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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best freebie I've found for the job!"

    March 18, 2011  |   By pebarefoot

    Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

    Pros

    Trued 3 others first and was disappointed. Speakonia has the most natural synthesized voice and it has a more natural cadence! All the others wanted money to download a more natural voice. Simple interface, easy to use!

    Cons

    A real natural song voice, like the paid for ones, would be nice.

    Summary

    I like it! My eyesight is going away rapidly. I NEED something like this but can't afford to buy one. My money is all going to stop the deterioration of my sight. Now all I need is one to use my voice to control my computer and type text. I'm looking and will submit a review on the one I choose for that.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Works better than a lot of other software but..."

    January 21, 2011  |   By techchica

    Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

    Pros

    Comes up with multiple voices (the other program I tested only came with one default). These voices also sound pretty realistic.

    Cons

    I'm having problems registering directly from the software AND their website. Via the software it just keeps saying "Receiving answer..." but nothing happens. When I request a reg key via email, I keep checking my email and still nothing.

    Summary

    Until this gets resolved, I'm going to have to keep it a 2 star rating. For me it's useless if I can't export it to wav file. I'm really hoping this works though because out of all the programs I tested, it's really one of the best.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Indispensable proofreading tool."

    January 4, 2011  |   By rondgreen

    Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

    Pros

    Easy to install and use. I use it for proofreading: invoke Speakonia and open your favorite word processor. Highlight some text and copy it to the clipboard (ctrl-C). Speakonia will read it aloud to you. It's magic!

    Cons

    Voices are a bit metallic, but not bad. I like the voice of "Mary" (she has a bit of a Marlene Dietrich quality to me :-) The only caveat is that Mary will continue to speak aloud while you perform cut & paste editing.

    Summary

    If you write, you'll find text-to-speech an indispensable proofreading tool. Things that spell-checking (even grammar-checking) can't find, jump right out when this software reads your words back to you. Try it out and you'll see!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't install correctly, because I wasn't admin"

    November 28, 2010  |   By 14klknechtel

    Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

    Pros

    It looks cool, but i have nothing more to say on pros

    Cons

    It didn't even download correctly. You need to be Admin to install it correctly. If you are not admin, it wont install the voices.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "what a wonderful software"

    November 19, 2010  |   By samafayla33

    Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

    Pros

    There is no cons about this software, it's helpful with individuals with autism, people with adhd and bad concentration levels. The software alleviates the anxiety of trying to read web texts and helps with comprehension!

    Cons

    absolutely nothing, it's free and easy to use!

    Summary

    you can read text onlinee, when writing, it'll reread anything you copy and paste and it's free! It has never crashed with me and I have used it since 2003

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's good and convenient"

    November 5, 2010  |   By zongsuccessfulLC

    Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

    Pros

    You can conveniently let it read what you want to hear by copying that particular sentence/word or paste the whole passage in the main box of this program. The sound was okay, you can adjust the pitch,volume, etc.

    Cons

    There should be more choices for the speech characters.

    Summary

    Overall, it's a cool text to speech software, you can try it out :)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is great worth and the download"

    September 30, 2010  |   By blackdog-26

    Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

    Pros

    the voices are great and they have good punctation. And it comes with a lot of different voices. and i like you can change the pitch of the voices. this is a great product.

    Cons

    i didn't like it took up alot of room on my PC. for me there wasn't alot to dislike.

    Summary

    the reason i don't like it is because it took up room and now my PC runs a little slower.I like it because when it reads to me it has correct pronounciation and they are life like voices. i would definately recomend this to someone.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "The best solution for web page automation"

    August 20, 2010  |   By psychlman

    Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

    Pros

    Provides unfettered access via the clipboard (unlike Talking Clipboard that ignores duplicated pastes). Having downloaded the Microsoft voices the speech is the same as any other product I have tried and changing the Lexicon is easy.

    Cons

    As with other products there is no option to control the app from commands embedded in text pasted to the clipboard. Would like to be able to <stop>, <start>, <close>, change voices dynamically and know (via clipboard) when current block is over.

    Summary

    As a developer of highly interactive web sites I'm surprised there isn't more support for speech in the HTML specifications. Pasting onto the clipboard is fine, and I really appreciate Chris Schuster's Speakonia application, but it would be better to have something integrated within the browser that allows ONLY certain text to be spoken because apps simply monitor the clipboard, so anything pasted gets spoken. This could extend to the observation of events so that any text within the object being monitored is spoken automatically onmouseover and terminated onmouseout. If anyone wants help implementing speech on the web drop me a line - dean (at) louistalboys.com

    Updated on Aug 28, 2010

    I tried TextAloud and found it better than Talking Clipboard but really overpriced compared to Speakonia. It did the job but includes far more than I need for simple processing of the clipboard. Also, I couldn't find a Lexicon. On the subject of Speakonia, repeated requests to Chris Schuster for help on the product have yielded nothing. OK, it's free, but it's not a major system requiring a team of support technicians. If you're not going to provide support write the app as open source.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This program is AMAZING"

    May 2, 2010  |   By fendygto

    Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

    Pros

    Just the lack of features on this...

    Cons

    This program is AMAZING! I think the CNet editors were on crack when they rated this 3/5.

    Summary

    Looking for it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "simply the best"

    March 29, 2010  |   By snowsnw1

    Version: Speakonia 1.3.5

    Pros

    simply the best free text to speech

    Cons

    it crashes occasionally. Althought it doesnot crash the entire system, I still have to restart the computer in order to continue to use this program.

    Summary

    This is still the best. I hope to see the bug fix in the future.

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