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Old 04-25-2011, 02:33 PM   #1
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I'm trying to use Window's built-in text to speech. From what I can see it just starts yakking away. What I'd like is for it it be quiet until I highlight some text and tell it to go. Or have it automatically read the clipboard. I can't see a way to do that.

OTOH, I looked at Snapfiles and the highest rated program there also happens to be free. It's called Balabolka

Anyone heard of this? Any other suggestions?

   
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This is probably no help to you, but Mac OSX does the same thing (just starts yakking away right from the beginning of the open document), unless you set it up to do otherwise. There's a "Speech" control panel where you can set an option to speak only selected text, if you press a special key-combination, which you create (say, Shift + F1). Maybe Windows has a similar feature?

   
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Thanks. It looks like MS didn't add that ability. Would have been nice.

I got impatient and downloaded IVONO trial software. It provides several options. I think my favorite is having it watch the clipboard and start reading when something hits it.

   
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>> From what I can see it just starts yakking away.

It's intended for users who're blind or who have severely limited sight, I think, and in that context, its behavior makes more sense.

And as they point out in its help:

"The accessibility tools that ship with Windows are intended to provide a minimum level of functionality for users with special needs. Most users with disabilities will need utility programs with more advanced functionality for daily use."

They're not kidding about that. It can't even read its own Help file contents.

   
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FWIW, I'm liking TextAloud (win) and the Ivona Kendra voice. The Kendra voice is not the most charming voice, but it's the easiest for me to follow.

This software is solving major problems for me. I'm having trouble concentrating, and so having my computer read to me helps a lot.

FWIW, this is why I needed some regex. They are used to target text so the software can be told how to handle it.

   
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andew: This software is solving major problems for me. I'm having trouble concentrating, and so having my computer read to me helps a lot.
I'm glad you found something workable...

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