Voice Aloud vs WellSaid
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I am a student, and anyone who has taken a class at USC will tell you that the amount of reading per class is Insane. Aside from the stacks of books per class, there are just as manny article readings. If it were not for this app reading to me during my commute, or while I am working, I do not think I would be caught up on my reading. And my midterm, which I got a perfect score on, was based 90% on reading and about 10% on lecture. I had the free version and it works good. The ads are on a small strip at the bottom, and don't interfere with the reader at all. Yet I am so grateful for my A+ that I upgraded just now to the paid version to support the people who made it. I have not used the paid version yet, but I already know it's worth every penny. I did take away one star became on articles (usually PDF's) that have one paragraph on the right side of the page, and another on the left, the reader will read from left to right, top to bottom. Although there is a gap between the two it will read the first line of each paragraph as one. As one can imagine, this distorts the flow and makes no sense. Yet, While it's not perfect, it's better that anything else I have ran into.
You can read on screen or listen to the app read aloud web pages, news stories, lengthy emails, TXT, PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, OpenOffice documents, EPUB, MOBI, PRC, AZW, and FB2 ebooks, and more. It is an HTML reader, a document reader, and an ebook reader all rolled into one, and it allows you to read on the screen or listen to the text if your eyes are bothering you, they are malfunctioning, or you are otherwise occupied.
The voices in WellSaid are mind-blowingly realistic. I love the feature of creation custom pronunciations for words the software might mispronounce. Also, I like the options of choosing which style you prefer per voice (narration, conversational, etc.) Finally, the multiple takes feature really sells it for me. The only drawback to this software is the price. It's a pretty steep monthly/annual fee. However considering the cost of hiring a voiceover artist or the low quality of lesser priced software, it's worth the price.
Wellsaid is a text-to-speech solution that generates high-quality voices using cutting-edge deep learning techniques. Wellsaid allows developers to incorporate spoken content into their applications with just a few lines of text. Furthermore, these new voices can be customized by choosing from a variety of AI voice avatars. These avatars are intended to improve the engagement and usability of digital experiences.
This is a really good app that reads words allowed. I’m using the application to read PDF books. It is working very well. It does a good job of reading books that may have two columns on one page with tables, charts and graphs. It does a good job of reading the left column of words first and then the right column of words. It will read the charts and graphs also, so if you don’t want that read, all you have to do is press on the next section you want read. Its a life saver. Also, it works in multi task mode, so you can have PDF reader pulled up, highlighting within your PDF file and making notes while the app is reading to you (e.g. left side of screen has the voice app reading and the right side has the actual PDF book open) One other application I tried would not allow this, which was odd. For only about $8, I say this application is a bargain. I’ve already used the application to read hours of text to me. It is definitely saving me some eye strain. Word pronunciation is pretty decent, but I would follow along as the text reads to you, just Incase the reader pronounces some words awkwardly. Overall, a really good application.
Needs some attention, but good Love the one time purchase, absolutely worth it as a college student. The only problem I have with it is when it adds extra characters to the start of each page. Most of the time, whenever the page is turned, the program will add and read aloud “a” and/or “-“ two to four times before starting on what the page actually says. As far as I can tell, there isn’t a way to edit this out of the page, though you are able to view the extra “a”s and “-“s in the contents menu of your book. If you’re anything like the average reader, this makes it kinda hard to follow the meaning of the sentence across the page turn when there’s a four to five second break with the voice repeating “a a hyphen hyphen a hyphen.” If you don’t mind it though, it’s a great app and much closer to five stars.
Overall decent. Couple of basic quality of life changes. The rate needs to increase in increments of .1 not.5. I don’t know who could ever understand something at a rate of 5. Second the Web reader needs two basic features. Zoom and search text. Zoom for the oddly small font and search text for long documents so that you don’t have to search manually when telling it to play from here. Otherwise I’m quite pleased it loads the body content quite well and plays it just fine.
WellSaid is a fantastic product that puts out high quality audio that fits into today's designs and production cycles.
- Annette Cañeda, ED.D - Learning Consultant & Designer at University of Carolina, San Francisco;
If anyone wants the opportunity to have more control over their production process and time, and if they want to be more competitive especially in the eLearning space, WellSaid is a no brainer.
- Dan Streeter - VP of Learning Strategy and Development at Blue Sky eLearn;
We've been really happy with WellSaid! With a selection of modern voices we can rely on, our training feels more like a conversation rather than a teacher giving a lesson.
- Hector Castro - Sobeys
|It does a good job of reading books that may have two columns on one page with tables, charts and graphs
|It loads the body content quite well and plays it just fine
|Word pronunciation is pretty decent
|Layout and navigation need to be simpler and more descriptive, with lesser icons and more font
|The Kindle app cannot open a lot of files, so what the @voice app does is convert documents and websites into a format that the Kindle can read aloud
|Has a mechanical "accent," mispronounces or misreads the occasional word, tends to add extra pauses, and occasionally reads punctuation marks instead of obeying them (e.g, "ehyphenmail")
|Ease of use
|Good quality of voice
|Lots of voice options
|Some characters can pronounce words in a strange manner
|Some of the voices could be a little more natural sounding
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