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VA Technical Reference Model v 20.8

NaturalReader
NaturalReader Technology

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Description: NaturalReader is an end-user workstation text-to-speech software that can convert text sources, such as Microsoft Word files, webpages, Portable Document Format (PDF) files, and E-mails to audible voice. This software can also convert written text into audio files including Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) and/or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III (MP3) or Waveform Audio File (WAV) and includes an audio editor for merging and editing audio files. NaturalReader also provides optical character recognition (OCR) functions that can convert scanned printed characters into digital text.

This technology is offered in Free, Personal, Professional, and Ultimate editions. This assessment covers all four editions.

The TRM decisions in this entry only apply to technologies and versions owned, operated, managed, patched, and version-controlled by VA. This includes technologies deployed as software installations on VMs within VA-controlled cloud environments (e.g. VA Enterprise Cloud (VAEC)). Cloud services provided by the VAEC, which are listed in the VAEC Service Catalog, and those controlled and managed by an external Cloud Service Provider (i.e. SaaS) are not in the purview of the TRM. For more information on the use of cloud services and cloud-based products within VA, including VA private clouds, please see the Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office (ECSO) Portal at: https://vaww.portal.va.gov/sites/ECS/SitePages/Home.aspx
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has been assessed by the Section 508 Office and found non-conformant. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov. Please see reference tab for more information concerning product versions.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.1
Decision Date: 01/17/2020
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: NaturalSoft Ltd
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (01/17/2020).