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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 2 votes out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.47.11
  • Total Downloads:
    102,356
  • Date Added:
    May 10, 2013
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

eSpeak is a nifty speech-to-text program that will perfectly enunciate anything you type. It rarely trips over any words -- even incredibly complicated ones -- and recognizes punctuation and advanced sentence structures. Though it could use some improvements, in terms of speakers, it leaves Microsoft's built-in speech-to-text options in the dust.

By default, eSpeak supports only four different language styles and allows you to alter their pace, timing, and volume. However, most of the default speakers sound very close to each other and there aren't many accents -- just an American and British English speaker. However, the speakers are able to pronounce plenty of different languages. If you go through the Readme file that comes with this app, you'll find codes for additional voice variants, effects, and different synthesizer methods. If you've already installed the program with its default settings, you will need to run the installer all over again and specify the additional voice variants, which you want to use. The application sports an XP-era layout, but that makes it very light on your processor, especially if you have an older computer. We were able to copy/paste any amount of text and the app turned it into speech with just the click of a button. We tested the app for a couple of different languages, as well, and the app did not fail to deliver. The only downside to eSpeak are its highly-computerized speakers, which, after some time, might give you a headache.

Overall, eSpeak is a useful tool for those who need it and a fun toy to play with for those who don't. It's miles ahead of Microsoft's built-in accessibility options and most third-party downloads, as well.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.47.11
Version 1.47.11 has fixed bug in Turkish language.
General
Publisher Free Software Foundation
Publisher web site http://www.fsf.org/
Release Date May 03, 2013
Date Added May 10, 2013
Version 1.47.11
Category
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Text-to-Speech Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.28MB
File Name espeak-1.47.11-win.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 102,356
Downloads Last Week 56
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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