Read 2 Me
By Retinal Media
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Read 2 Me is the FIRST AND ONLY iPhone App that allows full speech synthesis for an entire library of texts. You can even import you own URL based *.txt files straight into your bookshelf!
Forget the Kindle 2! (Okay, don't because it's pretty cool.) But, why pay hundreds of dollars for another handheld device? Grab Read 2 Me, and experience Acapela-Group's text to speech synthesis -- be in control of your text-to-speech content, and listen to whatever you want, whenever you want -- with a SMALL ONE-TIME PURCHASE. Take advantage of this incredible value and remarkable new technology that will revolutionize the iPhone. Give Read 2 Me a listen.
"Yet another WOW app that also has a practical side."
"...sounding like a real person to a greater extent than ANY text to voice app I have seen!"
For a demo featuring the voices that are shipped with v1.0, visit: http://www.Read2MeApp.com/demo (COMING SOON!)
Read 2 Me iPhone App is optimized to import Gutenberg.org text files that are of the type: Plain Text / us-ascii / none (compression).
to see just how to prepare your text files of choice to be imported.
It's this simple:
1. Convert any ASCII plain-text file to UTF-8 encoding (see FAQ for step-by-step instructions).
2. Upload your custom source .txt file to any accessible URL location. Ex: http://www.mydomain.com/myTextFile.txt
3. Launch Read2Me and point the import web browser to your custom URL in order to display the text and have Read 2 Me speak your ENTIRE e-Material!
Visit http://www.Read2MeApp.com for more information.
Read2Me is the only iPhone app that imports your custom text for a one time app purchase, and features state of the art text-to-speech synthesizer from Acapela.
Read2Me Version 1.0 supports:
-optimization for Gutenberg.org plain-text ASCII files
-optimization for ANY.txt file in UTF-8 encoding at ANY URL
-bookmarks, and application options savings including:
-section of text file in 3,000 word increments
-customized color options
-Skip-to-Prev/Next Custom Bookmarking Indices
-An elegant text view of imported text with line break optimization for ease on the eyes
-Automatic scrolling of the spoken text
-Easy navigation of sections of texts, saved bookmarks, and library content!
Read2Me features 4 unique and distinguished voices:
-US American Male
-US American Female
-UK British Male
-UK British Female
Don't be fooled by competitors claims. Gutenberg.org provides over 27,000 complete copyright-free texts for importing into Read2Me, and Read2Me can import any Web Based custom UTF-8 ASCII .txt files to be imported with the touch of a button.
Don't believe it? Give Read2Me a try.
Note: Read2Me text importing requires an internet connection to connect to URLs outside of its sample text library.
Complete Sample Texts included:
-Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
-Call Of The Wild
-Heart Of Darkness
-A Tale Of Two Cities
-The War Of The Worlds
-War And Peace
Look for future Read 2 Me improvements and updates including blue tooth and wifi file transferring, additional voices, advanced voice control options, and MORE!
***Note: Version 1.0 Imported texts should be less than 1.5 MB in size. Visit http://www.Read2MeApp.com/faq.html for more information, and for future announcements and updates.
"Secure eBooks" or DRM copies of texts that cannot be saved to a UTF-8 .txt file may not be imported in version 1.x
At this time, importing ONLY uses a web based URL platform for transferring files via HTTP request. A web server or FREE FTP hosting site is required for this purpose. We hope to make additional features and improvements. We welcome all feedback.
Please file all bug reports! http://www.retinalmedia.com
Help keep Read2Me, the #1 Text-to-Speech & eReader Program for iPhone, bug free!
What's New in Version 2.0
-Google Docs Importing
-Best Guess HTML Support
-Custom Clipboard/Paste Importing
-Word Double-Tap "Go Here" Navigation
-Larger file support
-Display does not go into sleep/auto-lock mode
-Auto Scrolling on/off feature
-Adjustable Voice speed
Works only 1/8 th of the time
This is the most expensive app, yet works the least amount of time, out of all the apps I have. I had it working when I first installed it. Then the app would not open at all. I wrote to the app support but they ignored me. I finally got it to work again by taking the app off iPod and re-installing it. In the last week I have had to take the app off iPod and re-install it three times because it continues to not want to open. Approximately 5 times in the middle of listening to the document it crashes, if I am lucky to get back into the app, it starts all over from the beginning with no fast forward option so I have to listen to it all over again. The bookmarks, which is suppose to mark you last location, if you are lucky to place one before the app crashes, it NEVER works stating "no bookmarks exist", so every time you go back to the doc you were listening to (with or without crashing) you have to start all over. In addition, a lot of times you try to place a bookmark, it tells you one already exists even if you have not placed a single one in the document. Nothing in this entire expensive app works consistantly. The programmers need to lower the price until the app works.
Please fix the crashes
For some reason when I quit the application while in one of the screens, I think it's the book reading mode, or perhaps it's the paste mode for a new import. Read2Me will suddenly crash and then it WILL NOT relaunch, not after a force quit from the multitask bar (IOS 4), not after a total shutdown and cold boot of the iPhone 4. Not ever again.
The only way to get Read2Me to start up is to delete it from the device. Restart the device, and then to repurchase/download the app (for free) and install it.
I have emailed the author and have gotten NO reply in regards to this after 1 month. Should you buy this app?
Yes, because nobody else can match or exceed it's value, and because the voices rock. Should you really pester the developer? YOU BET! The developer won't listen until we get their attention, and clearly sending emails to him/her is not nearly enough.
Version 2 does it
I got the app when it was still fairly buggy and worked around the problems mentioned by other reviewers by turning off autolock. Now this and other problems have been solved and turned read 2 me into a really nice program.
In version 1 the reading speed was a bit on the fast side. It also spelled out dashes, underscores and other junk. Not anymore. You can tell the readers, who sound quite good and natural, to go as slow or as fast as you want in v 2.
The program now imports from google docs, which makes inputting your own text quite easy. I found "the little prince" on the Internet and now I'm enjoying it on my commute back from work. Next I'm going to input some management books ;-)
Take the plunge!
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Mar 28, 2010
- Version: 2.0
- Size: 197 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Retinal Media
- © 2009 Retinal Media
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.