IRTI Talking Utility CD Burner Quick Start Guide

Version 1.0 Rev. B.

Revised 10-2013





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Grass Valley, CA 95945



Phone, 530-274-2090

Order line, 800-322-4784

Fax, 530-274-2093


In this Quick Start Guide we cover:


Section 1, An Introduction and Overview of Program Features.


Section 2, Using the CD Burner Program.


Section 3, Summary of Keyboard Commands.


Section 4, System requirements.


Section 1. Welcome to the Talking Utility CD Burner!


This is the first member of a family of helpful yet simple utility programs in development at IRTI. Each program helps you efficiently accomplish a single important task on your Windows computer. The job gets done with a simple interface and a short, gentle learning curve. It is fully accessible through a built-in screen reader with adjustable font styles and sizes and screen colors.


IRTI's Talking Utility software family is specifically designed for less-experienced computer users and supports the blind, low vision, and individuals with learning disabilities.


However, IRTI recognizes many of us want to complete computer tasks with a minimal amount of effort. You power users will find these programs refreshingly elegant in design and quick to use.


This quick start guide is for the experienced user familiar with navigating and executing features within a Windows program. The complete user guide is available to assist the novice user and serves as the complete reference for software features and operation.


The Talking Utility CD Burner is the perfect tool for making backup or archive copies of files on your hard drive or to burn audio files for playing on compatible CD players. The CD Burner will burn most types of files to a recordable or rewritable CD. These files may be a word processing document, spreadsheet, Power Point presentation, data files, many formats of audio files, and more. Essentially, if you can find the file on your computer then it can be burned to a CD using this software.


The single exception involves the burning of audio files into a music CD format. This would be the CD DA format required by ordinary music CD players. This capability is planned for a future release.


1.1 Summary of Features.


The Talking Utility CD Burner includes the following features:


1. Purchase and download online or receive on a CD.


2. A completely self voicing interface using SAPI 5 synthetic speech. Voice rate and pitch is adjustable.


3. Tailor font type, size, background and foreground colors to improve readability for those with low vision or learning disabilities.


4. Simply build a burn list by selecting individual files or entire folders.


5. One-touch CD burning and finalization process.


6. One-touch CDRW quick and full erase.


Screen Reader Note.

If a screen reader is already installed, it may be used to voice the CD Burner program. However, the built-in screen reader is optimized to work seamlessly with the CD Burner program. Using a different screen reader at times will voice extraneous information and at other times will miss critical information.


We recommend silencing or closing the installed screen reader and use this Program's built-in screen reader. Consult the screen reader's documentation to learn how to silence it for a single program but still operate when accessing other running Windows programs.


Section 3. Using the CD Burner Program.


As a preliminary note, navigating and selecting program features follow standard Windows practices. That is, one may use a mouse or keyboard commands. When using a keyboard, buttons and menu lists have shortcut keys. The Tab key moves among buttons and the Spacebar or Enter key activates a button. When in a list, like filenames or folder names, navigate with the Up and Down Arrow keys or by typing the first character.


There are 2 hotkeys which only voice status information.


1. Ctrl + W, the "Where am I" hotkey.

Voices the name of the current dialogue box or screen as well as the name of the current button or list box. This gives the larger perspective of where you are in the program.


2. Ctrl + R, the "Read" hotkey.

Voices the current selection for the radio button or name of an item in the list box. This gives the finer perspective of where you are.


The program consists of 2 working dialogue screens:

the Main dialogue, and the Files and Folders Selection dialogue.

Also, at the top of the Main dialogue is a menu bar with 3 dropdown menus called File, Preferences and Help.


During this Quick Start Guide, it is assume the built-in screen reader is used. It is specially designed to correctly voice all necessary information.


3.1. The Main dialogue screen and Menu bar.


When the CD Burner program loads, its title is voiced. If not, make certain at least one SAPI 5 voice is installed and speakers are plugged in and turned on.


Upon loading, focus is on the Main dialogue screen. It has 3 control buttons and a list box. Tab or Shift+Tab among them. They are:


1. Select Files and Folders button. Shortcut key Alt + S.

Use this to enter the Files and Folders Selection dialogue to navigate and select the folders and files to be burned to a CD.


2. Selected Files and Folders list box.

This shows the files and folders selected for burning. Use this list to review the selections and delete any of the files and folders. This list box is emptied each time the program is exited.


3. Burn CD button. Shortcut key Alt + B.

Use this to start and finalize the burning process. Also, use this to review the cumulative size of selected files and folders and the available space on the CD media.


4. Exit button. Shortcut key Alt + X.


At the top of the Main dialogue is the Menu bar containing 3 dropdown menus. They are:


1. File Menu. Shortcut key alt + F.

There are 6 items. The 3 control buttons from the Main dialogue are duplicated here. + there are 2 different items for erasing rewritable CDs and a CD eject item.


2. Preferences Menu. Shortcut key Alt + P.

Customize and save the voice and screen features.


3. Help Menu. Shortcut key Alt + H.

Contains a copy of the complete user guide, program and license information, links to IRTI's webpage and online support, and the item to activate this program.


3.2, Using the File and Preferences Menus.


The 3 unique File items are for quick erase or full erase of a rewritable CD and a CD eject item. Each works as one would expect including confirmation announcements when erasing a CD-RW.


The Preferences dropdown menu has 3 items:


1. Change Preferences, shortcut key C.

Use this to open the Preferences Settings dialogue box to customize the screen reader voice and screen appearance.


2. Save Preferences. Shortcut key S.

Use this to permanently save customized settings for the voice and screen preferences. Although any adjustments last for the current work session, they are lost when the program is closed and restarted for another work session unless changes are permanently saved.


3. Reset Default Settings. Shortcut key R.

Use this to reload the default settings as when the program was first installed.


When the Change Preferences item is activated, the Preferences Settings dialogue opens and the status for all the settings are voiced. Use the Tab key or Shift-Tab key to move among these buttons and list boxes.


1. Internal Screen Reader On or Off.

There are 2 radio buttons to turn the built-in screen reader on and off. Tab to the desired radio button and press Spacebar.


This is how to turn off the internal screen reader so it will not conflict with another screen reader. However, do not experiment with the off radio button if the internal screen reader is needed. If the off radio button is accidentally activated and the internal voice is lost, press Alt+C. This Cancels the operation.


2. Voice Selection List Box.

This lists all the SAPI 5 voices installed on the computer and permits selection of any of them.


3. Voice Rate and Pitch Buttons.

These 2 pairs of buttons change the voice rate and pitch down or up respectively, for the internal screen reader. Tab to the desired button. Use the Spacebar to make the change and the voice announces an index number with a + or minus value. The actual rate or pitch does not change until the Okay button is selected.


4. The remaining 4 listboxes adjust the screen's appearance using Font Style, Font Size, Background Color, and Text Color.


When satisfied with the new settings, use the Okay button to accept these settings. The settings remain in effect only during this work session.


Use the Reset button if not satisfied with the new settings. This reloads the permanently saved settings and are voiced automatically.


Use the Cancel button to discard any changes and maintain the settings of the current work session.


To make Preference settings permanent for every work session, use the Save Preferences item in the Preferences dropdown menu.


3.3. Selecting files and folders for burning to a CD.


Activate the Select Files and Folders button  on the Main dialogue screen. You may use the Alt-S shortcut. There is a confirmation announcement and focus is in the Folders list box.


This dialogue has 3 list boxes and 5 buttons. Use the Tab key to move among them.


1. The Drives list box shows all the drives and corresponding letters on your computer.


2. The Folders list box shows all the folders for the selected drive and folder level.


3. The Files list box shows all the files of the currently-selected folder.


The CD Burner program displays folders and files differently than in the Windows operating system. Many people with learning disabilities are disoriented when files and folders are combined into a single list box. So, here they are separated into separate list boxes.


The 3 list boxes interact with each other. For instance, when in the Drives list box, arrowing to a new drive simultaneously updates the Folders list box to show the folders contained in the root level of that drive. Also, simultaneously, the Files list box is updated to show any files contained in the root folder of that drive. For those who cannot see the Files list box as it is updated, the internal screen reader voices, "Files found," or "Files not found."


Likewise, arrowing through the Folders list box simultaneously updates the files shown in the Files list box. Again, you hear, "Files found," or "Files not found" when arrowing to each folder name.


Below these 3 list boxes are 5 buttons:


4. Select Folder button. Shortcut key Alt + D.

This adds all files in the currently-selected folder to the burn list. A dialogue asks whether to include or not include all the subfolders.


5. Select File button. Shortcut key Alt + F.

This adds the currently selected file to the burn list.


6. Close button. Shortcut Alt + C.

Closes this dialogue and returns to the Main dialogue.


7. Where Am I button. Hotkey Ctrl + W.

This important feature is duplicated as a button in this dialogue.


8. Home button. Shortcut Alt + H.

This resets the current drive list box to C and current folder list box to My Documents.


Here is how to navigate through the folders and files structure and, then, add selections to a burn list.


After selecting the desired drive in the Drives list box, Tab to the Folders list box. The top item is always called "Current. " When Current is selected, tabbing to the Files list box shows all the files in this current folder.


The second item in the Folders list box is always called "Previous. " When Previous is selected, tabbing to the Files list box shows all the files in the folder which is previous, or is known as the parent folder. Pressing the Enter key while the "Previous" item is selected, refreshes the Folders list box showing all subfolders at the parent level.


When any particular folder is selected, Tab to the Files list box where all its files are displayed.


In the Files list box, arrow to a file you wish to add to the burn list. Next, Tab to the Select File button and press the Spacebar.. Alternately, use the Alt-F shortcut to speed up the process.


When in the Folder list box, select a folder name and press the Enter key to refresh the list box and display all of its subfolders.


Use the Select Folder shortcut, Alt-D, to add an entire folder to the burn list. A dialogue asks if you wish to include all the subfolders or not.


Navigation Notes:


1. When in the Folders list box, it may be more convenient to use the right and left arrow keys to expand and contract folders as in a tree view.


2. Quickly move to the top or bottom of a list box with the Ctrl-Home or Ctrl-End key combinations. Additionally, pressing the Page Up or Page Down keys move 4 items at a time.


3. Remember to use the Where Am I and Read Me hotkeys, Ctrl-W and Ctrl-R. These hotkeys greatly help keep you oriented as to where you are in your folder and file system.


At any time, you can check the contents of the burn list on the Main dialogue screen for review or editing. Technically, this burn list is called the Selected Files and Folders List. When in this list, you can delete any unwanted file or folder with the Delete key. Use the Read Me hotkey to hear the entire path for a file or folder


Remember, closing the CD Burner program irreversibly empties the burn list.


3.4. Burning to a CD


When satisfied with the files and folders in the burn list, start the burning process with the Burn button, shortcut Alt + B.


There are 2 dialogue screens to work through before burning begins. The first dialogue has an edit box to type in a CD title.

The second dialogue announces the total size of the files and folders in the burn list along with the available space on the CD media.


Select Yes in this second dialogue to begin the CD burning process. When burning is complete, the CD is automatically finalized. If the loaded CD was previously finalized or errors occur during burning, a dialogue announces this.


Section 4. Summary of Keyboard Commands.


From anywhere in the program:


Ctrl + W: Where Am I hotkey: Gives the larger perspective of where you are in the program.


Ctrl + R: Read hotkey: Gives the finer perspective of what item you are on or dialogue box you are in.


Spacebar or Enter key: Activates a button.


Enter key: Activates a dropdown menu item.


Ctrl key by itself: Immediately silences speech.


From the Main dialogue screen:


Alt: Opens Menu bar.


Alt + F: Opens File Menu.


Alt + P: Opens Preferences Menu.


Alt + H: Opens Help Menu.


Alt + S: Opens Files and Folders Selection dialogue screen.


Alt + B: Begins Burn process.

Also use to learn the size of burn list and available space on CD media.


Alt + X: Exit CD Burner program.


From the Files and folders Selection dialogue screen:


Alt + F: Add selected file to burn list.


Alt + D: Add selected folder to burn list.


Alt + H: Reset drive and folder to

C:\documents and settings\administrator\my documents.


Alt + C: Close this dialogue and return to Main dialogue.


When in a List Box:


Up Arrow and Down Arrow: Move one item in list.


Press letter or number key: Move to next file or folder beginning with that character.


Ctrl + Home: Go to top of list, and Ctrl + End: Go to bottom of list.


Page Up or Page Down: Move 4 items up or down in a list.


When in the Folders list box:


Enter key: Show folders contained within the selected folder, same as moving down in the folder structure. Use the Right Arrow to do the same.


Enter key while on "Previous" item: Displays all folders in previous level up in folder structure. Also use the Left Arrow while on any Folder name to move up one level in the folder structure.


Alt + D: Add selected folder to burn list.


When in the Files list box:


Alt + F: Add file to burn list.


When in the Selected Files and Folders list (same as burn list):


Delete key: Remove an item from the burn list.


Section 5. Minimum Computer System Requirements.


1. Pentium Class CPU 233 Mhz or faster.


2. Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP-Home or XP-Pro, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.


3. 50 Megabytes free hard drive space and 64 Megabytes system RAM memory or minimum 128 Megabytes RAM recommended when using Windows XP.


4. CDROM burner running at 8x or faster.


5. Sound Blaster compatible sound card; Multi-wave recommended.


6. At least one SAPI 5 text-to-speech engine installed on computer. If you do not have one, during installation there is an opportunity to learn how to obtain Microsoft SAPI 5 voices at no cost.


7. Video Display adapter 800 by 600 with 256 Colors or higher resolution.



This concludes the Quick Start Guide for the Talking Utility CD Burner version 1.0.


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