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Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader

Description from extension meta Read out loud the current web-page article with one click. Supports 40+ languages.
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Description from store Tired of sitting, tired of reading? Click a button, jump on your bed, and have the article read aloud to you. You can choose from many available male and female voices. You can also set the pitch of the voice and the reading speed. Supports PDF. Starting in version 1.4.6, you can use your Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform (GCP) account to enable Amazon Polly and Google Wavenet voices. Read Aloud is a Chrome and Firefox extension that uses text-to-speech technology to convert webpage text to audio. It works on a variety of websites, including news sites, blogs, fan fiction, publications, textbooks, school and class websites, online universities and course materials. Read Aloud is aimed at users who prefer to listen to content instead of reading, people with dyslexia or other learning disabilities, children learning to read, or simply to provide users with alternative way to consume web content. Read Aloud allows you to select from a variety of text-to-speech voices, including those provided natively by the browser, as well as by text-to-speech cloud service providers such as Google Wavenet, Amazon Polly, IBM Watson, and Microsoft. Some of the cloud-based voices may require additional in-app purchase to enable. Recent developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence has enabled very high-quality speech synthesis. Google Wavenet, Amazon Polly voices, for example, use bleeding edge technology to provide life-like synthetic speech that is close to that of human speech. Read Aloud allows you to use your own Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services account to enable these voices. To use Read Aloud, simply navigate to the web page you want to read, then click the Read Aloud icon on the Chrome menu. In addition, the shortcut keys ALT-P, ALT-O, ALT-Comma, and ALT-Period can be used to Play/Pause, Stop, Rewind, and Forward, respectively. You may select the text you want to read before activating the extension. Right clicking on the selected text will provide you with yet another context-menu option to activate Read Aloud. To change the voice, reading speed, pitch, or enable text highlighting, go to the Options page either by right clicking on the Read Aloud icon and choose Options, or by clicking the Gear button on the extension popup (you'll need to stop playback to see the Gear button). Read Aloud is an open-source project I created in my spare time to satisfy my own need. I'm surprised that it has become quite popular and glad that it's been useful to many people. If you wish to contribute bug fixes or translations, please visit the GitHub page (https://github.com/ken107/read-aloud). If you see bugs or have suggestions to make the extension better, please don't hesitate to provide feedback via the "report issue" link inside the app.
Latest reviews (2019-11-19) Factor Fiction: I wanted to take the time to say thank you for all of the hard work you have put into this app/project. I am extremely grateful. I am progressively losing my vision and your work has made my computer and browsing experience a joy. After reading the comments here by other users, I almost wish I'd already lost that ability. It is a shame the way our society has devolved to the point of demanding perfection of your app, and requesting additional features. All the while expecting developers like yourself to offer these services "on demand" and with little or no compensation for your efforts, achievements and products. You are making a positive contribution to this world and I thank you for your services. (2019-11-17) N Berg: Works well! (2019-11-14) Arthur Chin: A great extension. Simple and useful. (2019-11-13) N.K. Hasselriis: This is the best TTS I have come across. My only criticism is the same flaw that other TTS readers have: it doesn't recognize words with accents and therefore spells out what letters don't have accents. But I would love to see a mobile version! I would pay for that. (2019-11-13) Isaac Chicago: The Best of all I had Tried .. ♥ :) (2019-11-12) Adam Klar: Excellent extension. I'm just having trouble to set my preferred engines to my languages. Still excellent, looking forward for the updates. (2019-11-11) Solar Energy: Great work! I love this extension now (my fav) with the wide selection of voices to choose from and the ability to control the pitch and speed of what is being read to you and best of all, it is free. I really love that. In fact since this is free, I would like to make a small paypal donation to the developer. I have tried other text to speech extensions and they are not nearly as good as this one plus they want you to pay a yearly fee for the premium version.....no thanks since I found this little gem. @ Developer, please tell me how I can make a small paypal donation. Keep up the good work.👍⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (2019-11-11) Douglas Brown: Since version 1.24.0 has come out, this has become an indispensable extension for me. I use it for proofreading everything I write in Google Docs - mainly fiction. With this tool, my ears catch all the typos and phrasing issues that my eyes alone miss. (2019-11-09) DW Brownlaw: I find this extension absolutely indispensable for proofreading my short stories and newsletters. It helps me hear typos and awkward phrases which my eyes miss. I am rating version 1.23.0 as 4-stars for now, as it sometimes (though rare) misses the occasional line when used in Google Docs. But the Dev tells me this is fixed in the latest version (1.24.0). When I receive the update, and find it works 100% with Docs, I'll update my review to 5-stars. Yes, it's that good. (2019-11-09) Ashley Bopp: I have dyslexia and I love this software. ^^ its helped me with homework, long documents, or if there is something you just want to listen to in the back while doing something else. The only thing I would add is a speed up and slow down button, other than that its perfect for me :D I recommend this extension to anyone. (2019-11-06) J. Ignacio Candela: Por ahora muy bien, sencilla y funciona. (2019-11-06) strong chen: 在PC上可以使用Google的粤语女音,在安卓上没有该选项。高级语音需要登陆,在安卓上也无法登陆。我安卓上用的是KIWI浏览器。 (2019-11-04) Samuel Onyike: I actually find the plugin useful. I do use it to read article from this blog -- https://thrillng.com/. The artificial voice is okay but its a bit strenouse for the plugin to correctly read out some statements. Good plugin overall. (2019-11-03) Rafael Diaz: very useful tool for me, spanish and english voices are great (2019-11-02) Trung Vu: Rất thích tiện ích này (2019-10-31) KHEIRA NAIMI: It works well but I prefer popup rather than shortcuts (2019-10-30) Sharl Sherif: Thank you for this very useful piece of software :). you really helped random people from around the world. (2019-10-29) Gunluk VB: Çok başarılı (2019-10-26) Yilmaz Durmaz: Giving the use of Windows desktop voices already included in the system with only a premium pack? No thanks! (2019-10-25) Jeff Hutton: I had another TTS that would high the text on the pdf itself as it read it aloud, but I am having trouble finding one now that functions the same way. This one is ok because it has a separate window for it, but it doesn't stay up if I click away or want to see where in the actual page it is. Otherwise this app works great if that is what you are looking for, just not ideal for me. (2019-10-25) Paul Serghie: THX !!! (2019-10-24) Serg: Спасибо разработчикам! Все работает отлично. (2019-10-24) Madhu Navuluri: a great extension (2019-10-19) Discuss Arch: has been freezing and wont finish reading what i have highlighted. (2019-10-18) Chiorean Robert: It stops after a few sentences, it doesn't read all the text I selected. Any update?

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2019-11-17 / 1.25.0





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