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For many people, having their typed words read aloud is a necessity. If you fall into this category, Ultra Hal Text-to-Speech Reader offers a simple program to help users select text and have it read aloud.

This free program has a very plain interface that may not impress users with its looks, but will gain fans with its simplicity. A large, open white screen with pull-down menus along the top for File, Option, Format, Saving, and Printing options dominates the view. Along the right side are three sliders to control speed, pitch and volume, a time counter, and a link to download more realistic voices. Operating Ultra Hal is very simple. Users type in the word, phrase, or paragraph they want read aloud (there is no space limit). The box mimics a word processor and should be intuitively manipulated. From there, users click on the Read All button and hear their words come to life. There is also an option to highlight certain text and just read a selection. Running the sliders will help dial in the perfect speed and pitch to make the voice sound more human and realistic if they so choose.

No matter what you are reading, Ultra Hal is a simple, effective way to make written text come to life. We highly recommend this download for anyone in need of such a product.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0

Version 2.0 includes better support of AT&T Natural Voices.

General

Publisher Zabaware
Publisher web site http://www.zabaware.com/
Release Date March 28, 2014
Date Added March 28, 2014
Version 2.0

Category

Category Business Software
Subcategory Voice Recognition Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 3.92MB
File Name halreader.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 593,406
Downloads Last Week 24

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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