Guide (Various Versions)

Guide, GuideConnect, and GuideReader
Product Type: 
Device modifier
Manufacturer Name: 
Approximate Cost: $795.00


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Product Description: 

Guide software is talking technology and software designed for people with partial sight or blindness, who have little or no experience of using computers.


Talking technology that sends emails, browses the web, writes letters, reads books and newspapers, reads posts aloud, and other functions. 


A talking digital assistant that enables users to compose emails, browse the internet, or scan posts. GuideConnect is Guide’s "big brother" used on a tablet or a TV box, portable laptop, or everyday desktop.


Connects directly to accessible book and newspaper libraries so users can browse and read titles.

Main Features: 

These features are common to all versions:

  • Human-sounding voices.
  • Step-by-step menus and choices read aloud to help complete tasks.

Guide includes these additional features:

  • Send emails, browse the web, write letters, or hear posts read aloud.
  • Download and read books, newspapers, and other media.
  • Step-by-step menus presented in high-contrast colors.
  • Includes male and female voices that read everything aloud. Pick a preferred voice, choose how fast or slow.
  • Magnify the screen and zoom in for details.
  • Add a scanner and Guide turns a computer into a reading machine. 
    • Place a post, letters, or other printed documents in the scanner. 
    • Reads the text aloud, displaying it in large print. 
  • Professionally format letters and print envelopes.
  • Enter appointments in a calendar and choose to be reminded of important events.
    • View the calendar month by month, day by day or hour by hour.
    • Filter your calendar to show just free or busy times.
  • Use the up and down arrow keys to move about and Guide will highlight and read aloud each piece of text. Press enter to follow links and learn more. 
  • Press Escape and Guide opens the address bar to search the internet.
  • Read news headlines, delivered instantly and directly to a computer.
  • Listen to radio stations and podcasts from around the world.
  • Play audio CDs, MP3s, or watch DVDs.
    • Play, start, stop, pause, skip forward, or skip backward are fully accessible.

GuideConnect includes these additional features:

  • Write emails, documents, search the internet with your voice, compose letters, and print envelopes.
  • High contrast large print text.
  • Touchscreen, remote, keyboard, or mouse access.
  • Scan and read print mail.
  • Listen to audio books or today's newspapers.
  • Maintain a calendar and receive timely reminders.
  • Tune in to radio stations.

GuideReader includes these additional features:

  • Connects directly to accessible book and newspaper libraries.
  • Enlarge menus and icons to a size that suits the user.
  • All functions contained within just 4 keys.
  • 6 high-contrast color schemes.
  • Adjust audio speed and volume.
  • Videos, help, and remote support that is designed by visually impaired people for visually impaired people.
  • Stop and start audiobooks with 1 button.
  • Spoken help.
  • Press and hold the back button to get back to the home screen.
  • Search for a specific book with the simplest text entry.

Primary Specifications: 

These specifications are common to all versions:

  • Compatible with Windows 10.
  • Internet connection required for downloading books, newspapers, product updates, and other media and information.

Guide includes these additional specifications:

  • Windows 7, 8.1.
  • 2GB RAM.
  • 5GB free hard disk space.
  • 2GHz Processor (Intel Pentium, Xeon, i-Series or AMD equivalent recommended).
  • Audio output from speakers or headset.

GuideConnect includes these additional specifications:

  • Computer & Processor: Celeron N4100 / Intel Core i3 or higher.
  • Memory (RAM): Minimum of 4 gigabytes (GB) RAM.
  • Hard disk: Minimum of 64 gigabytes (GB).
  • Audio sound card and speakers/headphones for audio output.
  • Input: Any standard pointing device (mouse/trackpad).
  • Dolphin Remote also supported (Bluetooth required).

GuideReader includes these additional specifications:

  • Computer & Processor: Intel Z8350.
  • Memory (RAM): 2 gigabytes(GB) RAM.
  • Hard disk: Minimum of 32 gigabytes (GB). 
  • Windows 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit).
  • Audio sound card and speakers/headphones for audio output. 
  • Input: Any standard pointing device (mouse/trackpad).
  • Dolphin Remote also supported (Bluetooth required).

More Information: 

See manufacturer's website about Guide.

See manufacturer's website about GuideConnect.

See manufacturer's website about GuideReader.