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TextAloud brings books, web pages and articles, to those with visual impairments.




Press Release.
Thursday, February 16, 2006.




Most of us take such actions as computing, word processing, reading e-mail or surfing the web for granted. But for those without sight, or who are battling any kind of visual disability, these tasks can present huge challenges (and expenses) -- even with all of the sophisticated technology available today. Luckily, Text to Speech software programs like NextUp.com's TextAloud help to provide an alternative, turning visual text into natural and enjoyable speech. With TextAloud, a hard-to-read e-mail or website becomes an enjoyable listening experience.


This is why Text to Speech programs like TextAloud are becoming more and more essential to the visually disabled and the way they read for work, learning, or simple enjoyment. TextAloud is an award-winning program that converts text into spoken audio for listening on a PC, and that can also save text to audio files for playback on the go. The easy to use program is a snap to set up, and works along with a wide array of surprisingly natural premium voices to bring words to life for those who have trouble reading visually. For visually-impaired users, TextAloud truly presents an easy and very affordable alternative to high-end machines and software programs, which are too often prohibitively expensive.


"TextAloud was specifically created to bring words on screen to the ear in an enjoyable and affordable way," noted Ken White, CEO of NextUp.com. "Visually impaired users were some of the first to discover TextAloud, and we are excited to see our program continuing to be such a benefit to those who cannot see." TextAloud is a full-featured Text to Speech tool offering direct support for Word, PDF and HTML formats, as well as advanced pronunciation tools, an Internet Explorer Plug-In for easy listening of favorite web pages -- and more. TextAloud is priced at just $29.95, and is compatible with systems using Windows® 98, NT, 2000 and XP. The program is available for fast, safe and secure purchase via http://www.NextUp.com. NextUp.com also offers TextAloud with optional premium voices from AT&T Natural VoicesT, Nuanceâ RealSpeakâ, NeoSpeechâ and Cepstral® for the most natural-sounding computer speech anywhere. Available languages include English with U.S., U.K., and Indian and Scottish accents, as well as French, Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, Italian, Dutch, Belgian Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, and Arabic.




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