Stony Brook, August 20, 2015 – Today’s release of Capti Narrator for iOS v2.0 makes listening to digital content even more convenient with new content sources, enhanced navigation, read-along view, new voices, and premium subscription. This major release, just in time for the school year, makes Capti the most comprehensive education and productivity tool for listening to digital content from a variety of sources on iOS, Mac, and Windows.
“We are on a mission to make people more productive and empower them to listen to what they need to read.” said Dr. Yevgen Borodin, President of Charmtech Labs LLC. “For example, by listening while commuting or exercising, students and professionals can easily make up for, at least, an hour of reading downtime per day.”
Capti v2.0 adds support of Microsoft’s OneDrive Cloud storage alongside the previously supported Dropbox and Google Drive, enabling Capti users to listen to their documents wherever the documents may be. In addition to Bookshare, a source with 300K books available strictly to people with print disabilities, this release adds a collection of over 49K free books from Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org). Also, Capti users can now add web links and other content from any app that supports the iOS Share feature. Playlist synchronization is also improved, allowing users to start listening on one device and pick up from where they left off on another.
Capti v2.0 can now display the content of each track and optionally highlight the text as it reads, enabling those with reading difficulties to follow along. Capti also adds the ability to navigate content at different levels of granularity such as headings, pages, paragraphs, etc. For structured documents, such as books, Capti can display
a table of contents. And those who want to further enhance their experience with Capti can now subscribe for a premium plan for only $1.99 a month or $9.99 for 6 months. Premium features include full-text search in the Playlist, displaying images in tracks, and the ability to add documents up to 100MB in size.
Capti already boasts a collection of over 150 voices speaking in 26 languages and a variety of accents. Capti v2.0 adds new quality voices: Sharon and kid Justin (U.S. English), Lisa (Australian English), Rhona (Welsh English), kids Jonas and Lea (German), kids Emilio and Valeria (U.S. Spanish and English), and Rodrigo (Spanish).
The v.2.0 release comes in time for the new school year. Capti has already been adopted by numerous students and teachers around the United States. “Having that Playlist is huge, you can easily put content into the Playlist to read and listen to as you go,” says Robert Hagan, the Director of Learning Technology and Instruction at the East Hampton School District in New York, who frequently uses Capti Narrator himself. “I have an hour drive home,
so when I get a long document from the New York State Education Department, I simply put it my Playlist.”
Capti Narrator for iOS was first revealed at the CES’2014, and Capti for Windows and Mac was released a year later. Capti Narrator for iOS has been translated to 10 major languages, and it can speak in 26 languages. Capti for Windows and Mac is available only in English, but it currently includes voices in 12 major languages.
As a valuable universally accessible technology, Capti was distinguished with several prestigious awards, including the 2014 FCC Chairman’s Award for Advancing Accessibility. For his work on Capti Narrator, Charmtech’s CEO was named a 2015 MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35.