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Current Issue (Issue 143)

Thought of the Week:- "If you enjoy what you do, you'll never work another day in your life."
Natural Voice Reader:- http://www.naturalreaders.com/standard_version.htm Free(10.2 MB). Windows 98 and higher.

Natural Voice Reader program allows users to listen to emails, text selections, Internet News and other written materials via a number of voices included with the software. With this free edition, users can change the speed of reading, the voice of reading, the volume of reading, and can also read the text and have it saved to a .wav file. It is a Text-to-Speech Reader software. The application can read Word documents, rich text files, and PDF files. One can also modify the documents in the built-in text pad editor. With built-in web browser, one can view any web news in the Internet, and have the computer to read any part of the news, weathercast, charting messages and emails. One can also save the text to a wave file to listen it later and can also burn it into CD. The features of the software can be listed as:-

Read text, Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF files.

Read Internet news files and Emails.

Read part of the document.

Change the speed of reading.

Change the voice of reading.

Change the quality of reading.

Change the volume of reading.

Read the text and save to “wav” file.

Redplayer:- http://proletsoft.freeservers.com/mmb/redplayer.html Free (527 KB). Windows.

Redplayer is a simple and small application for viewing video-files, flash-files, image-files and slideshows. Slideshow can be run for jpg, jpeg and bmp-files. It provides the Playback support for:

Movie-files (mpg, mpeg, mpe, mpa, m1v, mpv2).

Video-files (avi).

Windows Media files (asf, wmv).

VideoCD files (dat).

Playlists (m3u, m3l).

Flash files (swf).

Image files (jpg,jpeg,bmp).


Site of the Week:- http://www.createchange.org/home.html

Create Change is a resource for faculty and librarian action to reclaim scholarly communication. Create Change seeks to address the crisis in scholarly communication by helping scholars regain control of the scholarly communication system-- a system that should exist chiefly for them, their students, and their colleagues in the worldwide scholarly community, not primarily for the benefit of publishing businesses and their shareholders. It promotes information exchange, discussion, and action.

That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal