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Giveaway of the day — 2nd Speech Center

Text-to-speech player that lets you listen to documents, e-mails or web pages instead of reading on screen.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 187 (75%) 62 (25%) 60 comments

2nd Speech Center was available as a giveaway on October 18, 2007!

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2nd Speech Center is an award-winning text-to-speech player that lets you listen to documents, e-mails or web pages instead of reading on screen. In addition to text, 2nd Speech Center also allows you to convert text to MP3 or WAVE files for listening later with your portable MP3 player.

2nd Speech Center can directly open Plain Text files (.txt), Microsoft Word files (.doc), PDF files (.pdf), EMail files (.eml), Rich Text files (.rtf), HTML files. 2nd Speech Center supports dozens of male, female and robotic voices for over 11 languages. 2nd Speech Center can monitor the Windows Clipboard and automatically process its contents. This feature makes it easy to read web pages, e-mail messages, documents and much more.

Additionally, 2nd Speech Center is integrated with many useful and timesaving features, such as talking alarm clock, talking reminder and powerful command lines for advanced users. And don't worry, the intuitive VCR style user interface is very easy to use.

System Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Publisher:

Zero2000 Software

Homepage:

http://www.zero2000.com/2nd-speech-center/index.html

File Size:

4.25 MB

Price:

$39.95

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#60

I found this an extremely useful program. I have lots of stuff to read and can't always be bothered. Some of the voices are still a little like daleks but better than a lot I have heard.

I have recommended this software to my friends already.

Thanks GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

I tried this program with the hope that speech engines improved over the last years since this technology is around. But, at least in this software, the voice modulation and pronunciation is the same: unexpressive and with strange pitch. For me it’s quite difficult to understand what is read. Therefore, I’ll stick to reading.

Reply   |   Comment by xunrage  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

Says password required to use text to speech engine??

Used activate.exe then setup.exe

Reply   |   Comment by tc  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

Installed, used, crashed twice in 5 minutes, uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Jimt29  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

First, here's a link to a free version of some really great text to speech. Blows this stuff out of the water - Only comes with one voice, but it sounds way better than this mechbot drone. http://www.naturalreaders.com/download.htm

I wanted to point out to those interested in speech to text that the capability for T-S is built in to Win XP and Vista.

Even in hardware speech to text, the techniology is still iffy. Regional accents, whether you are tired or have a sore throat, many things affect speech recognition software and hardware. The software stuff is of limited capability, even when done by the T-S experts. Hardware is the best way to go.

If you still want T-S capabilities, a decent enough version is built in to all MS Office products starting with Office XP. For me, the Office version works great. Others have had some problems.

As far back as Win 3.1, I have had fair success with installing a program called In Cube from Command Corporation for some clients, particularly on older machines. Some people can get it to work like a charm, while others are constantly retraining it. However, Command Corp seems to have disappeared.

My father has Intel ViaVoice, and it works very excellently for his needs. He primarily uses it for voice controlled photo editing and email dictation. However, I think they may have stopped selling consumer versions.

Probably to oldest and most well developed speech to text programs are Dragon Naturally Speaking by Nuance, which basically also took over Lernout & Hauspie's Voice Express.
Not cheap, let alone free.

Reply   |   Comment by Hempman  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

I am running XP Pro SP2. The program loads fine, but closes with the standard MS error with the Send/Don't send at the bottom. I also have a machine with Vista on it and that worked without a hitch. This is the 1st download via GAOTD that I have had a problem with. Any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance

Reply   |   Comment by Fred  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

Just wanted to add to my previous comment:
To completely close 2nd Speech you have to RIGHT click on the icon in the system tray, then choose Exit from the resulting menu. Forgot to include "right" click in the first comment, and it's not possible to edit one's already-posted comments on this site. (Might be a nice feature to add though, would cut down on multiple comments for corrections.) Many already know to RIGHT click on system tray icons to access secondary menus. But there's a lot of newbies here who may not know. Sorry for any possible confusion to the newbies.


#32 Mac: If you want to buy a TTS software then Expressivo is a better choice than today's program, at least if you speak English or Romanian since those are the only two on sale. The American English voice ("Jennifer") is better than the voices included in today's program. It only sounds robotic on certain words. You can hear a sample of any typed text at their site by going to Ideas & Description, then click Listen Online. Compare it to the included voices in today's program and you will hear a definite difference.

Reply   |   Comment by Site Seer  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#53

Sweet and simple:

Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Accessibility\Narrator

Same thing, works just as good.

Reply   |   Comment by Ygdrassil  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

i'd like to see a good Speech Recognition program on GOTD too.

Reply   |   Comment by sporky  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

Dragon Input: Your voice
Results: transcription or command is performed

2nd Speech Center Input: Type written text
Results: Audio output

I'd like to point out that Dragon NaturallSpeaking is a speech recognition software. With it you can speak to the computer and it can transcribe it into words and sentences or what you say can be taken as a command for the computer to perform.


So, in other words 2nd Speech Center basically does the oposite of Dragon.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Harris  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

Thanks anyways, but there's a whole bunch of other (better?) free programs out there that do this, not the least of which is one that comes with Windows ME and XP.

Now what we really need is speech-to-text (not text-to-speech).

Reply   |   Comment by Cat  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

Just had same problem with game of day (Aqua Mah Jong). Am pretty sure doing it right as I have downloaded several freebies from here. So what is wrong with giveaways today?

Reply   |   Comment by Amos  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#48

Niether link will download full file. Files are corrupted. Have tried two times each.

Reply   |   Comment by Amos  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

It would be nice if the voices in this prog could be selected in the Speech Properties of the Control Panel.

Reply   |   Comment by Hell Blazer  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

Okay, I'm back. Looks like TextAloud does have the pronunciation editing capability. I didn't look too deep into it previously. 2nd Speech Center doesn't have a Firefox toolbar so you'll have to have it read web pages in IE.

Still not bad, considering it's free.

Reply   |   Comment by May C  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

Does anyone know of any SAPI15 voices (the GOOD ones) that are free?

Reply   |   Comment by zipzap  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#44

Ok, I've done this dozens of times, I can't believe I am such an idiot. All is good now, thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Margie  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

#40 - Hello Margie! Please, carefully read the instructions (in the readme file). All the software delivered by Giveaway of the Day must be activated, so you get the full version of the software without trial limitation.

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

Three comments:

1. #27 "Anonymous" got the message “Some elements could not be removed” because the program was not completely closed before uninstalling. After clicking the X in the upper right corner, this program does NOT completely close. Only the main window closes. It still leaves an icon in the system tray (next to the clock) to keep the program accessible even after supposedly "closing".

There is NO message to tell you this, but try closing the program and then look at the system near the Windows clock. (You may have to click the little arrow to see the icon.) There you will see a small blue icon, click it and you will find a 2nd Speech menu. Before uninstalling be sure to CLOSE that first, there's a second exit on that menu that does completely close the program. In case you already uninstalled and did not see that icon (entirely possible since there's no warning message) then it's a simple fix. No need to go hunting around for the elements that could not uninstalled. Just reinstall the program, then make sure it's completely closed including the system tray icon. Then uninstall a second time and it WILL remove all components of the program.

2. Since Zero2000 normally sells this program for $39.95, they should have included at least one Natural Speech voice, but they did not. There are several choices but they are all the same SAPI14 or SAPI15 speech engine voices that are available for free from Microsoft's site. To hear anything other than a very robotic sounding voice it's necessary to buy better quality speech engines. That means the pay version of 2nd Speech (including the one offered for free today) has only limited casual use, unless you buy a better speech engine.

3. Because of the issue in 2. above, I would suggest skipping today's download and instead trying the excellent freeware program Balabolka available at http://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm There's very complete instructions at that site for installing and adding more speech engines. Balabolka also only includes the same voices as 2nd Speech, but since B is free everyday you ARE entitled to support and program updates, and will still be able to reinstall in case your computer crashes, you need to re-install Windows, or if you get a new computer.

Balabolka will read all the same file formats as 2nd Speech and will also convert them to .wav or .mp3. Unlike 2nd Speech, it also comes with changeable skins so you can change the appearance of the program to match your desk top or to make it easier on the eyes. It's an excellent piece of freeware from a very generous developer, very professionally programmed.

I strongly recommend Balabolka instead of the also-freeware DSpeech. DSpeech is a nice program, but it does not display properly at screen resolutions above 800 x 600 and most modern computers use higher resolution. Also the main window of DSpeech cannot be resized, meaning if your screen resolution is higher than 800 x 600 then buttons that control some of DSpeech's options cannot be accessed because they are all on the very bottom and far right side of the programs interface. Balabolka is much better and more professionally-done program in many other ways as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Site Seer  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

Just downloaded this after reading Bladed Thoth's review about the ability to correct words. I have both TextAloud and Text2Go installed and neither as far as I can see, have this great feature of being able to "correct" words, or more, really allow you to tell the program how to say it the way we want. I've always been a bit annoyed when Daniel, would say "wi fi" as "wee fee". With this program, I am able to do so, so it's definitely worth it.

For those who are complaining about the robotic voices, you should purchase the much more natural sounded voices. I have the English speaking Daniel (Scansoft/Nuace SAPI5) and for only some words would he sound robotic or horrible. Of course, paying for the voice is quite a bit but I got a deal when I bought the Text2Go program via BitsDuJour. Once you have the voice, you can use it with all these text to speech programs.

So, I'm very happy. Thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by May C  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

What happened to the post about this being a 30 day trial? I got the same thing, do we have a code?

Reply   |   Comment by Margie  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

I purchased ReadPlease and used it for a long time, I tried the reading bar for the 30 day trial, it would crash when I tried to open an embedded word document. I would have to cut and paste everything into the readplease panel and go from there... also I couldn't turn my reading into an mp3.

My Brilliant husband found something called TextAloud - I've been using that ever since, I love it...

I'm going to give this a try and see if I like it better, although I see no flaw in the text aloud software.

Thanks GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Tif  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#38

#5- Why don't you download and try it first, before you tell people it's a "replacement" for Dragon software? This isn't the same thing.

Reply   |   Comment by Ophelia  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

Not sure if it's just me, but every time I try to open a .doc file, 2nd speech has an error and doesn't open the file. Not a huge problem since I can still read from the clipboard, but annoying nevertheless... Can anyone advise?

To GAOTD: Thanks for the excellent software, but text-to-speech is easy... when will we see some speech-to-text? ;)

Ron Paul '08
Let's start a r3vo╛ution.

Reply   |   Comment by Joshua R  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

Hey Anon,No 27 could not remove all components,should try Zsoft uninstaler app,n,free simple and resolves your issue.

Reply   |   Comment by morrig  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

Not suitable for sight impared. The voices available (unless one pays for it - thus making this not truely a giveaway) are barely understandable. In fact, it sounds like a bad version of SAM that I had on my Amiga twenty years ago.

Some people might find utility in this program, but compared to freeware out there (great list Annonymous #21, BTW) they should pay US to even look at this.

Are people really buying this in retail outlets? No listing for it at Best Buy or CompUSA, so I have to assume that it is not exactly popular.

Reply   |   Comment by Hempman  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

Thank you, Bladedthoth for including a sample of this text-to-speech output. Listening is worth a thousand words.

Reply   |   Comment by JerryB  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

Hello all! Today's 15-Minute Review is up! Check it out!

http://www.bladedthoth.com/reviews/15mrs/2nd-speech-center-v3-23-7-828/

Reply   |   Comment by BladedThoth  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

I was going to buy Expressivo the other day as they have a special going on now. Does anyone know how this program compares?
http://www.expressivo.com/buy_now.html

Reply   |   Comment by Mack  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

everyone try Speakonia

Reply   |   Comment by snakestan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

to install it just extract the file using any extractor tool like winzip or winrar(this ones my favorite :P) then double-click on the activate app. then execute the setup.exe and then your good to go. If you got any antivirii or firewall just make sure you let it do its stuff. ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Anonymous  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

i use a freeware ReadPlease 2000 and very satisfied with that.a new version of ReadPlease ie ReadPlease 2003 ( also a freeware ) is now available. please note that ReadPlease Plus is a commercial software.
you will get more information on
http://www.readplease.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Joy Kumar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

Tested all the morning. Useful with a good voice engine.
To Editor: "Watch system clipboard" is a nice future but crash with Metapad (msg: "cannot open clipboard")
http://www.liquidninja.com/metapad/
I hope you will fix it.
Thanks GAOTD and Zero2000

Reply   |   Comment by Anonyme  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

I said I'd get back ... regarding 2nd Speech Center. Its installation was straightforward and I was, initially, pleasantly surprised to see it was designed to read Menus (hence of more use to visually impaired PC users). It has a rather "busy" skin, not so easy to read but cheerfully designed!

However, each and every time I clicked on any of the function buttons I got the following error message "Unspecified error." With no help or support available from 2nd Speech Centre, I was left with no function working and no alternative but to uninstall.

However, when I tried using the "Uninstall" facility, I was left with the following error message "Some elements could not be removed".

I'm glad to hear others have had success but I suggest making a System Restore point BEFORE you try installing this programme. (I wish I had!)

Reply   |   Comment by  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#26

See…

DSPEECH :
http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/

Bye.

Reply   |   Comment by lucgod1  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

This is one of many similar programs that offer an interface, without really usable voices. For those, you have to pay -- a lot! If you are purchasing such a program already, I recommend SayVoice, which has a simpler interface, but 18 free voices of very high quality, in several languages (including Chinese and Japanese). The price is around $20.

Reply   |   Comment by ems  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

The software itself is GREAT but the robotic reading is pathetic! i'll wait for another 10 years or so to try and use one of these so called "naturally speaking" software, which is not so natural after all. it's still a long way to reach that goal of pure "naturally speaking" software, 'till then, i'll just read it myself :+)

anyway, thanks GAOTD for the free product. keep it up.))

Reply   |   Comment by flyingbanana  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

For Polish voice I installed RealSpeak 8hz demo that's floating on the net. I don't think it will ever expire... :)

Reply   |   Comment by katalog  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

Installed................Uninstalled. This one felt like boarderline advertising to me e.g. to have a half decent voice you must pay. Fun for drunken parties i guess.
Wait for tomorrow. Thanks anyway

Reply   |   Comment by Dylan D  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

Good point Kristen (comment no. 1) but screen-reading programs are specifically designed for people with sight impairments. They are flexible and read aloud any information displayed on a computer monitor screen including dialogue boxes, error messages and menus.

A text-to-speech program (such as this - and the freeware below) is generally designed for PC users with dyslexia or learning difficulties and will not provide complete access to a PC for a blind or visually impaired user.

NaturalReader (Comment no.6, Gergn, omvattend de taal van Nederland, gelieve van nota te nemen!)
naturalreaders


Balabolka does lots of languages (omvattend de taal van Nederland!)
Balabolka

smartread only does English and Simplified Chinese (sorry Gergn, no Dutch!)
smartread

DSpeech - which is light and states: "It doesn´t write anything on the registry".
DSpeech

Speak Clipboard (Open Source for Windowns XP)
Speak Clipboard


Note on The Oracle's comment no. 5 - this does not replace Dragon Dictate (which is primarily known for its Speech Recognition software, not text to speech). I use Dragon to dictate text (and control my PC) but an old (free) version of Textaloud to read text (which fast needs replacing).

I'll get back on with 2nd Speech Center ...

Reply   |   Comment by  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

This is one of the best text-to-speech products I've come across. For example, it does a great job with two-column, .pdf articles. A lot of speech reading software, e.g. Kurzweil (starting at $1,000) don't automatically know read down one column and then the next. This product does, and it does it quickly while ignoring extraneous banner text. This software is a keeper.

Reply   |   Comment by CGilbee_2000  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

this is the tool which i looking for since long time. pretty good freebies.

Reply   |   Comment by HR outsourcing  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

Dowloaded and installed just fine. winxp sp2. The ui is good, this program is easy to use and very handy. It does what it says. However, the only thing I'm not happy with is the kind of voices. But I suppose one can search for better ones. Thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

Pretty good alternative: Dspeech by dimio.altervista.org

Reply   |   Comment by RachelBartlett  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

Terrible. From what I could tell, the default voice is either the standard microsoft 'Sam' or something equally bad. You are able to change the voices, but unless you just want more of the same, you will have to pay for it. You may as well just use the microsoft offering. Uninstalled

Reply   |   Comment by Matt  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

HELP ME!!! I CAN NEVER UNSTALL THESE SOFTWARES...After activating it and seting it up, the softwares still have a register tab or prompt me too register it! Someone give me a step to step idiots guide! (I am good at computers, on of the best...FOR MY AGE (I am 13...)
Lol
Please put at the start: Idiot's guide to installing these softwares! Ty soooo much!

Reply   |   Comment by Please  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

Customizable Speak clock and Reminder are included!

Reply   |   Comment by Anonyme  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Google...

FREE TEXT-TO-SPEECH ENGINES
Microsoft Text-to-Speech Engines for SAPI4
Mary, Mike, Sam and More (7.3MB)

Microsoft Text-to-Speech Engines for SAPI5
Microsoft Mary, Mike and Sam 5.0 (68MB)

CMU Kal Diphone Voice for SAPI5
CMU Kal Diphone Voice (2.61MB)
Usage: Unzip to a folder and run setup.bat.
For more information, visit Flite Home.

L&H TruVoice TTS Engines for SAPI4
American English (0.99MB)
British English (2.54MB)
Dutch (2.58MB)
French (2.24MB)
German (2.18MB)
Italian (1.97MB)
Japanese (3.00MB)
Korean (3.03MB)
Portuguese (2.39MB)
Russian (2.85MB)
Spanish (2.36MB)

Some voices are also installed by default with certain software programs:
* Microsoft Sam 5.0 is also shipped with Windows XP.
* L&H Michael and Michelle 5.0 are shipped with Win 2000 and Office XP.
* Microsoft TTS 4.0 voices are also shipped with Encarta 99 and higher.

Reply   |   Comment by Calvin  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

how to make it work? get the toobar but read is greyed out cannot figure out how to make it speak ? any helpers?? would like to make it read newspapers for blind person. have tried it with int explorer and seamonkey and a clipboard file nothing. I dumb I guess!

Reply   |   Comment by donald  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

The additional voice cost ~$30, NeoSpeech SAPI5 Voices seems better than AT&T Natural Voices and Cepstral® Voices. There are Japanese/Korean/Chinese Voices also availavle with NeoSpeech.

Reply   |   Comment by Calvin  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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