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Speaking Notepad

Type of Program: Text-to-voice generator
Supported Platforms: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003
Company: Qwerty Studios
Version: 2.4
Price: $9.90
Installed size: 920kb


Speaking Notepad functions like most other text-to-voice programs that are currently available, that is to say; it lacks audio clarity. Don't look for any personality from the generated voices. They may have names like: Sandra, Wendy, Grandma, ect.. but they are still mechanical voices with the annoying habit of mispronouncing everyday words.

While the program is easy to use it sometimes refuses to respond if a large text file is open to the Notepad. Besides the program itself, two additional drivers must be downloaded for the voice generators to operate correctly. If connected to the internet the installation process will locate the proper drivers and load them automatically. This adds just over 900kb to the Installed size of the program and requires reconfiguration of some firewalls.

The program is still generations away from reading the kids to sleep at night, but for those with visual impairments it would probably be a helpful utility.

User Friendly
Ease of installation
Reviewed by Bradley Kelley

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