When comparing Speech Central vs Read Aloud, the Slant community recommends Speech Central for most people. In the question“What is the best text to speech software for Mac and iOS?” Speech Central is ranked 6th while Read Aloud is ranked 7th.
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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 Simple but effective playback controls
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.
Pro Voice options are impressive
For a free product, the voice options are quite good with a number of premium options from Google and Amazon.
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 Extension / Add-on limited to browser
Its function is limited to reading whatever text is selected or readable in your web browser.