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Text Speaker

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 15 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.21
  • Total Downloads:
    123,078
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 17, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (200 words per document trial); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Excellent text to speech software for creating mp3"

February 26, 2015  |  By WilliamBrady226

 |  Version: Text Speaker 3.2

Pros

Available voices are top quality and free to try.
Reads just about any format text, including PDF files.
Very convenient 'speak it now' hotkey that reads anything on your screen.

Cons

None that I can find yet

Summary

Make sure to download one of the available voices. They sound way better than the default Windows voices. Pronunciation is excellent and can be customized with the word editor. I really like the way it highlights words as they are spoken, my young children follow along very well.

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1 stars

"Choppy voice is too distracting"

August 05, 2014  |  By PiXiYo

 |  Version: Text Speaker 3.2

Pros

Nice interface
Reads pdfs

Cons

Speaker's syntax is barley recognizable as English.

Summary

Choppy voice distracts from being able to comprehend the subject matter. The trial version only reads a paragraph at a time. I spent all the time downloading it to find this out. I won't be purchasing.

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.21
Version 3.21 adds full Windows 10 support, allows you to create Talking Reminders and make Audio Outlines from highlighted text automatically.
General
Publisher DeskShare
Publisher web site http://www.deskshare.com
Release Date August 12, 2015
Date Added August 17, 2015
Version 3.21
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Voice Recognition Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 18.69MB
File Name TextSpeaker.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 123,078
Downloads Last Week 120
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 200 words per document trial
Price $29.95

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