Lesson 6 Reading and Working with PDF Files
setting screen reader and reading out loud preferences
After you have installed your screen reader or similar application and set it up to
work with Acrobat, you can set the screen reader preferences in Acrobat. You set
these preferences in the same panel in which you set the Read Out Loud feature
preferences that control the volume, pitch, and speed of the speech; the nature of
the voice; and the reading order preferences.
Newer systems (both Windows and Mac OS platforms) have built-in text-to-speech
engines. Although the Read Out Loud feature can read the text of a PDF ﬁle out
loud, it is not a screen reader. Not all systems support the Read Out Loud feature.
In this section, you’ll look at the preferences that aﬀect how Adobe PDF documents
are read out loud. Unless you have text-to-speech software on your system, you do
not need to set these preferences.
1 Choose File > Open, and open the Tag_Wines.pdf ﬁle.
2 If your system has text-to-speech software, choose View > Read Out Loud >
Activate Read Out Loud. (You may not need to activate the Read Out Loud
function, depending on how much of the lesson you completed.)
3 After you have activated the Read Out Loud feature, choose View > Read Out
Loud > Read 周is Page Only. You will hear the currently displayed page read.
To stop the reading, press Shift+Ctrl+E (Windows) or Shift+Command+E
You can experiment with the following reading options.
4 Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Acrobat > Preferences (Mac OS), and
select Reading in the left pane.
You can control the volume, pitch, speed, and voice used. If you use the default
voice, you cannot change the pitch and speed of delivery.
If your system has limited memory, you may wish to reduce the number of pages
before data is delivered by page-by-page. 周e default value is 50 pages.
5 You need to click OK in the Preferences dialog box to apply any changes that
you make. Or you can click Cancel to exit the Preferences dialog box without
making any changes.
6 To test your settings, choose View > Read Out Loud > Read 周is Page Only.
7 To stop the reading, press Shift+Ctrl+E (Windows) or Shift+Command+E
8 When you are ﬁnished, choose File > Close. You need not save your work. 周en