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Speech Central is described as 'Don't spend your time in front of the screen reading articles when you can listen to them. Pack them as MP3s on the cloud, USB drive or any folder and then access them in your car or on your mobile device' and is a Text to Speech service in the news & books category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Speech Central for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, SaaS and Google Chrome. The best alternative is Balabolka, which is free. Other great apps like Speech Central are Read Aloud Extension, NaturalReader, eSpeak and TextAloud.

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    Balabolka

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file.

    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechBalabolka allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    ⚫︎ PortableBalabolka can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Read Aloud Extension

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox

    An extension for Chrome browser. Let's you select text from screen and read it. Capable of reading in different languages. Speed, pitch and other settings available.

    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechRead Aloud Extension allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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    NaturalReader

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Google Chrome

    Natural Reader is a professional text to speech program that converts any written text into spoken words. The paid versions of Natural Reader have many more features.

    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechNaturalReader allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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    eSpeak

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android

    eSpeak is a compact open source software speech synthesizer for English and other languages, for Linux and Windows.

    ⚫︎ Text to SpeecheSpeak allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingeSpeak can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
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    TextAloud

    • Windows

    NextUp.com develops Windows text to speech (TTS) software applications like TextAloud that let your computer talk with AT&T Natural Voices. TextAloud can also be in Microsoft Word as a plug-in.

    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechTextAloud allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableTextAloud is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineTextAloud can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ LightweightTextAloud consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Simple TTS Reader

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Simple TTS Reader is a small clipboard reader. Simply copy any text, and it will be read aloud. You can choose any installed speech engine, e.g. Microsoft Anna. This text-to-speech utility can also be minimized to tray.

    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechSimple TTS Reader allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.2, released in October 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website

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    Read Aloud

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Xbox

    ReadAloud is a very powerful text-to-speech app which can read aloud web pages, news, documents, e-books or your own custom contents. ReadAloud can help with your busy life by reading aloud your articles while you continue with your other tasks.

    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechRead Aloud allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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    ReadSpeaker

    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Online Text to Speech by ReadSpeaker. Speech-enable web sites, mobile apps, online documents and forms so that your visitors can listen to your content.

    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechReadSpeaker allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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    DSpeech

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    DSpeech is a TTS (Text To Speech) program with functionality of ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) integrated. It is able to to read aloud the written text and choose the sentences to be pronounced upon the vocal answers of the user.

    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechDSpeech allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    ⚫︎ PortableDSpeech can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    kurzweil 3000

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Breakthrough attention, language, and reading barriers with technology built to drive meaningful progress.

    ⚫︎ Text to Speechkurzweil 3000 allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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