Book2Speech

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Description of App: 

Finnaly text to speech comes to the Mac! easy, interesting and full of features!

Book2Speech is the revolutionary application that let you to convert a text into an audio track on the Apple OS X systems.

The most important feature is its flexibility. It is based on the concept of Fragment that can be created from the original text using several methods, for example, through the selection of the desired part. Each fragment is treated by the application as a separated object and can be modified, not only in its content, but also in its voice type and rate.

Other fragment creating methods are:

  • Splitting by track duration;
  • Splitting by string;
  • Splitting by paragraph;

Book2Speech creates a project that can be saved at each time and can be loaded when you are ready to continue to work on it. Each project is created separately from the others in its specific folder that also contains the MP3 files obtained from the conversion process.

Summarising Book2Speech’s features:

  • Open, write or copy a text;
  • Fragment creation from the original text by manual fine selection;
  • Automatic fragment creation using three techniques: splitting by track duration, splitting by string and splitting by paragraph;
  • Fragment editing in an independent manner in their content, voice and rate;
  • Play each fragment before converting it;
  • Save on disk the entire fragment collection;
  • Converting the entire fragment collection in MP3;

The user interface is totally accessible with VoiceOver and the most useful commands have shortcuts.

Book2Speech not only allows you to convert text in audio, but also provides a new study method for visually impaired students. In fact you can create extracts of your study-book, just like sighted people do by underlining text with pencil or highlighter.

But wait, there’s more… Think about a text representing a dialog between more players like a theatrical script or a fable. Assigning a different voice to each player you can create a more dynamic and amusing audio version of the text.

While the creation of fragment from the original text by selection let you a fast drawing up of summaries, the independent editing let you to add notes and comments to the part of interests.

Version: 

2.0.1 (Ginevra

Free or Paid: 

Free

Version Of macOS App Was Tested On: 

OS X El Capitan 10.1

Accessibility Comments: 

The app is fully accessibile with voiceover e zoom

Usability: 

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

Other Comments: 

this app is very easy to use and can be very helpfull for students

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