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out of 12 votes out of 5 votes

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    Mar. 31, 2008
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Editors' Review

Not so much smart as competent, SmartRead reads back text using standard Microsoft speech engines. It supports English and Chinese and lets you save text in audio files to play back when driving or jogging. Unfortunately, it only supports WAV files, so you may need a third-party conversion utility to save clips in compressed formats. The unattractive and inconvenient interface requires you to copy and paste text into the program window to have it read. Given its interface issues and modest functionality, we don't see SmartRead trumping its freeware competition.
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5 stars

"Best of the free voice programs"

April 29, 2013  |  By issachar5

2013-04-29 09:10:35  |  By issachar5

 |  Version: SmartRead 0.80


able to fill a screen with VERY large letters (for seniors)
Able to hear Microsoft Annie, a good, free voice, plus others
Able to paste in just about any PDF, WORD, etc. text
Works with Dragon Naturally Speaking installed (unlike HAL)
Hi-lites sentences for easy follow on a screen
Works with Vista and Windows 7 easily
VERY easy to use


It doesn't appear that you can add any of the tru-voice, or AT&T natural voices.


I compared it with many voice programs; except for the lack of tru-voice adding ability, it pretty much beat the free, and the costly.

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3 stars

"It's very useful."

January 18, 2009  |  By monpatcha

2009-01-18 23:22:42  |  By monpatcha

 |  Version: SmartRead 0.80


It's very good program and very easy to use and install.


some english word is not clear. it did not work after installed in some computer. The new version of WINWORD cannot read.

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1 stars

"Do no't work No voice"

November 22, 2008  |  By dpraisharma

2008-11-22 04:51:08  |  By dpraisharma

 |  Version: SmartRead 0.80


Tried several times but voice not found


Not any star to this program


No thaks not required

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3 stars

"Smart read"

April 30, 2008  |  By sukumar14

2008-04-30 19:56:25  |  By sukumar14

 |  Version: SmartRead 0.80


Surprising that its s/w compatibility is good except for one reason that at time of installation it will ask for permission several times and a location to extract files twice !! Its so simple and contains all; that is required to a user. Plus, its free !!! It has an option to download additional voices which may not work on new o/s.


Its development is in initial stage. After installation, sam, mike and mary like voices may not work on new o/s.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.80
Version 0.80 adds MP3, and SWF(flash) file conversion.
Publisher SmartySoft Studio
Publisher web site
Release Date March 31, 2008
Date Added March 31, 2008
Version 0.80
Category Business Software
Subcategory Voice Recognition Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 6.51MB
File Name smartread_setup.exe
Total Downloads 78,850
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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