Download SpeechPlayer Free Edition – Let Your PC do the Talking

Popular guest writer Rick Robinette, has a knack for finding great free applications. SpeechPlayer Free Edition, Rick’s latest find, is a fabulous, free text to speech converter. SpeechPlayer can even read this article to you, if you like!

As a blogger, it is important to convey the written word in a manner that is easily understood.  One tool that I use to proofread my blog posts (read them back to me), is an application called SpeechPlayer Free Edition.

SpeechPlayer Free Edition

SpeechPlayer Free Edition is a player that will read screen text aloud to you; whether it be a webpage, an email, a blog post, a school paper, etc… You simply highlight the text you want read and copy it to the clipboard.

SpeechPlayer will detect this action and will automatically begin reading the text back to you. The “cool factor” with SpeechPlayer is, it not only reads the text back to you, it also displays the text at the bottom of your computer screen (like closed captioning).  This text-to-speech application is one of the better ones that I have experienced.


Versatile clipboard text reader

Copy and speak

Large TV-like closed captioning

Closed Captioning

Minimalist user interface

Tray icon

You can control the main functions of SpeechPlayer right from the Windows tray!

Convenient mini player

Mini player

System requirements: Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP SP2 or better

.NET Framework 3.0 or above

SAPI 5.1-compliant text-to-speech voices (see note below)

Note: Windows 7 and Windows Vista comes with Microsoft Anna (and Microsoft Lili in some editions. Windows XP comes with Microsoft Sam.

Download at: PortableGrove Solutions

This is a guest post by Rick Robinette, who brings a background as a security/police officer professional, and as an information technology specialist to the Blogging world.

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Filed under Audio Software, downloads, Freeware, Geek Software and Tools, Multimedia Tools, Productivity Software, Software, Utilities, Windows 7, Windows Tips and Tools, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Writing Aids

6 responses to “Download SpeechPlayer Free Edition – Let Your PC do the Talking

  1. Ramblinrick


    You are spoiling the daylights out of me… Again, thank you for letting me take a ride at Tech-Thoughts…


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Rick,

      It’s always a pleasure to feature your stuff here.

      Readers love you. I’m jealous. lol


  2. Ashwin

    Is SpeechPlayer free edition better than Microsoft reader with text to speech package?

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Ashwin,

      I haven’t made a comparison. SpeechPlayer is very small and does the job fairly well, so I’ve just stuck with it.


  3. Ashwin

    Thats ok Bill,

    I will try out Speechplayer.
    No harm in looking for the best software replacement

  4. Very good application easy to use.