TEXT TO SPEECH PROGRAMS
by Karl Arnold Belser
04 August  2015



I am visually impaired, and I need a Text  to Speech (TTS) converter. This essay shows programs that will work on Windows 9.1 and Android. Thanks go to Mike Pogue for finding the links.

WINDOWS 8.1

Go to this link:

        http://www.sphenet.com/TTSReader/Download.html

Download TTSReader standalone v1.30 without voices as a ZIP file. Extract the program called TTSReader folder from the ZIP file and drag it to the desk top.

Open that new TTSReader folder, start up TTSReader by double clicking on it. Under Options, select:

        Minimize to Tray
        Always show Tray Icon
        Hotkeys: Read Clipboard

On the main view, make sure that the CLIP icon is highlighted.

There are three voices already installed in Windows 8.1:  Microsoft David, Microsoft Hazel, and Microsoft Zira.  Select one of them. You can adjust the speed and pitch to your liking in the lower right corner of the TTSReader window.

Now, because CLIP is selected, whenever you copy ANYTHING to the clipboard, it will be read by the voice.


ANDROID 4.4

Go to the Easy TTS link:

https://sites.google.com/site/easytexttospeech/

Install Easy TTS, and also install Ivona voices from the following link:. 

Ihttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ivona.tts&hl=en

The TTS website says:

       "Select and Copy text from any application
        and hear it spoken back to you automatically. No need to
        Paste and click extra buttons."

The free version limits the amount of text that can be read at one time. If this is not sufficient download the Easy
Text to Speech Pro.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.easysolutions.easytexttospeechpro&hl=en

The cost is $4.
   
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