Nominated for the best iOS accessible app in 2017 on AppleVis.
Fully featured text to speech app. The first app ever to feature the interactive web on the go. Users can interact with web sites and RSS feeds and pick articles to be read aloud by using headphone or Bluetooth hands-free buttons.
appPicker: "... is a game-changer, and is slowly transforming my life..."
Functions of those audio buttons can be customized which results in high productivity and accessibility. The app is tested to be accessible with VoiceOver by legally blind users. It can be used as an assistive technology and helper for people with visual impairments and disabilities like dyslexia (dyslexia friendly font is included in the app). Bookshare, an accessible online library is integrated into the app.
Add a web article to be read aloud from any app that can share a web site link (including any web browser) – just press the Share button in it and starting the speech or saving the text to be read aloud later is only a tap away.
Sync the web articles list across devices using Pocket and use it to add new articles.
The app is not just a voice reader of the internet content, you can import various text file formats to be read aloud - supported document types are: PDF, Microsoft Word (.docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx), OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.odt, .odp), .html, .txt, .rtf, supported ebook formats are .epub, DAISY and .fb2 and emails in .eml format. All those formats will work only if a document has no DRM. Project Gutenberg, a free online library is integrated.
By moving your reading activities to commuting, walking, running, doing the housework or another activity you can save an hour each day. You'll also save eyes for better things while having your battery and data plan last significantly longer. Keeping the screen off grants that you won't get into the internet addiction and waste your time on unwanted things, and thus it can also help to people with ADHD. As a bonus, even if your internet connection is unstable you won't notice any interruptions.
By using the app you'll build your knowledge base in an easy way. Each read text is automatically moved to the Old Articles which supports powerful search and filtering features and keeps it available offline. Annotation tools are there to mark a text as favorite, bookmark an important paragraph in it or add a comment.
Latest iOS features including Siri Shortcuts, the latest visual style, drag and drop, 3D Touch, Spotlight Search, Dynamic Type and Apple Watch are fully supported. The app can be used with any of 27 languages that have text-to-speech support on iOS, and all major languages are supported for the full automatic recognition.
The free version has a daily limitation in the number of articles that you can add to it which is removed by purchasing the Pro add-on. Some features are available only on iOS 11.
Get the app now and enjoy the most convenient text to audio!
Improved syncing to Pocket
Ratings and Reviews
Poorly with Apostrophes & Voice Selection
I paid for the $5 version hoping to have more flexibility with the functions for the voices and to clear up the issue with pronouncing words with Apostrophes.
I mainly use the app to speak pdf cases. It reads the footers, superscripts, page numbers etc. It doesn’t recognize page separations and will read the text of the downloaded information mid sentence. Which is distracting to listening to the content. I have my phone set to Siri Female and it doesn’t use it. Would love to use Ava Enhanced even. It “computerized” voice is not soft to the ear.
Overall not what I was expecting.
Update: You are very defensive in your responses. I do not need tech support. I am aware of all of your responses. I’ve changed the voices to various voices (including Alex) and they’re all robotic in nature. As described by other reviewers. I updated the rating because it does work a lot better in the car reading through the media center. I do not experience the same problems as listening directly from my phone. So these issues may be isolate to mobile use. If this app is unable to read documents or pdfs without reach the page numbers or footnotes etc then that’s a design issue. The app has the potential to be a huge revenue generating product. Especially if it is able to save students time.
Developer Response ,
Hello, this is not a proper way to ask for a support that can answer most of your questions, but I'll try to address them. First you can't use Siri Female as Apple reserves it only for Apple apps. Second, you can use any other enhanced voice but there are two system settings regarding that, and you have probably set the wrong one. Third the problem with apostrophes is as the iOS 12 system level and it affects all apps with all system voices except for the Alex voice. The latest version of Speech Central is the ONLY app that has the resolution for this problem, but it is fairly fresh so it is possible you haven't noticed. Finally, pdf file format is designed with the goal of acurate printing of the page. It has no markup for reading, so text in footer is not marked in any way differently than any other text. The app does find the page numbers and repetitive text that appears in most novels and it works fairly well in removing them. As the pdf doesn't have any markup for the separations that you mention, there is no way to identify them without some highly capable artificial intelligence that I am not aware that any app has.
Without this program I would not be able to complete the overwhelming amount of reading that is required for my college courses. You are able to upload articles, and texts on the fly using the upload icon provided on the browser! The program uses life-like voices as well as retains the articles for later, so that I can read as I see fit without reloading. Your program has helped me survive 4 heavy reading courses so far this year. Thank you!
No User Manual found - Unable to operate from Watch
Is this app designed to operate on the Watch independent of the iPhone? If it is, I have found no way to operate the Watch. I am using the trial version and understand that there are limitations, but I did not see a limitation that would prevent the watch from working on its own. I was only able to load articles on the iPhone app and listen to them there.
The watch app then acted as a remote whereas it would stop and start the reading of the articles. But that’s all! I found no instructions within the app or on the developers website.
Developer Response ,
The app doesn't have a feature to work independent on the watch, it is never advertised or required by Apple, and currently there is no app in the store that offers this feature for text to speech. You can give one star for the reason that you have made a wrong assumption about the app but that is like going to Hyundai and slapping them into their face because that they don't have the features that you have envisioned and that don't exist even on Porche... Please correct this, thanks.
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- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
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- In-App Purchases
- Speech Central Pro $5.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.