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Balabolka

Free
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
out of 25 votes out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.11.0.583
  • Total Downloads:
    93,793
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 10, 2015
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Text-to-speech (TTS) and voice synthesis technology have come a long way since the days of choppy monotones and "computer speech." Today's TTS tools can be customized in so many ways that they can be hard to distinguish from natural speech in some applications. "Balabolka" means "chatterer" in Russian, and that's where Ilya Morozov's freeware TTS tool takes its name. Balabolka is based on Microsoft's Speech API (SAPI) but with changes designed to improve the clarity and articulation of the artificial speech generated by speech platforms such as the nearly ubiquitous Microsoft Anna (by the way, she's included with Balabolka). The program uses VBScript syntax for spelling and error correction, so it's compatible with most spell-checkers. Balabolka works with high-quality aftermarket TTS voices, too. Recent updates include improved German language support and Windows 8 readiness.

Balabolka installs and sets up normally, though of course you'll need to have sound enabled as well as speakers or headphones to hear Balabolka's TTS output. If you're not sure, a good place to start is Balabolka's Audio Output button, which appears on the SAPI5 and Microsoft Speech Platform tabs. Clicking this button opens a small tool for choosing which audio output device to use with Balabolka, if you have more than one. Balabolka has a number of options, including the ability to customize the program's fonts, colors, and skins, and a main Settings sheet with no less than 12 tabs. There's even a Tools menu with a File Splitter, Batch File Converter, Magnifier, and other useful extras. We could toggle open a Panel of Dictionaries for reference, quickly bookmark sections, and extract, save, and convert clips from Balabolka's toolbar. If it seems like too much, just open the comprehensive Help file.

We think most users won't have any trouble simply opening and playing a document in Balabolka, though. That's what we did, and it was totally easy. Varying the pitch and rate produced some amusing effects, too. An online search will turn up plenty of TTS voices to add to Balabolka, many of them free. We're impressed with Balabolka's ability to make top-quality TTS available to every user.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Balabolka text reader"

February 20, 2016  |  By sonnyboy66

2016-02-20 04:23:27  |  By sonnyboy66

 |  Version: Balabolka 2.11.0.583

Pros

for a free text reader this is a good one, very clear when reading the text.

Cons

could not notice any cons so far

Summary

it is worth the download, give it a try.

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5 stars

"Free with good useful features."

August 17, 2015  |  By Hansel Ivanov

2015-08-17 11:05:02  |  By Hansel Ivanov

 |  Version: Balabolka 2.11.0.583

Pros

Free with good useful features e.g. Global Hotkeys, multi documents, minimize to tray, Speech selected text from other programs, and even more features that I don't use but they could be useful for other people.

Cons

No one till now.

Summary

Let's put it in this way, if Balabolka was human, She would be the that Free Friend with benefits lol

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Ilya Morozov
Publisher web site http://www.cross-plus-a.com/index.htm
Release Date July 10, 2015
Date Added July 10, 2015
Version 2.11.0.583
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.07MB
File Name balabolka.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 93,793
Downloads Last Week 252
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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