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Free Text To Speech & Audio Recording Software

WordTalk (plus AT&T Natural Voices)

www.wordtalk.org.uk

WordTalk is a free text-to-speech plugin developed for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 up to Word 2010). It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary to help decide which word spelling is most appropriate. Siting neatly in your Microsoft Word toolbar it is highly configurable, allowing you to:

  • Adjust the highlight colors;
  • Change the voice and the speed of the speech;
  • Convert text to speech and save as a .wav or .mp3 file so that it can be played back on an iPod or mp3 player.

 

Foxit Reader

www.foxitsoftware.com

The Foxit Reader can provide voice to read your PDF document to you. This is especially valuable when you're on the go and you cannot read from a screen. Read Out Loud uses the available voices installed on your system. If you have Speech Application Programming Interface 5 (SAPI 5) installed for text-to-speech, you can choose to have Foxit Reader read your PDF documents to you. In addition to normal text content, Read Out Loud can also read comments, image descriptions, and fillable fields. The Foxit Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file. It also includes easy to use collaboration features like the ability to add annotations to PDF, fill out PDF forms, and share information with social networks.

Balabolka

www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm

Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. The program uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of regular expressions.

Audacity (Free Recording)

www.audacityteam.org

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.

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