If you are someone who maintains a blog or does a lot of writing “ClipSpeak” is a nice addition to your editing toolbox. “ClipSpeak” is an open source, lightweight, very basic, text-to-speech (voice synthesized) application that is currently in the early development stages. I’ve learned to use it to read back my blog posts to me. It is transparent in nature in that it reads back any text that is copied to the Window’s clipboard. Once I have my blog post near completion, I will start up ClipSpeak, highlight the text in my post and copy it to the clipboard. At this point, ClipSpeak will automatically begin reading the post back to me. ClipSpeak is dependent on .NET Framework version 2.0 which is a key Microsoft offering and is intended to be used by most new applications created for the Windows platform (very common on today’s computers).
Features (as indicated on the web site):
- Speak text copied (or cut) to the clipboard.
- Stop ongoing speech with the right-control key.
- Select the synthesizer used. If you want a free synthesizer that supports quite a number of languages, check out eSpeak.
- Fully portable.
- Small size (under 200kB!)
- The next release will feature a “Save to MP3” function.