Text Speaker

Text Speaker

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 14 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2
  • Total Downloads:
    117,733
  • Date Added:
    December 12, 2012
  • File Size:
    15.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    138
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

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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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.2
Version 3.2 adds full Windows 8 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 December 08, 2012
Date Added December 12, 2012
Version 3.2
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Voice Recognition Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 15.6MB
File Name TextSpeaker.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 117,733
Downloads Last Week 138
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 200 words per document trial
Price $29.95

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