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Hi there,
I would like to have a software that could "read" a text or
a email so I could listen to it on the speakers.
Instead of reading the text or the email, I would ear it.

thanks in advance.
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by:arunm
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You can use the talker plugin to read text out loud. It mainly for reading web pages but I may work on emails too.

http://www.mvpsolutions.com/PlugInSite/Talker.html
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Disregard my answer. It is MAC only. Im not aware of any other free software but there must be some around. If you are looking for a pefessional product try starcaster:-

http://vvv.com/home/speechtech/starcas1.html
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by:ewilson
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there is a speach recognition/text to speach tool that microsoft has been devloping this will do what you want but i don't think you can set it up to automatically start reading your email when you open it.  the program is called MS-Dictation and is available on the microsoft site as a free download.. unfortunately i can't find the exact address but a search on their site should locate the download.  Also if you are using AOL *shudders* they do have a text to speach tool that works with their e-mail i believe it goes for around $20.  Netscape is alos advertising something on their homepage but i believe that is simply for recording/sending/playing wave files for use with email.
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Okay, just had a bit of a look, there is alot here:

http://svr-www.eng.cam.ac.uk/comp.speech/Section5/Q5.5.html

I downloaded one called PAM to have a look, it will do text files and appointments but no email, there are a heap of others, and further links to.

One note though: the PAM program has no uninstaller, you have to manualy delete it to get rid of it. Not a big problem.

Hippy.
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