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I strongly recommend Voice Dream Reader. I wasn't it was available on more platforms (Mac/windows/amazon ecosystem) and I wasn't very happy when the voices I had purchased disappeared or were deleted (about a year ago). For those with concentration or tracking problems, this program is a godsend. I was able to load and push through academic texts that gave me fits before. The highlighted word tracker is also a nice feature. See More
Andrew Lett's Experience
VDR arranges most documents you import into a clean, easy to read format that is customizable. Can control the size of margins, select from several fonts & adjust the size, change text, background & highlight colours. Can swipe and view text in original layout/format or view as plain text and lose all the formatting for a simpler view of material. See More
Imported document (PDF, ePub, Doc, Mobi, TXT) is displayed in an easy to read, nicely arranged format.
You can speed up or slow down the voice, and pause play the voice reading, save audio using shortcuts, but that's about it. Seems like the app is more GUI driven which is absurd since accessibility is a big attraction for people seeking software like this in the first place. See More
Pressing the addon icon in the extension bar will read aloud everything on the page, unless you have some text selected, in that case it will only read what is selected. Pressing the arrow icons on the extension will advance or back track one paragraph worth of reading material. The extension also employs editable shortcut combinations which can be triggered in Chrome or Globally. See More
It is a luxury to be able to use a voice for 30 days in real-world use. If you're confused when you get "This is an evaluation version of Acapella's Group' text to speech synthesizer" when using the newly downloaded/installed voice, look for the action button on the far right column for the voice downloaded/installed and in the drop-down menu click "start demo period". See More
For a supposed "manager app" it should deal with permissions by itself and not depend on users knowing how to fool around with that. In Finder right click on the Library/Speech folder > "Get Info" > click unlock icon bottom right corner of get info window > enter administrative level credentials > give groups "Wheel" & "Everyone" Read & Write permissions > click the small gear icon and apply to all enclosed items > Install your voice(s), trial or otherwise, then set permissions for groups "wheel" and "Everyone" back to Read Only > click gear icon and apply to all enclosed items > click the lock button and reboot your computer. Voices should show up in system prefs accessibility > speech section. Might have to enable them by clicking customize. See More
Neospeech voices are some of the most humanlike voices you'll hear among TTS voices. Their US English voices specifically include popular TTS voices Julie, Paul, and James are all distinct and pleasant to listen to. They sound even more natural when you adjust their speed and break of their text-speech input. See More
The pricing of their software licensing is limited. You usually license their software on an annual basis or on an On-Demand basis with credits. The On-Demand option is great if you only need a specific amount of words to be synthesized into text-to-speech. See More
My experience using Neospeech's VT editor was fairly positive. Their software is simple to understand and easy to use for a non-computer expert like myself. The US English voices Julie and Paul are very high quality TTS voices and they sound the most natural to me. I like how you can change the speed, pitch, break, and volume of the voices by using simple VTML in the editor. Overall, this software I would give a 9/10 just for its simplicity and quality of the voices. See More
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