Saturday, March 30, 2013

Best text to speech part 2 Review of Imtranslator




Best Text to Speech options part 2
I'll be talking about what I feel is the top eight or ten software programs for text to speech.  The first one on our list is Im Translator, and these are not in any particular order.  We'll be talking about what I've learned from using this program and from testing it.





Imtranslator
I'm Translator is an on line text to speech and translator, you can use it to imbed into your web site for non noncommercial use. The reader would be to me a 8 on a 1 to 10 scale. As far as I can tell this is a free product as long as it is not used commercially.

I downloaded this to firefox as an ad on it seems safe and works really good.  Once it's on your browser you can right click on any set of text, and it will do various tasks. If you want to read a section of text that is 1000 characters highlight the text and then right click on the text and click on Imtranslator tools then over to Imtranslator tts.

The reader is really good, he pauses very well at periods and commas.  I did notice he does not seem to recognizance the & sign. I used it also to translate something one of my German friends said, I really liked it, there was about four options to decide which translation I wanted to go with. I can't speak German so I can't say how well it worked, but it did give me the idea of what he was trying to say. 



Here is a sample and another screen shot.  I think this is really a cool bit of software and I give it a rating of 8.  I would give it a ten if it would read more words at a time and if you could ave it to mp3.


I must say I tried to use their embed code and at this time it is not working. But here is the link. http://tts.imtranslator.net/Oje8


Pro's 
You can print, change voices, get a translation. The pop up screen has a dictionary, a spell check. You can email your pop up box. Embed it, change the text size. It has about every language you could ask for. It's really nice when you're too tired to read to be able to just highlight something, right click on something and have a nice sounding voice read something to you. I really like this program.

Con's 
A con I have is that I could not find anywhere to create an account, or to save the work as a mp3 file. I'm not saying that you can't do either, I just did not find these options. Now and then on the main page the pop up window will not expand, but if you are using the downloaded version it opens just fine.  There are a lot of adds and commercials since this program is free. All in all it's a handy little piece of software.

I found several ways to find this program so I'll post the links
Imtranslator Home
Translate & Speak
Compare Translations
Try it for yourself and hear the quality here
Screen shots are from imtranslator.

Rating 8 out of 10

Thanks for reading and come back soon to find out more about the best text to speech out there.
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Samantha Fury is the author of  the Street Justice Series
She's written many articles on book covers, for Indie Authors.  
She operates several Indie Groups. Editing Services, Cover Artist, 
Helpful Indie Facebook Groups, and a wonderful Forum 
just for Indie Authors.


Images thanks to Bigstock photographers. 
Javier Brosch
Edward Fielding

The Best Text To Speech for Authors part 1




Text to Speech
I love this new age that we live in, and all of the toys that we Authors have at our finger tips. We will be looking in detail at the different options authors have these days. for text to speech.  There are many choices and we will be trying to cover the best options available.


 



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Uses for Text To Speech 

Editing 
I use text to speech for two reasons. Editing, and Reviews.  Listening to your own book in audio form is a great way to edit, and to catch those mistakes that you might not otherwise catch. It's also a great way to entertain yourself while you're working.  Listening to a story, your own or another author, is a great way to make washing the dishes just fly by.


Reviews 
It's also a good way to swap reviews, authors don't have a lot of time so we need to use every minute as wisely as possible. Just be sure and don't do anything that needs a lot of attention, we don't want you running into the ditch or burning supper because you're so lost in an audio that you forget where you are.




 
Choices 
The choices are many and I'm sure that I have not collected information on every text to speech out there but I hope to hit the top eight, and tell you what I have learned about all of them. We as Indies all have our own reasons why we want a product so your choice may vary from mine, to which one of these is really the top text to speech readers.

Prices
As usual prices will range from free to way too much. How much you want to spend will depend on how often, how picky, and what you plan on using this product for.  Also some are pc only and some you can save as a mp3 files so you can carry your little creation every where you go.



I hope to have our first look at the top eight text to speech soon. Be watching for it. :)

Thanks for reading Samantha

Part two can be found here


Samantha Fury is the author of  the Street Justice Series
She's written many articles on book covers, for Indie Authors.  
She operates several Indie Groups. Editing Services, Cover Artist, 
Helpful Indie Facebook Groups, and a wonderful Forum 
just for Indie Authors.


Images thanks to Bigstock photographers. 
Javier Brosch
Annette Shaff
Edward Fielding