Speech Central: Text to Speech

App Developer

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Description of App: 

The first ever text to speech app to feature interactive web on the go. Users can interact with web sites and RSS feeds and pick articles to be read aloud by using headphones or Bluetooth hands-free. Listen to the internet and browse it without looking to the screen while commuting, walking, running, doing the housework or another activity and save an hour each day!

This way the app also makes the web much more accessible for people with eyesight disabilities or dyslexia.

Add a web article for reading from any app that can share a web site link (including any web browser) – just press the Share button in it and starting the speech or saving the text to be read aloud later is only a tap away.

The app is not just a reader of the internet content, you can import various text file formats to be read aloud - supported document types are: .docx, .pptx, .odt, .odp, .html, .txt, supported ebook formats are .epub and .fb2 and emails in .eml format. All those formats will work only if a document has no DRM.

You'll save your time and eyes for better things while having your battery and data plan last significantly longer. Keeping the screen off grants that you won't get into the internet addiction and waste your time on unwanted things. As a bonus, even if your internet connection is unstable you won't notice any interruptions.

By using the app you'll build your knowledge base in an easy way. Each read text is automatically moved to the Old Articles which supports powerful search and filtering features and keeps it available offline. Annotation tools are there to mark a text as favorite, or bookmark an important paragraph in it.

Latest iOS features including 3D Touch, Spotlight Search, Dynamic Type and Apple Watch are fully supported. The app is tested to work properly on iOS 9 and 10.

English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish language can be auto detected inside the app, but it can be used with any of 27 languages supported for text to speech by iOS.

The free version has a daily limitation in the number of articles that you can add to it which is removed by purchasing the Pro add-on.

Apple Watch Support: 

Yes

Version: 

2.5.0

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

10.3.2

Accessibility Comments: 

The application is very intuitive to use. VoiceOver has no issues reading all application content.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

The developer is very friendly and is open to accessibility improvements. Personally, I found it to be an excellent RSS reader, and I recommend it over more expensive book readers, especially if you are looking for a less expensive alternative.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@labsii