Productivity software

On this page you can find a selection of free tools, apps and software that can save you time, make your work easier, and increase your productivity.

ProductDescription
Read&Write Gold

Read&Write literacy software makes the web, documents and files more accessible – any time, any place, and on any platform or device. It's great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language isn't English.

From reading on-screen text aloud to researching and checking written work, Read&Write makes lots of everyday tasks easier. It’s a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little extra help with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace.

Read&Write Gold is installed on all student and staff PCs and Macs at the University.

JAWS

JAWS is a screen reader developed for computer users whose vision loss prevent them from seeing screen content or navigating with the mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC.

JAWS is available on PCs located in a dedicated room in Augustine House.

Dolphin Supernova

Dolphin Supernova is screen reader and screen magnification package designed for people with vision loss. 

Dolphin Supernova is available on PCs located in a dedicated room in Augustine House.

My Computer My Way Do you need help in making your computer easier to use? Let's look at the many ways you can make your keyboard and mouse, Windows, the internet and your favourite applications suit you and your needs...
Windows Guides to the accessibility tools on your Windows devices.
Google Chrome Guides to the accessibility tools for Google products.
Apple OS X Guides to the accessibility tools for Apple products.
Adobe

Adobe provides a guide to creating accessible files with the Adobe software.

Blackboard

Blackboard provides a web page with a detailed description on accessibility.

Portable Apps

PortableApps.com lets you carry all your favourite apps on a portable device or cloud drive and use them on any PC. Your browser with your bookmarks and extensions, your office suite, your photo editor, your music collection, your games, your development tools and more.

ProductDescription
Read&Write Gold

Read&Write literacy software makes the web, documents and files more accessible – any time, any place, and on any platform or device. It's great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language isn't English.

From reading on-screen text aloud to researching and checking written work, Read&Write makes lots of everyday tasks easier. It’s a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little extra help with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace.

Read&Write Gold is installed on all student and staff PCs and Macs at the University.

Office 2016 Microsoft Office provides text to speech functionality in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
Mac OS X Apple provides text to speech functionality in in their Mac OS X (for versions Maverick and upwards).
Android Google provide text to speech functionality via their Google text-to-speech app.
Naturalreader Naturalreader is a free text to speech reader website.
Ivona Ivona is a free text to speech reader website.
Zabaware Zabaware is a free text to speech software package.
ProductDescription
Evernote Evernote is a cross-platform free note taking, organising and archiving application.
Microsoft OneNote Microsoft OneNote computer program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users' notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries.
Google Keep Google Keep is a note taking application developed by Google.
Apple Notes Apple Notes is a note taking application developed by Apple.
Simplenote Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas and more. Your notes stay in sync with all your devices for free. Share notes with other users to collaborate on a project together or to access the same list.
ProductDescription
My Computer My Way Do you need help in making your computer easier to use? Let's look at the many ways you can make your keyboard and mouse, Windows, the internet and your favourite applications suit you and your needs.
Windows 7 You can use your voice to dictate text to your Windows PC. For example, you can dictate text to fill out online forms; or you can dictate text to a word-processing program, such as Microsoft Word, to type a letter.
Apple OS X The dictation feature of OS X converts your spoken words into text.
Google (Google Docs)

You can type and edit a document by speaking in Google Docs.

Note: This feature is only available in Chrome browsers.

ProductDescription
Read&Write Gold

Read&Write literacy software makes the web, documents and files more accessible – any time, any place, and on any platform or device. It's great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language isn't English.

From reading on-screen text aloud to researching and checking written work, Read&Write makes lots of everyday tasks easier. It’s a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little extra help with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace.

Read&Write Gold is installed on all student and staff PCs and Macs at the University.

ProductDescription
Inspiration

Inspiration is a mind mapping software for visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations.

Inspiration is available on all student and staff PCs at the University.

MindView

MindView is a professional mind mapping software that allows you to optimize brainstorming sessions and present ideas visually.

MindView is installed on all student and staff PCs at the University.

Timer Tab Timer Tab is a website as well as a free extension for Google Chrome that combines the functions of a countdown timer, alarm clock, and stopwatch, and has the ability to notify the user when an alarm goes off.
Task Timer (Google Chrome extension) Task Timer is a tool that allows you to create a list of tasks with time goals in hours, and keep track of the amount of time that you spend in each task.
ProductDescription
Audacity Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder.
YouTube Google provides a help page dedicated to accessibility settings in YouTube.
Box of Broadcasts Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an incredibly useful shared online off-air TV and radio recording service that is free to all staff and students at the University.
Vimeo Vimeo provides a help page dedicated to accessibility settings.
RoboBraille Follow the four easy steps below to have your document converted into an alternative, accessible format. The result is delivered in your email inbox. You may upload one or more files, enter a URL to a file or simply type in the text you wish to have converted. The form expands as you make your selections.
AudioNote LITE AudioNote combines the functionality of a notepad and voice recorder to create a powerful tool that can save you time while improving the quality of your notes.

Contact us

  • Tel:  01843 609888 (Broadstairs)
  • Tel:  01227 922222 (Canterbury)
  • Tel:  01634 894444 (Medway)
  • Email: i-zone@canterbury.ac.uk

Share

Connect with us

Last edited: 02/02/2017 14:12:00