IVONA Reader

IVONA Reader

Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.14
  • Total Downloads:
    15,579
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 23, 2011
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $79.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    31.8MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    278
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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1 stars

"AVOID CUSTOMER "SERVICE" AT ALL COSTS!"

February 12, 2015  |  By silent_tofu

 |  Version: IVONA Reader 1.0.14

Pros

One of the more natural sounding TTS. Also check out ispeech.org.

Cons

-The samples from www.ivona.com DON'T NECESSARILY MATCH the voices and cadence from their distributor Harpo Software.
-CUSTOMER SERVICE IS HORRIBLE. I've been going back and forth with them for 3 days and they STILL won't give me a refund.

Summary

I found Ivona.com and inputted a test phrase into the sampling area and LOVED it. It sounded really natural and non-robotic. After purchasing the software I re-inputted the test phrase and it didn't sound horrible, but it definitely sounded way more robotic. The voice was $45 so if I was going to spend that money, it should be PERFECT...or at least match what was advertised on the Ivona website. So I emailed Harpo and asked for a refund. They sent me to Ivona Customer Support. Ivona Customer Support says you need to talk to Harpo to get a refund, they're the distributor. After THREE DAYS of going back and forth with Harpo, I STILL don't have my money back. I've already moved on to other software that sounds just as good if not better and I don't have to deal with customer service reps that waste my time. I'm not feeling hopeful about getting my money back.

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5 stars

"This is 10 times better than any other TTS!"

September 21, 2012  |  By Brain_Buster

 |  Version: IVONA Reader 1.0.14

Pros

The voices (most of them) sound very natural.

I would honestly prefer to have Brian's voice rather than my own. It reminds me of the hypnotist Paul McKenna. Very easy to pay attention to.

Also, Amy, the obviously buxom British woman who does the voice is super. You can make her say anything, for example, "I love you, Ralph. You are so sexy. I don't know what it as about you. I wanna ___ you. All my friends think the same. You are wonderful, Ralph."

Cons

It somehow always mispronounces "live."
"The live grenade doesn't want me to live."

It will say, "The liv grenade doesn't want me to lieve."

It's backwards.

That's the only problem I've noticed.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher IVO Software
Publisher web site http://www.ivona.com
Release Date September 23, 2011
Date Added September 23, 2011
Version 1.0.14
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Student Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 31.8MB
File Name Ivona_Reader_inst_wi_pad.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 15,579
Downloads Last Week 278
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $79

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