New Features in ViTre Mac version 7
See also document New features in ViTre version 6.
Full documentation of ViTre can be found in the User’s Guide.
By using the new screen reader, you may read aloud any text on the screen, no matter which application the text belongs to and no matter whether the text is a part of a picture.
In the control panel, you use the screen reader by clicking on the screen reader button:
The mouse cursor will change to a cross (“+”). Select the area you want to read aloud while holding down the mouse button. ViTre shows the area as a black rectangle. In this example, the text on a T-shirt is selected:
When you release the mouse button, the text within the rectangle is spoken, here with green highlight:
If you want more information about a suggested word, you may now use one of the thesaurus links associated to the word. Click on the question mark associated to the word:
As default, the internet links are set up to point to a National Dictionary, Wikipedia and Google.
If you in this example click on the link National Dictionary, the following internet page will be shown in your browser:
If you need to change the links and/or their titles, you can use this dialog:
You may also set the links individually for a particular word.
You can now have word suggestion/prediction on 7 more languages: Finnish, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Czech and Turkish. A total of 15 languages are now supported:
ViTre now contains 124 Acapela voices covering 33 languages. In addition, MacOS supports a large number of build-in voices which also can be used in ViTre.
Some languages added by you, have a dictionary for word suggestion attached.
For example, if you add American, you don’t need to add any dictionary by yourself.
Currently, 7 more languages with word suggestion dictionary are supported, but more language (or dialects) will be added in the future. The supported languages are Arabic, American/English, American/Spanish, Belgian/Dutch, Brazilian/Portuguese, Canadian/French and Russian:
The settings dialog is improved:
· The settings
for echo of letter sound, letter name, word and sentence are grouped in a
separate dialog. You open the dialog by pressing the Echo Settings button:
· The check box “Suggestion” is removed. Now you switch word suggestion on/off solely from the Control Panel.
· Other settings is moved to the same column as ”Dictionary Settings”. “Open ViTre at Login” is moved from the ViTre menu due to the fact that it is not changes very often. Also, a button for settings of plugins is added. It is described below.
· Writing and reading voices are now ordered alphabetically according to their language and you can see if a voice is a MacOS build-in voice. A flag is shown for the country of the individual voices. The Pop-up menu for reading voices therefore now looks like this:
You use the button “Add/Remove Plugins” in Settings to add/remove plug-ins. Plug-ins extend the functionality of ViTre via other applications. ViTre has 3 plugins: ViTre Panel in screen keyboard, Chrome extension and Acrobat plugin as described below.
The ViTre Panel add buttons to the build-in screen keyboard, so that you can insert a suggested word by pressing a key on the keyboard.
When you switch the ViTre Panel on, you must restart the screen keyboard for the change to take effect. You open the screen keyboard from a checkbox in “System Preferences” -> “Accessibility”:
The Chrome extension takes care of reading Chrome contents with highlight. Also, the Chrome extension facilitate word prediction everywhere you are allowed to write text. It goes for HTML “input” elements, “Text Area”, editable HTML elements, Google Docs and Word Online.
Before you can use the Chrome Extension, you must download the Chrome extension from the Chrome Store. You find it by searching for ”vitre plugin”:
Click on “Add to Chrome” to install it. After installation, click on the “Extensions” button in Chrome and pin “ViTre Plugin” to have the icon shown in Chrome:
The Acrobat plugin takes care of reading with highlight in Adobe Acrobat Pro and the free PDF viewer Acrobat Reader. It can be downloaded from Adobe.
Once you have installed Adobe Acrobat Pro or Acrobat Reader and enabled the plugin in the ViTre settings, you can read PDF with highlight:
A dictionary now has an icon attached. There are 4 kinds of icons: Icon for Basic Dictionary, icon for user-defined dictionaries, icon for composite dictionaries and icon for dictionaries with hidden content:
The control panel is improved in a number of ways:
· You can switch
between 4 forms: A new small form and the old wide form where both forms may
appear with or without the control panel buttons. The small form contains only
the 5 most used buttons, the text is smaller and the buttons in the wordlist to
get info and to read aloud, are omitted. In the small form, you may instead
read aloud the word by placing the mouse over the word in two seconds.
You switch between the 4 forms by clicking the small green button placed top left in the control panel.
· You can resize the Control Panel. You can make it wider to avoid that very long words are truncated, and you can make it higher or lower, to see more than or less than the usual 10 suggested words.
· The Licensee and the word ”Control Panel” are removed from the Control Panel. The Licensee is still shown in the “About ViTre” dialog.
· You can see tooltip for all buttons, i.e. a text which is shown when the mouse is over the button.
· When there are no word suggestions, you will see a text which tells you whether it’s because word suggestion is switch off or because no word suggestions could be found in the given window. A more detailed text is shown when the mouse is over the text.
Below are some examples of the various forms:
Please note that in the short forms, the buttons for ViTre Reader, Preferences and On-line help are not shown. However, ViTre Reader can still be opened from the service menu and Preferences and On-line help canteen be opened from the ViTre menu:
ViTres application structure is now registered (“Notarized”) by Apple. This means that Apple checks during installation whether the installation packages contain the original contents. This precaution protects the ViTre installation from Virus attaches.
Stating from MacOS 10.15 (Catalina), previous versions of ViTre and any other applications which are not notarized, get the following message during installation:
By using the Text Format drop box in the ViTex settings dialog, you can now set whether ViTex should generate text in ANSI or Unicode format:
· In Powerpoint, reading with highlight is now support. For reading, you may select a number of slices, a number of slide elements or some text inside an element.
· In Google Docs, word suggestion is not supported also when you are using Safari or FireFox.
· In Microsoft Outlook, reading with highlight is now supported and word suggestion is supported also when you move the input caret with the mouse.
· The small reading window which takes case of reading with highlight in applications not supporting accessibility, can now be moved and resized. Reading no longer stops, when you click outside the window. Instead, you close the window by using the red close button.