Speakonia

Speakonia

Download Editors' Rating:
3
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Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 102 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.3.5
  • Total Downloads:
    810,899
  • Date Added:
    July 22, 2002
  • File Size:
    2.59MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,399
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Note: CFS-Technologies no longer supports the Speakonia software, but still allows the download and use of it. Visit the CFS-Technologies site for a free registration key for Speakonia.

Editors' Review

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Not a fictional Eastern European country from a Marx Brothers movie, Speakonia is actually a modest freeware utility that reads text out loud. Speakonia comes with about 20 voices (all with strong robotic accents) and lets you quickly change the reading speed and pitch. It's also little trouble to correct the pronunciation of words (proper names, for instance). Speakonia can save text in WAV files for playback when you're driving or jogging, but unfortunately it can't save sound files in the MP3 format, so you may need a third-party conversion utility. The program interface is clear and straightforward; you simply select text in any document and press Ctrl C to read it aloud. However, Speakonia lacks controls for skipping to the next sentence or paragraph. In spite of those drawbacks, its decent performance and free price make it a reasonable choice for the vision-impaired or people who'd rather do their reading with their ears than their eyes.
 
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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 102 votes

    • 5 star 60
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    • 2 star 9
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5 stars

"BEST PROGRAM EVER! *MS Sam review* My review: Epic job!"

January 17, 2014  |  By JimMUGEN

 |  Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

Pros

ALLLALLLALLALLALLISPRO *MS Sam review* My review: The whole program mworks great. You can fix spelling errors.

Cons

NONENONENONENONENONEISCON *MS Sam review* My review: Doesnt have many flaws... except for recommended registration

Summary

DA BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEST! *MS Sam review* My review: Nice... nice. *I recommend it to people who like MS Sam.

Updated on Jan 17, 2014

EDIT: I am trying to download this program, but I had this program in my admin account. Great attempt! Not even an attempt!

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4 stars

"One problem"

June 21, 2013  |  By Sonicrush007

 |  Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

Pros

It is goo for getting Microsoft Sam, Mary, and Mike.

Cons

It wont register. I tried both ways but, it still wont register!!! This program cannot be updated due to the owner not updating the program and says it is unsupported.

Summary

Overall, I say this is pretty good.

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5 stars

"Brilliant, Perfect & Elegantly Simple!"

September 27, 2012  |  By Mik_EmpirePMLLC

 |  Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

Pros

Everything you could hope for in a Free program to read you lengthy documents etc & more!

Cons

None what so ever!

Summary

I first came across this program in '08, Downloaded it again for my new computer & cant recommend it enough :D!!

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5 stars

"speakonia very effective tool"

December 08, 2011  |  By matrixref

 |  Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

Pros

easy to use asssists in dialogging while diction is taken. clearly spoken and reconizable words

Cons

not many found.

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4 stars

"Easy to install"

September 30, 2011  |  By amma5

 |  Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

Pros

Very little instruction is needed to use this product. I was looking for a simple point and click Text-to-Speech program for an adult who can't read. Speakonia filled that need

Cons

I would only read the first item on an on-line program and after that you had to copy and paste onto the Speakonia page.

Summary

I will continue to use this product. But I will also keep trying other Text-to-Speech programs to see if there is one that requires fewer steps for the non-reader. .

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2 stars

"It's free, after all"

August 28, 2011  |  By LongLiveTheKrakken

 |  Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

Pros

Low cost (free), installs quickly

Cons

Does not contain encoding (that I was able to determine) for reading PDFs or Word or equivalent.

Summary

I cannot recommend it for someone looking for an intuitive and flexible optin. Naturally, one might expect to have to pay for that sort of thing. However, if you have clean text files lying around, waiting to be read, or don't mind pulling content into clean text files or into the application itself via the sorcery of copy/paste, then this software is your magical mate. Common files (PDF, HTML, Open Office, MSWord standards on file inquiry are translated into the sort of ASCII text equivalent you might expect from a reader that is looking for plain text. It would be eminently useful if it could be expanded to either function as a shortcut/accelerator from webpages to allow users to have the page read to them. Obviously, given the amount of "bonus material" on webpages this might be challenging, unless the user's frame of focus could be captured, but that isn't likely full-proof either depending on the site. I don't have superb sound on my laptop, but the volume of the application was low-that might not be a common problem, since sound settings differ so widely in their calibration options.

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4 stars

"I want it but.."

July 24, 2011  |  By sparkybigp

 |  Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

Pros

I like all the voices in it but it cant download

Cons

It will not download on my Windows 7 laptop and i am Admin

Summary

Overall i would love this download to make my Angry German Kids with but i cant download it.

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4 stars

"Not bad. I like it."

July 16, 2011  |  By a1130

 |  Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

Pros

It can easily save text into sound files, which makes it good for voice actors. I often make animations and I can use Speakonia to make voices for cartoon characters.

Cons

Not the best thing for reading text. The voices aren't very natural. A lot of people say that Text Speaker is better, but Text Speaker has the EXACT SAME VOICES as Speakonia, with the exception of one voice called "Microsoft Anna."

Summary

It's not bad. Unfortunately, the developer's official website says that development of this program has been discontinued. Also, the unnatural voices are due to Lernout & Hauspie and Microsoft's speech engine, not Speakonia.

Updated on Aug 8, 2011

EDIT: When I downloaded it on my laptop, AVG said there was a virus and blocked the setup. For some reason that didn't happen on my desktop computer (that had Avast)... why is that?

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1 stars

"Easy but unusable voices"

May 18, 2011  |  By balthazzz

 |  Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

Pros

Easy and free

Cons

Voices incredible bad sounding. Totally useless to me.

Summary

The voices makes the program useless. I haven't maneged to integrate better voices in the time I would use for the trial period. Choose Text Speaker instead. Paid the reasonable price and downloaded the most listenable voices for a reasonable price too. 10 min. and I was converting my first book(PDF) to mp3 - now that works!

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5 stars

"Amazing!!!"

April 28, 2011  |  By plasticandie

 |  Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

Pros

I needed a product to read back to me my files. I'm a writer and I thought it would be useful if I had something to read back my stories to see if I missed anything or errors. And this never fails to amaze me! The pronunciation is great!

Cons

None that I think of. Maybe more voices to choose from.

Summary

This is amazing and even better that it's free!

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher CFS-Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.cfs-technologies.com
Release Date July 22, 2002
Date Added July 22, 2002
Version 1.3.5
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Voice Recognition Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 2.59MB
File Name speakoniasetup-1.0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 810,899
Downloads Last Week 1,399
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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