Google Cloud Text-to-Speech vs Central Access Reader

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Google Cloud Text-to-Speech

Category: Text to Speech

Industries: Education, Energy Production

Pricing

Free/month

Standard (non-WaveNet, non-Neural2) voices - 0 to 4 million characters

WaveNet voices - 0 to 1 million characters

Neural2 voices (Preview) - 0 to 1 million characters

Price after free usage limit is reached

Standard (non-WaveNet, non-Neural2) voices - $4.00 USD per 1 million characters

WaveNet voices - $16.00 USD per 1 million characters

Neural2 voices (Preview) - $16.00 USD per 1 million characters

Central Access Reader

Category: Text to Speech

Industries: Education

Pricing

FREE

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Most popular feedback for Google Cloud Text-to-Speech

Its a very useful tool to have and use, however it requires some technical skills to operate effectively.

About Google Cloud Text-to-Speech

Google Cloud Text-to-Speech is a cloud-hosted service that converts text into synthesized speech. The API supports over 220 voices in over 40 languages and can be used with any application, website, or device that requires words and phrases to be spoken aloud. The TTS application makes use of the most recent deep learning innovations, such as neural network-based speech synthesis, automatic speech segmentation, and word pronunciation modeling.

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Most popular feedback for Central Access Reader

Central Access Reader reads text that you paste into it. It has a light and dark theme, and it works pretty well on varying screen resolutions. The text highlighter can't keep up the voice while it's reading, you can't type in the text window, and for some reason the software uses a ridiculous amount of CPU, so it only gets 3 stars, but it gets the job done and runs offline on Windows so I am satisfied with it.

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About Central Access Reader

For kids with print-related difficulties, Central Access Reader (CAR) is a free, open-source text-to-speech program. Using the voice software on your computer, CAR reads Word documents and pasted text. CAR offers a user-friendly interface and a wide range of adjustable options.

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Google Cloud Text-to-Speech reviews

"Cloud Text to Speech API has a really pleasant working experience on a software I've had a user in terms of its features and capabilities. It includes multiples types, and formats of voices and supports SSML which is a must on complex voice projects. The API integrates with the customer service bot on the phone, to the read-aloud option for stories/books on our website."

- CEO - Education Industry

"I used this with a service provider as a trial - surprisingly natural experience with unique tone to help personalise the interaction. It certainly felt somewhat real and lifelike and was consequently much more engaging, comfortable and seamless."

- Engineer - Energy Production

"Google text to speech is best tool which you use at minimal cost and code effort. It helps a lot in creating different voices. It has wide collection of voices."

- Project Manager - Education Industry

Central Access Reader reviews

An intuitive and user-friendly text-to-speech application that reads Word documents out loud, providing users with visual tracking of the text

- Softpedia

Central Access Reader -A FREE screen reader that reads Math accurately, is going to help so many students and individuals who struggle with literacy, processing, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and other print disabilities, as well as those who are visually impaired or aging and simply benefit from hearing the math aloud. "Spencer Graffe, a senior in Central Washington University’s Computer Science Program, has helped develop Central Access Reader (CAR), a free computerized text-to-speech reader program that has attracted attention of institutions across the nation. Marshall Sunnes, Central Access program coordinator and Wendy Holden, Disability and Accessibility Consultant, collaborated to determine what the program should be, how it should look, and what features were most important to include. Graffe had the skills to make it happen. The program, developed as a tool to assist students with print-related disabilities—those with visual impairments, dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder, or other conditions—reads documents that other text-readers can’t handle, especially those with equations or symbols

- *Alyssa Marinaccio - Assistive Technology Coordinator at Keene State College.

Pros & cons

Google Cloud Text-to-Speech

Pros
Deploy Google’s groundbreaking technologies to generate speech with humanlike intonation
Built based on DeepMind’s speech synthesis expertise, the API delivers voices that are near human quality
Choose from a set of 220+ voices across 40+ languages and variants, including Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and more
Pick the voice that works best for your user and application
Create a unique voice to represent your brand across all your customer touchpoints, instead of using a common voice shared with other organizations.
Cons
Requires a huge database and hard coding
Does not have an option to download converted voice as a file
Limited voices are available for regional languages
Accent is not good in cases of certain voices available in a specific configuration.

Central Access Reader

Pros
Easy-to-use updater
Supports OMML (Word’s Equation Editor) and MathType math formats
Ses SAPI 5 voices
Cons
Not screen-reader compatible
Blind people cannot export content indepedently

What is Speechify?

Speechify is one of the most popular audio tools in the world. Our Google Chrome extension, web app, iOS app, and Android app help anyone listen to content at any speed they want. You can also listen to content in over 30 different voices or languages.

How can Speechify turn anything into an audiobook?

Speechify provides anyone with an audio play button that they can add on top of their content to turn it into an audiobook. With the Speechify app on iOS and Android, anyone can take this information on the go.

Learn more about text to speech online, for iOS, Mac, Android, and Chrome Extension.

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