NaturalReader Text to Speech

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Description of App: 

The NaturalReader text-to-speech(TTS) application converts PDF files, MS Word documents, and e-books into spoken words.Instead of struggling to read text on the small screen of your iPhone, with this cutting edge technology you can have any text read to you in one of over 30 natural-sounding voices.Squinting to reading tiny fonts on your iPhone screen can be tiring. NaturalReader saves you from experiencing eye strain, and lets you sit back, relax, and listen.It is also an efficient proofreading tool; it not only picks out mistakes in your work, but gives you a good sense of the natural flow of what you have written.Moreover, NaturalReader is a great help to students with dyslexia or other learning difficulties. By listening to text rather reading, students are better able to comprehend reading materials or detect spelling errors in their own work.Finally, NaturalReader is a great tool with which to learn a foreign language. You can practice your comprehension and pronunciation skills by listening to any written words being spoken at your preferred speed.Features:

  • Works with Word documents, PDF files, webpages, eBooks, and many other formats.
  • Provides over 30 natural sounding voices in 5 languages
  • Loads Dropbox files, email attachments, computers
  • Input text via keypad, copy/paste, or from the application’s built-in browser
  • Simply tap a sentence, and NaturalReader begins reading aloud from that point.
  • Increase or decrease the speed of the voice reader
  • Follow along with written text that automatically scrolls up the screen as it is being read

NaturalReader provides an alternative way to enjoy learning!Note: NaturalReader requires a Wi-Fi Internet connection in order to transfer text and audio from cloud spaces.

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

1.0

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

Accessibility Comments: 

There are some minor quirks, but this does seem to be fully usable with VoiceOver.There are 2 buttons on the settings page - edit on(1) and ICLOSE ON - and I don't yet know the difference between them, as both seem to save any changes made.Another quirk on the settings page is that if you swipe through the available settings, VoiceOver will move from the last item on the page back to the first. This can be a little confusing at first, if (like me) you swipe through everything on the page to get an overview of things. So, to find the buttons on the top of this page, you will either need to locate them with your finger or swipe left from the settings.Other than this, the app reads files nicely. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Voice Dream, but it does have the benefit that VoiceOver will read the body of the text.An interesting first release.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.