Read Aloud vs NVDA Screen Reader

Side-by-side comparison of features, reviews, pricing and more

Read Aloud

Category: Text to Speech
Industries: Education, Medical

Pricing

Free

NVDA Screen Reader

Category: Text to Speech
Industries: Software Development

Pricing

FREE

20M+ Downloads
5/5

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Read Aloud reviews

This software is so well designed, and it works all the time. I highly recommend this software for people looking for text to speech software. Just hit control C and then click read and it reads whatever you copied. Thanks for such a stable software.

- Donald

A great tool to use when you have attention deficit disorder, limited range of motion/physical disability, making things easier to be at your fingertips. ReadAlound needs a icon or share icon to connect to the different websites quicker.

- Ms. Courtney

This app is just what I was hoping for. I can copy and paste text from documents I'm writing into this app and listen to the flow. I don't use it for anything else, but it would be extremely easy to read web text or PDF text as well using this program. After using it for a few weeks, I bought the paid version, which gets rid of the ads. What I like: the different voices (I like the female, UK English one), fast and easy to put text into the reading pane, ability to pause and start. Really accurate pronunciations. What I'd change: I'd make it so I can have this reading in the background while I have a different window maximized (i.e., while I'm in my word processing program). It would be great if we could also customize pronunciations. The engine incorrectly pronounces certain words (surprisingly few, though), and it would be great to be able to edit that as is possible on other programs.

- Jessica

NVDA Screen Reader reviews

is freely and open source (GPL2) Supports Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Word, Excel and Outlook Express, and Mozilla Thunderbird. NVDA supports web content using JavaScript. For students testing the screenreaders, NVDA was considered to be the second best screen reader in terms of capability for Windows and a great selling point is its price-free. In testing, some students preferred NVDA while some preferred JAWS. Interestingly enough, NVDA was able to read some web content that JAWS did not but the reverse was sometimes true as well.

- George Thompson

I have done my best to outline the major differences between NVDA on Windows and VoiceOver on the Mac. While both products are good, I personally lean in favor of NVDA. Microsoft Windows is by far the most popular system in the world, and NVDA is a great tool in the toolbox. Its open source nature is a major plus and means the innovation and ability to keep up with the ever increasing changes in Windows is almost certain. In contrast, Apple’s neglect has turned me personally away from the Mac. I do not recommend people invest in Macs anymore either, as it has been clear for many years that Apple’s focus is on iOS. While it’s sad these events have transpired, we must never forget or disrespect the work Apple has done. Apple is a pioneer in the realm of mainstream accessibility, and now everyone else including Microsoft is trying to catch up. This is a very good thing as it pushes the entire industry forward and ultimately means access for blind users is only getting better and better as the years march on.

- iPhoneGeeks

NVDA was much easier to get up and running, and I can keep it on a USB drive so that if I have to use it, then I can just pull it out and have it work.

- Blee Blat

Pros & cons

Read Aloud

Pros
Simple, clean and intuitive interface
Control rate, pitch and volume of the speech
Pronunciation editor for correcting the pronunciation of certain words.

Cons
Its function is limited to reading whatever text is selected or readable in your web browser
Commands dont work and trouble reading text this makes it very hard to operate
The default voice is not that impressive

NVDA Screen Reader

Pros
Free and open-source
Lightweight yet packs a lot of useful features
Ability to use add ons that adds extra features or improves the accessibility of certain apps
Supports multiple synthesizers including Microsoft Speech API, Eloquence, and Vocalizer
Supports reading and interacting with math contents such as MathType in Microsoft Office applications like Word (requires Math Player to work)
Braille display support

Cons
Math Player is required to read and interact with math content as of this writing
NVDA can sometimes behave oddly, but usually, there are workarounds such as restarting NVDA or Windows
Both Eloquence and Vocalizer synthesizers cost money, but usually not very expensive (2,000-4,000 Thai baht for the main synthesizer drivers, but any additional voices for that synthesizer are free)

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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