[Athen] Mac Speech & Word Conversion

Karlen Communications info at karlencommunications.com
Fri Sep 26 04:03:54 PDT 2008

Mactopia has two help documents that might be of use but I can't find one
for Word and I found an upgrade for Office for Mac 2004 so you can use docx
files much like the compatibility pack for the Windows version of Office
2003 and earlier..





I found an update for Office 2004 for Mac on the mactopia web site that lets
you open the docx file format in Office for Mac 2004:


Cheers, Karen

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Nusen, Michael
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 10:37 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Mac Speech & Word Conversion

RE Question 1: I'm not a regular Mac user, so others may need to correct/add
to my ideas:

a) Try adjusting the scrolling speed in: System Preferences>Keyboard &

b) Or try the free trial of the Smart Scroll Mac add-in at:


Smart Scroll

Buy now <http://www.marcmoini.com/order.html> | Download
<http://www.marcmoini.com/SmartScroll.dmg> (2.2 MB) v2.8.6 for Mac OS X
10.3.9 to 10.5.5 (PPC/Intel).
Free trial, $19 single user license.

9/17/08 Support for Mac OS X 10.5.5

Smart Scroll offers smooth and easy iPhone-like scrolling:

* Super Scroll makes your scroll wheel or trackpad smoother, faster
and more comfortable. And it lets you reverse scrolling on the Mac to match
your iPhone. Try it!


RE Question 2: The below Print Screen from MS Word 2007 shows the solution:

Office Button ->Save As->Word 97-2003 Document

Michael Nusen
Coordinator, OASIS/CAC
(Office of Accommodative Services and Instructional Support/Computer Access
Pikes Peak Community College
<mailto:michael.nusen at ppcc.edu> michael.nusen at ppcc.edu

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Dave M. Thomas
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 5:10 PM
To: Athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] Mac Speech & Word Conversion

Good afternoon!

I have 2 questions this afternoon:

First, I have a student reading PDFs on her Mac, using Mac Speech (the
speech synthesizer that comes with the Mac) and who is having difficulty
with incredibly slow scrolling. She does not have a vision impairment, but
has limited use of the muscles that control eye movement. She can read but
is using the scroll function in conjunction with MacSpeech to increase her
reading speed. Does anyone know how to have the scrolling keep up with the
synthesized reading of the PDF?

Second, a student e-mailed her Word 2007 (Mac) documents but they're all
jumbled up when they arrive. I think she needs to save them as Word 2003
files but cannot figure out how to accomplish this. Advice will surely be

Thanks, as always, for your thoughtful and informed answers!


Dave Thomas, Assistive Technology Specialist

University of Denver Disability Services Program

2050 E. Evans Ave., Suite #30

Denver, CO 80208

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