Text Speaker

Text Speaker

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 13 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.2
File Size:
15.6MB
Date Added:
December 12, 2012
Price:
Free to try (200 words per document trial); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
115,791
Downloads Last Week:
96
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Speech synthesis has come a long way since its most famous application, giving voice to Professor Stephen Hawking, whose iconic cadence still echoes in the latest and most capable voice generators, such as Text Speaker 3.14 from DeskShare. It can read virtually any text document aloud, accurately, reliably, and pleasantly. You can configure the speaking voice to suit and download additional voices in a wide range of accents and speaking styles.

Text Speaker's efficient interface resembles a word processor but with mission-specific controls such as Voice and Pronunciation, which activate pop-up configuration dialogs. The program is easy to use: open your chosen document and press Speak, and the default voice, Microsoft Anna, reads it aloud in clear, slightly mechanical tones. Changing the voice properties is so much fun it could be a time-waster, since the speed and pitch vary from so low and slow it's almost inebriated, to fast and high enough for cartoon characters. You can also configure it to pronounce (or mispronounce!) specific words in certain ways, for regional or personal needs. It uses Lernout & Hauspie's speech engine, so there are plenty of voices in all sorts of accents and languages available online. Text Speaker has some notable extras, such as Talking Reminders and the ability to output finished audio files, making it a "virtual announcer."

Text Speaker's tutorial and user's guide are accessible from the interface and the Start Menu, and there's online assistance, too. This tool combines speech generating and text recognition technology in one useful package. We recommend it highly.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Text Speaker 3.14. The trial version is limited to 200 words per document.

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  • 3 stars

    "sure DocumentSpeaker is better"

    December 20, 2011   |   By antal1112

    Version: Text Speaker 3.19

    Pros

    Their function is similar.

    Cons

    Too expensive.Too expensive. If use documentspeaker, may save 50%.

    Summary

    The function is similar. Chooses cheaply. I choose documentspeaker.
    http://download.cnet.com/DocumentSpeaker/3000-18483_4-75622434.html?tag=mncol;1

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  • 3 stars

    "another better"

    December 13, 2011   |   By tomcluson

    Version: Text Speaker 3.19

    Pros

    see good. but not try more.

    Cons

    could not support more format documents.

    Summary

    should support more format documents.
    another one is better.
    DocumentSpeaker can read more documents.
    http://download.cnet.com/Text-Speaker/3000-7239_4-10877963.html?tag=mncol;5

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  • 1 stars

    "Buy before try"

    October 16, 2011   |   By Missy_LTM

    Version: Text Speaker 3.18

    Pros

    I like the sound of the voices it sounds more so like a real person

    Cons

    It don't want you to try it before you buy it, it just want you to by it.

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  • 1 stars

    "Didn't Work, kept wanting to buy."

    August 17, 2011   |   By LizzyGrace

    Version: Text Speaker 3.18

    Pros

    None, None NOne NONE NONE

    Cons

    wouldn't let me try, wants me to buy voices , has a 500 word trial, wouldn't even play that, kept wanting me to pay.

    Summary

    If i can't try a program forget it. I also downloaded Natural Reader and UltraHal Text to speech. Both were decent for Text to speech. The Natural Reader is a little better since it has more voices, and on their website, the trial of the paid version sounded pretty good with their upgraded paid software, but good with basic voices. It also has a tool bar so if you want to read a web page, you don't have to cut and paste.

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  • 4 stars

    "Just... awesome!"

    July 16, 2011   |   By a1130

    Version: Text Speaker 3.17

    Pros

    Alternative for Speakonia (it no longer works on my computer). They have the same voices and can do the same voices. It can also prevent eyestrain from small text.

    Cons

    How are you supposed to uninstall it? I'll try Add and Remove Programs next...

    The voices are also rather unnatural, but I think that's L&H's fault, not DeskShare's.

    Summary

    Pretty good overall. I reccommend it- Speakonia sometimes malfunctions on computers. :)

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  • 5 stars

    "Reads my documents aloud to me while I work"

    June 01, 2011

    Version: Text Speaker 3.15

    Pros

    Easy to use, reads all formats- docx, pdf, html, the best pronounciation of all the text to speech software I have tested.

    Cons

    none that I can find

    Summary

    One of the most useful software products I have and I use it daily to read out loud my documents and reports emailed to me - and it is great for proof reading before I send out material to anyone. I purchased 3 voices - one English, one Spanish and one French - all are very human sounding and understand punctuation and emphasis correctly for each language. The MP3 conversion is useful for taking documents to go, makes my commute time productive.

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  • 5 stars

    "One of the best products I own"

    May 18, 2011   |   By balthazzz

    Version: Text Speaker 3.15

    Pros

    Nice voices. Easy use. Few clic PDF to mp3. Far the best I have tried. Draconia go home.

    Cons

    Would like more voices to choose from. Like a younger woman voices - with English accent of course, just like Amy...Besides that non cons comes to mind.

    Summary

    Very very nice professional voices to be downloaded and integrated easily with the program. Easy and quick convertion of all text to mp3, for convinient listening in the car...Now I can hear all the interesting files within my computer I never would read anyway, while driving at work:-]. For the price of 30$ for the program and 30$ for the nice Amy voice I actually think it's a bargain. Already consuming my first 7½ hour long converted book, has paid the bill in my world:-))))

    Updated on May 18, 2011

    Sorry I meant Speakonia go home instead of Draconia go home - doo!

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  • 2 stars

    "could not run this program to work"

    May 16, 2011   |   By usac44

    Version: Text Speaker 3.15

    Pros

    the play back for the testing was ok

    Cons

    could not get the trial program to start with a english voice

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  • 1 stars

    "Does not work"

    November 09, 2010   |   By tigerchips

    Version: Text Speaker 3.14

    Pros

    None, it doesn't work

    Cons

    Double clicked the icon to start it and nothing happened.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not too good but it does what it says somewhat..."

    March 17, 2010   |   By glenn-iain

    Version: Text Speaker 3.14

    Pros

    It Installs and does what it is supposed to do

    Cons

    Installs more then just itself (programs not virusses)
    Contains no uninstall!
    The CPU voice is really bad, not human at all.

    Summary

    Not advisable, the full version might be better, if it isn't i would not recoomend to buy.

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