Friday, January 23, 2009

Introducing SpeechPlayer

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a nifty text-to-speech (TTS) application that I’ve been working on for the past few months. The application is called SpeechPlayer and is near final release. You can download the beta today and give it a try.

(UPDATE 06/2009: Version 1.0 has been released.)

Why SpeechPlayer?

PortalGroove SpeechPlayer There are tons of TTS apps in the market — some free and most of them shareware. Some of them give you a browser plug-in and with a press of a button…voila!…the web page speaks!

Others require you to copy a piece of text into the clipboard or into the TTS application window for the text to be read out aloud. The TTS application window will then “highlight” the word that is “spoken” out. Great but then when you want to do some multitasking like switching to your browser window to view other stuff, the TTS window is obliterated and basically, the word-highlighting visual cue provided by the TTS application is hidden from the user.