Technology is grand, isn’t it? Computers, smartphones, tablets and other devices; heck, one uses gadgets every day with relative ease. It’s neat. It’s sleek.
And as a matter of fact, the clever of all, in my opinion, is text-to-speech (TTS). Yup, using my voice rather than my keyboard which, by the way, is so many times faster than writing. Literally, it’s a breeze.
So, here are two text-to-speech software applications that I utilize religiously that everyone should know and take advantage of…
Voice to the Rescue
Especially in my world, my life would have been completely different without technology, specifically TTS. Why? Because I couldn’t talk at all.
You see, because of my stroke so long ago, my communication was completely obliterated. Yes, boys and girls, my language abilities were completely shattered.
However, with speech therapists, loving family and (surprise, surprise,) lots of practice, I am very thankful that my language comprehension is so much better than they were before. But, technology definitely played a large piece on my comeback!
Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Mobile Apps
One of the keys to ultimate success was Dragon NaturallySpeaking by Nuance, a voice-activated software program. Starting up in 1975, Dragon released their first products centered around their voice recognition archetype seven years later.
What is fascinating for me is that the computer will listen to your rate of speed, accuracy, and cadence and adapt for better results each time. Amazingly fast and accurate, it has so many advantages, as Dragon indicates, including:
- Fast: Dragon recognizes and transcribes your words at lightning speed, and gives you the flexibility to dictate for any situation.
- Hands-free: On-the-go? Hands busy with something else? Dragon allows truly hands-free text input, which is perfect for when you’re on the go.
- Versatile: Copy notes to the clipboard, post updates to Facebook or Twitter, send a quick SMS or edit on the fly. (1)
Love it! And, it gets better… on my smartphone, I run Dragon Dictation, an app, that is completely FREE!
The other app is TextAloud by NextUp which so shrewd it is hard to describe. Very resourceful and with great text support, this software is a hit from novice to expert.
Whether it is a PC, tablet or smartphone, TextAloud adapts your text from word documents, web pages, emails, and PDF files into natural-sounding speech. Further, one can hear on your PC or create audio files for their audio attachments which it most ingenious.
What I think is tremendous is the fact that, as TextAloud suggests:
- Save time and get more done by listening while you exercise, work out, or during your commute
- Helps those with dyslexia or other reading disabilities improve reading and comprehension by listening to text while viewing it. (2)
And, lucky dog, TextAloud is FREE with a 30 day trial period!
The facts, Jack!
So to wrap it up, whether a person has had an inkling about TTS, but has a hankering to try it or a person with the disability who is looking for new avenues to grow and relearn, go for it! Did I mention that both software examples, one can intersect with your social media aspects (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and more,) too! I think you’ll be very happy that you did.
What text-to-speech devices do you have to the readers that may be interesting to learn about, too?
We are all ears…