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Read Aloud

By Vedasri Free Editors' Rating

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 7, 2009

Read Aloud is a program that will read text aloud. It has two main interfaces, one for entering Web addresses that the program will browse to and read the text on aloud, and another tab labeled Textpad where you can paste text into a window to be read out loud.

We tested both aspects of the program. The first Web page we tried Read Aloud on was a Blogger page. The page mostly comprised text, and the program did very well reading it. The default voice is "Microsoft Anna," a pleasing female voice. The voice is a little halting at times, but we could understand everything easily nonetheless. Next we tried a Web page for a local cafe. The program read it well. Read Aloud doesn't read the Alt tags of photos, which something we'd like to see added. We tried some more complex Web pages like Facebook and Twitter, and Read Aloud worked with them, but the busy layout of Facebook made the reading chaotic. We were impressed that program did a good job reading the Twitter page, however. The Textpad feature is handy and quite functional. We copied some text from an e-mail into it, and the program translated it into speech flawlessly.

Read Aloud is free. It doesn't have any Help file that we could find but is easy to figure out. It performs a unique service that would be a great benefit to users with vision problems or reading difficulties, but Read Aloud is fun for anyone to use.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0

General

Release October 14, 2011
Date Added July 5, 2009
Version 3.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

Popularity

Total Downloads 50,590
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Read Aloud is a free text to speech software that reads aloud text from various sources. Read Aloud provides Web page text reader, which no other text to speech software provides (for free). It has an in-built Web Text Extractor, a Raw File Mode, a Clipboard Watcher. The previous version has gained huge success, and now we are proudly releasing the next advanced version. You will find this software very useful.