Text to Speech App expert recommendations
Posted on 2004-09-02
I want to find an app that works with AT&T Natural Voices (since I have that) and that can read pdf, web pages, email, Word, etc. Mainly pdf. I have been searching and have found some but I'd like some expert opinions from someone who's actually used some of these. Don't just post links from searching, reply if you know firsthand which are really good and why. I found: Microsoft Reader, ReadPlease stuff (ReadPlease Plus 2003, ReadingBar 2, ReadWords), TextAloud,
Some require highlighting the text (or copy the text to clipboard) to work. Do all? This seems cumbersome for a large ebook. I assume some image-type pdfs won't work unless you run through an OCR program first?
These type programs range from free to ReadPlease which would be rather expensive because they have 3 or 4 products that each do one thing, like read from IE, Word etc. I do not get the impression that more $$ = better quality either. For example, with ReadPlease not all of the modules even support the ATT Voices. TextAloud seems decent and reasonably priced but requires selecting the text to be read. If all require this (but just fail to mention it in ads), then I think TextAloud wins. But it would be better if you could start the pdf and keep going without having to select the text.