Speech Central Alternatives

    Speech Central is described as 'feature-packed, text-to-speech software with years of development history culminating in an easy-to-use tool that just works. Start listening, pause and pick up where you left off later. Easily build a knowledge base and convert read text to MP3'. There are more than 25 alternatives to Speech Central for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, Linux and iPhone. The best alternative is Balabolka, which is free. Other great apps like Speech Central are Read Aloud (Free, Open Source), eSpeak (Free, Open Source), TextAloud (Paid) and Read Aloud (Free).

    This page was last updated Jul 28, 2021

    1. 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.
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    2. 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.


    3. eSpeak is a compact open source software speech synthesizer for English and other languages, for Linux and Windows.
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    4. 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.
    5. 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.
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    6. 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.
    7. 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.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated.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

    8. 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.
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    9. Central Access Reader (CAR) is a free, open source, text-to-speech application, which reads docx files and pasted text using the voices installed on your computer. It currently works only on 64-bit Windows.
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      • 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.
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