[Athen] Favorite converter for text

Jean M Salzer jeano at uwm.edu
Thu Jun 18 13:50:31 PDT 2009

I've been using TextAloud for my 'new-to-audio' students for going on 5 years and the majority of them buy it for themselves within one semester - not just because I suggest it, but because they can use it for so much of their day to day stuff - research for papers, playback for editing their papers, emails, etc. Most of the students prefer ATT Mike, some of the guys like Crystal :) I like Mike, he sounds like a radio announcer.

For the students who have Macs, I simply suggest they go to the Apple Store and buy a better voice if they don't like what's provided. All the Mac users have laptops and have stated they don't need an MP3 conversion, so they just use the reader. Set up a hotkey to have it talk/stop talking.

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My go-to programs for simple, versatile, and inexpensive are TextAloud MP3 for Windows PCs ($30 plus $30-35 for separately-purchased human-sounding voices) and GhostReader for Macs ($40, includes human-sounding Cepstral voices).

- Shelley Haven

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From: "Jacqueline Dutot" <Jacqueline.Dutot at capella.edu>
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Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 1:54:49 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: [Athen] Favorite Text to Audio Converter

Hello ATHENS folks,

I was wondering if anyone has a favorite text to audio converter they really like. I would like to use it to create audio files of textbook chapters for learners, so I'd like it to convert both Word and PDF files and be reasonably priced. The only one I've ever used is SpokenText.net and I'm curious what others use and like. Thanks for being a valuable source of AT knowledge for this rookie. <smile>


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