Friday, January 11, 2013

13 Great Free Text to Speech Tools

I have received a number of emails from my readers here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning asking for some text to speech web tools and I am sorry for this late answer but late is better than never. One thing I am sure of though : I will never ignore your email and no matter how late I am in the answer I will come back to you so please bear with me.

Below is a list of some great web tools that allows you to convert text into speech. This is a great way to relax your tired eyes especially after a busy day of teaching. All of these tools are very simple to use and have a user friendly interface. Check them out below and let us know what you think about them. Enjoy


1- Announcify



Announcify reads out loud every website you want. For example, if you're too tired but still need to study one more Wikipedia entry, Announcify can help your tired eyes relax.




2- Fox Vox


"FoxVox will speak any text you highlight in a web page. FoxVox can also create audiobooks in mp3, ogg, and wav formats. You can now easily turn your blogs and articles into podcasts."



3- Natural Reader

"NaturalReader is a text-to-speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy-to-use software can read to you any text such as Microsoft Word files, webpages, PDF files, and E-mails. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV."

4- Balabolka


Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available toBalabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from AZW, CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, MOBI, ODT, PRC, PDF and RTF files, customize font and background color  control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys


5- Chrome Speak


"Chrome speak provides native support for speech on Windows (using SAPI 5), Mac OS X, and Chrome OS, using speech synthesis capabilities provided by the operating system. On all platforms, the user can install extensions that register themselves as alternative speech engines."



6- Odiogo

"Odiogo lets you  transform textual content into audio formats downloadable directly to the PC, iPods/MP3 players and mobile phones!"


7- Power Talk

"PowerTalk is a free program that automatically speaks any presentation or slide show running in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows.You just download and install PowerTalk and while you open and run the presentation as usual it speaks the text on your slides. The advantage over other generic 'Text To Speech' programs is that PowerTalk is able to speak text as it appears and can also speak hidden text attached to images.
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8- QR Voice

QR Voice allows you to easily type in text and hear it spoken to you. It does not require any software download or registration and has user friendly interface.

9- Select and Speak


"Select and Speak uses iSpeech's human-quality text-to-speech (TTS) reads selected text.  It includes 43 iSpeech text to speech  voices.  You can configure the voice and speed option by changing the settings at options page
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10- Speak It

SpeakIt reads selected text using Text-to-Speech technology with language auto-detection. It can read text in more than 50 languages.




11- Text to Voice

TTS gives Firefox the power of speech. Select text, click the button on the bottom right of Firefox window and this add-on speaks the selected text for you. Isn't it brilliant? Audio is downloadable.




12- Text 2 Speech

"Just enter your text, select one of the voices and download the resulting mp3 file to your computer. This service is free and you are allowed to use the speech files for any purpose, including commercial uses.
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13- VozMe


Voz Me is pretty much similar to QR Voice. It is very easy to use and has a simple interlace. Just type in your text and click to hear it spoken to you.

1 comment:

  1. Here is one more tool which belongs in this list - Say It Right http://mws.ust.hk/sir/index.php

    @baibbb

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