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2nd Speech Center


Converts any text into spoken words or MP3/WAVE audio files! 2nd Speech Center is an award-winning text-to-speech player that lets you listen to documents, e-mails or web pages instead of reading on screen. In addition to text, 2nd Speech Center also allows you to convert text to MP3 or WAVE files for listening later with your portable MP3 player.

2nd Speech Center can directly open Plain Text files (.txt), Microsoft Word files (.doc), PDF files (.pdf), EMail files (.eml), Rich Text files (.rtf), HTML files. For Microsoft Internet Explorer users, 2nd Speech Center supplies a handy toolbar plug-in for Internet Explorer.

CoolSpeech 5.0




Listen to online news from any URL.

Reads text files, rich-text files and HTML files aloud.

Convert your text into spoken WAV files easily.

Listen to new messages from email accounts.

Listen to words or sentences you've just typed.

Listen to the text copied to the Clipboard immediately.

Microsoft Reader

Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Reader is a Microsoft program for reading of e-books. The current version for desktops is 2.1.1

Microsoft Reader is available for download from Microsoft as a free program.

Microsoft Text to Speech 1.0 is also a free download that can be used in conjunction with reader

Download Reader free at Microsoft

Download Text to Speech engine free at Microsoft



NaturalReader 6.5
Free Download

NaturalReader Professional $39.95


NaturalReader is a Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your CD player or iPod.

• NaturalReader saves eye strain – relax, sit back and listen
• NaturalReader saves time - listen while driving, exercising or enjoying nature
• NaturalReader helps writers – improve by listening to your work
• NaturalReader teaches second language students – expand your experience and understanding by listening to any text at any speed


ReadPlease Corporation

ReadPlease Free
ReadPlease Plus $49.95
ReadingBar 2 $69.95

ReadPlease 2003 / ReadPlease Plus 2003
Reads any text you see on your screen - all purpose text-to-speech software.

ReadingBar 2 for Internet Explorer®
Reads any web page, makes mp3/wav files, zooms any page, text-only version web pages, translates and much more!

Read & Write 8.1

TextHelp Systems Inc
Lorien Systems


TextHELP! has been specifically designed for people with reading and writing difficulties; especially dyslexia. It is a vocabulary support package which talks, types, checks spellings, corrects mistakes and has word prediction




TextAloud reads text from email, web pages, reports and more, aloud on your PC. TextAloud can also save your daily reading to MP3 or Windows Media files ready for playback on your iPod, PocketPC, or even on your TV with Tivo's Home Media Option.



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