Tagged With text to speech

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Writing is tricky. It can be tough to find the right sequence of words to convey your thoughts and ideas. A sentence might make sense as you type it out, but reading it out loud can be a different story. To improve your writing, make sure it sounds good when read aloud.

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Recently I'm in the necessity of reading a lot of stuff and sometimes I don't have enough time due to other tasks (exercising, making lunch, etc.) I would love to try a text-to-speech app (for iOS preferably) and see the results. Which is the best (non-robotic) text to speech app for this matter?

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Google has released its text-to-speech engine to the Play Store, which means you can now download it on any supported device. The primary benefit is that if you weren't particularly fond of the robotic-sounding voice on devices like Samsung's Galaxy lineup, you can install and replace the default engine.

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Web/iOS: If your feed reader never seems to drop below 1000+ unread items, it's probably because you're reading with just your eyes. SoundGecko -- the brainchild of three guys based in Melbourne -- uses text-to-speech to let you read online articles with your ears. And its iOS app has just been updated with a big list of new features, including a freshened-up interface, categorised stations and push notifications.

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Mac: My roommate recently lost her voice, which has been challenging since we talk a lot to each other. We came up with a solution to get her Mac to talk for her. This is easy enough if you just use the TextEdit app included with OS X, but there are a couple of more convenient solutions.

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The web provides tons of great written content, but that can get a little overwhelming when you're not in the mood to read all day long. Announcify is a browser extension for those times when you'd rather just listen. All you have to do is browse to any article and click the Announcify button.

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Free webapp Hearwho converts text you enter into an MP3 audio file you can download. Select from a male or female voice, English or Spanish text conversion, and choose the quality of the resulting file at Hearwho. Similar to previously covered VozMe, the results are no substitute for a professional actor hired to read an audio book, but if you've got text you'd like to listen to while commuting or working out the results aren't bad at all.

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