I have always enjoyed text-to-speech software; especially, when it is FREE and can be carried around on my flash drive. What I just described is a FREE, portable, and lightweight text-to-speech tool called ClipSpeak.
The cool factor here with ClipSpeak is that once you start it up you will see nothing but a small yellow icon in the system tray. Don’t let this fool you. ClipSpeak is loaded and ready to go and will speak (play back) any text you copy to the clipboard. If you right click on that small yellow icon you will be presented with a menu that will allow you to change voices and even save the playback to an MP3 file. If you want to stop ClipSpeak, while it is reading text back to you, simply hit the “Ctrl” key on the right side of your keyboard.
I personally use ClipSpeak to read text back to me from my blog articles and other writings I compose (such as emails, letters, documents, web pages, etc…)
- Speak text copied (or cut) to the clipboard.
- Stop ongoing speech with the right-control key.
- Quickly enable and disable ClipSpeak by hitting the right shift key and the right control key.
- Select the synthesizer used. If you want a free synthesizer that supports quite a number of languages, check out eSpeak.
- Customise voice parameters.
- Save to MP3 function lets you put your texts on your MP3 player (using LAME MP3 encoder).
- Fully portable.
- Small size (under a megabyte).
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