Text-to-speech software converts written text into a digital document to spoken text. By converting to audio, the text can also be listened to by visually impaired people or people who, for example sitting in the car. In English, this software category is abbreviated to TTS (text-to-speech). In this overview you will find the best free text-to-speech programs and apps.
NaturalReader is a text-to-speech service. It can not only be used via the website of the developer, but also by a desktop application to install on Mac or Windows operating systems.
The version for Windows is free. For NaturalReader for Mac and for Windows versions with more advanced features and a more natural voice should be paid.
NaturalReader Free only makes use of the standard voices that are part of Windows operating system. If you use this basic version is used then you can use the floating bar text in a PDF file or Word document to select. By clicking the play button, the selected text is then NaturalReader read aloud.
With the paid premium versions, you can of the spoken text and also save as MP3 audio file, a Microsoft Office plugin to install it, several files in batches and convert the text within scanned documents to recognize with OCR technology.
NaturalReader has the following characteristics:
Balabolka is a text-to-speech program for Windows computers. It makes use of all computer voices that are already installed on your system. Selected text can be played directly as a spoken text, or it can be saved as an audio file in WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA format.
Balabolka is available as a desktop client and as a portable program without installation can be started from a USB-stick. The program has been translated to dozens of languages, including Dutch.
This software is completely free of charge, but voluntary donations will be by the developers appreciated.
Balabolka has the following characteristics:
Announcify is a free text-to-speech plugin for the Chrome web browser on laptops and desktops, and mobile app for Android devices. The Chrome plugin can be whole web pages to read. Ideal when you, for example, a Wikipedia page, are studying and your eyes a rest.
The free Android app has several voorleesfuncties. For example, the name of contacts out loud speak when you call, text messages read, Facebook to play and websites to speech conversion.
Announcify has the following characteristics:
Chrome Speak is an equally simple and effective plugin for the Chrome web browser. Chrome is the most popular internet browser worldwide and can be installed on Linux, Mac and Windows systems.
When you create a web page within Chrome has opened, then start the reading by a text fragment, select it and press the play button of Chrome Speak to press. By pressing the button cancel clicking is the read-aloud function again stopped.
There are a number of setting that you can adjust including voorleessnelheid, volume, and language.
Chrome Speak, has the following characteristics:
Download and install one of the versions programs Text-to-speech software for Windows 10 (x32, 64 bit, 86).
Devices: Desktop PC, Laptop (ASUS, HP, DELL, Acer, Lenovo, MSI), Ultrabook
OS 32, 64 bit: Professional, Enterprise, Education, Home Edition, vesions: 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809