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 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
Large TV-like closed captioning
Minimalist user interface
You can control the main functions of SpeechPlayer right from the Windows tray!
Convenient 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.
Why not pay a visit to Rick’s site at What’s On My PC. Like me, you’re sure to become a frequent visitor.
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