Best text-to-speech apps for your Windows 10 device

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There are many people interested in taking eLearning courses, to help them develop speech and literacy skills which will increase their chances to get a well-paid job. It’s very hard to overcome learning difficulties on your own, because you don’t know where to start, so you need guidance and direction to convert words into speech. Luckily, there are some text to speech software for eLearning you can use to improve and expand your vocabulary.

Why hiring an expensive narration professional to train you to communicate effectively with all levels of people, when you can use eLearning text and narration software to get the same results? The advantage of taking an eLearning course is that you will no longer feel inferior and defied, plus you’ll hear a warmer human voice over that will give you comfort.

It’s important to choose the right Text To Speech software, because if you’re dealing with learning disabilities and you have problems when reading, you’ll need to look for the best eLearning course guide. Today, we will talk about the most popular text to speech software that you can use at home, in your room, when no one’s around.

PistonSoft Text-to-Speech Converter

pistonsoft text-to-speech converter interface

PistonSoft Text-to-Speech Converter is one of the simplest of the market. However, it is equipped with a bunch of useful features. You can covert your favorite books, your courses or other literature. It also ‘teaches’ your computer how to make natural speaking pauses so you won’t be disturbed by the never-ending word flow.


Ivona

Text To Speech Ivona

This multi-lingual speech synthesis system was released 11 years ago and it offers a full text to speech system with various APIs. Its voice portfolio contains 23 languages, with 3 voices and when it comes to compatibility, Ivona supports Windows, Unix, Android, Tizen, iOS based systems. Users are also able to upload to cloud whatever they record.

NaturalReader

Text To Speech NaturalReader

The free version for Windows includes the following features: text to speech; free conversion of PDF, Docx, Richtext & ePub documents into spoken words; Listen to Webpages; Change speaker and speed; Floating Bar; In-software Help and OCR Function (30 images). If you’ll opt for the Personal version ($69.5), Professional version ($129.5) or Ultimate ($199.5), you’ll get extra options such as Pronunciation Editor; Typing echo; Word Prediction; Spelling Check etc.

Zabaware Text To Speech Reader

Zabaware Text To Speech Reader

Its free version provides generic voices, while the paid option offers high quality CereProc and AT&T Natural Voices. After converting text into wav audio files, you can transfer them to portable devices.

iSpeech

iSpeech

You can use its API to create high quality speech audio in the following formats: mp3, wav, wma, mp4 and flac, while the iSpeech Translator feature will translate the speaking text in seven languages, but it also translates text in 18 languages.

Acapela Group Virtual Speaker

Acapela Group Virtual Speaker

It supports 30 languages, it offers voices in different sampling frequencies and qualities and the sound files are very easy to access, no matter what authoring tool you are using.

TextSpeechPro

TextSpeechPro

It will read Microsoft Word, PDF, emails and other types of documents, using AT&T Natural Voices. Also, if you don’t understand what’s written on a web page, TextSpeechPro will read its text straight from the interface. You’ll have the option to adjust the speed, volume and voice quality.

TextAloud 3

TextAloud 3

Its creator is NextUp and this Text to Speech Tool will allow you to create messages for your answering machine, listen to information while you work on something else, listen to an eBook during your commute, create audio files for computer games etc. It supports 29 languages and offers AT&T Natural Voices.

Read The Words

Read The Words

The free version includes three languages, several voice characters and it allows you to create audio files with a length of up to 30 seconds, while the gold upgrade offers unlimited podcasting and the possibility to create unlimited audio files up to 8 hours in length.

Voice Reader

Voice Reader

It was created by Linguatec and it can be used to convert text (PDF, Doc, Docx, HTML, RTF) to voice in different languages. The software offers even individual pronunciation adjustments.

If you’re an educator, there are 14 free text to speech tools that you can use to relax your students’ tired eyes: Announcify, Balabolka, DSpeech, NaturalReaders, PediaPhon, PowerTalk, QR voice, Select and Speak, SpeakIt!, SpokenText, Text2Speech, Voki, VozMe and WordTalk. We hope that you find these recommendations perfect for your needs.

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  • In 2016 we started the development of an app that would read out a personalized list of professional news items. We compared a range of TTS providers and eventually selected Neospeech VoiceText. Despite the OK quality of the TTS voices, working with neospeech has been a nightmare. Throughout the deployment of our SDK I had 2 contact persons leaving the company with each new guy trying to negotiate a new deal. Having paid a developer license of $1000 and so called ‘porting fees’ for the selected voices of $3000. They said these costs could be deducted from the first year production license. They gave me the following pricing structure.

    # of concurrent 4 8 24 48 96
    2 voices $2,687.00 $3,800.00 $6,576.00 $9,312.00 $13,152.00
    3 voices $3,290.88 $4,656.00 $8,064.00 $11,424.00 $16,128.00
    4 voices $3,800.00 $5,376.00 $9,312.00 $13,152.00 $18,624.00
    5 voices $4,248.52 $6,008.00 $10,416.00 $14,736.00 $20,832.00

    After 11 months into the developer lisence another new guy contacted me (the previous contact having left the company as well). He wanted to discuss the pricing for the production license. I said I did not expect any additional costs and that the first year production license pricing would be covered by the porting fees. He said he would discuss that with his manager and get back to me. I did not hear from the guy for 2 months. When he finally got back to me he said the total $4000 could no longer be applied against the first year production license because the one-year developer license already expired the month before. What a way to do business… Probably afraid to lose his job and desperate to score revenue, the new guy decided not follow up on his previous email and silently let the developer license expire. Then the new price he gave me for 2 voices and 1 concurent thread was $6000!

    Please take utmost caution when dealing with Neospeech. They are not to be trusted when it comes to their VoiceText TTS Server SDK, TTS Engine SDK or embeded SDK . Once you have invested in installing their SDK into your environment and are ready to deploy to production they will unilaterally change contract terms and pricing including steep royalty payments and they cannot be reasoned with.
    Neospeech is a 9-man band based in San Francisco and I included their CEO Devin Lee in the correspondence but I never got a reaction from him. Currently they have stopped responding my mails alltogether. I have started legal proceedings against Neospeech for breach of contract. Be warned.