What Can You Do With A Stand-Alone Text-to-Speech Engine?
The quality of speech synthesis has come a long way in recent years. Text-to-speech technology was once defined by the robotic and unnatural sounding nature of their voices. Today, it can be almost impossible to tell the difference between a synthesized voice and a real one.
In addition to improvements to text-to-speech’s quality, the availability of this technology has also increased. With the rise of computers over the last few decades, applications and programs have been developed with text-to-speech functionality. With this feature, applications are able to convert text into speech.
There are several types of applications that use text-to-speech. There’s eLearning, screen reading, alerts, and many other types of applications. These apps use text-to-speech as an extra feature to help support the main purpose of the app, such as to educate you.
But what about stand-alone text-to-speech applications? Their only purpose is to convert the text you enter into audible speech. How do these work? And is there much use for them?
While every application is different, usually how it works is that when you open the app, there’s a box where you can input text. Once you enter in all the text you want converted to speech, you select an ‘enter’ or ‘speak’ button and the rest will be taken care of for you.
Most of these apps also give you some customization option such as selecting the voice, editing tempo, and changing the pitch. These apps can either be installed on your computer or accessed online through a text-to-speech provider.
This type of application can be inexpensive and versatile. However, not many people know about all the things that they could do with this type of application at their disposal. In this blog post, we’ll show you how anyone can benefit from having a stand-alone text-to-speech engine and list out top 5 uses for one.
Translation / Learning a new Language
A big challenge with learning a new language is figuring about how certain letters and words are supposed to be pronounced. Thankfully, the quality of text-to-speech engines have improved so much that their voices can be excellent teachers for us.
An easy way to learn how to say something in a new language is to enter in the word or phrase you want to learn and listen to it a few times. This is a good way to learn a new language without the high price of a language teaching application.
Are you a big traveler? This would also be a fantastic tool for learning a few essential phrases that’ll help get you through your next trip abroad. Learning how to order food and say “please” and “thank you” is easy this way and could greatly benefit your trip.
Proof-reading / Improving writing skills
This is a relatively unknown yet amazingly beneficial use of a text-to-speech engine. Proof-reading is something that just about everyone needs help with. It’s much easier to catch mistakes when someone else reads your writing or when you read it out loud.
Putting your writing in a text-to-speech application essentially takes care of both! You’ll be able to hear your mistakes. People often glance over typos when proof-reading their own papers. Converting your text into audio will make your typos obvious when you hear them.
In addition to proof-reading, did you know that text-to-speech can also improve your writing skills? Last week, CIO wrote an interesting article detailing how a text-to-speech converter can improve your business writing skills.
When you listen to your paper or report, you’ll be able to tell if it’s flowing the way you want it to. You’ll hear it when a word or sentence seems out of place. This allows you to pinpoint the right words to use and to make sure no parts of your paper are out of order. This will increase the effectiveness of your writing.
Much of our time spent on computers is reading. We read emails, news stories, blogs, and social media, among several others. There’s a few reasons why it might be better to have this information read aloud to you.
First, reading off of a computer screen can strain your eyes. Symptoms of computer vision syndrome include headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck/shoulder pain. Simply copy and paste the content you want to read into your text-to-speech program and it’ll read you the information.
Another benefit is the ability to multitask. When you have a text-to-speech app reading you a news story, you’ll be free to perform other tasks while still listening and taking in the information from the story.
Creating audio files for later
Many text-to-speech applications let you save and export audio files. Whenever you input text and convert it into speech, you’ll be given the option to save that audio file to your hard drive, where you’ll have access to it anytime.
This is beneficial for any of the examples we just mentioned. Whenever you’re too busy to listen through an entire story or report, you can simply create the audio file and save it for later. You can also send the audio file to any other devices you own such as a smart phone. This will allow you to hear your text-to-speech audio files on the go!
You can also create messages in advance using a text-to-speech program. If you rely on these programs to communicate, simply enter a common greeting or introduction message so you can play it whenever you meet someone new.
Other uses include creating a voicemail response or creating an instructional tutorial. There’s lots a uses for text-to-speech, and it’s a great tool to have when you can’t always provide your own voice to deliver messages.
At NeoSpeech, we offer our VoiceText Editor to anyone wanting a stand-alone text-to-speech engine. Once installed, you have total freedom to customize speech and sounds to your liking. We also offer our text-to-speech engine on the cloud, which means you won’t have to download anything. All you would need is an internet connection.
What do you think?
Do you have a stand-alone text-to-speech application? What do you use it for? Let us know in the comments!
Learn More about NeoSpeech’s Text-to-Speech
To learn more about the different areas in which Text-to-Speech technology can be used, visit our Text-to-Speech Areas of Application page. And to learn more about the products we offer, visit our Text-to-Speech Products page.
If you’re interested in adding Text-to-Speech software to your application or would like to learn more about TTS, please fill out our Sales Inquiry form and one of our friendly team members will be happy to help.