly app, made for the iPad, provides users of Kurzweil’s web-based services access to their digital files (Universal Library) through this app. Firefly app provides access to KESI and text files assigned to the user through Wi-Fi connectivity. Using login and password information like you would when accessing files on your computer, your digital library will be available to you. Don’t have Kurzweil 3000 web-based services? You can log on and try it out without any hassle or even sign-up required. Kurzweil has provided non-users access to more than 1800 classic literature public domain electronic text files (presidential speeches, Mark Twain, Aesop, etc.).

Firefly app provides a high quality of images as typical of their software.

It also features simple and easy to use interface for navigation and access to basic options of pace or rate of speech, voice choices, highlighting by line, sentence and paragraph and choice of preference of best clarity versus best speed with Network connection.  Here’s how the options looks:

A single control allow text to always be read from the beginning of the page, or when turned off allows the user to start reading at the touch of any word.

The app allows zooming in and out of the screen and text although does not provide other options of background color or text color. No reflow of the text on the screen is provided.

Although full functionality requires a user to be a member of a web-based service agreement, you can easily trial this app out without a membership. If you have students who may be required to read classic literature such has Romeo and Juliet, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer or you are interested in listening to a classic novel, this app will provide you with a free electronic copy.

Try it out for free. Interested in more information on Kurzweil products or Firefly? Here is a link to vendor information: Adaptive Technology Resources


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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