NextUp TextAloud 4 vs Balabolka

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NextUp TextAloud 4

Category: Text to Speech

Industries: People with dyslexia, Struggling readers

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Single User License-

$34.95

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Balabolka

Category: Text to Speech

Industries: Education, Broadcast

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Free

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Most popular feedback for NextUp TextAloud 4

To the team at TextAloud, I love you guys. Your product helped me get my second master's degree. I was able to read so much more material since I was able to convert it and listen as I drove or worked, and it ultimately gave me back 15 hours or more a week in which I could do homework. When it came to my reading on scientific journals and more, TextAloud allowed me to do the unheard of and actually read them. That never happened before. TextAloud also made me a better writer. I always listen to my papers, to edit for style and grammar, before I submit them. I recommend your product to friends and students all the time. I can't imagine being without it now -- thank you.

Micheline H.

About NextUp TextAloud 4

TextAloud 4 turns text from books, websites, PDF files, and other sources into lifelike speech. You can make audio files or listen on your PC.

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Most popular feedback for Balabolka

Great and good for using it instead of recording your sound. But to use it for music, need to edit a little. some pronunciation is not so good, need to be improved but it is a great software.

Aung Aung

About Balabolka

The program Balabolka is a Text-to-Speech (TTS) system. Balabolka has access to all computer voices installed on your PC. The text displayed on-screen can be saved as an audio file. The software can read the contents of the clipboard, extract text from documents, modify the font and background color, and control reading from the system tray or global hotkeys. The following text file types are supported by Balabolka: AZW, AZW3, CHM, DjVu, DOC, DOCX, EML, EPUB, FB2, FB3, HTML, LIT, MD, MOBI, ODP, ODS, ODT, PDB, PRC, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TCR, WPD, and XLS, XLSX. The application utilizes several versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it permits the modification of speech parameters, such as pitch and rate. The user can apply a custom substitution list to enhance the articulation quality of the voice. This function is handy for changing the spelling of words. The pronunciation correction rules employ the syntax of regular expressions. The synchronized text can be saved in external LRC files or as MP3 tags within the audio files. When a digital audio player or computer player is used to play an audio file, the text is shown simultaneously (at the same way, as lyrics for songs).

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NextUp TextAloud 4 reviews

I've used TextAloud every day since ALS robbed me of speech, and use it with Dasher to communicate. It's been my link to those I love for eight years or more. TextAloud has kept me purposeful. Disability robs purpose from our life, but TextAloud greatly mitigated my loss by providing the capacity of verbal communication. I first got the software for Windows XP or 2000, and for every upgrade, the NextUp techs have been there for me. It's probably the only software I've used steadily and seamlessly through a half dozen operating systems. My hospice nurses and doctors marvel at my ability to dialogue with them. I tell you my world would be diminished without TextAloud. I can't express how grateful I am to its developers.

- Don

I am a very satisfied NextUp customer. I started using TextAloud for my college classes as I am not the best student in the world and could use the extra help. Getting PDF files of the books and reading along with the audio made it much easier to remember the material. I also used it for long articles, going over my resume, and for work manuals. It is one thing to try and read an extremely boring regulation, and another to let it play in the background and find the sections that are most important to you (and still know the rest at least a little). I also use TextAloud on a lot of materials I might have not even bothered to read. Like a friend who says 'you should read this' when I really don’t want to or have the time -- but with TextAloud I can listen as I drive in to work or when I am out to lunch. Purchasing TextAloud has been one of my better purchases in life. I know that seems a bit outlandish but I use more often than not. Many thanks from a happy customer!

- Jason

I've used TextAloud for a number of years to help with my writing. I am, admittedly, a technology novice, but I know what I like, and TextAloud has been invaluable for editing, as it lets me hear missing words my brain supplies when I read -- as well as other things ears detect when eyes are on autopilot. I've often recommended your product and now I can also add kudos to your customer service.

- Patricia

Balabolka reviews

At least for English Viewers, This is a very good app to get your text converted to audio and can be used in any of the e Learning application.

- Anurag Nigam

An excitingly fabulous program.An eleven out of ten score Balabolka from me. I am a self taught advanced computer dummy and Balabolka is just a fabulous program and so easy to use with all its features. I have searched and tried many other programs, most of which offer a free download until you go to use it and then you find you are tricked into buying add ins to make it work. Well done Balabolka.

- Chris Hough

It is the only tts application that is, as far as I know, both free and offers a function to set pauses in between sentences and paragraphs. Great tool.

- Anonymous

Pros & cons

NextUp TextAloud 4

Pros
Our youngest son (8 years old) attends a school for children who are dyslexic
One of a variety of tools used at the school is TextAloud
The goal here is to have it assist the student when he or she needs a word pronounced or a portion of the text read to them
This software allows the student to work as independently as possible
Our 18 year old son is also dyslexic and is a college freshman
He also uses TextAloud in two ways
To assist him in reading textbooks and mp3 recordings of the textbooks so that he may listen to them at any time
He has an above average I.Q
but would never be able to keep up with all the reading a freshman does without your software
The Disabilities department at the school scans his textbooks and uses OCR software to turn the files into text
We then use TextAloud to do the rest
We expected him to have to struggle to keep up with History and English, but to our surprise he is excelling in those subjects
This would not have been possible without the aid of your software
Thanks Nextup!
I use this program with a reading disability
I convert documents to MP3 and play them on my iPod
This allows me to listen to business documents while I am on the go
I use TextAloud every day to help me read, e-mails, read online books and just checking my own documents to make sure they make sense.

Balabolka

Pros
Supports multiple file formats
Features bookmarking tools
Multiple voice options
Simple and clean interface
Cons
Needs updates for new languages
Lags in performance
Some pronunciation is not good

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.

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