Web-page TTS (text to speech) screen reader, that does not require cutting and pasting sentences or entire page sections
Pericles benefits people with disabilities, eye fatigue or those who want to increase their productivity. It helps you read the news, scientific articles, and many other text resources. Built with a varied range of voices for Mac, and a bit more limited for Windows, the app is free. So, enjoy your meal or do your chores while Pericles does the reading.
- (2020-04-01) agustin venegas: It looks fine and seems to work for other people, but it doesn't work on my pc
- (2020-03-12) Satyam Garg: Awesome extension
- (2020-03-02) Marcus Viar: This thing is spectacular! I set it to speak faster then I read, which ends up saving me time. Now I read more. Have you ever browsed across a long article that looks interesting but you don't want to put in the time or effort to read the entire thing. Just click play on the Pericles extension. It underlines the words as it speaks them, making it easy to follow along.
- (2020-03-01) Bronzebk: Failed to work most of the time... Uninstalled.
- (2020-02-23) Rui Rei: Great work! Awesome extension! :) The available voices sound good and the reading is fluid and understandable, even when the text being read contains more difficult parts. I especially love the ability to click a sentence and start reading from there. The only improvement I can think of right now is to keep the position in the text for a longer period, because sometimes I switch tabs briefly and when I come back and press `K` again it starts reading from the top of the page. Definitely recommend this!
- (2020-02-12) John Robertson: Best product on the market for reading your webpage.
- (2020-02-09) Yang Luo: Really easy to use! Great work!!!
- (2020-01-27) Lutz Henning: as a Person with an dyslexia disability i am Very grateful that your Team Provide us with such a tool. Thanks for the good work. But the Add on crashes quite often. and not every kind text is able to select.
- (2020-01-13) Erik Jones: I've tried quite a few of these and this is the one I like the best. You can choose the voice type, volume and speed unlike most of the others as well as control playback with hotkeys (though they are weird choices and cannot be customized. J/K for stop and play, N/P for next and previous kind of makes sense.)
- (2019-12-16) Chang3 Ag3nt1111: Awesome accessibility tool!
- (2019-12-09) niranjanan prajith: Simple extension that works really well. Also love the support for Google voices.
- (2019-12-05) Jennifer Rosenberg: So, so useful, and the voice I've been listening to is remarkably pleasant and intonated for text-to-speech. Not 100% turing test natural, but I don't expect that. Things are enunciated clearly for the most part, and it's useful for listening to text as a test of how screen readers will handle accessibility functions.
- (2019-11-22) Dean Marshall: Working great !!! It would be nice if you could reassign keyboard shortcuts but that is just a minor thing. Thanks!
- (2019-11-08) Sara Kristensen: Although it sometimes seems to have a mind of its if your system is having brief lockups. Apart from that, it is hands down the best TTS extension i've come across to date. Flexible, customize-able and featuring a variety of voices and languages.
- (2019-11-03) Stevie Stephens: Oh my gawd, I have MS and my vision is failing. I am a historian and have been so very sad because I just couldn't read the amount of material that I used to. This app is beyond wonderful! The voices do not sound all techno-weird either. ( I loved Stephen Hawking, but I don't want him reading me a bedtime story.) You can adjust pitch, rate of speech etc. Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you.
- (2019-10-24) 3vol lady: This extension is excellent to far... I've gone through 3 extensions already where they will work spectacular at the beginning, for approx 6 months, and then all the sudden they will start to only read some of the text. Hopefully this one doesn't start to do that. I really like the voices and the layout and functioning of it. Great job!
- (2019-10-17) Mats Holmberg: Works well. The little overlay window is great. Is there a way to somehow get rid of the weird pauses it does before jumping to the next text block? Sometime, it's hard to understand the text when the flow of the speech gets interrupted like that.
- (2019-10-16) Jocelyn Brooks: This is a great extension! Though the voice of the reader can get a little annoying, and pauses whenever there is a period (for example it will say U. pause- S. pause, instead of just saying U.S. But other then that I totally recommend it. Very helpful for late night reading when it is hard to focus! Thank you Pericles!
- (2019-10-10) Anthony Tsai: Fantastic extension - I use Chrome and Firefox and extension works great on both browsers. Great work, Alexandru! Kudos!
- (2019-10-06) Efthymis Karpouzis: Very useful extension and straight forward to use. Absolutely recommended especially for students!
- (2019-10-04) Brie Davis: This is is really, really good! Finally an extension that selects block by block and underlines the text as you read! I love it so much! Thank you for this extension!
- (2019-10-03) Dustin Sharpless: Stop feature does not work
- (2019-09-17) Dragos Ciulacu: Best extension of this kind on the store! Really helps me when I want to read the news, and my eyes are tired from welding all day. I only found one problem so far: it reads the dates of the some articles.
- (2019-09-16) Rodrigo Elesbao: Amazing! (Just a little thing: for some reason, the pauses at commas are too long.)
- (2019-09-04) Very neat extension
- (2020-04-16, v:2.0.13) S K: Multiple or single pause while reading a sentence
I hear a pause half way while reading a long sentence without any comma or other punctuation for 2-3 sec in chrome before finishing the entire sentence. Sometimes there is a pause for 2 sec before completing the last word of the sentence. The screen reader is able to read the same sentence without pause in Firefox. Any reason why it is not the same way in chrome?
- (2020-04-04, v:2.0.7) Sakis Triantafyllou: Language
Hello. Good work but why don't have Greek?
- (2020-03-25, v:2.0.7) Kenny Mohar: chromebooks
I work for a school district and I've pushed this out to our student accounts from the Google Admin console. In settings, there isn't a suitable English voice available, that I can find. On my MacBook Pro it works well and the Alex English voice is the first option (but not on a chromebook).
- (2020-03-18, v:2.0.2) Marcus Viar: Speed has been limited
Before the last update (that included a redo of the look of the extension) I was able to make the speed go very fast. Now the speed is capped to being too slow. Even when I increase the speed to 2, it still reads at the pace that is slower than I read. Are there any plans to allow the increase of speed faster then 2?
- (2019-08-05, v:1.25.1) Paul Oppelt: Love It! But...
Super useful extension, use it quite often read back articles while I'm doing other chores and the like. However, I find the pause taken between both the ending of one sentence and the start of the next, as well as the pause taken after a comma and the start of the next clause, to be uncomfortably long and awkward. Is there any way to adjust this parameter, easy or hard?
- (2019-07-01, v:1.25.0) William Wang: How to add more voice?
I have more MS voice installed and can be used by narrator etc. I only have 3 options under the dropdown menu. I wonder how we can use more voice either installed locally or elsewhere?
- (2019-06-02, v:1.25.0) boni aditya: Reading PDF files
Hi Alexandru Calin, Thank you for the amazing and inspiring work - I have listed your plugin here - https://alternativeto.net/software/pericles-text-to-speech-screen-reader/ I do hope that more people get to use it. But, I have request, can you please allow the plugin to access PDF files and URLs. Right now I am converting the entire pdf into individual webpages and publishing them on blogs to them to be read by your plugin. It would be better if the plugin could read PDFs too. I have also tried to convert the PDFs into MHT and HTML (offline pages) in an attempt to get PERICLES to read them but it did not work either. Please let me know if I can help you with anything. Regards, Boni Aditya.