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Looking For Text To Speech Programs


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#1 stevealmighty

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 11:41 AM

I've got a co-worker who has a mentally retarded son who has an extreme dificult time trying to read. Is there something built into windows that will allow him to convert text to speech, or another program (preferably free) that will allow it?

Thanks in advance for any help! :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 August 2007 - 12:05 PM

Microsoft Agent is a utility embeded since Win 2000. It does require some downloads from MS for use with your particular OS however.

Here's the Wiki write up on it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Agent

I use MS Agent with mIRC when on the BC chat forums. I've not used it much otherwise.
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Posted 28 August 2007 - 03:06 PM

Thanks KoanYorel! I've passed that info along to the parents. I've also referred them to the local DPAO (Disabled Persons Action Organization) for more help too (which didn't dawn on me until after I posted the question).
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Posted 28 August 2007 - 03:46 PM

I have a blind acquaintance who uses his laptop frequently, last I heard he was running JAWS.
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Posted 28 August 2007 - 05:28 PM

"JAWS" is not free. And as far as I know today, is not Vista integrated - yet.
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Posted 28 August 2007 - 06:55 PM

Most blind users opt for a 3rd party commercial screen reader programs because the built-in accessibility features like Windows' narrator aren't sufficient.

Edited by arcman, 28 August 2007 - 06:55 PM.

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 10:36 PM

Arcman? Please note the original request for information?

Not for a blind person and asking for a free program to integrate with Windows?

There are many commercial programs available that surpass the Jaws program you suggest and cost accordingly.
(About 30 actually.)

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 01:50 AM

There is a program called DSpeech. I have not used it, but I have used 3 of the author's other programs and found them to be excellent.
DSHUTDOWN
DSYNCHRONIZE
DTASKMANAGER

I have not tried HDHACKER yet, I am looking forward to trying it.

DSPEECH, by Dimitrios Coutsoumbas, is available in American English, British English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 07:44 AM


The current best text to speech software is Text Speaker. It has customizable pronunciation, reads anything on your screen, and it even has talking reminders. It is great for learning languages as it highlights the words as they are being read. The bundled voices are well priced and sound very human. Voices are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and more. Easily converts blogs, email, e-books, and more to MP3 or for listening instantly.






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