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Text To WAV

By Dnasoft Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 28, 2011

Text-to-speech software is helpful for presenting text to anyone who is visually impaired. It's also helpful for anyone who needs extra editing help and doesn't have an extra set of eyes. As its name suggests, Text to Wav offers a way to convert written text into sound files, but thanks to a vague interface and lack of help, we're reluctant to recommend it.

The program's user interface is pretty bland, with most of the controls crammed into the left corner of the toolbar. There are a few self-explanatory buttons for adjusting your text size and font. We also found slide controls for adjusting the voice rate, pitch, and volume. A drop-down menu makes it appear as though you have multiple options for the voice type, but the only one we found was "Microsoft Anna" in English. To the right were various menu options that were vague to us, such as Convert at Two Voices, Speak the Input Sentence, and Automatic Change Voices. These options might be recognizable for people who have worked with this kind of software before, but it wasn't clear to us. A Help menu offers a link to online help, but it's written in Japanese, so we were out of luck. Sure, we were able to input text into the appropriate field and play it back using the Speak command, but beyond that, we were at a loss.

Overall, if you're accustomed to these types of programs, it might be worth giving Text to Wav a shot. But if you're new to text-to-speech software, we recommend you look for something with more guidance.

Text to Wav comes as a ZIP file and is accessible after extraction.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.18

Version 3.18 includes unspecified updates.

General

Release July 10, 2015
Date Added July 10, 2015
Version 3.18

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements SAPI4.0 or SAPI5 or Microsoft Speech Platform

Popularity

Total Downloads 65,935
Downloads Last Week 13
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Developer's Description

Text To Wav is a Text-To-Speech software using SAPI4.0, SAPI5.1 or Microsoft Speech Platform ver 10.

It includes the following features.

Convert text or html into WAV files; if you want to convert text into MP3, please put lame_enc.dll into the Plugins folder. Convert text into AVI or MP3 with lyrics. If you type a letter or move the caret on the TextEditor, you can hear the letter, word or sentence. Set a Japanese engine for Voice1 and an English one for Voice2; switch the voices automatically. Direct read aloud other software using IE component (ex: Internet Explorer, CHM). This software doesn't have any installer, so if you don't like it, all you have to do is to throw it into the Trash folder.