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Listen to Just About Anything!

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Platforms: Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Vista
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Technology is amazing. At this rate, pretty soon people won't even need to know how to read!

And while we don't think that's a good thing, we do think there are a lot of times we'd rather have something read to us than have to read it ourselves. For example:

  • when we're exercising, or driving, or on a bumpy plane ride
  • when we need to read one last document, but can't stand the thought of looking at a monitor for a single minute longer
  • when we need to go over a speech or presentation one more time, but don't want to hear our own voice again

We've just recently learned about TextAloud, which lets us do all that! It transforms text into speech, letting us listen to, instead of read, anything on our PCs. And it's not with one of those nasty, flat, answering machine voices. It's with high-quality, human-like speech!

Review Written by Roger Thomasson
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fran harter I have a few question:

1. Can this software use any/all SAPI5 voices?

2. Or is it limited to the voices from:
- AT&T Natural Voices,
- AcapelaT and
- Nuance RealSpeak Voices?

3. Probably most important, will any of the voices themselves be on sale at the same time as this software application is?
(microsoft's "Sam" voice makes Text to speech outright Painful)

4. Is it hard to add extra voices, or are they simply "imported" via the TextAloud application menu?
Jan 15 2009 at 1:21pm Copy Link
Jay G. Fran:

1. This program can use any SAPI4/SAPI5 voices.

2. You can use those voices, but aren't limited to them. i've read of people using RealSpeak, Neospeech, and Cepstral voices with it.

3. When you go to check out, you can add the AT&T Crystal and Mike, 16khz US English Voices for $25.00 (or 8khz for $20.00)

4. TextAloud will automatically find any SAPI4/SAPI5 voices installed on your PC. You can then select which one you'd like it to use.
Jan 16 2009 at 12:38am Copy Link
Jay G. For a fairly thorough and recent review of this software, you can check out this link:

Jan 16 2009 at 12:44am Copy Link
Randy Martin I seem to have missed this. When can I get the PRO version again?
Aug 16 2012 at 10:08am Copy Link

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