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Balabolka - free Text to Speech software.
Jim Hillier
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Balabolka is a Russian word which can be translated as "chatterer".

[quote:101ypf49]Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, ODT, PDF and RTF files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys. Balabolka uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of regular expressions.

Balabolka can save the synchronized text in external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When an audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text is displayed synchronously (at the same way, as lyrics for songs).[/quote:101ypf49]

Full details, including screenshots and download links [url=]HERE.[/url:101ypf49]

NOTE: There is a portable version available too, download is accessible via same [url=]HOME PAGE.[/url:101ypf49]

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October 15, 2010 - 8:29 pm
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Nice site. I like the fact they link to better voice engines that MS API native voices. ISTR Realspeak isn't too bad a source, but I prefer the ATT Natural Voices. I'll check this out for a friend who likes having her computer read to her!

Thanks, Ron

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