FSReader for PAC Mate

What is FSReader?

FSReader allows users to easily read digital talking books and e-books produced in the Digital Accessible Information SYstem (DAISY) format on a PAC Mate accessible Pocket PC. Readers can navigate to sections of a book by browsing headings or flipping pages, can set multiple bookmarks, and can resume reading where they left off when a book is reopened. In books that contain audio narration, users can fast forward, rewind, and even adjust the speed of the narrated audio.

Visit the FSReader Desktop page to learn more about using FSReader on a desktop or laptop computer.

FSReader and RFB&D Talking Books

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic® (RFB&D) is a national non-profit organization that provides digital talking books, including a wide range of educational textbooks, to students and other individuals who are visually impaired or have other reading disabilities. The RFB&D library contains more than 30,000 digital titles ranging from math and science books to literary classics, from kindergarten level through graduate school. Since material is only available to qualifying members, RFB&D AudioPlus® books are protected so they cannot play with just any DAISY player.

To access RFB&D’s AudioPlus books with FSReader, users will need a special User Authorization Key (UAK) available from RFB&D by calling 800-221-4792. PLEASE NOTE: RFB&D will only provide and support the UAK. Users must first have downloaded the FSReader software directly from Freedom Scientific.

What Does It Cost?

FSReader for PAC Mate is a free download. There is no charge for this program.

How Do I Get It?

Download the appropriate file depending on your version of PAC Mate by selecting the Download Now link near the bottom of this page. If you have a PAC Mate Omni, download the file PMRDR2.0.1003.exe. Otherwise, download the file FSReader-for-PM-4.1.exe if you are running PAC Mate 4.1 or earlier.

How Do I Install It?

To install the FSReader PAC Mate download, do the following:

Note: The version of FSReader for the PAC Mate Omni is version 2.0 and the version of FSReader for PAC Mates running 4.1 or earlier is version 1.1. FSReader 1.1 will not run on PAC Mate Omni and FSReader 2.0 will not run on any PAC Mate with 4.1 or earlier.

  1. Save the appropriate file to a folder on your computer that you can easily remember. You might choose to save it on the desktop, which is the Windows default. If you are installing on a PAC Mate Omni, use the file PMRDR2.0.1003.exe. Otherwise, use the file FSReader-for-PM-4.1.exe.
  2. If you downloaded FSReader 1.1, locate the file and press ENTER. Press ENTER again to extract the contents of the file to c:\FreedomScientific\FSReader for PAC Mate 4.1. In addition to the FSReader installation file, PMRDR1.1.155.406-enu.exe, this folder also contains a getting started document explaining how to authorize and use FSReader on your PAC Mate.
  3. Connect your PAC Mate to a computer running Microsoft ActiveSync, or the Windows Mobile Device Center if using Windows Vista, and establish a Standard or Guest partnership.
  4. Locate the installation file and run it. When the installation begins, follow the prompts to install FSReader on your PAC Mate. Once installed, you can find it in the Programs menu.

When you start FSReader 1.1 on your PAC Mate for the first time, you will be prompted to enter an authorization code. Refer to the FSReader Getting Started document included with FSReader 1.1 for instructions on obtaining the authorization code. FSReader 2.0 for PAC Mate Omni does not require you to enter an authorization code before you can use it.

Note: If you currently have FSReader 1.0, you can use the same authorization code to authorize version 1.1.

Choose the appropriate link below to download FSReader depending on your version of PAC Mate.