UK English text reader


Can anyone point me in the direction of a text reader with a UK voice - ideally free.

There does not seem to be any way to add another voice to Vista, so I am stuck with Microsoft's Anna and her ghastly merkin tones.


Support Multiple Languages/Engines - Including English, Spanish, British English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, etc.

Free to try....


Random_Task said: that any good?

Don't think so...


Book Reviewer
From some research I did last year, so therefore may be a smidge out of date, and taking into account that I don't know exactly what function you need:

Dragon Naturally Speaking
Speech recognition software which turns speech into text. It can control the PC, write Word, Excel and other Office documents, including email. It has a dictionary and spell checker. It requires training to your voice and comes in a variety of versions, including medical and legal.

Hal is a the speech synthesiser and refreshable Braille display generator for Supernova. It works on all versions of Windows from 2000 to Vista and can come on an USB stick, or be networked across a LAN, or deployed as a single user implementation.

This software allows the user to create diagrams, outlines and mind maps for planning and organising work. Designed with users who learn visually in mind and often recommended for those with SpLDs such as dyslexia.

JAWS (Job Application With Speech)
JAWS, like HAL and WindowEyes, is one of the most well known screenreaders used by visually impaired people. It works with Windows and gives access to software applications and the Internet by reading the content and outputting it with a voice synthesizer or a refreshable Braille display. It is extremely comprehensive, uses keyboard shortcuts and comes on a USB stick.

Available in two versions. 1000 is used with a scanner to convert print into speech, Braille displays and note takers. It allows the text to be converted into Mp3 files and DAISY books and can be used to write documents and convert PDF image documents into text. 3000 is for users with learning difficulties including dyslexia and SpLDs and is similar to 1000 in converting scanned images into text. It also highlights text as it reads and includes a dictionary.

MyReader Auto Reader
This product is like a traditional CCTV/ Video magnifier where a book is magnified by a camera to the text size on a display screen. myReader captures the image on the screen, recognises the text and allows it to be enlarged, read in rows or columns and by single words automatically with a speed control. Up to 10 pages at a time can be captured and displayed with a selection of different colour combinations for contrast.

Combined screenreader and magnification for visually impaired people. It delivers up to 60 times magnification, different contrast colours and screen magnification styles (split screen or whole screen); screen reading of internet and windows applications, and ‘talk while you type’ in over 20 languages. It will also output to refreshable Braille displays and note takers. It comes on a USB stick.

textHELP Read & Write
Available in Gold and Standard versions, this software helps users with reading and writing difficulties, such as dyslexia. The Standard software reads electronic texts aloud, spell checks, predicts words, and has a dictionary and homophone editor. The Gold version includes a DAISY Reader (DAISY is detailed below), scans documents, and has a tool for capturing and organising text and graphics to aid study.

When activated toolbars can read text on a website in a clear voice rather than robotic computerised tones. People can also tinker with colours and font sizes to make the page clearer. The Web accessibility toolbar for Internet Explorer is one example,

Window-Eyes is a screen reader which runs with all versions of Windows from 2000, to all varieties of Vista. It has enhanced Braille support.

ZoomText Magnifier enlarges and enhances everything on your a computer screen, making all applications easy to see and use.


I just want it to read pdfs.


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