IBM are about to relaunch HomePage Reader, their text-to-speech browser for visually impaired users.

The Windows-based browser, which will be version 3.0, is integrated with the bundled ViaVoice Outloud software, and allows users to navigate links from a numeric keypad, although it does not accept speech input.


The list of new features is not yet available, but version 2.5 included the following functionality:

The bad news is that HPR will cost you money. Version 2.5 cost $149, and 3.0 isn't expected to be any cheaper. However, there is a free trial download.

There is also an IBM mailing list for the browser, IBM-HPR. You can subscribe by sending an email to, with a message body of subscribe IBM-HPR.