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"I tried free trials for about 10 competitors 6 y ago"
I use it with a multi button mouse that lets me start reading and stop reading.
I would recommend buying a nice sounding voice but you only need one.
I really only use a hand full of the features it provides but the others never get in the way.
Some things like CD it pronounces as 40 when it should not. I guess it is targeted at ancient Romans rather than modern computer users.
The pronunciation editor is a bit tuff to use.
It would be nice if it had different modes: proofing, coding, ORC
While it is not the first program like this that I have used, this type of program: clipboard reading text to speech synthesizer has been vital to my survival as someone who is severely dyslexic. It does 95% of my reading for me and I use it more than 8 hours a day at home and at work.
6 years ago when my 10 year old tts program would not run on the new computer I did an extensive test of other products. This was the best, 1 or 2 of them may have been close but it was far better than most of the others. I have not tried the new one (which is probably better) nor have I tried the new competitors which are also probably better but you can at least say they now have years of experience in the area.