From Dimitrios Coutsoumbas:
DSpeech is a TTS (Text To Speech) program with functionality of ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) integrated. It is able to read aloud the written text and choose the sentences to be pronounced based upon the vocal answers of the user. It is specifically designed to quickly and directly provide the functions and improved practical usefulness that are requested by this kind of program. In the meantime, the invasiveness and resource consumption is minimal. It allows you to save the output as a .WAV or .MP3 file, DSpeech integrates a vocal recognition system that, through a simple script language, allows you to create interactive dialogues with the user, capture and reproduce the content of the ClipBoard, and DSpeech is compatible with all vocal engines (SAPI 4-5 compliant).
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Version: DSpeech 1.56
"Fantastic TTS program."
Version: DSpeech 1.55.3
1. The price - free! <br> 2. Captures text from clipboard.<br>3. Inclusive ASR.<br>4. Built-in editor can strip CR?s.<br>5. Control over voice pitch, volume, and speed.<br>6. Standalone app. - no DLL's.<br>7. Can generate voice files.
1. No <i>real</i> help, either as part of the application or separate manual doc.<br>2. Tends to when it cannot capture clipboard.<br>3. Cannot turn off ASR when you just want it to read.<4>5. Doesn't disable ASR when the computer is reading.
This is a great little standalone program which I've been using for a year. I am running Vista on my laptop and needed a TTS that would capture the clipboard or have some other way of reading text without the drag?n drop I was used to from Read Please (another great TTS, but does not work well with Vista). Dspeech does the trick. However, Dimio did not include any form of help, assuming that the program is sufficiently intuitive to not need documentation. For the most part, he is right, but there are features and controls that could use a little further explaining.
Dspeech gives the user complete control over voice pitch, speed, and volume from inside the program. Using the internal editor, you decide where to start or what line Dspeech is speak, and you have the option of listening, or recording the output in a MP3, WAV, or OGG file. Installation is just unzipping and copying to a folder of your choosing. You can use Dspeech for dictation, or to make voice recordings. You can add voices to Dspeech form other venders and Dspeech will find them. Dspeech even gives you an avatar to watch your speaker. The editor has a function to strip carriage returns from the text, removing the jerky speech, a common problem with TTS.
The only real bug I found with the program is an occasional inability to capture the copy/paste buffer. When that happens, an error message pops up and clicking the OK will cause the program to quit. Simply restart the program will get you running again, but if you don?t want the ASR, you need to wait for that to start, and then kill it.
The program works well. I have a problem focusing my eyes on pages of text, and this program does a good job in reading the text for me. However, there are things that Dimio (the author) could do to make this better, set an option to not start the ASR with every start of the program, automatically disable the ASR when the TTS is speaking (otherwise the ASR will try to respond to the TTS), allow the user to set a system hot-key to toggle clipboard capture on/off and expand the buffer size of the editor for copying text, and lastly add more thorough documentation and help to understand the hidden features of the program, such as bookmarks, reading from the internet, and creating a pronunciation file.
"GREAT SOUND NOT SO GREAT IN OTHER WAYS"
Version: DSpeech 1.55.3
Best sound I've found in any of the many similar programs I've come across in my search for text to speech software.
It quits reading at the end of every paragraph, so I have to sit here hitting F8 over and over again. No help file. No response when I contact author to find out if I am doing something wrong.
I would love to keep this program but the way I want to use it - to read documents - it just doesn't work. The cursor doesn't move so I never know where it's reading from. When I place the cursor and select the read from cursor button, it starts up somewhere else. Seems to get stuck on one paragraph - of its own choosing. After doing this once, I get to hear the same paragraph no matter what - every time I open the same file.
"The best free TTS program I've used."
Version: DSpeech 1.55.3
This is the best free TTS program that I've used. It has lots of options. But what I'm most impressed with is how it reads text.
It's free and works good so I don't know of any Cons.
If you want a good free TTS reader and haven't tried this one, you should. It seems to read more naturally. For instance it includes natural pauses when reading a numbered list of items where other free TTS programs did not. The program will use the voices and speech recognition built into the Windows OS. I'm using Windows 7 and the voice sounds better than the default for Windows XP. I also think that the voice recognition in Windows 7 is very good.
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