Speak paragraphs with the 8 Way Speaker app

 

Having added your collection of paragraphs for your presentation, you now want to have those spoken.

 

The pictures below show paragraphs from the sample presentation included with the 8 Way Speaker app.

 

 

 

 

Touch

 

To have a paragraph spoken, first tap it to select it. When it's selected, a Play button will appear at the top right of the paragraph.

 

A selected paragraph

 

 

 

 

 

When you're ready to have the paragraph spoken, tap the Play button shown on the paragraph. When you do this, the paragraph's text will be shown in full at the bottom of the app, and a progress bar will appear to indicate how much of the paragraph has been spoken.

 

Progress showing while the paragraph is being spoken.

 

 

 

 

 

Press the Pause button shown at the bottom right corner of the app to stop the speaking of the paragraph.

 

Pausing the speaking of a paragraph

 

 

 

 

The most recently spoken paragraph always appears with a green highlight. So when the Pause button is pressed, the paragraph turns green. Press the Play button at the bottom right corner of the app to resume the speech at the same place in the paragraph, or tap the paragraph again followed by the Play button on the paragraph to restart the speaking of the paragraph.

 

While a paragraph is being spoken, you can tap another paragraph in preparation for having that paragraph spoken. The paragraph being spoken will be shown in green, and you can tap the Play button on the other paragraph whenever you want to start speaking that paragraph.

 

Touching a paragraph while another paragraph is being spoken.

 

 

 

 

Touch with short movement

 

If you prefer using touch with only small movements while touching the screen, select one of the related options from the app settings.

App settings for touch with small movements.

 

 

 

 

Touch anywhere in the grid of words or phrases shown on the left side of the app. As you move your finger around the screen, a word, phrase or paragraph will be highlighted. You can highlight any paragraph in your presentation with a relatively short movement of your finger. Once you've highlighted the paragraph that you'd like spoken, lift your finger from the screen. A tap on the grid of words or phrases now will speak whatever paragraph is highlighted.
 

To pause the current speech, touch the grid of words or phrases and move your finger until the highlight moves off the bottom of the list of paragraphs and the Pause button shows a dotted line around it.

 

Pause button highlighted below the list of paragraphs 

 

 

 

 

A tap will then pause the speech. The speech can be resumed in a similar way.

 

When the short movement setting is turned on, you can page through the paragraphs by using a "Previous" button and a "Next" button that appear at the right of the app. So as you move the highlight around the screen, first move the highlight to the paragraph near the Previous or Next button. Then move the highlight to the right until it appears on the Previous or Next button, and lift your finger. Tap to have the list move up or down to reveal paragraphs that were not previously in view.

 

Previous and Next buttons showing in paragraph list 

 

 

 

 

Mouse

 

To have a paragraph spoken, click with the left mouse button on the paragraph. When you do this, a Play button will appear at top right corner of the paragraph. If you then click with the left mouse button on the Play button, the paragraph will be spoken. The speech can be paused and resumed using the Pause/Play button that appears at the bottom right corner of the app.

 

You can use the scrollbar or mouse wheel to scroll through the full list of paragraphs.

 

 

 

 

Keyboard

 

To control your presentation with the keyboard, press the Tab key until the first paragraph in your presentation is highlighted. Then press the Enter key to have the highlighted paragraph spoken.

 

Use the arrow keys to change which paragraph is highlighted. If a paragraph is currently being spoken, then it continues to be spoken as you move around the paragraphs with the arrow keys. This means that while a paragraph is being spoken, you can highlight the next paragraph in preparation for having that paragraph spoken.

 

While a paragraph is being spoken, if you press the Tab key, the Pause button will be highlighted. Press the Enter key while the Pause button is highlighted to pause the current speech. Pressing the Enter key again will resume the speech. Alternatively while the speech is paused, you could use the Tab and Arrow keys to move to another paragraph in the list to have a different paragraph spoken.

 

 

 

 

Switch


When a switch is pressed to have a scan highlight automatically move through the areas shown on the screen, the highlight starts on the top row of the grid of words and phrases, and then moves to the list of paragraphs. If the switch is not pressed while the list of paragraphs is highlighted, then the highlight moves to the second row in the grid of words and phrases, and continues on to move through the rest of the grid.

 

Switch highlight over the full list of paragraphs 

 

 

 

 

If you press the switch while the full list of paragraphs is highlighted, then each paragraph will be highlighted in turn. 

 

Switch highlight moving through the paragraphs.

 

 

 

 

When the highlight has reached the paragraph you want spoken, press the switch again to begin the speech. When you do this, the Pause button will automatically become highlighted. This means that you can instantly pause the speech with a single switch press.

 

Pause button highlighted when using a switch 

 

 

 

 

If the switch is not pressed when the Pause button is highlighted, then after the paragraph has been spoken, the paragraph that has just been spoken will be highlighted again. Pressing the switch button then will highlight the Play button to allow the same paragraph to be spoken again, and then the highlight will move through the later paragraphs in the list.

 

Typically, a paragraph will be spoken in its entirety and then the switch will be pressed to highlight and speak the next paragraph in the list. 

 

If the switch is pressed to pause the current speech, the Pause button will change to be the Play button, but it will not show the scan highlight.

 

Play button highlighted when speech has been paused with a switch 

 

 

 

 

Once in this situation, there a usually three things that you might want to do:

 

1. Resume the speaking of the paragraph.

2. Restart the speaking of the paragraph.

3. Speak a different paragraph.

 

As such, when you press the switch, first the Play button will become highlighted. Pressing the switch at that point will resume the speaking of the current paragraph, and the Pause button will become highlighted again in order to allow the instant pausing of the paragraph again. If the switch is not pressed while the Play button is highlighted, then the current paragraph in the list becomes highlighted. Pressing the switch at this point will restart the speaking of this paragraph. If the switch is not pressed, then the highlight will move through the later paragraphs, and the highlighted paragraph will be spoken when the switch is pressed.

 

 

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