One of my colleagues (Meghan Dowell - thank you!) shared this site with me. I haven't had much time to try it out, but it looks very promising. It appears to be free (they do accept donations) and the site supports drag-and-drop. Click the conversion type you desire and then drag and drop the file into the designated area.
Many times a PDF document is scanned from a book, placing two book pages onto a single page in the PDF document (example below). While this saves time in the scanning process, it can produce some difficulties for those accessing the document from a screen reader or using the read-aloud tools because the PDF reader doesn't know where the correct page order.
There is a way to split these two pages into single pages within the PDF. Know that there will be clean up to do after this is complete. The tools mentioned in this guide will help with the document cleanup.
The steps to convert a book-scanned document into a single-pages document is as follows: Click File > Print.Choose Adobe PDF as the printer.In the print dialogue: - Click Properties > Layout > Advanced... - From the Paper size drop-down select PostScript Custom page size. - Enter the desired height and width. In this case I used 11" for the width and 8.5" for the height. - Click OK. - Click OK. - Click OK.Click P…
What it Does and Why
The Read&Write for Google Chrome extension (free) contains a number of different tools. The first and most visible is its ability to read Google Docs aloud (TTS, text-to-speech). When paired with the Texthelp PDF Reader extension (free), web-hosted1 PDFs may also be read aloud. In addition to reading the document aloud, the read-aloud function highlights each word as it is read. I have found in my own experience that I am able listen and read faster in this way, having the document read aloud to me, than I can read to myself. Having a document read aloud has a number of implications for student learning.
A few of these include: Comprehension - Having a document read aloud can help a student better comprehend the material.2 It can also assist those who are non-native speakers. Document Review - Have a document read aloud provides an easy means for all students to proof their work. This could also be used as a tool by instructors, using the tool to read papers …