TechAdapt Accessible Media Center Frequently Asked Questions

This section contains answers to frequently-asked questions about the TechAdapt Accessible Media Center. If you have a question that is not found here, please contact us at support@accessiblemediacenter.techadapt.com

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General Questions

What is the TechAdapt Accessible Media Center (TAMC)?
The TechAdapt Accessible Media Center (TAMC) is a tool designed to allow the conversion of NIMAS and DAISY files from their XML-based format into formats which are more readily accessible by end users.
Why did TechAdapt create TAMC?
There are two reasons why TechAdapt created TAMC. First, we believe that there is a need for a cost-effective solution to enable the use of content from NIMAS and DAISY by organizations or individuals with limited funds or manpower and by those organizations that do not use Microsoft Windows. We attempted to satisfy this need by developing a tool - TAMC - that enables users to easily generate end-user-ready content that can be used without expensive, hard-to-use or hard to maintain software.

As a company, TechAdapt has been successful beyond our wildest dreams in satisfying the needs of education professions that need accessible content. In creating TAMC and making it free of charge, we sought to give back to the community that has supported us (and, we hope, will continue to support us in the future). We truly hope that TAMC is valuable to its users, and we also hope to receive feedback from users so that we can add feature and make TAMC and its generated output even more useful.

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Downloading TAMC

How do I get TAMC?
You can download the most recent version of TAMC from our "Downloads" section
Does TAMC cost anything?
Downloading and using TAMC is completely free of charge. Basic email support is also free of charge, but if you would like a more comprehensive support package please contact us at support@accessiblemediacenter.techadapt.com for rates.

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Using TAMC

What can I do with TAMC?
Current, TAMC can accept NIMAS and DAISY files which conform to the ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2005 (DAISY 2005) specification and convert them into Rich Text Format (RTF) , HTML file sets, or DAISY 2005 digital talking books. In the future, support for the creation of audio, braille and other formats will be added; the exact order in which these features will be added will depend on demand.
Where can the output from TAMC be used?
The HTML output from TAMC can be used on any platform or in any reasonably current browser that support HTML, CSS and JavaScript. DAISY 2005 and RTF output can be used with any products that supports these formats.
Can TAMC's output be used on mobile devices?
Yes. TAMC's RTF output can be opened using any mobile app that supports the RTF file format, and TAMC's HTML output can be read using various tools such as GoodReader (http://www.goodreader.net/goodreader.html).

See the iOS App Store or Android Market for more tools that support the RTF and HTML formats.
What DAISY readers can I use to read DAISY file sets produced by TAMC?
Any DAISY reader with self-voicing capabilities (synthesized speech) - including those for mobile devices - should be able to read a DAISY book produced using TAMC. These readers include the free AMIS player from the DAISY Consortium as well as most commercial DAISY players and learning support programs. Some note-takers and accessibility devices also provide this self-voicing capability and should be able to read DAISY books generated by TAMC.
Does TAMC's HTML output provide all of the functionality of a software DAISY reader?
Not currently. While TAMC's output is suitable for many uses, it does not currently provide support for the following DAISY features:
  • word-level or sentence-level highlighting
  • self-voicing output
  • Skippability/escapability of structures
  • Bookmarking

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Getting Support for TAMC

How do I get support for TAMC?
Free basic support for TAMC can be obtained by sending an email to support@accessiblemediacenter.techadapt.com.