Basically a graphical interface for Microsoft's speech engines, CoolSpeaking lacks features that would make it stand out from the competition. Like many similar programs, it can read out loud what you've copied to the clipboard or typed. However, it can only process TXT files (not, for instance, Microsoft Word DOC files) and save speech in one format, WAV. Another flaw is you can't correct the pronunciation of nonstandard words. The straightforward interface has two variants: Compact and Normal. However, all in all, there seems little reason to pay for CoolSpeaking when you can find freeware analogs with the same functionality.
What's new in version 2
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedJune 17, 2005
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional RequirementsWindows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
CoolSpeaking can read text from e-mails, Web pages, e-books, or any text you type or copy to clipboard. With a real-time voice reading, you can catch spelling mistakes easily. Convert your text to WAV file and choose from 40 different voices and 11 languages. Change the speed, pitch, and volume of the voice.