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Speaking Notepad is a text-to-speech program with many interesting features, that can be of great help for people who spend long hours in front of the computer reading e-mails, e-books, and all sorts of texts. Basically, this program can read aloud any piece of text from the most widely used formats, to clipboard content, making use of a wide number of voices compliant with SAPI4 and SAPI5 standards.
To get started, you simply need to open your text file, which may be in TXT, PDF, RTF, HTML, and DOC formats, and then press the corresponding button. The program can read a whole text starting from the initial position of the cursor, or only a selected part of it. It offers, among its main features, a number of voices from which you can select the one that sounds more suitable for a certain type of text or situation. It also allows you to easily change a voice's speed and pitch. It is even capable of reading aloud the text you are typing. One of its most interesting characteristics is that it can convert or record to audio (MP3, WAV, or WMA) all or part of the text you are listening to.
The application is very easy to use, its interface is intuitive, and it is compatible with all Windows platforms. Besides, the latest version of the program includes more language modules, plus the chance of selecting different visual styles. A trial version (with some restrictions and nag screens) can be used for 30 days.
- Easy to use
- A considerable number of voices
- Powerful text-to-speech capabilities
- Constant nag screens