Speakonia

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not bad. I like it."

    July 16, 2011  |   By a1130

    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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  • Reply by a1130 on July 16, 2011

    EDIT: Well, you can download the Ivona voices for Text Speaker which are much more natural sounding, but $29.95 isn't a very reasonable price...

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