Speak Aloud is a piece of text to speech (TTS) software. It can read text aloud naturally to you with the state of the art text-to-speech voices. Your eyes usually get tired when looking at the screen for a long time. You can let Speak Aloud read web pages, word document or any other highlight text (i.e., which you can select with mouse) to you with only pressing one hot key so that your eyes have a chance to rest. Save your eyesight and increase your productivity with Speak Aloud now!
Read text aloud with support for SAPI4 or SAPI5 compliant voices.
Convert text to audio on the fly. i.e. text to wav, text to mp3, text to wma, text to ogg, text to vox, text to au and text to aiff format
Convert without temporary files generated, save your hard disk.
Support batch conversion.
Convert text to swf speech stream, i.e. text to swf. Now you can add streaming voice to web site easily
Support reading highlight text on the screen with hot key. An easy to use screen reader
Support drag drop. You can drag text files to batch convert or speak at will
Support command line. You can batch convert a file list from command line now!
Convert pdf, rtf, html or text to audio
Monitor a folder and convert any files put into it to mp3 audio files instantly (See the watchfolder.zip for instructions)
Support WMA lossless and speech codec now
Let Speak Aloud to read text aloud for you. Click "Text" button to read text aloud. You can enter your text in the edit window by copying and pasting or loading from text files. Then press "Speak" button to speak the text aloud with the voice you set. Also you can click "To File" to convert the text into mp3 or wav file on the fly.
Batch convert text to mp3, text to wav, text to wma, text to ogg and other speech files. Click the "Batch" button, then you can add the text files you want to convert into the list. Click "Convert" to start batch conversion. Notes: WMA format needs Windows Media Codec installed.
You can also use command line to convert a list of files. Open a command window, enter the command like the following:
SpeakAloud.exe 1.txt 2.txt 3.lst
SpeakAloud will automatically load the files and convert them to speech using the setting in options page, then it exists when done. In this way, you can run SpeakAloud in a batch file to convert text to mp3, text to wma etc now.
Program options. Select the voice to speak and set its parameters like rate, volume and pitch. Also you can select the output audio file format like mp3 or wav.
Monitor Clipboard: check it if you want to read the text in the clipboard when it is changed.
Speak Highlight Text: check it, then you can let Speak Aloud read highlight text on the screen such as the selected text in web pages , notepad, or Microsoft Word etc. Just press the CTRL+T hotkey, Speak Aloud will read the selected text with your favorite voice. You can press CTRL+P to stop it at any time.
Voices are important to a text-to-speech software. There are default voices shipped with Windows 2000 above. For other version of Windows, you need to install some additional support files (Microsoft Speech SDK 5.1 ).
The capability and quality of the speech output are usually determined by the voices. There is a bunch of free voices on the internet for different languages. You can download and try.
Microsoft Text-to-Speech Engines for SAPI5 (English Only)
Microsoft Mary, Mike and Sam 5.0
L&H TruVoice TTS Engines for SAPI4
British English French Spanish German Italian Dutch Portuguese Japanese Korean Russian
The state of art commercial voices can produce very high quality speech output because they use a very large database of pre-recorded voice data. Such voices are available with Comerica licenses.
High Quality Commercial Voices:
Buy AT&T Natural Voices for SAPI4 or SAPI5 Now Online Demo
Buy Neo Speech Kate and Paul Voices Now Online Demo
Buy Cepstral Voices Now Online Demo
Windows 98 and above, SAPI4 or SAPI5, Text-to-speech engines, Sound card.
Note: SAPI is a standard interface of text-to-speech voices by Microsoft. It has two major versions SAPI4 and SAPI5. Many voices support SAPI interface.
To run Active TTS, you must install SAPI4 or SAPI5 and install some TTS Voices.
Install SAP4: Microsoft Speech API 4.0a
Install SAPI5: Microsoft Speech SDK 5.1