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Speak Aloud

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    Jun. 23, 2011
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    Free to try (2000-byte conversion trial); $29.95 to buy
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Editors' Review


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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5 stars

"Impressive, Very Useful..."

August 20, 2008

2008-08-20 14:24:45

 |  Version: Speak Aloud 2.0.2008.601


> 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.


To be honest, I cannot think of any.


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

2007-12-02 19:20:11  |  By Lee 85

 |  Version: Speak Aloud 2.0.2007.208


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.


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

2007-05-16 01:29:25  |  By mnew2me

 |  Version: Speak Aloud 2.0.2007.208




Why it's not a screen reader?

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2 stars

"error/(s?) in application"

September 17, 2005  |  By asyouwish

2005-09-17 05:48:54  |  By asyouwish

 |  Version: Speak Aloud 2.0.2005.608


Looks ok.


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

What's new in version 2.0.2010.218
Version 2.0.2010.218 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Guangming Software
Publisher web site
Release Date June 01, 2012
Date Added June 23, 2011
Version 2.0.2010.218
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.51MB
File Name SpeakAloudSetup.exe
Total Downloads 17,407
Downloads Last Week 8
License Model Free to try
Limitations 2000-byte conversion trial
Price $29.95

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