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Read PDFs Aloud: Tagging

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I have talked about making PDFs accessible on this blog before. In addition to being able to search through the text, another of the benefits of running OCR (optical character recognition) on a PDF is that it makes it possible for a person to have the document read aloud or to listen to the document with TTS or text-to-speech technology.

Most of the time the OCR process works without issue. Sometimes however, the OCR will finish and the document says "blank" when it is read aloud. How do you know that a document will be able to be read aloud? I will outline below a few steps you can take to make sure that your PDF will be ready to be read aloud.

Checking Your PDF So how do you know if your PDF can be read aloud? The following steps will illustrate how to do so in Adobe Acrobat Pro. The first check is to make sure that the document has been OCRed. To check this, you can open the PDF and then click and drag to select the text. If this is successful then this means that the do…

Free Image Sources

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Photo by Kristian Karlsson on Unsplash

Students or anyone looking for free to use images may find some resources on the Digital Media Toolbox LibGuide. The link below points to some new sources as well. Many of these images are free to use without attribution, although it is recommended and a nice thing to do if you can.

The list of sites is:

UnsplashKaboom PicsMorguefilePixabayStocksnapNegative SpaceShot Stash
For descriptions of each of the sites the original article can be found at:
https://www.howtogeek.com/320506/seven-sites-with-free-photos-you-can-use-however-you-want/

Update to Google App Launcher

Google posted on their blog that on August 1, they will be updating the layout of the apps in the app launcher to, in their words, "make the app launcher more convenient for new users and those who don’t take the time to customize it. " This should only affect new users and users who have not changed they layout manually already.

If you find the order of the apps changed and do not care for the order, you can change it by clicking and dragging the app logos to the desired location within the app launcher.

You may read more about the changes at the link below.

https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2017/07/changing-default-order-of-apps-in.html