When comparing Speech Central vs Capti Voice, the Slant community recommends Capti Voice for most people. In the question“What is the best text to speech software for Mac and iOS?” Capti Voice is ranked 1st while Speech Central is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose Capti Voice is:
You can use it on any internet enabled device. Desktop Mac and Windows versions uses your default browser and java to drive a webapp. On linux you'll have to straight up use the website or run a virtual machine. On the Mac and Windows the "desktop app" is more than just a shortcut to the website. Disconnect your wifi and close your default browser (set to clear cookies, offline data, active logins, cache, site preferences, browsing and download history). Upon launching the application again, the default web browser should open, the document should still be there and the webapp should still function. Everything needed is stored locally somewhere.
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Pro File replication/syncing available via iCloud
Pro Available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android
It's cross platform, but syncing only partially works for Apple ecosystem using iCloud.
Pro Good value for the money / Cheap
For $10 this app offers a lot.
Pro Semi-Desktop and Webapp versions make it pretty much crossplatform
You can use it on any internet enabled device. Desktop Mac and Windows versions uses your default browser and java to drive a webapp. On linux you'll have to straight up use the website or run a virtual machine. On the Mac and Windows the "desktop app" is more than just a shortcut to the website.
Disconnect your wifi and close your default browser (set to clear cookies, offline data, active logins, cache, site preferences, browsing and download history). Upon launching the application again, the default web browser should open, the document should still be there and the webapp should still function. Everything needed is stored locally somewhere.
Pro Supports many formats
Supported formats include: Adobe PDF (.pdf), Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx), Plain and Rich text (.txt, .rtf), EPUB books (.epub), OpenDocument (.odt, .odp), DAISY books (.zip).
Pro Offers a one week premium plan trial
This is enough time to know whether the upgrade or product on the whole make sense for the user.
Pro Has shortcuts to get around easier
Here's the link to shortcuts on the FAQ webpage.
Pro Limited free account available
For feature differences and limitations of the free version visit captivoice.com
Pro Intelligent dictionary lookup
You can look up translations and definitions of words and phrases. Capti will automatically take into account the part of speech of a word and its use in the sentence to generate the most correct translation and definition.
Pro Very useful in schools
Capti is very easy to use in a school setting: there's a special organization account features for managing students, sharing content with students, monitoring student activity, etc.
Pro Offers very high quality voices on all platforms, including online
When using Capti on iOS, Windows or Mac you can download very high quality voices.
Con No voices included on Android version
The app is unusable on Android unless you have voices installed under text to speech output settings.
Con No playback position syncing, even via iCloud
Even though the files replicate across Mac OS and iOS devices, the playback position does not replicate.across iCloud. Each device remembers it's own playback position, but it doesn't get synced to other devices.
Con Doesn't support images
If you have media you want to read where images or illustrations are important, this is not going to cut it.
Con Inconvenient to use
Says it is free, then takes you to the iTunes page to pay, Capti does recognize accounts set up through iTunes, to change voices you pay, to open a pdf to read you have to buy coins to use.
Con Very disappointing
Advertising say great things, reality is much different.
Con Does not automatically sync
Capti Narrator does not automatically sync additions from local files to playlists on the hybrid desktop/webapp client, only if you add them to a cloud storage.
Con Free account somewhat limited
10 MB per document/ ebook
No access to view the original layout for PDFs
No annotation features
Searching limited to current document, not globally
Only one playlist allowed
No access to translation features
No access to a word/vocabulary game
Con Desktop Version for the Mac Depends on Web Browser
Only available as fully native apps for iOS and Windows. The client on the Mac uses your default web browser and java to function.
Con Can't move documents freely between different playlists
On iPhone and iPad, users have to delete and re-add documents if they wish to transfer an item from one playlist to another playlist.
Con No Linux desktop version
Website or running a virtual machine will have to do for readers on Linux distros.
Con Subscription service
$1.99 / month or 9.99 / 6 months.
Con Mac version routinely fails to start
Users on the Mac frequently have to bring up the Activity Monitor, quit Capti View, and open it again to get it to load.