Freeware To Convert Text To Speech – TTSReader

by Rohit Khurana on September 9, 2010

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While working on the computer, there are times when you get tired of reading the text and also your eyes plead for a break but due to the pressure of the work you do not stop. At this point of time, having TTSReader in your computer can provide a great relief.

TTSReader is a text to speech software package that allows reading text aloud. With this utility you can give your eyes a little rest while you are listening to the text without stopping your work.

It is a full featured software which can read wav as well as mp3 files. It requires only Microsoft Speech API (SAPI) which is included by default in Windows. So, it is fully compatible with Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP ,vista and 7. It supports all SAPI4 and SAPI5 voices.

It is a user-friendly application with a toolbar on the top. In it, there are options of ‘read’, ‘pause’, ‘stop’, ‘clip’, ‘options’. The option ‘skip S.’ means it will skip the sentence you are reading and will switch to the next one. Similarly, the option ‘skip P.’ means skipping current paragraph and switching to the next one.

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It also provides a ’Floating Toolbar’ which includes only ‘R.Clip’ means read clip, ‘Pause’ and ‘stop’ which is shown here.

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On the main window, there is a list of documents which you want to read out loud. At its top, there are options of adding new document, browsing a document, save and delete.

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There is also a ‘status bar’ which shows the progress of the current document i.e. how much is read and how much is left.

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It also provides the option of listening to different voices with different pitch which you can change according to your comfort.

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There is also a ‘Pronunciation Manager’ in which you can add the words and their respective pronunciation as per your requirement.

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There are certain options like ‘Minimize to Tray’, ‘Highlight whole word when reading’ and more by which you can further make your listening comfortable. You can also enable Hotkeys ‘ for example instead of clicking the button for read you can press ‘ALT+F5’ to do the same work.

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There is also an option of ‘Read to Wav’ which generates the audio file of the chosen document which will be saved by default in the same directory as the document from which it was created.

But if the document from which it is created is not saved under a specific path ( i.e. if it was created by choosing the New file command in TTSReader ), the resulting audio file will be written to the default audio directory which is the “Audio” folder in TTSReader’s main folder.

We can also customize its path and can save it at the desired location for further use.

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Likewise, you can also read the document to Mp3 by using  ‘Read To Mp3’.

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Download TTSReader v1.30

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