Capti Voice Narrator

App review by
Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Capture any document for stellar text-to-speech assistance.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Gives struggling readers appropriate access to texts that might otherwise overwhelm them. By highlighting the text as it reads and providing multiple voice options, the app exponentially increases its educational value.

Ease of Play

Setup is quick, and kids can control their content easily. Adding content to a playlist may confuse younger users at first, but after a bit of practice, that, too, becomes second nature.

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To use a voice that is more natural than robotic, users will spend anywhere from $4 to $12. Also, to utilize the annotation and bookmark features, users will pay a subscription fee.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Capti Voice Narrator is a one-stop shop for text-to-speech on a mobile device. Kids can save content from the web or upload documents they've created and have each read to them. During reading, the app highlights the words along the way. Settings (voice speed, text size, colors) are easy to adjust, and kids can save their playlists and listen later. In addition to English, this tool translates text into languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Spanish. Though the price tag in the app store says it's free, many of the worthwhile features (such as the choice of voice, bookmarking, and annotation) come at a cost. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Kids sign up for a free account with a valid email address before using CAPTI VOICE NARRATOR. Once signed in, kids are asked to configure some of the features, such as choosing a reading voice. The default voice is computerized, although others are available from third-party developers such as IVONA, Acapela Group, and NeoSpeech. These also take up a bit of space, the average adding an additional 132 MB to kids' devices. To add content to their playlists, kids touch the three-line menu in the top left of the home screen and choose the location of their text. They can import content from Safari, Dropbox, email, and Google Drive. Kids also can save content from a web browser on a computer, and the app will automatically upload it to their playlist. As CaptiVoice pulls in content, it creates what looks like an audio file with a title and time. Kids can tap and hold on a word or phrase to open more options within the app: copy, select all, define, share, jump here, translate, or annotate (with the premium version).

Is it any good?

All in all, this tool is both incredible as-is and worth a small investment. The app itself is free to download, and some users will get all they need out of the free version. The built-in voices are user-friendly, the app promotes good reading habits by providing users a copy of the text it's reading and highlighting, and the types of documents that can be saved to a user's playlist are nearly limitless. The reading rate, phrasing, and inflection don't always align with cultural norms (pronunciation of proper names may be confusing to some), but it's as solid as, if not better than, other tools available on the market today.

And for kids who are required to read a substantial amount of text before preparing a research paper or essay or who are just eager to learn more about their favorite topics, it might be worth investing in the subscription price. At a rate of $1.99 per month, kids can use the text as it's being read to capture important notes or facts along with citations to use in higher-level writing classes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether the content they're listening to using Capti Voice Narrator feel like the right level for each user. Try new material and ask simple check-in questions to gauge whether the content is on the right level: What is the main idea? What is the author trying to teach me? Do I agree or disagree with what the author is saying? Why, or why not?

  • Ask kids to talk about new or interesting things they've heard or read that day. Help kids find their favorite current event topics (sports, entertainment, culture), and then listen along with them as they hear news. Model summarizing each news story after listening or reading.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, time management, working efficiently
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try
  • Subscription price: 1.99/month or $9.99/six months
  • Release date: February 1, 2017
  • Category: Productivity
  • Size: 79.40 MB
  • Publisher: Charmtech Labs LLC
  • Version: 2.5.2
  • Minimum software requirements: 9.0

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