What is Guide?
Guide is an all-in-one award-winning software suite of over twenty useful programs with built-in large print and speech access for people with low vision or who are blind. It has been specifically designed to be easy-to-use and easy-to-learn.
Guide will help you to perform many tasks, even if you’ve never used a computer before. It has its own built-in screen reader, so it will read out the text on every screen, even while you’re typing. Guide also has its own built-in screen magnifier, so you can enlarge the text on every screen. With Guide’s specially designed programs, you can easily perform many useful tasks. You can customize Guide’s voices, colors, magnification, and even menus, to suit your specific needs.
Guide requires very little training, so most people can easily teach themselves how to use it. Through voice prompts, Guide’s straight-forward menu structure not only allows you to easily select the program you wish to use, but to work within it as well. The Guide interface features brightly colored icons on the main menus and special startup and shut down sounds. By default, Guide will startup with its classic look and feel, but users can choose to switch to the stylish iconic theme, if they wish.
Guide’s simple talking menus are now accessible for people with low vision on the latest Windows 8.1 tablets and touch screen laptops. Now, anyone with low vision can access the latest Dell Windows-based tablets, all-in-one computers and laptops using Guide 9’s simple approach to computing and its suite of built-in applications and large print and speech output.
Guide’s activation system allows you to install Guide on two computers if you wish. Perhaps once on a laptop and again on the computer upstairs. With Guide’s Internet updater, updates can be delivered for individual language versions so, for example, if you’re in the US you won’t have to spend time downloading fixes that only apply to French customers. And for new customers, the Guide trial version is ‘unlockable’, so if you wish to buy Guide there is no need to re-install from a disc, you can simply purchase a code to convert the trial to a full license.
Guide’s web browser has been completely re-engineered:
► Improved Find Function
► Address box hides away when not in use
► Quick Navigation Keys let you jump to the part of the web page you want to read
► View the Mobile version of a website, when available
► Option to have Password characters read back as “Star”
► More Reliable and Stable than Ever
What can you do using Guide?
The Guide menus are controlled using the keyboard and are displayed on uncluttered screens, overlaying the Windows desktop. Selecting the task you wish to accomplish from the Main Menu, such as E-mail, begins the process. From this point, Guide Menus step you through, completing your work.
Even though Guide’s programs are easy to use, they have many features, allowing you to accomplish a wide variety of tasks. You can create letters and other documents, import Word and PDF files, access current news, scan and read printed material out loud, listen to radio stations and work in many other useful programs, all with built-in large print and speech! If you need assistance, task specific HELP PAGES can be accessed to give you extra advice and support.
Guide has over twenty programs that will allow you to; correspond with others, acquire information, read printed material, listen to radio stations, learn to type, play games, access the online National Library Service (NLS), download and read thousands of books, magazines and periodicals with Guide Bookshelf, and much more! All programs are accessible to visually impaired people using Guide’s built-in large print and speech and straightforward gestures allow people with low vision to explore Guide menus on the latest Windows 8.1 tablets and touch screen laptops. By pressing the F1 or the Control & F1 keys, Guide’s Help Screens will provide visual and audio assistance, specific to what you are working with.
Guide is the ideal solution for those users who:
► Have little or no experience with computer technology
► Have little or no technical ability
► Lack the motivation or capability to acquire or retain detailed technical knowledge
► Have tried previous solutions but are unable to learn or use them effectively
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Recommended Minimum System Requirements:
- Operating System: Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit, Windows 8
- CPU Type: Multi-Core Intel Pentium, Xeon, or i-series processor or AMD
- Memory: 4GB
- Hard Drive: 5GB free space
- Input Devices: Mouse and Keyboard
- Video Adapter: Onboard integrated graphics or Dedicated compatible graphics card
Guide touch screen system requirements:
Guide’s touch screen support is available in Guide 9 and onwards.
- Model: DELL Venue 11 PRO (5130)- (Tested)
- OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
- Processor: Intel® Atom™ CPU Z3770 @ 1.46GHz
- Installed RAM: 2GB
- System Type: 32-bit and 64-bit operating system
- Pen and Touch: Pen and Full Windows Touch Support with 10 Touch Points