Tuesday, 5 August 2008

05. Free text-to-speech software - Readplease

There are many text-to-speech tools around with their own little quirks and extras, but this is still the one I tend to recommend first because it is easy to install and you can adjust setting such as change the voice, vary the speed and font size as well as highlight text. It is a classic cut-and-paste style (i.e. you put your text from any document into the text area) which works well in most cases including from the web or Word documents. Of course there are now better voices, but this still works well for dyslexics and English as an additional language individuals. And it is free.

Readplease also appearsa to work in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish using free Microsoft voices.

The web link is www.readplease.com

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