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.
From SmartySoft Studio:
SmartRead can translate text to speech (TTS technology ) to read out clearly. It is very easy to use, needn't have any speech knowledge, check the article for you, read long text, have very obvious advantages. Repair function, can repair when engine has some problem, especially to XP users. Supports Windows Vista. Version 0.80 adds MP3, and SWF(flash) file conversion.
What's new in this version:
Version 0.80 adds MP3, and SWF(flash) file conversion.
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.
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.