Text to Speech Resources

Keyboard with a fake blue key that says read with a tiny stack of three books


Computers allow the on-screen text of articles, web pages, and other electronic documents to be spoken aloud. Some websites even have this feature enabled by default to provide audio of the text. Numerous free tools are available to convert text to speech, below is a very brief list of some of these tools and their functionality. These tools can be used with the FSW Library Databases for PDF articles, most database providers have a text to speech feature for HTML articles.

Programs

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC - Offers a text to speech feature called "Read Out Loud" accessed through the top menu option "View":
    Adobe Acrobat Reader DC containing open PDF document, highlighted is the view menu option, read out loud, and Activate Read Out Loud
  • Balabolka Portable - Enables Microsoft Windows users to open a variety of document formats as long as they contain selectable text and will highlight the words being synthesized on screen. This software can also save an audio file with a computer-synthesized voice.

Web Tools

  • From Text to Speech - Provides a simple tool to paste any copied text into the box on their site (up to 50,000 characters at a time) and it will create an mp3 file with a computer-synthesized voice to download for use offline. Users can select the reading speed, input language, and voice.
  • Natural Reader - Enables users to paste any copied text into the box on their site or upload a standard document format (PDF, Word, Pages, and more) for it to read aloud. Users can change the reading speed, synthesized voice, and enable the use of a particular dyslexia font. The text is "spoken" is highlighted on the page and provided in a larger font at the bottom of the window to easily read along (like a caption).
  • OCR Space - Allows users to upload and convert scanned documents up to five megabytes in PDF, jpg, or png format and download a searchable PDF. The service enables individuals who prefer to hear text aloud to use the tools mentioned above.

Browser Extensions

FireFox and Google Chrome

  • Copyfish - Will extract text contained in images, videos, and PDFs on-screen to text. This enables users to copy a text quote from a comic strip, translate any selected text, and copy a quote from a scanned page.
  • Kurzweil 3000 Read The Web - Kurzweil 3000 is a subscription text-to-speech resource that requires a license that is available to all current FSW Students, Staff, and Faculty. To request access please fill out the Assistive Technology Services form.
  • Read Aloud - Provides a screen reader to any browser page will also read aloud uploaded PDF documents. This extension does not provide a visual reading cue option.

FireFox

Google Chrome


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