Speak Aloud

Speak Aloud


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

Version:
2.0.2010.218
File Size:
4.51MB
Date Added:
June 23, 2011
Price:
Free to try (2000-byte conversion trial); $29.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
16,132
Downloads Last Week:
11
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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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All 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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