A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Voice Dream Reader - Text to Speech is a text-to-speech app that can read content in a variety of voices from a variety of sources. It's highly customizable, from reading speed to voice to font and text size. Some voices require in-app purchases ranging from $1.99 to $2.99 each, but a few are included free with the app. Kids with dyslexia or auditory- processing or vision impairments would find Voice Dream Reader especially helpful. Kids can connect their Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote accounts to the app to access documents saved there.
What's it about?
VOICE DREAM READER takes text from documents, websites, and DRM-free epub books and reads them aloud. It connects with Google Drive, Evernote, and Dropbox accounts to access saved files and can pull text from websites through an in-app browser. It works with Instapaper and Pocket to read entries, and it accesses free ebooks through Project Gutenberg and Bookshare. Kids can set the appearance of the documents, customizing the font. They can change the reading speed, bookmark and highlight within the text, and edit the text within the app. Kids can advance or rewind within the texts, as well, customizing the length of each advance (15 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds, one sentence, one paragraph, one chapter, etc.). They can export their highlighted portions or the entire text. The app comes preloaded with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a welcome document explaining the features, and a help document that serves as a how-to.
Is it any good?
Voice Dream Reader is a must-have tool for kids who have difficulty processing visual text, and it's really handy for anyone who wants to have text read aloud sometimes. It's pretty easy to use, and it's nice that the instructions serve as a model for how the app works -- with the Voice Dream Reader reading them aloud. The voice quality on the included voices is decent, but the in-app-purchase voices are much better quality and more natural sounding. The app does import text from websites as best it can, excluding ads, but the read-aloud on websites is a bit clunky. Overall, it's an impressive tool, especially for reading documents and epub books.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals, working efficiently
- Price: $9.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: March 27, 2014
- Category: Education
- Size: 60.90 MB
- Publisher: Voice Dream LLC
- Version: 3.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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