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What are people saying about TextAloud 4

Cassiano qs Is it possible to hear voice notifications of the subject and sender when I receive new email?
ps. I use thunderbird.
Any chance of you offering the voices, as well? They are $45 each.
Sep 29 2010 at 3:09am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Not automatically. 
There are some cheaper voice bundles being offered.
NextUp Technologies - Sep 30 2010 at 3:46am Copy Link
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Tom Colvin I've been a long-time user of TextAloud 2.  It is absolutely the best of its class.  Moreover, customer support could not be better.  Ken is very attentive and will personally see to it that any problems you have with the software will be quickly resolved.  {Hey, Ken, I'm the guy from Winston that lives in Manila!]

I do have a quest6ion:  What is new in version 3?  I couldn't find an answer of your website.  Is it really worth the upgrade?  I'm happy with version 2.0 and can't think of what else I might need from the software.
Oct 4 2010 at 4:46am Copy Link
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Mary Wilson Unlike the person above, I think that customer service is horrible. For the last week, I have been e-mailing the company trying to get a error corrected and no one has answered any of my e-mails. Due to my computer crashing, I had to upgrade as I can no longer download version 2.0 . My backup of the voices was fine, but my copy of TextAloud 2.0 was not. I e-mailed the company twice looking for information on how to upgrade to version 3.0. It took some time, but I finally found a link on the websight that allowed me to upgrade the program. Company never answered original e-mails. After loading the program, I found that it comes with 10 L&H voices that do not work. E-mailed both customer service and the address for reporting errors that I have a "OL error 80004005". Still no answer from the company on the e-mails regarding the software problem error. Went to the help section, Fequently asked questions and user support formula hoping that I could find or get some help fixing the problem. There was no real information on the error that was helpful in solving my problem. Thought about trying to delete the voices out of the system that are causing the error, but they have nothing on this in the help sections either.  

As of today's date, I still have had no e-mails from the company on solving the problem. Tried to log into the user forum but you have to sign up and they to approve you to get in. Still, they have not sent me permission to log in so I can try either to get the voices to work properly or to delete them out of the program. Hopefully by posting this problem with the software it will allow the company to address the OLÉ problem so that none of you will go threw the same problem (headaches) that I am going threw right now as I try to get this problem fixed from a customer support department that does not wish to answer any e-mails.  I only started the up-graded process a little over a week ago. No e-mails for solving my problems and access to the user forum but they did e-mail me my registration code for Text Aloud 3.0 and my new voices after purchases.
Oct 4 2010 at 7:12am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Mary.  We've actually been emailing you but it gets rejected  (reason: 550 Permanent Failure: Refused by rule)   ----- Transcript of session follows ----- ... while talking to http://sitemail.everyone.net/ .: >>> DATA <<< 550 Permanent Failure: Refused by rule 554 5.0.0 Service unavailable Not sure what the cause could be, but check spam filtesr/rules maybe to see if something there.  You might also try to write us from a different email address and perhaps you will get our replies.
NextUp Technologies - Oct 4 2010 at 8:59am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Tom.  There is a ton in TextAloud 3.  We haven't done a good job getting all the marketing material done, but some highlights of the new release at
http://www.nextup.com/ta3purchase.html
http://www.nextup.com/Tex...tsnew.html

NextUp Technologies - Oct 4 2010 at 9:01am Copy Link
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Louis H I had completely forgotten about this program.

I used TextAloudMP3 back in 2001 and for some reason never installed it when I upgraded my system some years ago. Then in 2004, after failing to find my original registration code I wrote Ken and even though three years had passed he responded quickly and gave me access to the program and my original registration code. The really impressive thing was that I had gotten the program as a free bonus for signing up with Real One (that was in 2001) but Ken still had the info on file.

I went back this evening and found the email from back then (yes - I save all old emails of note) to verify my memory. So I believe Ken's commitment to customer support is something that has been around for quite some time!

Not sure I would use this a lot today, but I may go ahead and upgrade to the current version anyway.
Oct 4 2010 at 5:33pm Copy Link
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Tom Colvin Thanks for yr reply, Ken.  I'll get version 3 and one of your voice bundles.  Which is the better route for me to take:  upgrade from within TextAloud 2.0, or purchase via Bits du Jour.  Looks like it would be the same price either way, but maybe installation and voice bundle will be easier via the upgrade route.
Oct 4 2010 at 7:01pm Copy Link
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Dana Seaman Where can I purchase Acapela HQ TTS Portuguese (Brazil) Marcia (Female) for use with TextAloud?
I can't find it on your site.
Oct 4 2010 at 8:23pm Copy Link
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Roger Thomasson @ Mary Unfortunately I'm getting a bounceback error as well when I try to reply to your email!  Could you shoot me an email from an alternate address? Best! -r
BitsDuJour Admin - Oct 5 2010 at 12:54am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Tom, the Bits route would be best.
Dana, we may have that voice in a month or so.
NextUp Technologies - Oct 5 2010 at 1:11am Copy Link
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Jeremiah Stover You specify on your site that the standard Acapela voices only work with nextup programs (they are not open SAPI 5 voices). My question is - what about the AT&T voices? (I would like to use one of the voices with my install of Dragon Naturally Speaking).
Oct 5 2010 at 3:47am Copy Link
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Stephane M Hello Ken,

Could you tell me what the license policy is?
Is it per user or per computer?
Also, what is the upgrade policy? Lifetime or discount for registered users or ...?

Or if there is a link somewhere I can check this, I will appreciate.

Thank you in advance.
Oct 5 2010 at 3:53am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis We generally allow up to 2 machines per purchase.  Free upgrades for at least a year, discounted after that.
NextUp Technologies - Oct 5 2010 at 4:12am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Jeremiah, AT&T Voices will generally work with any program, they are SAPI4/SAPI5.
NextUp Technologies - Oct 5 2010 at 4:13am Copy Link
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Stephane M Thank you Ken.

Why does the "Buy Now" link lead to an upgrade to TextAloud 3?
It is the same upgrade page as the one we can get when we click on the link for "previous customers" on the purchase page of the website.
So what is the difference between the upgrade for previous customers and this BDJ offer today?

Thanks.
Oct 5 2010 at 5:52am Copy Link
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Mary Wilson I had my husband take a look at it and he changed a couple of things on both my accounts. See if it works now.  
Oct 5 2010 at 12:37pm Copy Link
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John Sutherland Having used this program for years, my only comment is that I cannot imagine being without it. Works perfectly, simple, stable, reliable and useful. It is one of a handful of programs that I could not do without.

I am glad to hear that support is excellent, am not surprised given the quality of the program, but have never needed it because the program has always worked perfectly.

Anyone needing text to speech would be well served by this wonderful program.
Oct 5 2010 at 2:10pm Copy Link
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Hazen Hoffpauir Tried to purchase, but store unavailable. Oh well I guess I could just upgrade if the software turns out to be worth it..
Oct 5 2010 at 4:40pm Copy Link
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Edward Bouche I was wondering if TextAloud 3 will read kindle books?
Oct 7 2010 at 12:06pm Copy Link
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Dawn Williams I too would love Marcia (Brazilian Portuguese) to be available for purchase. TextAloud 3 rocks!
Mar 5 2011 at 2:27pm Copy Link
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Pedro Laurent Hello can you please explain your upgrade policy? It says "Free upgrades to next major version" I had purchase version 2 and I had to pay to upgrade to version 3, that being say means that starting from version 3 any future upgrades is free? Thank you
Aug 30 2011 at 4:45am Copy Link
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J P anybody has experience with RealSpeak voices? im searching a spanish (from spain) voice for my dad, and i only found one with aceptable quality. Im talking about Nuance Monica Spanish Female. Another voices, like AT&T sound as latin (sudamerican) and they are not to much "ear pleasant".. they sound to me like a foreigner robot.

Thanks in advance.
Aug 30 2011 at 12:29pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale @Pedro, We understand "Free upgrades to next major version" to mean the same thing you do. I can't speak for NextUp, but I can only assume that they've changed their policy since you first purchased.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 30 2011 at 6:12pm Copy Link
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K X This program was my first exposure to TTS software. I bought this last fall and the main purpose I use it for is to create mp3s from text (stories, scripts, textbooks, etc.) that I can play while I'm commuting or doing household chores. It works really well for that.

JP, it can be hard to find voices you like. Take a look at the NextUp forum (they make TextAloud). They usually have discussions about which voices are popular. Or you could start a new thread there.
Aug 30 2011 at 8:02pm Copy Link
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Pedro Laurent Neospeech voices are the best voices for text to speech, they sound naturally better than AT&T voices. but it's not available for the public, that's too bad.
Aug 31 2011 at 7:00pm Copy Link
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Randy Martin Will it read text messages on your phone?
Can you create text messages from speech, even on your PC?
Can you create emails from speech?
Or is this only a text to speech program?
It doesn't do it live, does it, like when I open an email? That is, I have to intentionally feed an efile into the program and click something to convert to MP3?
Thanks
Sep 1 2011 at 8:13am Copy Link
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Chad Biggerstaff I like a few of the Ivona voices (some are much better than others) and (in past with trial ta download) they worked fine with Textaloud. You can try the voices on Ivona's site for free with your own text. FYI Ivona's web reading integration is not very good (easier to copy/paste), will have to see how TextAloud is working (last trial run was several months ago).
Just downloaded latest demo and tested with Firefox 5, it works well. It would be nice if it was better at auto figuring where to start but it's easy to highlight where to start and click speak. Also would be nice if it was better at detecting tweet, facebook, video links html and not read them (lots of gaming and gadget sites I visit have videos in middle of text). All told though it works better than other text to speech browser options I've played with. Got my purchase. Thank you BDJ and TextAloud. Oh yeah and this newest version is still working fine with my purchased Ivona voice.
Sep 2 2011 at 2:07am Copy Link
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Goran Janevski Does it come with any of the premium voices, or are those sold separately? If separately, are those half price as well?
Sep 2 2011 at 4:02am Copy Link
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Nelson Therrien The deal doesn't seem to work... it still says 30$ when we click Buy Now and there's no place to enter a coupon or anything...
Sep 2 2011 at 5:38am Copy Link
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Roger Thomasson @ Nelson

The discount shows up fine for me! Have you tried clearing your browser cache yet?

-r
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 2 2011 at 5:54am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @Nelson I've just tried this on IE 8.0, FireFox and Chrome having the browser cache deleted and the discount is shown correctly in each case at $14.97. I can't say for sure why you cannot see the discount but could you please delete your browser cache and if that doesn't work then try using another browser? Please let us know if the problem persist after doing this.
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 2 2011 at 5:56am Copy Link
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Nelson Therrien Yes, I tried with another browser (didn't want to clear my cache) and it worked. Thanks
Sep 2 2011 at 6:27am Copy Link
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Roger Thomasson Glad to hear it Nelson, enjoy!

-r
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 2 2011 at 6:31am Copy Link
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K X Goran, If you click on the Buy Now button, you see there is a deal for a couple of voices which you can add to the order. With any add-on voices, definitely "try before you buy", i.e. listen to samples, because everyone has personal likes/dislikes of certain voices and you shouldn't buy a voice you're not going to enjoy listening to.

I know that even when programs return to Bits, sometimes the specifics of the deals can change.

When I bought TextAloud here last fall, I also purchased a discounted bundle with four Acapela UK voices (which I really like) which are not available as part of this sale.

On the other hand, I think that TextAloud was discounted 33%, when I bought it, while today it's 50% off, which is a great deal on an excellent program.

TextAloud was my first experience using any text-to-speech software. I now also use the speed reading programs Ace Reader Pro Deluxe and The Reader's Edge.which also have options for TTS.

My current personal recommendation/preference is for voices which are not tied exclusively to use only with TextAloud, but which can be used in any TTS-capable program on your PC.
Sep 2 2011 at 6:57am Copy Link
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Edward Smith Toolbar does not work in 64 bit Office 2010.
Sep 2 2011 at 7:25am Copy Link
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Rudy Houghton How many voices come with the purchased version? The free trial comes with 1 voice and that is awful. There is an offer for some two voice upgrade packages, but no mention of what actually comes with the program when you buy just that. This info would be very useful in helping one decide whether or not extra premium voices will be NECESSARY. As mentioned, the one that comes with the Trial package is useless and if that is all that comes with the Purchased program, it, alone is pretty much useless as well, unless prepared to shell out more money for extra voices.
Sep 2 2011 at 8:03am Copy Link
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Ulrich There appear to be no voices shipping with TextAloud. What you see in the trial are the voices that were detected on your computer. You should find at least one voice, as part of the Windows operating system - Microsoft Sam, Anna, Michael, Michelle, depending on your Windows version or installed Office.
If you plan to buy TextAloud, I recommend the Acapela voice bundle they offer (Heather and Ryan), as they sound much better than the AT&T pack (Crystal and Mike). I regret that I paid for these - the samples on the web site did not sound too bad, but they are way worse than Acapela.
Sep 2 2011 at 8:28am Copy Link
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K X I think that's right, that it doesn't come with voices and you have to use the ones installed by Windows (which are pretty unpleasant), or buy and install your own. I also prefer the Heather/Ryan voices over Crystal/Mike.
Sep 2 2011 at 8:46am Copy Link
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SoftCollector I installed the software, but it seems that lifelike voices have to be paid separately, so it is difficult to judge how good (or ultimately – expensive) the bundle would be in the end.
Mar 15 2012 at 11:10pm Copy Link
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disenchanted It seems that every time a program like this is offered, people are always asking about voices.


I have heard that there are programs and/or software development kits that lets anyone create their own voices to use with programs like Textaloud.

So if you have any family or friends with a great speaking voice then you might be able to create your own voices.

I'm sure that a TTS software business like yours probably knows of most every possible do-it-yourself type TTS/SAPI creation software application or SDK in existence.

Questions:

1. Can you recommend any do-it-yourself voice creation applications? Free or paid.

2. Can you offer any insight into such programs?

3. Are they easy to use or would it end up being a project that requires a lot of time to complete a working TTS voice?
(meaning it's more economical to just buy voices)



Thanks in advance for your time.
Mar 16 2012 at 2:23am Copy Link
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Software Guy I often convert books and articles to document format then to speech. And voices remain a major problem. Personally I recommend Ivona voices and they have family pack licenses but they are expensive. These are the most natural sounding voices, particularly for extended listening. Check them here http://www.ivona.com/us/voices/ Other more computer sounding voices get difficult to take, especially for extended listening. So the ivona voices are a good investment if you go this route
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The advantagesof TTS are many - you can listen to books and articles while doing other tasks or driving to work.. And as you may already know the selection on audible is somewhat limited. However there are a good number of classics available in the public domain. But if you want to listen to those specialized non-fiction texts, then likely you will need to scan, convert to doc by OCR, edit in word to ebook format then convert to speech. This is a complex set of tasks and is time consuming. Only one commercial set up is available and that is the plustek v100 scanner system. Another alternative is theplustek opticbook series of special book scanners which use special software to image and flip pages.
The opticbook series makes book scanning easy - but it is time consuming. The software includes a special version of abbyy finereader - recommended for OCR. From the document text file, the book is lightly edited for voice (page headers are removed) and converted to speech by a reader like textaloud. The choice of voice is critical in this step. The resulting audio files can them be listened todirectly (an area where textaloud excels) or saved for use on your mp3/ipod.
If you have a visually impaired family member, TTS software is critical.
I do use TextAloud along with several other TTS programs and can recommend it. When I had questions in the past the developer was top notch in responses. And the license is for family so that you can install on all of your computers.
This type of program is very useful for those busy people that simply do not have the available time to sit and read. It allows you to stay up on articles and books in your field of expertise that you would not have the time to read. And it is just great for entertainment - get one of the many free books online and listen on your mp3 player.
Mar 16 2012 at 5:31am Copy Link
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Warren Russell It's showing me a 1% discount with a price of $29.65? The 1% discount is also shown for BrowseEmAll. Also the expiration counter is blank.
Mar 18 2012 at 1:40am Copy Link
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Diego SEO Hi,

No discount is applied at fastspring (using PayPal or Credit card).

TextAloud: $29.95
Mar 18 2012 at 4:42am Copy Link
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Roger Thomasson @ Diego SEO, Warren Russell

The discount is showing up fine for me. Try clearing your browser cache and reloading the Bits page.

-r
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 18 2012 at 5:04am Copy Link
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Pavi Johnson Hi, will Ivona voices work? Although expensive, a quick test seems to indicate that they give the best pronunciation for the types of documents I would be using TextAloud for.

Best, /Pavi
Mar 18 2012 at 1:07pm Copy Link
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James Snead What, if any, are the commercial limitations on the use of the MP3 file assuming the text read is original, such as a story or book?
Mar 18 2012 at 5:27pm Copy Link
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Goran Janevski My previous comments did not appear. Let me try again:

My concern is that TextAloud has been sitting at version 3.0 for at least a year. Is there no new development on it whatsoever?

I happen to think that it is an amazing software program, but surely, it can be improved - in fact I have some suggestions on it.

I'd like the vendor NextUp to comment on this.

Thanks,
Goran
Mar 18 2012 at 5:32pm Copy Link
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Silat Ok after 4 tries and 4 cache clearings the nextup site will not let me buy the product. I am caught in a loop of overcharges etc........
How to buy this?
Mar 18 2012 at 8:14pm Copy Link
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Nuno Hello,

The same happened to me, I got no discount. I bought it anyway because I'm positive that NextUp will solve this with me. If not, well, I'll not be a happy customer.

I've bought dozens of specials here at BDJ, and I even wrote BDJ at their "Where did you heard about us" so that they know where I'm coming from.

My final charge was:

TextAloud
23,48 €
Add 16khz(Professional) AT&T Natural Voices Engine
19,60 €
Total
43,08 €
Mar 19 2012 at 1:24am Copy Link
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Richard Andersen I've always got good and fast support from NextUp, so I don't think there will be any problems in this respect for anyone.

As for the voices, I agree, the Ivona voices are very good, however Nextup's Acapela voices Heather and Ryan (they came as a bundle discount offer together with TA3 when I bought it) are pretty good also, IMO.
Mar 19 2012 at 2:38am Copy Link
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Zdenek Rotrekl What voices will I get when I buy this deal?
Aug 11 2012 at 12:28am Copy Link
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umike At $29.95, I suspect no voice is included. See 1st option at http://www.nextup.com/purchase.html
Aug 11 2012 at 12:52am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @umike: the promotion offers two versions: the one with no voice at $14.97 and the one with one voice "US English Natural Voice Julia" at $24.95 (please notice the versions offered on promotion right under the box shot - top left of this page).
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 11 2012 at 2:27am Copy Link
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SoftCollector Dear Vendor,

1. I can see on NextUp.com that voices from different vendors are offered (Acapela, RealSpeak, Cepstral, AT&T). Are all of them compatible with TextAloud 3?
2. A quick check shows that Acapela and RealSpeak voices are 22 kHz, while AT&T Natural Voices (I assume that 'Julia' offered here is one of those) are 16 kHz, so a 'lower quality' voice is offered with the purchase. How important is the difference, and are any 22 kHz voices offered with this purchase (for an additional charge)?
3. Since the policy states that "Upgrades to future versions of the software will be free up to the next major version" – when is the next major version due? What will be the price of the upgrade to said next major version?

Kind Regards,
SC
Aug 11 2012 at 7:31am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi SC,

The voices sold on our website by AT&T Natural Voices, Acapela, Nuance RealSpeak and Cepstral are all compatible with TextAloud 3.

The kHz rate does not necessarily indicate the quality of the voice, especially when compared between different voice companies. As to the importance of the difference in voice quality, it can be quite subjective. The voice pages on our website have audio samples and also links to online demos where you can hear some of your own text read.

Upgrades for TextAloud are free within a version. We have not announced any time frame for TextAloud 4. We give a 6 month window of free upgrades around a new release so that those purchasing in the months leading up to the new release do not immediately need to consider a paid upgrade. The most recent upgrade was $19.95 to previous buyers while new buyers pay $29.95.

Thanks for your questions.

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 11 2012 at 10:38am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Zdenek,

When purchasing only TextAloud with no optional voices from us, the voice(s) available will be the resident voice(s) in your MS Windows operating system. On older systems, some combination of Mary, Mike or Sam and on newer systems usually Anna. So that is what you will get for $14.97. Or, for $24.95 you get TextAloud 3 plus AT&T Natural Voices Julia US English.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 11 2012 at 10:44am Copy Link
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SoftCollector Dear Rick,

Thank you for providing answers.

1. Do Ivona voices work with TextAloud 3? It seems that they are among the best on the market.
2. Although developers shy away from questions like the one that follows, your answer is appreciated: there is an Ivona reader as well. How is TextAloud 3 better?

Kind Regards,
SC
Aug 11 2012 at 11:05am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis SC,

I don't know if Ivona voices work in TextAloud 3. If they are going to work, they would work in the TextAloud 3 trial, assuming you have Ivona voices.

I haven't tried the Ivona reader.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 11 2012 at 12:31pm Copy Link
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franz cirni any voice in italian language ? how much does text-Aloud cost with it ? and then will it be complicate make it to work ? (usually tts progs are infernal to manage ...)
bye, Franz.

PS. bien fait, "Bitsdujour" !!
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Rick Ellis Hi Franz,

The user interface for TextAloud is always in English, but you can purchase optional voices that will read text in other languages. You can purchase only TextAloud at the discounted offer, then if you want Italian voice(s) you can purchase that separately as explained at

http://nextup.com/taitalian.html

That will be a separate purchase and it will cost you $35 or $45 for each Italian voice depending on which you purchase. If you purchase TextAloud through the Bits offer, then you do not need to purchase it again if you also buy optional voices.

Hopefully TextAloud is not too complicated, but we do have a video tutorial on Getting Started with TextAloud and also more tutorial videos at

http://www.nextup.com/videos.html

Thanks!

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 13 2012 at 5:38am Copy Link
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SoftCollector Dear Rick,

it seems that Ivona voices can be used with TextAloud 3 – or at least this is the information on your site's forum.

Kind Regards,
SC
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Amit Would have been better deal if atleast 4-5+ voices were included in the bigger deal at a discounted price. Buying the software is ok, but additional voices - each cost too much.

+

How is textaloud better than other some free alternatives available. And some other free softwares that use free voices by microsoft.
Apart from recording text as audio file ?
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Rick Ellis Hi Amit,

There are free programs around. I am not sure as to their feature set nor am I sure how well they are supported. We're in our 13th year with TextAloud and it has helped a lot of people who find it to be a value so we appreciate your giving this offer a look.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 14 2012 at 5:35am Copy Link
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SoftCollector Still no response to the missing discount issue... It seems to me that this should be a matter of some urgency, because if buyers cannot place a discounted order, then obviously they will not buy.
Aug 14 2012 at 5:46am Copy Link
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Toni McConnel I echo SoftCollector's complaint - no discount on purchase page. ???
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Edward Smith After purchase the download link for the voice points to textaloud.exe with the same file size as the program and does not install a voice. What is the correct link to download the voice?

FYI, the discount worked fine for me.
Aug 14 2012 at 6:04am Copy Link
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SoftCollector Dear All,

1. I was successful placing an order in IE.
2. Obviously Chrome does not work with placing orders on www.nextup.com Something needs to be fixed.
3. The email with the serial contains a link to http://nextup.com/manual.html (supposedly the help file), but on this address there is help for v2 only.
4. Rick: Where can one get the invoice for his purchase (in pdf preferably)?

Kind Regards,
SC
Aug 14 2012 at 6:35am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis SC,

I'm checking on what might have been the issue with the purchase page, but glad to hear you got your order placed okay. My first advice in a case like this would be to close all browser sessions before trying again. Thanks for your patience there.

If I can locate your order from SC then I will reply via email about the invoice. Issues like that can always be handled promptly via email to supportnextup.com.

You are correct about the Ivana voices working with TextAloud so I will include that from our forums...TextAloud is 32 bit and supports only 32 bit voices. I think the Ivona voice installs include both 32 bit and 64 bit versions, so those voices should work with 32 bit apps like TextAloud as well as any 64 bit TTS apps you have.

Thanks!

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 14 2012 at 7:06am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Edward,

That is TextAloud only and does not install any voices. Had you purchased only TextAloud, the voice(s) available would have been the Microsoft voice(s) resident in Windows. I am replying via email with specific instructions on your download and registration details.

Thanks for your order!

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 14 2012 at 7:23am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Toni,

See my reply to SC and also I just emailed you.

Thanks!

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 14 2012 at 7:32am Copy Link
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Toni McConnel I was able to order using Internet Explorer.
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Rick Ellis Thanks, Toni, we appreciate it!

Anyone having order page issues where the discount price is not showing, please try closing all browser sessions then opening a new browser session and trying again as sometimes a previous order page is cached.

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 14 2012 at 9:38am Copy Link
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Roger Osborne I should like to purchase this offer but I will wait to see if the issue experienced by SC above, is resolved.

Can support clarify the degree and quality of editing the speech for subsequent recording? For instance, can the pitch be changed whilst not altering the speed. Can tags be used to insert special effects like coughing or laughing?

Thanks - Roger
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Rick Ellis Hi Roger,

I checked with FastSpring (handles the order fulfillment) and there is not a known issue with Chrome or other major browsers. See my comments above in the reply to Toni's post about closing all browser sessions to potentially clear a cached page.

The speed can be changed, but there is no adjustment for pitch.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 14 2012 at 9:49am Copy Link
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Amit 1)
Policy states -
"TextAloud 3 is licensed for family use, so everyone in a household can use the software."

Does this policy holds true only for bitsdujour customers buying today, or it remains the same if buying from nextup.com, later too ?

2)
How many licenses total to buy if one wants to use it in home + And his family member wants to use it on his business network - of 5-10 computers ?

3)
Can textaloud be scheduled to automatically start reading a site's contents at say a certain time - or we have to open that site first by ourselves then tell textaloud to read it.
Or can i just schedule or automate textaloud in any way to start reading contents of any particular site / file without myself to do the whole process each time ?


Thanks.
Aug 14 2012 at 10:39am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis The policy stated holds true for this BitsDuJour offer so if you purchase through the discount link then you can ignore the whole house license.

For this promotion, the voices do not include any other than shown on the special offer order pages linked from BitsDuJour.

For the business network of 5-10 computers, email us about that to my attention at support @ nextup.com.

The regular version of TextAloud does not include anything like automatic scheduling. We do have separate command line/api versions for sale but that is not part of this offer so if interested, contact me through the support email.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 14 2012 at 11:40am Copy Link
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Roger Osborne Thank you Rick - can you clarify?

From your response above:-

"The speed can be changed, but there is no adjustment for pitch."

with this which I found in new features:-

# Adjust speed, pitch and volume as text is spoken

and sorry, but can I use this on my laptop AND on my main PC, both in the same home.
Aug 14 2012 at 2:42pm Copy Link
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Kevin User I have several 3rd party voices already installed. I have downloaded the trial version but do not see any voices other than MS Anna. Is there a way to have TextAloud 3 use the already installed voices? I have NeoVoice Paul and NeoVoice Kate. I have tried reinstalling the voices, but they still do not show up in TextAloud 3.
Aug 14 2012 at 2:42pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis HI Roger,

TextAloud 3 offers pitch adjustment in the voices that support it. For example, MS Anna. I meant no adjustable pitch in the AT&T, Acapela or Nuance voices if those are purchased.

Yes on the laptop and main PC.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 14 2012 at 4:00pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Kevin,

At one time we offered NeoSpeech voices, but they went in a different direction. At that time NeoSpeech voices were Sapi5 voices. If you open TextAloud then click Tools-Speech and Audio-Voice Options then there under Voice Preferences there is a Sapi Version setting where I think the default is both Sapi4 and Sapi5 voices. I do not know if NeoSpeech now ties their voices to a particular reader so I am not sure, but if you have Sapi5 or both for that setting and don't see the NeoSpeech voices available (good idea to completely exit TextAloud from File-Exit TextAloud, then restart) then the ones you have likely will not work in TextAloud.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 14 2012 at 4:08pm Copy Link
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Amit Emailed to your support email.

Also, your answer to the policy query is not clear - Does the license bought is a family license if bought today at bitsdujour link only, or is the policy the same (family license) even if i buy later from nextup.com too - some days later ?
Aug 14 2012 at 5:07pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Amit,

If you purchase TextAloud through this BitsDuJour offer, then within one month you purchase additional voices to use with TextAloud, we will grant you the whole house (family within your immediate household) license as with your BitsDuJour order.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 14 2012 at 6:11pm Copy Link
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Matt I purchased TextAloud in early 2001.

It is, without any doubt, the best piece of software that I've ever had on any of my computers. I've used TextAloud almost every day for the past eleven years. I mainly use TextAloud to read Amazon Customer Reviews directly from Firefox. I also have it read pdf and epub ebooks, email, forums, and the conversations here at BDJ.

The customer/tech support is the very best!

Thank you, Rick!
Aug 14 2012 at 7:32pm Copy Link
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K X I like using TextAloud for taking documents and converting them to mp3 to listen to and learn on my mp3 player. I also use it for reading aloud text in foreign languages. It's also helpful for writers, letting the program read your drafts aloud in different voices.

Many more uses are listed on the website.
Aug 14 2012 at 8:00pm Copy Link
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Mitchell Kastner I just purchased license with voice; I was using the trial; how do I get the extra voice I just paid for. Also when I am proofing and make a correction how do I adjust the resume point to where I want
Aug 15 2012 at 2:09am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi J. Bell,

Thanks for the kind words! It's always great to hear from long time TextAloud users and we definitely appreciate it.

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 15 2012 at 6:32am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi KX,

Thanks for sharing how you use TextAloud! We appreciate your business and I'm glad you find the software useful.

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 15 2012 at 6:35am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Mitchell,

I just emailed you with instructions for getting the extra voice.

When proofing and you need to stop to make a correction and then begin again, try this. Stop the speaking, then after making the correction, move the cursor to where you want to resume, right click your mouse and choose Speak From Cursor Aloud.

Also, many of you may find it helpful to check out some of our video demonstrations at

http://www.nextup.com/videos.html

There is one on Getting Started with TextAloud that new users often like, and several more on various things. Also any questions are welcome by email to support at nextup.com.

Thanks!

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 15 2012 at 6:57am Copy Link
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CJCotter Hello. I have a license for TextAloud 2 which I bought years ago. No free upgrades?
Feb 4 2013 at 4:31am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi CJ,

Major upgrades are not free, but previous TextAloud buyers can purchase at a discount from the regular $29.95 price. However, it's not as low as the discount price offered during a Bits promotion so you may want to go that route and just purchase TextAloud 3 that way. For upgrade purchases, send email to supportnextup.com and give some order details so we can assist you.

Thanks!

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 4 2013 at 6:24am Copy Link
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W Ma I notice Nuance has Asian voices (i.e. Mandarin, Japanese) for scripts in TextAloud. What Chinese scripts would TextAloud be able to read? Characters? Pinyin? other? Or, what Japanese scripts?
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Rick Ellis W Ma,

For Nuance Chinese voices, Sin-Ji and Ya-Ling both work with Traditional Chinese only. We think Mei-Ling will handle both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

For Japanese, Kyoko should handle Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana but we do not have much feedback on this voice as far as any problems related to specific scripts.

We don't think the voices work with Pinyin / romanized scripts.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 4 2013 at 1:38pm Copy Link
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Stephen Dakos Is the "Julia" voice included in the $24.95 bundle the better 16KHz version, or is it the 8KHz version?
Feb 5 2013 at 3:46pm Copy Link
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Zdenek Rotrekl Does the program work with 22 KHz voices (e.g. Ivona voice)?
Feb 6 2013 at 12:40am Copy Link
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Zdenek User Does the programme work with 22KHz voices?
Feb 6 2013 at 1:03am Copy Link
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Goran Janevski When will TextAloud 4 come out?
Feb 6 2013 at 3:39am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Stephen,

The AT&T Natural Voices Julia voice in the $24.95 TextAloud bundle is the 16kHz version. We do not offer the 8kHz version.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 6 2013 at 4:02am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Zdeneck,

TextAloud 3 uses Sapi4/Sapi5 for the voice interface. I do not know if it will work with Ivona voices, but if it does, it will work in the free trial of TextAloud 3 (assuming you already have an Ivona voice). TextAloud 3 may work with some other voices, but we can only promise it will work with the voices we offer optional for purchase through NextUp. Some of these are 22kHz, but again, they are voices we offer.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 6 2013 at 4:07am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Goran,

No announcement yet on a date for TextAloud 4. For those who purchase TextAloud 3 within 6 months prior to TextAloud 4, we will offer a free upgrade.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 6 2013 at 4:12am Copy Link
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Al Prescott I go to do the Buy Now and I'm being charged the regular price! Is this a ripoff?
Feb 6 2013 at 4:47am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Al,

Some orders went through at 50% off as intended, then I saw your post so we're currently looking into what happened and I'll post again when it's sorted out. If you want TextAloud I'll make sure you get it at the correct discounted price. Sorry for the problem and we appreciate your patience.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 6 2013 at 6:45am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Al,

If you visit the regular order page on our NextUp website shortly before visiting the Bits page, the cache in your web browser may cause it to be full price. To fix this, close all browser sessions, then go to the Bits page to purchase. If you have any more problems let me know or email support at nextup.com.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 6 2013 at 7:21am Copy Link
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guest user why only bundle with engish voice? i would like a bundle with german voice.
Feb 6 2013 at 7:40am Copy Link
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Retired Engineer Can TextAloud 3 track fragmented newspaper columns? Or do I have to untangle the columns myself and give TA3 a linear text stream?
Feb 6 2013 at 8:23am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Guest,

For now the bundle is only with the Julia US English voice, but thanks for asking.

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 6 2013 at 9:23am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Retired,

No, TextAloud does not track fragmented newspaper columns. I encourage you to go to our website and download the free trial if you want to see how it works with your texts.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 6 2013 at 9:25am Copy Link
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guest user thx for your answer.

ok, two other questions?

1) any chance of that discount working for voices also? then i could get the bundle and add german voice for a reasonable price.

2) will there be another offer here in the future with free to choose voice(s) in a bundle?
Feb 6 2013 at 9:58am Copy Link
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Retired Engineer If I order only the basic TA3, what sort of voice do I get? Is the reason "Julia" is bundled that TA3 won't work without it?
Feb 6 2013 at 10:41am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Guest,

We need to stick to the promotion at hand today, and I can't make any commitments as far as future promotions.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 6 2013 at 12:00pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Retired,

When purchasing only TextAloud with no optional voices, its uses the voice(s) resident on your Windows system. On newer systems, for example, the MS Anna voice, or on older systems some combination if MS Mary, Mike or Sam.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 6 2013 at 12:03pm Copy Link
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Stephen Warkentien I bought TextAloud 3 when it was last offered. May I buy just the voice at discount?
Feb 6 2013 at 5:54pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Stephen,

Next time we may consider tweaking the offers, but for now I think we are sticking to the promotion at hand. Thanks for asking though.

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 6 2013 at 6:24pm Copy Link
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Zdenek Rotrekl I have bought the program, but I didn´t get the voice even though I paid for it. Otherwise I am very happy about the program
Feb 6 2013 at 7:24pm Copy Link
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n n I was told in checkout that I would receive the key in an email, I have yet to receive it. Just wondering if I will get it today; don't know what to do. I am worried that I won't get it until it's too late and then will have to pay full price later to get it. What do I do?
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Stephen Dakos Greetings. Today, I purchased the TextAloud w/Julia bundle. The TextAloud program successfully installed and registered, but I ran into a problem when trying to download the "Julia" voice. Clicking on the link in the "TextAloud Delivery Information" e-mail to get "Julia" voice does not work. Rather, it redirects to a page to download Textaloud.exe, not the "Julia" voice file. Help please. Thank's
Feb 7 2013 at 12:04am Copy Link
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Louis Gagnon I have the same problem. The link to download the Julie voice is not working. Please fix. Thank you.
Feb 7 2013 at 12:23am Copy Link
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Paul T Same here, the link to download the Julia voice was incorrect. I emailed Support yesterday afternoon - haven't heard back yet, but I'm sure they have been busy. I fully expect that this will be taken care of, based on the responsiveness that others have posted about before. At least I (we) hope so, right?
Feb 7 2013 at 4:55am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis To those who posted about problems with delivery, I will follow up to make sure you get the download and registration details. If you have not received an email within 2 hours of this post, please let me know. Not sure yet what the glitch might be, but also it;s always a good idea to check your spam filters. Anyone else having problems, just let me know.

Thanks!

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 7 2013 at 5:19am Copy Link
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Norwel Gordon I tried yesterday to purchase Text Aloud 3 for several hours but kept getting a "Timed out" error message.

Same results trying to download trial version.

(I was using a very slow and unreliable internet connection from my home in the Bahamas which may have been a factor.)

Very discouraging!

Will the offer be available again soon?
Feb 7 2013 at 5:53am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Norwel,

I sent you an email and we will do our best to help you purchase at the discount since you had connection problems.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 7 2013 at 6:42am Copy Link
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Norwel Gordon Thank you for your prompt response and kind offer to correct a problem that most likely was the fault of my ISP .

I would be happy to purchase TextAloud with Julia for $24.95

Norwel Gordon
Feb 7 2013 at 7:12am Copy Link
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Paul T @Everyone, Rick is truly a stand-up guy! He has followed up with an email which corrected my problem in getting the Julia voice. Everything is fine now. I'm a very happy camper.

Thanks Rick! You rock.
Feb 7 2013 at 8:52am Copy Link
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n n Don't know about others Rick, but I'm still waiting on registration and download. My PayPal got charged when I ordered, so I at least know the order (or at least the payment) went through. ;)
Feb 7 2013 at 9:52am Copy Link
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Norwel Gordon I second Paul T's remarks. He provided the best customer support I have experienced in a very long time.

I wish my bank and the IRS had that kind of support people.
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Rick Ellis HI nn,

I emailed you at 8:43 am US Eastern this morning, and forwarded it again to you just now. Please reply to confirm you received, or if not, please contact me with your order details by email to support at nextup.com.

Thanks!

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 7 2013 at 11:37am Copy Link
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Michael R. Is it allowed to create a presentation with the voice of TA as audio and distribute it free of royalties?
Aug 2 2013 at 4:39am Copy Link
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kevin buccinna I just installed the trial version. If I purchase the TextAloud 3 plus the Julia voice for 24.95 how would the install of the Julia voice work? I know I would type in the registration code you send me in the trial version to unlock TextAloud but what about the Julia voice?
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Rick Ellis Hi Michael,

No, the licensing would not allow you to distribute it free of royalties.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 3 2013 at 8:00am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Kevin,

If you purchase the Julia voice, you will receive an order delivery email with a download link to the installation file for the Julia voice. You would then open and run that file to install the Julia voice and it will work with TextAloud.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 3 2013 at 8:02am Copy Link
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Stephen Kreyling I have version 3, when do you expect 4 to roll out?
Aug 3 2013 at 8:21am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Stephen,

Hopefully within the next year, but nothing firm.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 3 2013 at 9:26am Copy Link
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Yfor I bought this from the previous offer and I am very satisfied with the product itself. Runs under Windows 8 flawlessly. A word of warning though: I found however that the Julia voice bundle is a waste of money and time, since the voicing is sub-par when compared to the native voices included with Windows 8: the simplest of words (such as "the") come out unintelligible and "she" can't even pronounce "AT&T" nearly correctly - you would think that they would have at least fixed this one ;-).
Aug 4 2013 at 11:22am Copy Link
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Chris Hi Rick,

I purchased the 2.x version a while back and also about 5 voices. I just tried to download the voices again from my emails and the links are invalid now. How do I get the voices again? Do I email your support?

Also, do previous customers get a better discount then here?

Thanks...
Aug 5 2013 at 1:05am Copy Link
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kevin buccinna Hi Rick,
I purchased TextAloud with the Julia voice. I activated the trial version by entering the Reg code provided. All went well. In the email there was a link for the voice download which I clicked but the link is for installing TextAloud all over again. This is what I was trying to avoid when I asked my previous question. I don't want to install TextAloud all over again. Is there any way to install the Julia voice separately at this point.
Aug 5 2013 at 3:31am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Chris,

Yes, please email supportnextup.com and we'll be glad to help you reinstall. If you are wanting to upgrade to TextAloud 3 there is not currently a better discount than here.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 5 2013 at 5:18am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Kevin,

Yes, you can reinstall Julia separately. Please email supportnextup.com for assistance.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 5 2013 at 5:20am Copy Link
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Chris I just tried to purchase this and when I click on buy now and then click for just the program I am taken to their site to purchase the software but there is no discount. I went as far as the page to enter my CC info but didn't fill that part out because the program was showing full price for it. ($29.95)

I also installed the trial and entered my 2.x serial and it told me I was trying to register the program with a 2.x serial and to click OK to go to their site to purchase the 3.x version at a discount, but once again it was full price of $29.95

How do we get the discount? Is there a coupon code I am supposed to use?

Thanks...
Aug 5 2013 at 6:09am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @Chris - Could you please clear your browser cache and try using Mozilla FireFox and if it doesn't work then try Google Chrome ? I have just tested the purchase flow and it works correctly for both Buy Now links. Just in case here are the direct Buy Now links which should be used:
TextAloud 3
http://sites.fastspring.c...bitsdujour
TextAloud 3 plus the US English Natural Voice Julia
http://sites.fastspring.c...bitsdujour
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 5 2013 at 6:16am Copy Link
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Wol Barabas There is no discount, just full price. The direct buy now links also give full price.
Aug 5 2013 at 9:31am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Wol,

Please see the earlier post by Bitsdujour about clearing browser cache.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 5 2013 at 9:50am Copy Link
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Wol Barabas I did clear the cache, dd not work.
Aug 5 2013 at 10:26am Copy Link
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Randy Martin I tried to download and kept getting a window that said I had to close IE but I didn't have anything using it. Other than those pgms that automatically connect behind the scenes which there's no way to disconnect that Iknow of. What's this about?
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Chris Thanks for the tip Constantin. It worked. I used my CCleaner Pro to clean up everything and the discount was there. I don't understand why it wasn't there to begin with as I haven't been to their site in a long time so no cookies or anything from their site should of been in my Chrome browser.

For Rick - I emailed you about the voices I had purchased and included the order #'s.
Also, I saw whe I installed it that you have a IE and Firefox add-on. Do you plan on a Chrome add-on? It's the only browser I use.

Thanks...
Aug 5 2013 at 11:46am Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin I am using version 2.31 along with a couple of AT&T voices I purchased along with TextAloud. I might like to upgrade at this nice price, but I'd only want to update the program. Are folks having difficulties downloading the app and getting it installed? Will installing over my current version lose the voices I purchased earlier? Also, I'm trying to remember if the license is per person or per computer.
Aug 5 2013 at 2:55pm Copy Link
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Sudeep Shroff I am being directed to a page on the vendor's website where the price listed is the original, not the discounted one.

This page still shows that One Hour is remaining for the promotion.

What to do?
Aug 6 2013 at 12:46am Copy Link
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Mark K Discount is not being applied.

After reading the old comments, I switched browsers and was able to get the discount. If you visit the TextAloud website before you purchase through Bitsdujour, your browser will remember the $29.95 price.
Apr 29 2014 at 6:20am Copy Link
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Michael Leiboff Discount still not being applied
Apr 29 2014 at 6:37am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @Michael Leiboff - Could you please clear your browser cache and try purchasing again? The Buy Now links should then work fine.
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 29 2014 at 7:40am Copy Link
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Larry Graham Hello,
Will this read PC Kindle files?
Apr 29 2014 at 6:23pm Copy Link
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Joe Bowling The discount is not being applied.
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Tom Colvin I've been using this software for quite a few years now. I have even invested in a number of voices so I can change them from time to time to keep it sounding fresh. The voices are amazingly life-like, This software is invaluable to someone like me with low vision -- or anyone who likes to lay back and relax while "reading."
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Constantin Florea @Joe Bowling - Could you please clear your browser cache and cookies and try purchasing again? After doing that please go directly to the promotion page and press the Get This Deal button. The Buy Now links should then work fine by showing the correct discount. The promotion is running today on 04/30/2014 as well.
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 30 2014 at 1:29am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis @Larry Graham - No, TextAloud 3 will not be able to access Kindle files.
NextUp Technologies - Apr 30 2014 at 3:29am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @Serhan K. Yasar - We've just contacted the vendor to help further with the issue you mention.
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 30 2014 at 6:10am Copy Link
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SKY @ Constantin Florea
Thank you for the reply and for going after them on my behalf, but what I do not understand is, why, while approving them, you do not post my three comments (or any of them) here, so people can understand what my issue is and maybe be warned, which would save them the headache I am having and save them money, too. I think this is unfair to me and to all your followers. If you are protecting a fraudulent company, let us know, if not, please SHOW my previous comments. Thank you!
Apr 30 2014 at 6:24am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @Serhan K. Yasar - There is indeed an issue with today's deal in the sense that in some cases if you go to the product page and then press the Get This deal button on this page then you will be charged the full price. However if you clear your browser cache and cookies and then browse to this promotion page and press the Get This Deal button then the correct discounted price will be applied to the purchase. I have contacted the vendor about your request to refund you the amount you paid extra and I am sure he will respond to the request.
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 30 2014 at 6:34am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis @Serhan K. Yasar - I'm sorry for the issue with the purchasing process. If they have not already, our support will be in touch with you by email to refund as needed. No frauds here.
NextUp Technologies - Apr 30 2014 at 7:50am Copy Link
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SKY Well, probably thanks to you, @Constantin Florea, I just got a reply from them finally, saying that they will reimburse me the difference. Probably will take a few weeks until it is charged back to my CC, but it is better than nothing. TY & TC now.
Apr 30 2014 at 9:52am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis @Serhan K. Yasar - Actually there was no big intervention by Constantin. You told us about a problem and we're taking care of it. I checked and see that we got your order at 12:53am today our time.
NextUp Technologies - Apr 30 2014 at 11:19am Copy Link
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SKY @Rick Ellis - Ok, I did not want to occupy so much real eastate with this issue, but you deserve a reply. It was early morning here, I hadn't slept yet, decided to catch the offer before it was expired in 2 hours (as I see today, all my effort was in vain), was going to sleep for a few hours before my appointment at 10 am and then this thing happened. I might have acted too strongly, but this issue robbed me of the couple of hours sleep (writing back & forth) which was all I had time for for the day and I was more angry about that than the double charging. And if I knew that the offer would be extended, I could have acted more calmly, too. All in all, unfortunate string of events, and I appreciate YOUR taking care of the matter professionally and swiftly but you should really fix that bug with the cache issue to save others a similar headache, at least. And I hope admin here will delete all my comments about this issue now since no reason for them to remain in this thread forever. Regards,
SKY
Apr 30 2014 at 2:13pm Copy Link
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Thornton Stewart I purchased this deal about 45 minutes ago and have not received my email receipt etc. I did get the discounted price and also purchased the Julia voice at the discounted price.
May 1 2014 at 12:56am Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin I have a license for an older version of this program (2.321). Back then I tried every text to speech program that was available. This was by far and away the best. This is a very good price for a very good product.

Wish I had time to grab this today for the other PC.
Jun 11 2015 at 6:10am Copy Link
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Pascal User "Whole House License". What is that?
I am French.
Thank you.
I appears that you are difficult to contact.
pascal
Jun 11 2015 at 11:51am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Pascal,

The "whole house license" is for personal use and covers the computers in your residence.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Jun 11 2015 at 12:09pm Copy Link
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Don Walker What voices come with this version? The reviews I've read of the free version suggest that the free voices are pretty bad. Purchasing extra voices is quite expensive.
Jun 11 2015 at 1:06pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Don,

When purchasing only TextAloud 3, the voice(s) used will be the default Windows text to speech voice. That can vary based on your system, but it is the same voice available in the TextAloud 3 trial version,

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Jun 11 2015 at 1:17pm Copy Link
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David McClelland I'm not seeing any discount. On the BitsDuJour I click on "Get this Deal" and that redirects me to the NextUp Store which shows a price of $31.95 Canadian and a button saying "Order now". The next screen shows the same price.

What am I missing?
Jun 11 2015 at 1:52pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi David,

Usually this is an issue where you just need to close your web browser completely then open a new browser session. That should clear the cache as often somebody visits our regular website purchase pages too.

If you still run into any problems, let us know.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Jun 11 2015 at 2:36pm Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @David McClelland, Could you please clear your browser cache and try again? I've just tested the purchase flow and I see the discount correctly. In CAD it shows up as $15.97.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jun 11 2015 at 2:38pm Copy Link
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David McClelland It appears to be something in Firefox. I restarted Firefox and tried again without success. Then I cleared the cash (options->Advanced->network->clear) but that was a no go.

Started chrome and everything went as it was supposed to.
Jun 11 2015 at 5:05pm Copy Link
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Amit Can buying here also get a big discount for the additional voices, what all are present on your site. then this is a very good buy. If its still not discounted, please let the buyer here to get good discounts for the voices purchased, as they are very very expensive at the moment.
Jun 12 2015 at 12:10am Copy Link
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Pascal User Hello.
Can we get a substantial discount on the price of voice?
Thank you.
Jun 12 2015 at 11:28am Copy Link
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brenda adams I own Text Aloud 3.0.44 and want to update it. Help/Check for Updates only points me to the purchase/download website.
To update, are users supposed to download as though purchasing new and install that?
Jun 12 2015 at 1:25pm Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin Hello,

I have this very nice application on my other computer and miss it on this one. So I was happy to see it on offer here for such a good price, but I was hoping I would not have to purchase the voices yet again.

Question: Can I transfer the voices from my old pc to the newer one, or would I have to purchase them yet again?
Dec 26 2015 at 7:40am Copy Link
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J Hello,

This is really great software! I think it is the best for Text-to-Speech.

I've had it since version 1, and have been using it daily for over 15 years!

I play audio throughout my home and have TextAloud (using their Firefox plugin) read Amazon reviews, forums and web articles.

I also have it read kindle books converted to pdf, other files and on and on.

It really saves the eyes! It is also great for proofreading!

It is constantly being updated and has great support.

There is also a TextAloud iPad app.

Thank you NextUp!
Dec 26 2015 at 7:57am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Kelly,

Contact our support via email to supportnextup.com for assistance with previously purchased voices.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Dec 26 2015 at 8:39am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Thanks for the kind words, J.
NextUp Technologies - Dec 26 2015 at 8:39am Copy Link
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lisba f Is this application just for English?
Dec 26 2015 at 10:20am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Lisba,

When purchasing only TextAloud 3 with no optional voices, the voice used will be the resident Windows text to speech voice, which varies depending on your PC system. NextUp.com offers optional voices in a wide variety of languages and accents. There is no translation, meaning if you want to hear Spanish text read aloud then you need to purchase an optional Spanish voice. You can purchase TextAloud 3 through this special offer here, then go to our website to purchase any optional voices you may want.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Dec 26 2015 at 12:34pm Copy Link
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lisba f Thanks, Rick, but I don't see any option for selecting a language, can you send a link, please?
Dec 26 2015 at 1:50pm Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin No answer from support. Nearing midnight. Too bad I missed it.
Dec 26 2015 at 11:09pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Great News! NextUp Technologies has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 27 2015 at 12:11am Copy Link
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RichV Hi. I just tried ordering this and stopped at the first page, as it doesn't indicate a discount ... am I missing something?
Dec 27 2015 at 4:32am Copy Link
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twm Does it have command line support?
Dec 27 2015 at 4:34am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Lisba,

In order to get this special offer for purchasing TextAloud 3, you will need to use the purchase links through this BitsDuJour offer. If you also want to purchase additional voices, you can go to our website at http://www.nextup.com and get them there. Be sure when purchasing voices that you don't also buy TextAloud 3 assuming you purchase that here to get the best deal.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Dec 27 2015 at 6:07am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @RichV, Could you please clear your browser cache and cookies and try again? Alternatively, please try another browser like IE, Chrome, Firefox or Opera. The discount will be shown.
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 27 2015 at 6:09am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis TWM,

We have a command line version of TextAloud 3 that costs an additional $250 over the basic TextAloud 3 purchase. Note that if any of the optional voices are desired, separate commercial licensing is needed for any commercial use and/or distribution of audio files created with the voices.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Dec 27 2015 at 6:09am Copy Link
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Roderick Nicolson Sadly seems a bit of a con. By the time you get to the bottom of their sales page the seemingly excellent price has more than tripled. Would you like to comment on this please?
Dec 27 2015 at 6:11am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Kelly,

Support will assist you with downloading previously purchased voices. We appreciate your patience on that as we are dealing with some holiday scheduling.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Dec 27 2015 at 6:11am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Roderick,

Just uncheck any options you don't want and you can purchase only TextAloud 3 for $14.97 with delivery by download. If you have trouble seeing the correct price, please close all browser sessions and then click on the special offer again,

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Dec 27 2015 at 6:15am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Lisba,

If you want to purchase optional voices in other languages, please go to our website at http://www.nextup.com and follow the instructions there.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Dec 27 2015 at 6:18am Copy Link
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Roderick Nicolson Here's a suggestion. You offer the product for $14.97, so why don't you just do that, and put your additional offers in but unticked. I'm sure anyone who want's to take advantage of these fabulous additional offers will be able to do so themselves. After all, these additions are not part of this offer, are they?
Dec 27 2015 at 7:58am Copy Link
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hans User has this software a german ui?
Dec 27 2015 at 10:41am Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin I didn't want the app without the good voices and they never got back to me, so I missed out. :(
Dec 28 2015 at 7:17am Copy Link
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Dan Alec nextup is now selling textaloud with ivona voices, I'd love to see them discounted and bundled with textaloud
Jun 6 2016 at 4:49am Copy Link
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Ian Sample "TextAloud 3 is licensed per computer, and not per user."
Could someone please explain this?
Sep 28 2016 at 1:15am Copy Link
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Dan Alec please clarify licensing, what does "Whole House License" do?
I own multiple computers and I'd able to install in many computers I can?
Sep 28 2016 at 5:36am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis The whole house option is for personal (not business) users and allows you to install TextAloud 3 on all the PCs in your house running the full Windows OS. If you have any problems installing please contract our support by email to supportnextup.com.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Sep 28 2016 at 7:49am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Ian,

It means that we license based on how many PCs you need to install TextAloud 3 on as opposed to how many users. Some schools, for example, might ask about licensing for 600 students but we would need to know how many PCs, not how many students.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Sep 28 2016 at 7:51am Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin I have used this lovely app before on another computer. Now, with this nice affordable price, I'd like to purchase this newer version. I had two ATTNatural Voices, Mike and Crystal. Will I be able to use the Mike and Crystal voices with this, and where should they be copied to?

I've had a problem. I ran TextAloud once, and then shut it down. All computer sounds then disappeared. NO sounds on games, no sounds on CDs. No sound at all. A reboot brought it all back, but I am baffled. Any hints?
Sep 28 2016 at 3:01pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Kelly,

Contact our support via email to supportnextup.com and they can assist with locating the order for voices previously bought so we can get you updated downloads for the voice installation files.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Sep 28 2016 at 5:33pm Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin Thanks for answering, and I will try contacting support, but I fear it will be much too late for this deal.
Sep 28 2016 at 5:54pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Kelly,

It's a 2 day offer so we should have time to answer your questions. The no sound issue sounds like something with your PC and hopefully the reboot fixed it. Our support can review the troubleshooting for no sound if it happens again.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Sep 28 2016 at 6:26pm Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin Never had a no sound issue before. Also, I won't be home tomorrow until late.

Thanks.
Sep 28 2016 at 7:12pm Copy Link
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Don Canaan Are any of the optional acapela voices on sale?
Sep 29 2016 at 10:11am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Don,

Currently not, but thanks for asking.

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Sep 29 2016 at 10:40am Copy Link
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Paul How much would a commercial license cost and by "commercial" I mean used in Youtube videos or on music I create etc.
Sep 29 2016 at 12:03pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Paul,

Commercial licensing is needed if you want to use any of the optional voices for commercial use and/or any publication of distribution of audio. It's not inexpensive and I think it's usually cost prohibitive for YouTube or Music unless you're already generating significant revenues. The voice companies quote commercial pricing so if you're interested email supportnextup.com mentioning the voice(s) you might need and describe the intended use.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Sep 29 2016 at 12:08pm Copy Link
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David O'Neill Rick,

I understand that the license is for a single computer - but may I later move it to another computer?

Thanks,
David
Sep 29 2016 at 3:43pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi David,

Yes, you can.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Sep 29 2016 at 4:04pm Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin No response from NextUp support, and it is now 10:43 p.m. So I guess I'll be missing this deal. Too bad.
Sep 29 2016 at 10:43pm Copy Link
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David O'Neill Thanks, Rick.
Sep 30 2016 at 1:30am Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin I tried, and tried, and tried to buy this the last time it was offered. No luck. I could get no answers from support. My emails were rejected. I had my email provider check and they said it was TextAloud blocking me.

I shall try one more time to purchase this app - this afternoon when I have more time. After that, I give up.
May 10 2017 at 6:38am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Kelly, we got the email you sent to supportnextup.com during the last promotion and we did reply so I am pretty sure we're not blocking your emails. You were asking about help transferring voices to a new PC and we replied. Please send a new email today to supportnextup.com and also check to be sure your email client is not blocking email from us.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - May 10 2017 at 7:17am Copy Link
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hans User hello,

is there a german version?

thx.
May 10 2017 at 12:07pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hello, Hans -

The user interface is always in English, but we do have optional German voices that are sold separately as explained on our NextUp.com homepage. If you purchase TextAloud 3 though this promotional offer, then you could go to our website to make a separate purchase of German voice(s) that would then allow TextAloud 3 to read German language text (there is no translation).

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - May 10 2017 at 1:23pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hans,

I tried to post just now but it disappeared so will try again. The user interface for TextAloud 3 is always in English, but you can if you choose also purchase (from our website nextup.com) optional German voices that will then let TextAloud 3 read German language text (no translation, just German voices reading German text).

Our upgrade policy is that if you purchase TextAloud within 6 months of a major upgrade, there will be no charge for the upgrade.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - May 10 2017 at 1:28pm Copy Link
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hans User hello rick,

thank you for yor answer.

my father does not speak any english, so a german ui would have been nice.

will version 4 be released within the next 6 months?
May 10 2017 at 1:46pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hans,

I don't have a firm TextAloud 4 release date, but we do plan for that to happen within the next 6 months.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - May 10 2017 at 2:26pm Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin My email frustration came after the Voice emails when I was trying to purchase the application. Was it my email that was at fault? They swear they are innocent, but who knows.

My question today is: I installed my old version of Text Aloud, along with the voices, on my newer computer. Can I install this newer version over the top of my current 2.31 version without causing problems with the voices, or do I have to uninstall first?
May 11 2017 at 6:16am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Kelly,

It sounds like you did receive our emails and were able to install your previously purchased software so that is good.

Yes, you should be able to install the newer TextAloud 3 over the top of your earlier version 2.31 without causing problems with the voices. However, if you do that but decide not to purchase TextAloud 3 and want to go back to TextAloud 2, you would need to uninstall TextAloud 3 before reinstalling TextAloud 2.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - May 11 2017 at 6:45am Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin Hey, thanks for the info. Grabbing the deal now.
May 11 2017 at 7:13am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Thanks, Kelly. Enjoy the software and have a great day!
NextUp Technologies - May 11 2017 at 7:18am Copy Link
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sal User @Rick Ellis I am considering a purchase and I would like to get some info on the following:
1. The optional voices once purchased will they work with the newer version of this software, v4 for example?
2. Do the voice packages have updates or are one time work forever deal?
3. What is the difference if any ( other than the voice character-chroma) of the different voice vendors?
4. I will be interested to get an international voice pack. Do these also come with a 30 day policy? Are there any trial options for the voice packs?
5. How well the international voices work? Should I expect less than the English ones?

Thanks for your help.
May 11 2017 at 1:56pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis 1. Yes.

2. We don't promise the voices will "work forever" but we've been selling quality third party voices for years and we've been able to keep them working through OS updates/etc.

3. Subjective, in my opinion.

4. Yes on 30 day MBG. No trials.

5. We sell a lot of both international and english and I don't think you should expect less. Try the online demos.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - May 11 2017 at 5:01pm Copy Link
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Paul User I cannot get the discount. when i get transferred to the web page the price is $29.
May 11 2017 at 6:16pm Copy Link
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John Gallagher I just tried to download the trial, but the link takes me to: https://s3.amazonaws.com/...A30111.exe which is blocked by the server for for some reason. The page displayed is all text: AccessDeniedAccess Denied77B03C55D7FAA3D9aTRxmMtvpuqvry3cJOXEiJAKoujsldNa14yV7ZTI2erona0zHDCEViR32pc60pDj8nRy0JrWP54=

What is going on. This happens in all 3 of my browsers, IE11, Chrome, & Firefox.
Nov 22 2017 at 2:10am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @John Gallagher, I am sorry about the issue. It seems the same issue is happening with the link from the download page on the product site:
http://nextup.com/download.html

In this case we are using the same URLs.

I just contacted the vendor to help fix this issue.
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 22 2017 at 3:14am Copy Link
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John Gallagher Rick Ellis from NextUp sent me an email that the link was fixed & I was able to download, install, test, purchase & activate. Thanks Constantin & Rick!
Nov 22 2017 at 5:01pm Copy Link
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Matt Hello,

Can one license be activated on both a desktop and a laptop at the same time?

Thanks.
Feb 14 2019 at 7:38am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Yes, thanks.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 14 2019 at 8:38am Copy Link
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tech club Hi Rick, for those upgrading from v3 will there be an extra discount during this promotion?

thank you
Feb 14 2019 at 10:01am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Normally the upgrade is $24.95 so we are not offering any discount beyond this BitDuJour offer.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 14 2019 at 10:24am Copy Link
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Matt Thanks Rick!
Feb 14 2019 at 2:38pm Copy Link
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Marshall Brown "compatible with a huge party of lifelike, sonorous, and entertaining 3rd-party voices "

But, does it come with voices?

Where can one download or purchase voices and roughly how much is reasonable to expect voices to cost?

TIA
Feb 15 2019 at 6:12am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis When purchasing only TextAloud 4 (with no optional voices), it uses a resident text to speech voice on your Windows PC. This can vary a little depending on what Windows operating system is on your PC. An easy way to find out is to download the TextAloud 4 free trial from our website (nextup.com) then check to see what voice(s) are available on your PC. That will show you what you'd have if you don't purchase any optional voices. Optional voices are available for separate purchase on our website, priced at $35 to $45 each when purchased individually.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 15 2019 at 6:34am Copy Link
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Petr I have TextAloud 3 and have also purchased:
(a) 16kHz(Professional) AT&T Natural Voices Engine
(b) Whole House License

Will (a) and (b) work with TextAloud 4?
What is my upgrade cost?
Feb 16 2019 at 12:49am Copy Link
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Cary Adams @Rick Ellis So this TextAloud offer doesn't come with even one extra "premium" voice? Is that what I read in your post?

That is quite disappointing as I can install Natural Reader for free (no trial) and use the default voice systems provided by Windows OS. If TextAloud offered here doesn't include "lifelike, sonorous, and entertaining 3rd-party voices", what makes it better than Natural Reader free?
Feb 16 2019 at 7:18am Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin @Cary Adams
I purchased Text Aloud after trying every similar application I could find, and there were many. This is the best there is. I did purchase a couple of decent voices, but the very best ones are quite costy - in my opinion (which is formed by the size of my bank account).
Feb 16 2019 at 8:00am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Yes, Petr, our support can assist you (email to supportnextup.com) with transitioning both (a) and (b) to TextAloud 4 if you upgrade. This BitsDuJour offer is the best deal to get TextAloud 4.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 16 2019 at 8:16am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Cary, you are correct that no optional premium voices come with the basic TextAloud 4 purchase. I don't know what features they offer in their free version, but if it meets your needs that's fine.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 16 2019 at 8:27am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Yes, Kelly, the icons can be made small in TextAloud 4 from the View->Main Toolbar Options and View->Article Toolbar options. Support for Theming is much improved over the previous skins in TextAloud. It is accessed by View->Themes. More information at https://nextup.com/TextAl...tsnew.html. Also maybe check out some simple videos at https://nextup.com/videos.html. The Interface can be set up with tabs like in TextAloud 3 if you like that better than having the article list on the left.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 16 2019 at 8:37am Copy Link
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Joe Twomey @Cary Adams, re: Text Aloud vs. Natural Reader.

I'm new to these, thanks for cluing me in to Natural Reader, which offers a Chrome extension.

It seems one difference is Text Aloud 4 has the download-to-audio-file feature included in the $17.47 price, while Natural Reader requires the $99 or greater price for that feature.
Feb 16 2019 at 9:15am Copy Link
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Stephen Warkentien The free trial says it is version 3.0
Feb 16 2019 at 9:47am Copy Link
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Joe Twomey I'm confused about licensing. The question response above between Matt and Rick about licensed use on a destop and laptop, namely,

"Matt Hello,

Can one license be activated on both a desktop and a laptop at the same time?

Thanks.


Rick Ellis Yes, thanks."


contradicts the Fine Print:

"TextAloud 4 is licensed per computer, and not per user."
Feb 16 2019 at 9:55am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Joe, TextAloud 4 has a chrome extension.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 16 2019 at 10:25am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Stephen, TextAloud 4 free trial is at

https://nextup.com/download.html
NextUp Technologies - Feb 16 2019 at 10:27am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Joe, yes, you can buy one license for personal use and install on both your laptop and desktop.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 16 2019 at 10:29am Copy Link
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Joe Twomey FYI, Text Aloud 4 from the link Rick provided above installs fine over Text Aloud 3 (which we installed from the "Download Trial" link above that's just to the left and below the big green "GET THIS DEAL" button). It requires a restart of the PC. Much different-looking UI in 4.

Thanks Rick, for clarifying the license as being per user, not per PC. Good deal, thanks, buying especially for the download to MP3 file option.

Final question: How do I get the $17.47 price? I clicked both of the "GET THIS DEAL" buttons (one above and one directly below the comments), and it sends me to a page that has the regular price. Continuing to the next page it's still the regular price, but it has a place to enter a coupon, but I'm not able to find one.
Feb 16 2019 at 10:52am Copy Link
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tech club As "Joe Twomey" mentioned, I also get the regular price if I click the "GET THIS DEAL" button.
Feb 16 2019 at 12:13pm Copy Link
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Joe Twomey Seems this deal expired at noon or earlier, PDT.

BitsDuJour's countdown timer thinks it'll expire at midnight PDT.
Feb 16 2019 at 6:30pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Great News! NextUp Technologies has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 17 2019 at 12:11am Copy Link
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Pavi Johnson Hi, is there any offer that includes IVONA Amy? The voices offered bundled after clicking buy are rather weak compared to Amy. Really I just want TA4 plus Amy.

Best, /Pavi
Feb 17 2019 at 1:55am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @Joe Twomey, The discount is still working. In order to fix the issue and to continue to see the correct discount, please clear your browser cache and cookies or try another browser.
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 17 2019 at 2:19am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Pavi, we don't currently have a special offer that includes Ivona Amy.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 17 2019 at 5:54am Copy Link
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Pavi Johnson Hi, okay thanks.

But what is the regular price for IVONA Amy? I can't find it on your website.

Best, /Pavi
Feb 17 2019 at 6:08am Copy Link
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Lito @Pavi Johnson , IVONA Amy is in the British category.
Feb 17 2019 at 6:23am Copy Link
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Joe Twomey @Constantin,
Thank you, it worked. (I should have thought of trying that myself.)
Feb 17 2019 at 7:06am Copy Link
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Scot Gerardi Hi Guys,
The 50% is not working. I clicked on the deal and it came in at the $34.95 price. Can you please fix it? Thank you.
Feb 17 2019 at 9:31pm Copy Link
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PAUL User I get the FULL price $34.95 when I try to buy (click the 'order now' button there is no 'Buy button').

How do I get a discount?

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This is not working:

Your discount coupon code will be applied to your purchase when you click the 'Buy Now' button.
Aug 27 2019 at 7:12am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @PAUL User, Could you please clear the browser cache and cookies and try again? That should fix the issue. Alternatively you may try another browser with the browser cache and cookies deleted.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 27 2019 at 7:14am Copy Link
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Kelly Hamblin I know from experience that Text Aloud is the best text to speech app out there. What I'd like to see here is some discounted voices. Voices are very costy.
Aug 27 2019 at 7:54am Copy Link
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Roberto I found cheaper to grab the voice that i liked and the program in the same bundle. I hope to see some deals on fonts next time.
Aug 27 2019 at 8:14am Copy Link
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PAUL User A different browser sold the problem, thanks.
Paul.
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(Constantin Florea @PAUL User, Could you please clear the browser cache and cookies and try again? That should fix the issue. Alternatively you may try another browser with the browser cache and cookies deleted.)
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Aug 27 2019 at 10:15am Copy Link
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CJCotter In order to make this program work, do I have to copy-&-paste text into your program? I have a lot of books an PDF which I'd like some program to audibly read to me. Having to copy-&-paste material isn't going to be practical.
Aug 27 2019 at 3:54pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi CJ,

It depends on the PDF, but for many PDF files that are accessible you can open them directly in TextAloud from the File Menu (File->Open File) where you can choose file type PDF. There are other ways to convert your document into something accessible. For example, Adobe has a free app that converts scanned text into a readable PDF via online. That is from an image not PDF file, but there are often ways to get at text you really need for personal use.

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Aug 27 2019 at 4:14pm Copy Link
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CJCotter Yes, in spite of the fact that I've had Adobe Acrobat XI Standard for many years, it has only been a couple of months ago that I discovered that feature....without having to do it online. Thanks for the reminder!
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bvssunnydale Hi, I started to purchase and there's a "AT&T Natural Voices Engine" add-in offered. I'm wondering what the difference is and what this adds to TextAloud? Thanks very much.
Aug 29 2019 at 6:03am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis When purchasing only TextAloud, it uses Windows text to speech voice(s) already present on your PC. The exact voice or voices can vary depending on what version of Windows you have installed. The AT&T Natural Voices Mike and Crystal are optional voices that we offer on our website and as you noted buyers can choose to add them when purchasing TextAloud. If you want to see what Microsoft voices will be used on your PC, you can download the free trial of TextAloud and they will be available. The AT&T voices are not in the trial. We've sold the AT&T voices for years and most people find they enhance using TextAloud and they are attractively priced in the bundle offer.
NextUp Technologies - Aug 29 2019 at 6:55am Copy Link
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bvssunnydale Hi, I downloaded the trail and it seems like a fine program. The "Fine Print" says the license if by-computer but doesn't mention if you can transfer from one computer to another (as a tech it's not unusual to go through half a dozen computers a year).
Aug 29 2019 at 7:32am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis The activation code allows for 2 installs so that should help. If you are transferring a lot you will need to contact our support to assist you with managing activations for the license which we can do.
NextUp Technologies - Aug 29 2019 at 8:39am Copy Link
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Cary Adams If all we get is the Windows text to speech voice(s) already present on our PC, we might as well use Natural Reader which does that for free.

What's the point?
Aug 29 2019 at 9:40am Copy Link
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Emil Kucera Hello, two questions:
1. can this version be installed directly over my ver. 3 or should one do a fress installation?
2. will my TA3 acapella voices work with the version 4?
Aug 29 2019 at 9:43am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Emil, TA4 can be installed directly over your TA3. If you purchased the Acapela voices from us and you have any issues with getting them going in TA4 then just email supportnextup.com and we'll be glad to help.
NextUp Technologies - Aug 29 2019 at 10:34am Copy Link
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Adam P Do the voice files every get updates, or is the downloads for the voice files the same as a year ago?
Feb 4 2020 at 12:35pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis We do sometimes get voice updates. If you have purchased or are interested in any of the optional voices we offer then please contact our support via email to supportnextup.com with any questions on versions etc.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 4 2020 at 1:40pm Copy Link
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Albert User Can it be used for other languages than English ? (Windows 10)
Feb 5 2020 at 4:05am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis The user interface for TextAloud is always in English, but we do offer optional voices in a variety of languages. A Spanish voice, for example, is built to speak Spanish language text.

When purchasing only TextAloud 4 with no optional voices, it uses the resident Windows system voice that also works in the trial. The voice in your Windows system may vary depending on your market, but if you want you can go to nextup.com, download the free trial and see what voice it uses.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 5 2020 at 6:09am Copy Link
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Albert User Thank you for your kind and fast reply
Feb 5 2020 at 9:29am Copy Link
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Emil Kucera Hello, while deal is already better than would be my regular offer to upgrade from ver. 3, is there a discount on upgrading too?
Either way - will the installation keep the option and languages I have already, or will require an uninstall first?
Feb 7 2020 at 2:14pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Great News! NextUp Technologies has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 8 2020 at 12:11am Copy Link
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Brenda Adams This price is fantastic. I love TextAloud. I've been using it for a few decades. I seldom have seen sales for TA, so I suggest you buy now before midnight. I rave about TA to all my friends. I use the program (or one of its features) every day and several times a day. Worth far more money than they ever have asked...so to me, this sale price is ridiculously low and is a steal. Seriously. PS: The customer service is amazing. The BEST. :)
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Constantin Florea @Emil Kucera, There is no coupon code for this promotion however if you see the full price in the shopping cart then this is indeed because of a known issue with FastSpring. To overcome this issue, you would have to either try a new browser where you haven't tried purchasing this product before or you would have to delete the browser cache and cookies on your current browser before trying to purchase again.
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 8 2020 at 4:32am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Emil,

If you had any problems getting the discount just email supportnextup.com and someone here will assist you.

TextAloud 4 will install over an earlier version and any voices you had installed should be there in the new one. If not, let us know. We do have TextAloud 4 import a lot of TextAloud 3 settings, including loaded articles, pronunciation dictionaries, hotkeys, voice settings, display settings and so on.

Thanks!

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Feb 8 2020 at 6:58am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Brenda,

Thanks for the wonderful post! We've been at this for 20 years now and you have no idea how happy it always makes us to read comments like yours. Have a great day!

Rick.
NextUp Technologies - Feb 8 2020 at 7:01am Copy Link
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Brenda Adams https://www.youtube.com/w...8ZDSe2mZps

I like this video for buyers of TextAloud v4.
Feb 8 2020 at 12:46pm Copy Link
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Philip User I purchased TextAloud 3 from BitsDuJour previously.

Can I receive the 50% off of the upgrade ($19.95) instead of a full purchase?

Thanks
Jul 22 2020 at 7:39am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Philip,

No, we don't offer that discount so the BitsDuJour offer is the better deal.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Jul 22 2020 at 8:17am Copy Link
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Jim Knecht When I click "Get this deal" it takes me to the fastspring nextup website and tries to charge 34.95 instead of 17.47. How do I get the deal? URL it takes me to is https://sites.fastspring....ign=100001
Jul 25 2020 at 1:59pm Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @Jim Knecht, Please clear your browser cache and cookies or try another browser.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 25 2020 at 2:49pm Copy Link
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Eddie Not very honest saying it's $17.47 when you go to purchase it, it adds on $25 for decent voices. How about 50% off including the better voices?
Jul 25 2020 at 7:57pm Copy Link
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Phil Smith The discount voices offered are all USA.
Can you offer discounts on other voices?

Also, why won't you discount an upgrade from previous versions?
Jul 26 2020 at 12:56am Copy Link
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Stephen Warkentien Can the program be moved from one computer to another?
Jul 26 2020 at 10:56am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Yes. If you need assistance with this please email supportnextup.com.
NextUp Technologies - Jul 27 2020 at 5:27am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis We may consider other voices/languages for a future offer.

We don't discount the upgrades as this BitsDuJour 50% off deal is already below our upgrade price.
NextUp Technologies - Jul 27 2020 at 5:41am Copy Link
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Rael Bauer Hi, Can the program direct sound output as mic input? So i.e. the sound doesn't go to speakers, but instead goes to mic input.
Nov 24 2020 at 3:02am Copy Link
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brenda adams I've been using TA for many years (over 10, I think). I love the program. I love NextUp's customer service. I have found so many uses for the program and I use it repeatedly daily. I feel very comfortable saying: worry not! This is NOT an unscrupulous/fraudulent outfit. NextUp is first class in product and in service.

A coupla ways I use it or things I like about it (besides the great cust service):

Free program 'Calibre' lets us copy text out of ebooks. Paste into Text Aloud window and you have an audible book.

Grab recipes online - it self labels and stores any text, WITHOUT you have to stop and do a 'save'...

It automatically creates a list of titles of all the things I've copied or pasted into it. This list is sortable by dragging. I can right-click and change any titles that I might word better than the auto-label TA has given it (it titles from first line of text automatically).

It underscores misspelled words. I use it to type into OR to grab from text I've highlight in some other program. A tiny window asks me if I want to start a NEW item in my list of items OR append to the current one I've already started. (This is such a wonderful feature.)

It does NOT grab/store/save anything I put in my clipboard; ONLY the things I want kept (I press a button in that little window I mentioned).

I've yet to learn the capacity for things it will store. Seems to go on forever. (There is an option to take titles OUT of storage and save them to your computer for keeps OR to swoop in and save them ALL in one action. I seldom do either of these...I just keep storing and it just keeps adding another document to the set it is storing for me...as mentioned, all titled and clickable at side of the screen/window.)

There is so much to TextAloud. I would never want to not have it. I am not affiliated with TA nor Bits du Jour. I just dearly like both of them. Have fun!
Nov 24 2020 at 3:25am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Rael,

This feature is not built into TextAloud 4, but I will look into it and contact you by email to advise if we have any suggestions.

Thanks,

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Nov 24 2020 at 7:13am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Brenda,

Many thanks for the kind words! It's always wonderful to hear feedback like yours. Have a great day!

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Nov 24 2020 at 7:16am Copy Link
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Colin McAllister The Ivona voices demo on your webpage link (https://nextup.com/ivona/index.html) doesn't work. It pushes out a 505 error message. :-(
Nov 24 2020 at 12:51pm Copy Link
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geo User @Rick Ellis
I am also interested in such a possibility as Rael Bauer asked in the above comment of his. Thanks for a great product by the way!!
Nov 24 2020 at 2:27pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Great News! NextUp Technologies has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 25 2020 at 12:11am Copy Link
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A. User Wanted to order but the Order Form automatically added the backup CD at cost and there is no way to deselect it.

Abandoned the purchase. Pity.
Nov 25 2020 at 3:06am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Colin, the error message might have been "Service is temporarily unavailable. Please try later." That would indicate a lot of use on the demo. It seems to be working now. Thanks, and if you have any more issues please email us at supportnextup.com so we can assist.
NextUp Technologies - Nov 25 2020 at 6:22am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Geo, I sent you an email on this, thanks!
NextUp Technologies - Nov 25 2020 at 6:24am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi A, I'm sorry you ran into an issue. The CD option is not a default selection. It may be that you need to clear your browser cache if you want to try again. Thanks for letting us know.
NextUp Technologies - Nov 25 2020 at 6:29am Copy Link
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A. User Cleared cache, still CD line added with a line value of GBP10.05 and no means to removing it. If I delete the product order line and re-buy

I never selected it in the first place.
Nov 25 2020 at 6:47am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis A - Someone here will look into this and contact you by email.
NextUp Technologies - Nov 25 2020 at 7:15am Copy Link
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Cary Adams WOW... the voices are so expensive :(
Nov 25 2020 at 9:27am Copy Link
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brenda adams Voice technology is costly if you are buying a good one. Looking into how they develop it, I saw that it wasn't a cheap process. Mine has lasted me many years of use. (And I bought it for under $50 - it still seems to cost what I bought it for years ago.) Mine was the best money could buy (I bought--Ivona Salli). Are the free Windows voices all that bad? Back when I didn't have those, I had to buy a good one because the standard ones sounded like robots. I think things have improved since then. (10 to 20 years ago I'm talking...)
Nov 25 2020 at 11:11am Copy Link
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L. D. User Can someone confirm whether this also works on Windows 10 please?

Many thanks in advance...

Drew.
Apr 13 at 12:29am Copy Link
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Bill M Works great with Win 10 and integrates beautifully in Firefox and Chrome.
I have been using it for years with Paul16 voice and find it to be indispensable.
Apr 13 at 1:19am Copy Link
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Eros User Can the software also create a transcript from text or audio?
Apr 13 at 5:44am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis TextAloud 4 converts electronic text to speech using computer synthesized voices developed from human speech. That can be heard by playing it within TextAloud 4 or saved to an audio file like MP3.

TextAloud 4 does NOT create a transcript from audio or have any voice recognition capabilities.
NextUp Technologies - Apr 13 at 6:25am Copy Link
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P User Hi NextUp,

i would like to know what is the maximum size of text file can be converted?

I would ideally have some of my ebooks converted so that I can listen to the audio file. I am assuming that the exported audio file could also have text read out at a high absolute speed.

Thank you
Apr 13 at 7:31am Copy Link
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Rick Ellis We don't know of any hard limit as to the maximum size of text file can be converted.

When dealing with your ebooks and concerned about size, you can use the built-in File Splitter to split the audio by chapter. The file splitter can split the ebook into multiple articles, and you can also split into text files that you can load into the Batch File Converter The Batch File Converter never has more than one chapter loaded into memory at a time.

There is a free trial that you can download from nextup.com to see how it works with your text. Support is by email to supportnextup.com should you have further questions.
NextUp Technologies - Apr 13 at 10:02am Copy Link
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Colin McAllister Hi. Any chance of getting voices other than just American in the sales bundle? Thanks.
Apr 14 at 12:21am Copy Link
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Stephen Warkentien I am interested in voices also. I already have Text Aloud 4 so I am interested in voices only.

Thanks in advance.
Apr 14 at 9:14am Copy Link
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Colin McAllister Ok. I'll be a glutton for punishment and try asking another question...Does TextAloud work with CereProc voices please?
Apr 14 at 1:19pm Copy Link
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Norwel Gordon I purchased TA-4 plus a voice package on BDJ yesterday. I promptly received a pop up from "NextUp saying:
"Thank you for placing your order. We appreciate your business.
Your order is processing and you can expect to receive a receipt and delivery information via email within the next several minutes."
And I promptly received an email receipt from PayPal confirming payment to FastSpring. But so far no email from the vendor or FastSpring. As suggested I checked Spam, nothing there from either. Please help, Thank You
Apr 14 at 2:44pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Hi Norwel,

I just resent your order delivery email through FastSpring. Please check your spam folder. If you still do not receive, send email to supportnextup.com for assistance.

Thanks!

Rick
NextUp Technologies - Apr 14 at 3:45pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis We don't presently have other promotions for voices.
NextUp Technologies - Apr 14 at 3:47pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis Colin, if the Cereproc voices are open sapi5 voices then they should work in TextAloud 4. Make sure to ask the seller first in case the voices might be locked to another app.
NextUp Technologies - Apr 14 at 3:51pm Copy Link
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Norwel Gordon Hi Rick,

Thank you. This time the email from FastSpring arrived promptly.
I appreciate your prompt attention to my complaint.

Norwel
Apr 14 at 6:54pm Copy Link
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John User I was going to purchase this. After downloading it, I find it easy to use with nice features. Unfortunately, when I select, "Get This Deal." and am forwarded to the Text Aloud web site... I see the 50% off discount is not honored. The Price shown is $34.95, not $17.47. Also it looks like you have to pay extra for voices.

Please advise?

Thank You,

John M.
Apr 14 at 10:22pm Copy Link
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Rick Ellis John, this typically happens when you need to clear your browser cache so the BitsDuJour offer will show correctly. If you're still having problems with that send email to supportnextup.com and someone will assist.

When purchasing only TextAloud 4 with no optional voices, it uses the Windows text to speech voice(s) already resident on your Windows PC. This can vary depending on what version of Windows you are using or where you are located. Optional voices like AT&T, Acapela Group, etc are available at an additional cost.
NextUp Technologies - Apr 15 at 5:16am Copy Link
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