Scientific LSG Presents
We introduced WYNN 5.0™ in
May 2006. The reaction was wonderful! You were all so excited
about the innovations to our award winning software, especially
the advancements in the delivery of Web-based content.
Elaine Huot, M.Ed., Success Stream Learning, Educational Consultant
and Language Specialist said, "Using WYNN 5.0, students
can now broaden their resource base to better use material from
the Web. Using the WebMasking tool and other study supports, my
students access a broad range of material that is presented to
them in a way that assists them to focus and comprehend better."
As always, users' feedback is critical to our thinking, planning,
and development. We spoke with teachers and students using WYNN
We wanted to hear what you had to say about the new version
of our software. What do you especially like? What do you see
as ways to improve our tools to help struggling readers?
Elaine Huot's comments were representative of many. "My
students are no longer limited to using only their text books.
WYNN's Web access provides a wealth of materials without
the need to scan. They can now see and hear wonderful
new material that is not limited to their present reading level. I love the ability to extract materials from the Web with
just a click of the mouse."
"However, If you are asking me for my wish list, I
would like to be able to "hear" Web hyperlinks without
having to activate them. The voices in WYNN have been
continually improving, but I would love the voices to
be even more natural sounding."
We listened and went right back to work to
bring you WYNN 5.1™
WYNN 5.1 New Features
Realizing how important Web access
is to our users, we have added more features to our web browser
that further enhance every student's ability to read and comprehend
information presented on Web sites.
- Read Hyperlinks without activating them – Hover over
a hyperlink on a Web site and after a short delay, WYNN reads
- Auto-Complete Web addresses in the Address Bar – WYNN
now keeps track of which Web sites you visit, and it automatically
completes those addresses when you begin typing in the Web Address
- Find text on Web pages – The Find feature on Web pages
now uses WYNN's Find functionality, which gives users more control
over how to treat the found text.
Additionally, we heard how important the new textbook accessibility
standards are becoming, so we added support for these standards.
DAISY is the international digital talking
book standard that provides the capability to distribute books
NIMAS is a national standard
by which publishers are required to provide textbook files.
DAISY books and NIMAS-conformant documents are now supported
The files appear in Text View, where you can then use all
of WYNN's visual tailoring and study features.
We were able to address the request for more natural voices in
- RealSpeak™ Solo provides more human-sounding voices in
including US English, British English, Australian English, Spanish,
French Canadian, and others.
- ETI-Eloquence™ provides crisp, clear synthesized voices
in 10 Western European languages.
As homophones can confuse struggling readers, we have further enhanced
this feature to give readers a better understanding of homophones
in the context of reading material.
- Read Sentence – A new "Read Sentence" button
appears in the Homophones dialog.
Select Read Sentence to hear the flagged homophone within the
context of the sentence it appears in.
- Skip All – The new "Skip All" button skips
all further instances of a given homophone in the document.
Want to Know More?
We have highlighted just a few new features in WYNN 5.1.
If you would like more information, please open the attachment,
What's New in WYNN 5.1.
You may also want to read WYNN
5.1 Helps Students Meet NCLB Requirements.
Like to hear the new voices? Order a WYNN 5.1 Demo CD.
E-mail Loni Atton
or call 800-444-4443 x1032.
Also take a look at our Go-to Meeting option!
you would like to see a live presentation of the new features
in WYNN 5.0 and 5.1, let us arrange a GoToMeeting session for you.
All that's required is a high-speed Internet connection and a phone
line for the audio. If you are interested in a Go-to-Meeting, go
to Freedom Scientific, Learning
Systems Group for further information. Don't miss this opportunity!
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Freedom Scientific, Learning Systems Group, headquartered
in Palo Alto, California, provides products that are acclaimed for
their easy-to-use interface, innovative technology, and flexible
but powerful features. Designed by educational experts to enhance
the learning process for struggling students, WYNN provides reading
and writing solutions. Freedom Scientific LSG also created TestTalker,
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