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SpeechPad XP for Windows

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Key Details of SpeechPad XP

  • Create and edit documents that read your work out loud.
  • Last updated on July 15, 2015
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Though this text editor differentiates itself by converting typed words into speech, it lacks some of the most common (and useful) features for text editors. It does have a basic, easy-to-understand interface that lets you create, open, and edit a file. You can format font style, size, and color. You can't adjust any page-setup options, but you can insert time and date macros, which is odd for a program geared toward novice users.

The application's real draw is its ability to read all or part of the document's text back to you, with or without punctuation. The speed and voice type can be adjusted, though this 15-day trial version provides only one technologically outdated voice that makes C-3PO sound like a Shakespearian actor.

SpeechPad XP saves in both plain-text and RTF formats, but you can't reopen the file in the program. This application won't impress intermediate or advanced users, but novices may find it amusing and slightly useful.

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Full Specifications

February 28, 2006
Latest update
July 15, 2015
Operating System
Windows 10, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
Windows XP/2003 Server
Total Downloads
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Developer's Description

Create and edit documents that read your work out loud.
Designed for the novice user, SpeechPad XP is a text editor with a difference. Supporting plain text or rich text format, you can create colorful documents or open existing ones, but unlike other text editors, this one can read them back to you. Supports fonts, styles and colors. Version 1.00.0174 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.