DAISY Consortium Releases Obi 2.5 - Creating DAISY Audio Books Just Got Easier

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Free open source production tools such as Obi, developed by the DAISY Consortium, can assist educators, students and other individuals in producing rich accessible publications at reasonable cost.

The DAISY Consortium is pleased to announce the latest release of Obi, an open source software tool for creating DAISY compliant audio books with navigation.
Obi helps audio publishers quickly and easily create digital talking books for the blind and people with reading impairments around the world.

Obi 2.5 adds several significant new features to the already popular audio production tool and fixes issues identified in earlier versions. Many of the changes, both features and bug fixes, were based on feedback and suggestions received from the worldwide DAISY community.
The new version of Obi introduces comprehensive functionality for creating skippable structures such as footnotes and annotations as well as automated book production via enhanced audio file import.

Other features that empower audio book producers include phrase detection while recording, fine navigation to simplify the nudge operation, live waveform display that enables structure markup on the audio being recorded, ability to replace audio of phrase/section with external audio, multiple section phrase detection and the ability to generate synthetic speech for page numbers.

Features that set Obi apart:

  • Users can produce digital talking books (DTBs) conforming to both DAISY 3 and DAISY 2.02 standards.
  • Full accessibility – supports keyboard navigation, magnification of text and graphics, and audio clues.
  • Screen readers, including open source screen readers, are also supported.
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Can be easily localized into other languages.
  • Minimal learning curve - simple user Interface with on screen help (or tips) make Obi easy to learn.
  • Recording process caters to the needs of both beginners and advanced users.
  • Import projects from a wide range of formats including full-text full-audio DAISY book, audio-NCX, DAISY 3, DTBook XML, XHTML, WAV and MP3.
  • Supports undo and redo editing operations.
  • Obi is open source and is released under the LGPL license which means its source code is available for anyone to run, modify and redistribute.

Please visit the Obi project page to download Version 2.5: http://www.daisy.org/obi.

The DAISY Consortium would like to extend a special thanks to all contributors for their valuable feedback and continuous support to the Obi project. Obi fills in the gaps and facilitates accessible publication production worldwide to overcome obstacles like language barriers and cost constraints.

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