DSpeech

Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.57.2
  • Total Downloads:
    9,710
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 23, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.72MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    47
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #6 in Other

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1 stars

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February 10, 2012  |  By cnet_hater

 |  Version: DSpeech 1.56

Pros

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Cons

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Summary

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4 stars

"Fantastic TTS program."

March 11, 2010  |  By dr.debugger

 |  Version: DSpeech 1.55.3

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Summary

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.

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1 stars

"GREAT SOUND NOT SO GREAT IN OTHER WAYS"

October 28, 2009  |  By khamma

 |  Version: DSpeech 1.55.3

Pros

Best sound I've found in any of the many similar programs I've come across in my search for text to speech software.

Cons

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.

Summary

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.

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5 stars

"The best free TTS program I've used."

July 15, 2009  |  By johncr13

 |  Version: DSpeech 1.55.3

Pros

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.

Cons

It's free and works good so I don't know of any Cons.

Summary

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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General
Publisher Dimitrios Coutsoumbas
Publisher web site http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/
Release Date July 23, 2013
Date Added July 23, 2013
Version 1.57.2
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Other
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows, Windows 8, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 1.72MB
File Name dspeech.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 9,710
Downloads Last Week 47
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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