A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Speak it! Text to Speech translates typed words (emails, Word documents, messages typed directly into the app, and more) into an audio voice. It's as easy as typing in words that you want the app to say for you, or cutting and pasting other people's words you want to hear. There are four voices to choose from for narrators: an American male or female and British male or female. Speak it! Text to Speech is so innovative, easy, and accurate that it could be the go-to tool for people who prefer listening over reading, need a device to speak for them, want to send messages via voice, or have limited vision.
What's it about?
Users simply type the desired words or phrases and press "Speak It!," and the selected voice speaks it aloud. Users can save personalized phrases for later playback if it's something they want to say or hear often. If the user wants to hear an email, article, or document, they simply select the text in the document and copy it, and then go to the app, tap on Text, hold until paste appears to enter the text. Users can also customize font size, voice volume, and voice speed, which is especially important for users with limited sight or hearing.
Is it any good?
Depending upon why you're using SPEAK IT! TEXT TO SPEECH, it can either simply be an incredibly convenient way to listen to emails or articles while getting other work done, or it can be a truly life-changing tool for people with difficulty reading or speaking. The user interface is simple, and the accuracy of the text pronunciation is tremendously high. It would be nice if Speak it! Text to Speech could link directly with other apps and grab text from articles or emails, for example, rather than requiring users to cut and paste. Other than that one moderate suggestion, there's nothing here to find fault with. Highly recommended.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: speaking, writing, writing clearly
- Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, listening
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 5, 2013
- Category: Other
- Size: 233.00 MB
- Publisher: Future Apps Inc.
- Version: 2.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
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