Q & A

Q 1:

Why are there two kinds of Adobe PDF’s, Standard and Traditional?


In some instances the Standard PDF is superior, while in other instances the Adobe PDF is superior.

The Standard’s outstanding feature is that it highlights each word as it is read in one color and every line of text that’s being read in another color.

Although Traditional PDF’s lack this feature, they have two features that Standards lack. One, they are super-fast; and, two, they allow users pin-point control selecting text with their mouse.

With those PDF files having stories, where speed and accuracy are not factors, we use the Standards. Hence, they are used with Amethyst, Emerald, and Diamond memberships. All the other PDF's that we use are downloadable Tranditionals.

Q 2: 

Is Adobe Reader free?"


Yes. Here is the link to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC―


Q 3: 

How do I access Adobe "Read Out Loud?"


Just follow the four steps below.

Q 4:

How do I access Adobe "Preferences?"


Click on "Edit," then "Preference," then "Reading." Next, make your selections in the box under "Read Out Loud Options." 

A user box
A user box

Q 5:

How do I use the controls on the Standard PDF's found on Amethyst, Emerald, and Diamond memberships?


After you go to one of these three membership pages and click on a file to open it, the first thing to do is click on "read aloud."

Standard PDF Picture1.png

A few seconds later the file will upload, your computer screen will dim, and the text will start to be read aloud. 

To stop or pause the reading, click on the center caret in the top toolbar. The page will then look clear. 


Next, click on "Voice options," and note the possible selections, 'though it shouldn't be necessary to make any changes.:

Standard PDF Picture3.png

Now you can move to any page and continue to read. Then, as before, your screen will dim and the built-in reader will read aloud a highlighted row of text. 


To repeat a paragraph or advance to another one, dim the screen and use the outside carets.

Incidentally, moving rapidly from one paragraph to the next, while reading just a few words of each, can help when reading big books such as The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland or Animal Farm.  This practice is a speedreading method that helps with comprehension.

Q 6:

How do you access the foreign languages of the Gold and Palladium Memberships? 


Yes, and this is how we do it. The first two things we do are to pick a flag language from the drop-down menu on the header of any page, then to choose a set of stories that we want to read from the drop-down menu under More. (This can be done by Palladian Members only.) To wit:

To demonstrate, we'll pick Dutch (Netherlands), seen in gray at the top of the left column and French (Stories 31-60) from the right column. When we do so a box will be superimposed on our screen, and it will look like it does immediately below:

Next, we will right click on Translate to French. After doing so, we'll see the word Translating turn to Translated on the second toolbar from the top. After 30 seconds or so a light blue icon will appear where Translated had been, signifying that we can now begin to read the French stories.

Next, we'll see that our screen has changed, and it will look like it does below: 

To hear the selected set of stories in French, we can either switch the flag language to French, or go to Voice options on the far right of the third toolbar from the top and choose one of the French voices.

Bear in mind, that with either way only half the translations will be in French, the other half will be in English. Thus, we should read every other story. We do so by skipping over the stories we don't want to read by merely clicking on the beginning of a new story. However that being said, most foreign TTS voices can pronounce English fairly well. The Hindi voice, for example, pronounces English with the typical staccato cadence. 


At any rate, if you prefer to hear the stories in English, just pick one of the English TTS voices under Voice options, and then go back and forth between the two languages.  

Note, you'll find the voice controls, carets, in the middle of the second toolbar from the top.

Q 7:

What should I do if I have a question not listed above?


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