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Many magazines and book publishers make available a free online version of their products, often as PDF files. Chances are you scroll through multiple pages of PDFs every day. To reduce the number of miles you put on the mouse wheel, you can use free software to read out the documents to you.
Adobe Acrobat Reader has built-in accessibility support for reading out PDFs.
The current version 7 can be installed under Linux. If you don't already have the
reader, navigate to the product's
section and choose between an .rpm file (41.9 MB) and a tarball (42.1 MB). Installing
the RPM package should be as simple as
rpm ivh AdobeReader_enu-7.0.8-1.i386.rpm.
If you are on a non-RPM-based system, get the tarball, untar it, and run the included
Once the reader has been installed, navigate to the View -> Read Out Loud menu. If the options are greyed out, you'll need to hook it up to a speech synthesis system.
Festival is a free text-to-speech (TTS) system written in C++ that'll work.
If you're on a Debian-based system,
apt-get install festival should
do the trick. Others should follow the installation instructions on Festival's Web
In addition to Festival, you need the gnome-speech library, which provides an
interface for applications to convert text to speech. Ubuntu Dapper Drake has this
pre-installed. You can also
manually install the API. Once that's done, try its
tool to select and test the TTS synthesizers installed on your system.
That's all. Launch the reader again, open a PDF, visit the Read Out Loud menu, and let go of the mouse. Don't forget those headphones if you're in an office, though!
Natural Reader is a free text to speech software for Windows that lets you listen to any text whether its an email or a report or any text on your computer. Natural Reader is a free online tool which is able to convert any text to voice. The tool is particularly rich in options. In fact, you can choose the kind of voice to play (male or female voice), you can select the language (English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Arabic etc.) and choose the speed of the voice. You can submit max 200 characters but hey, you can use the tool as much as you want!
The New York Times has relaunched its Android news app, with a refined layout and improved navigation. The app can also save articles for offline reading, and share them across social media and e-mail.
The most interesting feature of the update, though, is the introduction of text-to-speech functionality. It works both ways, meaning users can have articles read aloud using a voice engine, or convert their spoken comments into text.
The app is free to download, with the Top News section available for free – but all other content requires a digital subscription.
"We are steadfast in our efforts to deliver our esteemed journalism and multimedia to our readers on the platforms they use," said Denise Warren, senior vice president and chief advertising officer at The New York Times Media Group. "That means we are constantly examining our products and looking for ways to improve their features and functionality. These updates allow readers to navigate, consume and share our wealth of content with ease, providing a seamless mobile user experience across any Android device they choose."
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