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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Read Selected Text From Any Application

Our kids frequently ask us to read something aloud. However, the adults often need somebody to read for them too. That is why 1st Read It Aloud! was created. Windows users are able to make their documents, email, web pages, books and written thoughts speak with the voice they prefer and with the pitch, speed, and volume they like. 1st Read It Aloud! doesn't require text to be copied to the clipboard, saving the content. The program supports numerous voices in more than twenty different languages. It also supports both SAPI4 and SAPI5 speech synthesis technology.

1st Read It Aloud! can use a variety of voices with text or applications. For example, you may prefer the female voice Julia to read your email and the male Sidney voice for Word documents. The program has Voice Slots which contain voice settings; pitch, speed, and volume and can be activated with hot key combinations.

Unlike other programs, 1st Read It Aloud! will read selected text from any Windows application, not just from popular text editors and browsers. 1st Read It Aloud! has several tools which can correct the mispronunciation of words and prevent unwanted characters like slashes, brackets or dashes from being read.

Key features

  • Select text in any application and enjoy listening.
  • Choose over ten different voices.
  • Use different voices for different hot keys.
  • Change voice speed, pitch and volume with one click or keyboard shortcut.
  • Correct the pronunciation of any word.
  • User-friendly interface.

1st Read It Aloud! will run under Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP,. The program requires 32MB of RAM, 5MB of disk space and a sound card.

Click this link to download a demo or purchase 1st Read It Aloud!

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