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TextAloud

Editors' Review

by   / November 11, 2014

TextAloud converts screen text into spoken words. This app is useful for people who have difficulty reading material on the screen, but is also useful for those who want to multitask more efficiently.

Pros

Navigation shortcuts: TextAloud's variety of navigation shortcuts is quite helpful if you're listening to a very long document. This becomes the equivalent of scanning something for the sections that are of the most interest to you.

Video tutorials: There is a shortcut right from the help menu that jumps you to the video tutorials hosted on the company's website. These tutorials are extremely useful and comprehensive and show you all of the major operations you can complete with the program.

Cons

Voice options: The voices that come with the free version are all very grating. They are especially robotic sounding and quite difficult to listen to for prolonged periods of time. The software promises that the best voices are reserved for the paid version.

Overly complex interface: The interface is filled with a large menu, several text boxes, and a cluttered toolbar. Since the program's primary function is to read text out loud, there could have been a way to streamline all of this.

Bottom Line

If you find yourself spending way too much time reading during the day, TextAloud can increase your efficiency. However, the free voices are grating enough that it may be worth the upgrade to the paid version.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of TextAloud 3.0.73.

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Editors' Review

by   / November 11, 2014

TextAloud converts screen text into spoken words. This app is useful for people who have difficulty reading material on the screen, but is also useful for those who want to multitask more efficiently.

Pros

Navigation shortcuts: TextAloud's variety of navigation shortcuts is quite helpful if you're listening to a very long document. This becomes the equivalent of scanning something for the sections that are of the most interest to you.

Video tutorials: There is a shortcut right from the help menu that jumps you to the video tutorials hosted on the company's website. These tutorials are extremely useful and comprehensive and show you all of the major operations you can complete with the program.

Cons

Voice options: The voices that come with the free version are all very grating. They are especially robotic sounding and quite difficult to listen to for prolonged periods of time. The software promises that the best voices are reserved for the paid version.

Overly complex interface: The interface is filled with a large menu, several text boxes, and a cluttered toolbar. Since the program's primary function is to read text out loud, there could have been a way to streamline all of this.

Bottom Line

If you find yourself spending way too much time reading during the day, TextAloud can increase your efficiency. However, the free voices are grating enough that it may be worth the upgrade to the paid version.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of TextAloud 3.0.73.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.83

Version 3.0.83 updated for release version of Firefox 39.

General

Publisher NextUp.com
Publisher web site http://www.nextup.com/
Release Date July 06, 2015
Date Added July 06, 2015
Version 3.0.83

Category

Category Business Software
Subcategory Voice Recognition Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 21.79MB
File Name TA3083.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 385,905
Downloads Last Week 14

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $29.95
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