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J. Morris | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Dec 4 2009 8:59 AM

I'm sure it has been asked, but I didn't want to go "hunting" for it.

Is there a website(s) that has free downloads to replace the default voice for windows?  It doesn't read very clearly and is a bit annoying.

If not free where can I purchase some?  Are they expensive?

Thank you!

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John Bowling | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 4 2009 9:37 AM

I don't know of any free ones. If they are free, they probably will not be very good since anyone that is half-way decent that I've found is pretty expensive.

You can buy some here

But they are expensive (or at least they are to me).

However, these won't read in the Logos program, I don't think. But you can copy the text from logos and post it into the reader program and listen that way (and record it to mp3).

Personally, I think it is worth the money because I always have a lot of articles to read but not enough time to read them. This way, I just paste the pdf article (or whatever) into the program and make an mp3 and listen on my way to work or at work.

[P.S. The site I gave gives a free version, but like I said, the voice isn't any better than the default one already available on Windows (in fact I think it uses the same voice if I remember correctly). You have to buy the different (better) voices elsewhere on the site.]

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Henry Finkle | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 4 2009 9:57 AM

Invofox desktop has good sounding voices. You have to buy it if you like it, but they do have trial version available for download. I really like the British Peter voice. This program works with every program that I've tried it with, except Logos4. It works in Libronix3 though.

You can give it a try if you like. The trial works for 30 days I think.

Here is the link



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John Bowling | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 4 2009 10:23 AM

It looks like Invofox uses voices from acapela. You can find the same voices on the Natural Readers program I linked to.

You might want to do a comparison of both to see who has a larger selection of voices, is cheaper, and their capabilities. For example NR is compatible with voices from acapela as well as AT&T and some other companies. I'm not sure if Invofox is.

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J. Morris | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 4 2009 2:34 PM

Thank you both for your help!  Much appreciated.

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