Speakonia

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It's free, after all"

    August 28, 2011  |   By LongLiveTheKrakken

    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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