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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

For dedicated multitaskers or busy travelers, the ability to have documents or e-mails read out loud can be a big time-saver. Speak Aloud helps with this task, reading text from the screen or turning documents into audio files that can be saved for later playback.

The software can perform a batch conversion, turning an entire text library or set of e-mails into audio files automatically, and supports a variety of formats including MP3, OGG, WMA, and FLAC. We found the interface to be quite simple, allowing a user to select any text in a document and have it read out loud simply by pressing Ctrl C. A few quirks keep us from recommending it wholeheartedly, however.

The program lacks controls for skipping to the next sentence or paragraph. It has difficulty starting a new piece of text until the program has read through the previously selected block. While the software does have attractive features, these flaws keep it from measuring up to some of its text-to-speech rivals.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.2010.218

Version 2.0.2010.218 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Date Added June 23, 2011
Version 2.0.2010.218

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Developer's Description

Read text aloud with support for SAPI4 or SAPI5 compliant voices. Convert text to audio on the fly, text to WAV, text to MP3, text to WMA, text to Ogg, text to Vox, text to au and text to AIFF format. Convert without temporary files generated, save your hard disk. Support batch conversion. Convert text to SWF speech stream, i.e. text to SWF. Now you can add streaming voice to Web site easily Support reading highlight text on the screen with hot key. An easy-to-use screen reader supporting drag-and-drop. You can drag text files to batch convert or speak at will Support command line. You can batch-convert a file list from command line now.