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Post by N7ZAL on Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:15 pm

As some of you know, I do historical writing. A nice way to check your writing is to use a text to speech program where you can hear your writing spoken back to you. On my writer's forum a year or so ago, someone mention a program called, Textaloud: [url= http://www.nextup.com/index.html] http://www.nextup.com/index.html[/url]. Before I buy it, I'd like to see what other programs out there you guys might suggest?
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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:32 pm

Frankly, I don't know what to reccommend, myself. Sorry.

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:35 pm

I remember the commercials for Dragon software. Here are some reviews from a relatively good source.

http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-NaturallySpeaking-Premium-Old-Version/product-reviews/B003VNCROU
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Post by N7ZAL on Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:25 pm

Thanks, but it looks like the "Dragon" software converts speech to text, which is opposite of what I need...if I read correctly.
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Post by 75X11 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:52 pm

Sorry about that, here are some more offerings through amazon. I have found the reviews can help in choosing a product.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_7?url=search-alias%3Dsoftware&field-keywords=text%20to%20speech&sprefix=text+to%2Caps%2C678
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Post by N7ZAL on Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:06 pm

Yes, good link and with all the reviews I can sort through the different programs. I also see the "textaloud" is there with decent reviews. So far I don't see anything to force me away from "textaloud," yet.
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Post by N7ZAL on Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:02 pm

Bill, I have been checking the text to voice programs and know you sometimes have trouble reading text. This one is free: http://www.naturalreaders.com/download.php
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Post by Resistance is Futile on Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:20 pm

Hey bill! no need to go buy or download, you have a program already installed.
It's called Narrator. Comes with MS-XP, MS-Vista, MS Win-7-8

They also have Voice recognition along with the same said OSs.

Just do a find and search.
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Post by N7ZAL on Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:04 pm

Thanks Cliff. The problem is the program will read everything on the screen and my writing is in a separate program, Scrivener. I'll poke around and see if there is a way I can select it for only the screen I want.
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Post by sprman on Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:35 pm

Have to check out my win 8 for thoses programs sounds like they might be fun! Did not know Win 8 came with them!

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Post by simplex1040 on Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:14 am

sprman wrote:Have to check out my win 8 for thoses programs sounds like they might be fun! Did not know Win 8 came with them!
Hey were you been?
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Post by Resistance is Futile on Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:44 am

Bill if you have a text program such as notepad or wordpad or MS-Word all you have to do is highlight the section, paragraph or whole document then use it will read all highlighted.
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Post by Resistance is Futile on Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:08 am

Unfortunately Narrator cannot read the text within Word document. However, it should work with Notepad and Wordpad.

You can refer the below article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306902

Hope this information is useful.

Regards,

Savan - Microsoft Support.
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Post by N7ZAL on Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:05 am

Thanks Cliff and that is what I also noticed. Since I use Scrivener to write with, I'll need something that will work with it, or even Open Office.
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Post by Resistance is Futile on Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:16 pm

I think it may work with word but you would have to save it as a text file. I think it balks at all the hidden formatting in Word type documents. Try it that way and see if it works, let us know!
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Post by N7ZAL on Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:31 am

Thanks Cliff. I have a simple mind and think I will go with buying the Textaloud program because it will interface directly with my writing program. Following the "kiss" principle. Wink 
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Post by terrydec on Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:30 pm

Okay, I admit I just scanned these posts so this was probably already mentioned.  Go to the Microsoft website.  There is a program just for this.  I use it sometimes if I'm writing an essay.  My problem is that I also have a professional audio program called Magix Cleaner.  So every time I use it I have to change from that program to the Voice recognition.  Keep in mind that no program is perfect and you still have to go back and correct some words.  However the MS program lets you keep 'training' until it gets pretty good.
I bought a nice headset and used the program to join PalTalk. Gezz, if this forum was as sensitive as theirs we would never talk at all. Someone asked how to mix voice and music with media player.  I told them to get a mixer, but the moderators kept telling them to "try this setting", or "Use this button". All the time I'm trying to tell them that it can't be done. You can only use one device at a time.  They locked me out. Probably just as well, I can be really intense at times.
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Post by N7ZAL on Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:44 pm

This is what Cliff suggested:
Hey bill! no need to go buy or download, you have a program already installed.
It's called Narrator. Comes with MS-XP, MS-Vista, MS Win-7-8
Is this the one you were thinking about, Terry?? I tried it but couldn't get it to read from my Scrivener program. Instead it would read the system information from the control panel.Rolling Eyes 
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Post by terrydec on Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:37 pm

Try this

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306537
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Post by terrydec on Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:53 pm

In my hypoglycemic condition I didn't realize that this thread is the OPPOSITE of what I'm talking about.  However at the same website is the text to speech program.

(Now that I've stole some of my dog's food, AND tested my stun gun at the same time I feel better)

There is a good speech to text program.  My nephew was using it the other day and one of my doctor's used it and switched from input to output with just a key stroke.  I don't know what operating system you have.  
Mac is actually easier, but I don't have a clue how it works.  MS Vista and MS 7 both have this program built in. I have XP.  If you have a DELL, then I'm really sorry.
That was a joke, although a bad one.  The only problem I've ever had with dell is that you MUST deal with Dell. I have a great 3 way sitting here useless because I can only buy ink from Dell, which is over $80 for both cartridges.  It's really cool and I found it in the alley.  A new power supply on eBay and it was up and running, well, except for the ink thing, but I'm working on.  (If I could just teach my dog how to use a hammer)
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Post by terrydec on Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:57 pm

speech to text program
I just said it again-Duh.
Time for more drugs.

Anyway, there is a good MS TEXT TO SPEECH program.  Just Google MS Speech to text and choose the one that works
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Post by N7ZAL on Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:05 pm

In my hypoglycemic condition I didn't realize that this thread is the OPPOSITE of what I'm talking about. However at the same website is the text to speech program.
OK, that clarifies things.Wink  I think the program for text to speech is the one Cliff mentioned, which doesn't seem to do what I need.

Thanks for the information, anyway.
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Post by terrydec on Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:02 pm

My nephew knows about the text to speech program. I just emailed him so maybe tomorrow I'll have some info on that.
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Post by N7ZAL on Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:22 pm

Appreciate that Terry. The one I am looking closely at is 'Textaloud," which was recommended by a few people on a writers forum.
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Post by terrydec on Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:36 am

N7ZAL wrote:Appreciate that Terry. The one I am looking closely at is 'Textaloud," which was recommended by a few people on a writers forum.
Cool, let us know how that goes. If you have to pay for it I'd think twice, but that's just me.

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