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The GAMZ Player CD with Speak Text is a CD-ROM containing an educational game program (the GAMZ Player) designed to teach reading and spelling skills to students with learning disabilities, and a screen reader program (Speak Text) that is also designed for use by individuals with learning disabilities. The educational game program is based on the Swap and Fix educational card games (see separate entry). It contains software versions of all 35 boxed Swap and Fix card games, plus 14 extra Swap and Fix games featuring more advanced letter strings and word endings. This educational game program has pre-recorded speech and sound effects and optional music. Users can select card backs, backgrounds, fonts, and font colors, control the sound, and print the cards. The program also includes five other game activities: Word Search; Read Hear and Spell; Match The Words; Match the Backs; and Slider Puzzle. The screen reader program speaks selected text in any program, including word processors, help files, e-mail, and Internet pages. It opens in the top left corner of the screen and remains in front of all other windows at all times. Users can choose from 19 voices, but are limited to the number of Narrator voices in Windows 2000. The speaking rate can be varied between 60 and 210 words per minute. Pronunciation of words can be edited with online phoneme usage assistance. Common abbreviations are expanded. COMPATIBILITY: For use with IBM and compatible computers and Apple computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: For IBM-compatible computers, Windows 3.x, 95, 98, Me, NT4(SP3), 2000, XP, or later; a multimedia PC with a 50 megahertz (MHz) 486 processor or any Pentium processor; 8 megabytes (MB) random access memory (RAM); 40 MB minimum disk space; CD drive; sound card and speakers; graphics card; and monitor with at least 640 x 480 pixels at 256 colors. For Apple computers, an iMac or G3 or G4 Apple Mac running Virtual PC v3.0. In addition, Speak Text requires a 100 MHz Pentium processor and 32 MB of RAM.
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