Sensus Access: Convert documents to more accessible formats

The Sensus Access Document Converter is an automated, self-service system that converts documents into alternative file formats that work with different assistive technologies.

Prefer video? See this demo from Sensus Access.

File types that can be imported

Output file formats

Converted files will be emailed to your brynmawr.edu address when the process is complete. Turnaround times range from a few minutes to several hours depending on the length of the document and the type of conversion.

Attention: The Document Converter is designed to convert accessible documents into alternative file types. Although it can improve the accessibility of a scanned PDF or image file, it can’t make them fully accessible. A human must check the accessibility of the output file and fix any issues before posting it to Moodle or a College website. (See Create Accessible PDFs with Adobe Acrobat and Create Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word for how-to instructions.)

How to use the Document Converter

  1. Go to the Bryn Mawr College Document Converter page.
  2. Scroll down until you see the Document Converter option under Getting Started.
  3. Choose your Source. The source document can be a file that needs to be converted, a URL or direct link to a file that needs to be converted, or you can paste text to be converted directly into a text box.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions; see sections below for detailed instructions for each source type.

File or URL as a source

If you chose a file or URL as  your source 

1. Upload your document:

  • If you chose File as your source, click Choose File to browse for and select the file, then click Upload.
  • If you chose URL, enter it in the URL box and click Fetch and Upload.

2. Select the output format from the drop-down menu. Options include mp3, DAISY full text and audio, DAISY full math and audio, Braille, e-book, and accessibility conversion (converts image files or image-only PDFs into files with screen-readable text).

3. Specify auto options (settings) for the format chosen in the previous step. 

See the full range of options for each format type.

Text as a source

  1. Click inside the text box, type or paste in the copied text, and click Upload.
  2. Select the output format from the drop-down menu. Options include mp3, Braille, or e-book. 
  3. Next, under Specify auto options, select the settings for the format you chose in the previous step. 

See the full range of options for each format type.

Note: Text input cannot be converted directly to Daisy or MP3 files. If you need these formats, paste the text into a word processing program like Word or Google docs and save it as a .docx, .rtf, or .txt file, then choose Upload as a source and upload that file to convert it.

Questions?

If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

Phone: 610-526-7440 | Library and Help Desk hours
Email: help@brynmawr.eduService catalog
Location: Canaday Library 1st floor