Panopreter Basic

Panopreter Basic

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0.92.1
  • Total Downloads:
    12,487
  • Date Added:
    October 03, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.97MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    19
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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As text-to-speech freeware goes, Panopreter Basic isn't fancy, but it does a good job. Actually, the fact that you can download a good, basic text-to-speech program for free shows how far such tools have come. Panopreter Basic can turn text, Word, RTF, and other document types into audio files you can listen to or save as MP3s or WAVs. It comes with Microsoft Anna as a default speaking voice, but you can download many other voices online, including many free choices. Panopreter Basic also has many language options and supports batch conversion and UNICODE fonts, and a wide range of Windows versions, too; from NT to 8. We ran it in Windows 7.

Panopreter Basic's user interface is plain in appearance and layout, but it's not difficult to figure out, and online Help and FAQ resources are a click away. We started by selecting a language from Panopreter Basic's extensive menu of choices. Panopreter Basic has two modes: Read file, which reads existing files out loud, and Input and Speak, which speaks what you enter in a text field. We could change the Volume and Speed of voices, but not more elaborate tuning such as pitch. Options are few, too. We could choose whether to save files as WAVs or MP3s, whether to play music when a file finishes, and a few other choices on the Settings menu. A time counter and basic player controls handle playback duties. We could also search Google directly for additional voices with help from search terms provided by the program.

Panopreter Basic did quite a good job reading a variety of files. We fed it a selection of unusual and made-up words to gauge its pronunciation capabilities. The program's speech synthesis engine easily handled most of them, although it didn't quite manage an old favorite, "Brobdingnagian," or a new one, "truthiness." A smoother voice than MS Anna would probably improve playback, but Panopreter Basic is a great place to start with text-to-speech tools, with upgrades available when and if your needs grow.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"works, but rather primitive"

November 11, 2011  |  By tonydwyer

 |  Version: Panopreter Basic 3.0.9

Pros

Works under Windows 2000 (with Mary voice)
Allows conversion of text to MP3 file
Very simple user interface

Cons

Doesn't automatically read the clipboard
Doesn't remember voice speed from one execution to the next
User interface window is too big to fit on the screen except at high resolution
No keyboard shortcut keys
No voice pitch control
Minimal help functions
Pressing ESC while text is being spoken terminates Panopreter and leaves the text-to-speech engine speaking with no obvious way to stop it. (Unfortunately, I discovered this while testing if Panopreter is capable of reading a file the size of War and Peace.)

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4 stars

"Does the job."

May 22, 2011  |  By aa787

 |  Version: Panopreter Basic 3.0.9

Pros

Can speed up text while encoding, for faster listening.

Cons

A bit slow to convert.

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5 stars

"It'a wonderful tool!"

July 09, 2009  |  By teriee

 |  Version: Panopreter 3.0.8

Pros

It reads very well on Windows Vista.

Cons

The default Microsoft Sam voice on Windows XP is not clear.

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5 stars

"Very good program"

January 18, 2009  |  By mvetLe

 |  Version: Panopreter 3.0.7.2

Pros

Its a great free program and easy to use. I've been with it for some time now and it did a good job.

Cons

There is Microsoft text-to-speech voices installed by default.

Summary

You should have this program on your computer to listen to files reading by it. (:

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1 stars

"Does not work."

August 27, 2008  |  By PlumBlossom

 |  Version: Panopreter 3.0.7.0

Pros

I did not find any.

Cons

Microsoft has a program for this already.

Summary

It would not download anything in any language. I tried downloading something in Chinese but it would not show, I got a message that I needed to have a program to convert the files in microsoft word for it to show up, otherwise I just got sybols instead of Chinese characters.

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3 stars

"It works well on my computer, a useful tool."

June 11, 2008  |  By rantuerc

 |  Version: Panopreter 3.0.7.0

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1 stars

"The software does notwork at all. <br />The software does not work properly"

June 01, 2008  |  By Shaswata Dutta

 |  Version: Panopreter 3.0.7.0

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3 stars

"Its good, very novel, have not figured it all out yet,,,has potential,"

April 01, 2008  |  By pharmdon

 |  Version: Panopreter 3.0.4

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3 stars

"COULD NOT FIND FILES THAT WERE NEEDED"

February 12, 2008  |  By charlelauffer

 |  Version: Panopreter 3.0.3

Cons

FILES MISSING

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3 stars

"OK"

January 18, 2008  |  By shofil

 |  Version: Panopreter 3.0.3

Pros

Its an OK software

Cons

Does not look like a professional software... The maple leaves like stuff in the beginning. The music is nuisance and when converted to audio, it starts with an add like statement of the software.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0.92.1
Major update
General
Publisher Panopreter
Publisher web site http://www.panopreter.com
Release Date October 03, 2014
Date Added October 03, 2014
Version 3.0.92.1
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.97MB
File Name PanopreterBasic_x86_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,487
Downloads Last Week 19
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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