Speak Aloud

Speak Aloud

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.2010.218
  • Total Downloads:
    16,299
  • Date Added:
    June 23, 2011
  • File Size:
    4.51MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    13
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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For dedicated multitaskers or busy travelers, the ability to have documents or e-mails read out loud can be a big time-saver. Speak Aloud helps with this task, reading text from the screen or turning documents into audio files that can be saved for later playback.

The software can perform a batch conversion, turning an entire text library or set of e-mails into audio files automatically, and supports a variety of formats including MP3, OGG, WMA, and FLAC. We found the interface to be quite simple, allowing a user to select any text in a document and have it read out loud simply by pressing Ctrl C. A few quirks keep us from recommending it wholeheartedly, however.

The program lacks controls for skipping to the next sentence or paragraph. It has difficulty starting a new piece of text until the program has read through the previously selected block. While the software does have attractive features, these flaws keep it from measuring up to some of its text-to-speech rivals.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Impressive, Very Useful..."

August 20, 2008

 |  Version: Speak Aloud 2.0.2008.601

Pros

> Wow, just what I need - a simple, not over-complicated TTS app.
> Doesn't try to be something it isn't
> Very reasonable price
> Simplicity, it will never get old.

Cons

To be honest, I cannot think of any.

Summary

I strongly recommend this application to anybody in need of basic TTS.

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4 stars

"Official SAPI5 compatible"

December 02, 2007  |  By Lee 85

 |  Version: Speak Aloud 2.0.2007.208

Pros

Finally a straight forward product which declares that it supports SAPI4 and 5. Other products such as Advanced text to speech and Coolspeech only supports SAPI4. I was absolutely and utterly disgusted with other products for they can't even support Microsoft Sam voice, a SAPI5 voice.

Stop and start where you want from cursor. Some other nonsensical products dosen't let you start from any part of a text.

Cons

No pronunciation tuning

The stop and play function can be improved, if you un-pause the player and it dosen't re-read the previous word

The converted MP3 file is abit rustled in quality, not as clear as you directly have it read out.

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4 stars

"I like the use of SAPI5 voices."

May 16, 2007  |  By mnew2me

 |  Version: Speak Aloud 2.0.2007.208

Pros

SAPI5

Cons

Why it's not a screen reader?

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2 stars

"error/(s?) in application"

September 17, 2005  |  By asyouwish

 |  Version: Speak Aloud 2.0.2005.608

Pros

Looks ok.

Cons

Creates some sort of OLE-error, when uses AT&T-Chrystal-voice.

Thus it is of no benefit to me, as long as this application has program-errors.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.2010.218
Version 2.0.2010.218 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Guangming Software
Publisher web site http://www.guangmingsoft.net
Release Date June 01, 2012
Date Added June 23, 2011
Version 2.0.2010.218
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.51MB
File Name SpeakAloudSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 16,299
Downloads Last Week 13
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 2000-byte conversion trial
Price $29.95

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