Snapverter – A Simple App to Make Files Accessible in Google Drive

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If you are a subscriber or regular reader of this blog you know that Texthelp has been busy lately releasing several new updates and products for Google Apps for Education users. This innovation continues today with the launch of Snapverter, an add-on to Read&Write for Google that scans and converts inaccessible text such as images, locked PDFs, and Daisy files into accessible formats in Google Drive.

Snapverter is the first of its kind to be specifically designed for Google Apps users. It integrates seamlessly into Google Drive and provides teachers and accessible media specialists a simple way to convert inaccessible text to accessible files (PDF or EPUB) and share them with students. The video below provides a quick overview of how Snapverter works.

Installing Snapverter is easy, and once installed, it places a “Snapverter” folder under My Drive in the users Google Drive account. Inside this folder are additional folders used to convert files. To convert a file, users simply drop an inaccessible file into the “drop files here to convert” folder. In minutes, the file will be available in the “Finished” folder. Files can then be shared with students or groups of students as with any other file in Google Drive.

Users can also use their iOS or Android device to snap a picture of documents or worksheets using the app. As before, the image can then be placed in the “drop files here to convert” folder to be converted into an accessible file type.

Inaccessible PDFs and image files will be converted to accessible PDF files while Daisy files will be converted to EPUBs. Once converted, both file types can be opened with Read&Write for Google. Students can then take advantage of text-to-speech, annotation and highlighting supports, and more.

Snapverter is currently only available for purchase to customers who have a domain-wide subscription of Read&Write for Google. Group purchase options are expected to be available later this year.

Anyone can try Snapverter for free by installing it from the Chrome Web Store. Users receive 10 free scans followed by 1 additional scan per week.

So what are you waiting for? If you are a Google Apps user, be sure to give Snapverter a try today.

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About Jason Carroll

Jason first learned of Assistive Technology while working on his undergraduate degree where much of his spare time was spent assisting a regional education centre with basic technology needs. Amazed at how this technology could benefit so many students (particularly those he grew up with) he was hooked and immediately became an expert at the centre. After receiving his Masters, Jason returned to the coop to serve as a full time Assistive Technology Consultant serving over 200 schools in the central Kentucky Region.

Since this time, Jason has trained thousands on Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning concepts throughout the United States and beyond. His focus is on integrating research based practices into the work he does and helping others ensure that what they are doing works. He specialises in assisting people to bridge the gap between operation of technology and actual implementation. Jason is a published author, has taught Instructional Technology and Universal Design for Learning at the University level, and spends a significant amount of time on e-Learning and blended learning initiatives. He is a graduate of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) from California State University at Northridge and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Currently Jason serves as Product Marketing Manager for North America at Texthelp Inc. where he oversees new product launches and speaks nationally on a variety of Assistive Technology topics.

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