Speaking Clock Deluxe is a customizable clock that can alert users to the time in a variety of ways. The clock's various features and simple interface make it an appealing choice.
The program's interface is fairly intuitive, although some features that seemed like they would be accessible in the Settings menu could actually only be accessed by right-clicking on the program in the system tray. No matter; that's about as complicated as the program got. Although there were some aspects of the text-to-speech features that weren't intuitive, the built-in Help file explained everything clearly. The interface organizes all of the feature's options into easy-to-navigate tabs, making it simple to configure the clock to your liking. The program offers what you would expect of a speaking clock; analog and digital settings, several skins, alarms, a timer/stopwatch, and customizable intervals for speaking the time. The clock also includes a few unexpected extras, such as a calendar and speaking calculator. The alarm feature includes a lot of options, such as variety of alert sounds and the ability to use an agent--an animated cartoon character--to deliver alerts. We also liked the fact that users can choose between natural speech or text-to-speech, and that the Help file explained the differences between the two.
Overall, Speaking Clock Deluxe performed well and included everything we'd want from a speaking clock. The program has a 30-day trial limitation. It comes as a ZIP file and leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.
Speaking Clock Deluxe turns your computer into a speaking clock with over 30 languages freely available for download (English, German, French, Spanish and Russian are included). It can also keep track of up to 50 alarms that can be set to a time and a date and repeat daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. The interface is very attractive and you can choose between several 'looks', two digital and two analog. The LCD-style display shows date, another time zone or random quotes in addition to the time. This program can also synchronize your clock to an Internet time server. It can be minimized to the system tray and includes full help and install/uninstall. Developer Changes: Speaking alarm clock which can announce the time in many different languages (American English is included, about 30 other languages can be freely downloaded). Also features MS Agent and text-to-speech support. The multiple alarm system keeps track of up to 50 different alarms, with the possibility of announcing the time, playing any wave file or even starting another program. The alarms can be set to go off once or be repeated daily, weekly, monthly or yearly. In addition it also features a speaking calculator, a timer/stopwatch function, time synchronization with proxy support, choice of digital or analog displays and a very attractive all-graphical interface design. The clock runs in the system tray (where it also shows the time).
Version 3.62 adds MP3/WMA support for alarms and fixes several bugs.