Speakonia Download Free for Windows
Speakonia: Not a fictional Eastern European country from a Marx Brothers movie, Speakonia is actually a modest freeware utility that reads text out loud. Speakonia comes with about 20 voices (all with strong robotic accents) and lets you quickly change the reading speed and pitch. It’s also little trouble to correct the pronunciation of words (proper names, for instance). Speakonia can save the text in WAV files for playback when you’re driving or jogging, but unfortunately, it can’t save sound files in the MP3 format, so you may need a third-party conversion utility.
The program interface is clear and straightforward; you simply select text in any document and press Ctrl C to read it aloud. However, Speakonia lacks controls for skipping to the next sentence or paragraph. In spite of those drawbacks, its decent performance and free price make it a reasonable choice for the vision-impaired or people who’d rather do their reading with their ears than their eyes.
Speakonia’s interface is very similar to that of Notepad. A person can simply select the desired voice on the toolbar to the right along with the pitch and speech settings, click the “Apply” button (and wait for that voice to say the letters “OK”), type what he/she wants the voice to say, and click the button that resembles “Play.”
The benefits of Speakonia is that it can save the text into “.wav” file format sounds if the program is registered. To register Speakonia, simply click “Register” in the “Help” drop-down menu and enter your name and email address.
The voices in Speakonia use packages provided by Microsoft and L&H (now known as Nuance).
Speakonia itself is fairly simple to use for the average user, regardless of its skill level. The graphical user interface is similar to Notepad, in a technical way. A user simply has to type what they want the voice to say, and when they click the button that looks like a play button, the selected text-to-speech voice will read it. The user can change the voice at any time by going to the drop-down menu labeled Voice under the Speech Properties and selecting another voice. The user can also change the speed and volume of the voice with the sliders below the drop-down menu. It can also be installed in several languages.
|Publisher web site||http://www.cfs-technologies.com|
|Release Date||July 22, 2002|
|Date Added||July 22, 2002|
|Subcategory||Voice Recognition Software|
|Operating Systems||Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP|
|Additional Requirements||Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP|
|Downloads Last Week||179|
The Speakonia interface consists of 4 main elements: the menu bar, the toolbar, the text box, and the “Speech Properties” Box.
The Menu Bar is mostly for working with saving and exporting files, as well as registering the program. It is not the main focus of the program.
The toolbar has some saving feature shortcuts, as well as commands for playing, pausing and stopping the voice from reading the text that has been entered into the text box.
The Text Box is where you will spend most of your time in the program. You simply type what you want the voice to say into the text box.
Lastly, the Speech Properties window is the handiest tool in Speakonia. It allows you to switch between voices quickly, change the speed at which the voice speaks, change its pitch and volume. This window also has the handy-dandy “Lexicon” feature, which allows you to change the pronunciation of a word if the voice does not say.
By default, Speakonia is included with at least 11 voices. This number can be greatly increased by installing a separate package of voices, called simply: Microsoft voices Mary, Sam, and Mike. Once the download is complete, install the package and the Microsoft voices will be available for you to use, along with a number of other voices (RoboSoft 1-6, whispers, etc.).
Speakonia has an option to export the spoken text.WAV audio files. In order to export a file as a.WAV audio file, you must register Speakonia. To register, one must simply give their name and E-mail address. From there, you will receive a code by e-mail and once registered, you will unlock all features of Speakonia. Registration is essential for anyone who wishes to use the voices in their YouTube videos.
- The Default Adult Voices of Speakonia are actually adapted from the Lernout & Hauspie TruVoice voices. They have been renamed also.
- There are no pitch, speed and volume indicators to display levels of pitch, speed, and volume.
- The Microsoft Voices included in Windows XP differ from the ones in Speakonia, with modified speech patterns. Instead, it matches Windows 2000, Microsoft Sam.
- CFS-Technologies no longer supports Speakonia, but still has the program available for download on its site. (also available on the CNET download site)
- Speakonia will not work with Windows RT.
- The test voice of every TTS Voices is: “This is a test for Speakonia.”
Most of the voices on Speakonia sound rather unnatural and fake [says who?]. This is not the fault of CFS Technologies, but possibly because of faults in Lernout & Hauspie’s voice packages. Most of the female voices (except for Microsoft Mary) are unusable and weird sounding . However, the program has attracted a good amount of downloaders (according to CNET) over the years it has developed.
Microsoft Sam Speakonia
Remember my last tech tip? Today, I will do the same thing, but for a Mac. Here are the steps:
- Click on this link: WineBottler, and download the stable version of the file.
- Run the setup, and then go back to this blog on your web browser.
- Click this link: Speakonia, and click Restart the download.
- When the file has downloaded, click on it. A prompt will appear that will ask if you want to open it in Wine or convert it into an app. Click on open it in Wine, not WineBottler.
- The setup will then launch. DO NOT under any circumstances change the directory of the installation. When prompted, click next.
- Finish the installation, then go back to my blog. Click this link: Mary, Mike, Sam, and More, and install using Wine.
- Run the setup using Wine, install the TTS engines, and then go to Finder.
- In the search bar, type in “speakonia”, and click on “This Mac”.
- You will then click on WineBottler. , and run it in Wine, not
- You can now enjoy the voice of Microsoft Sam.