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Giveaway of the day — Apex Text To Speech 2.3.8

Apex Text to Speech software converts text content into WAV audio file with normal speaking voices.
$9.90 EXPIRED
User rating: 235 (59%) 161 (41%) 46 comments

Apex Text To Speech 2.3.8 was available as a giveaway on July 10, 2015!

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Apex Text to Speech software converts text content into WAV audio file with normal speaking voices. It can read documents loudly for listening anytime and anywhere. Just open your text document and click ‘Speak’ button to listen it, clear human accent or just click ‘Save As’ button to create a WAV sound file. Using this application, you can listen to any text content, instead of straining your eyes. The program speaks content of plain text, WebPages, MS-Word, PDF, Email, RTF, RSS feeds using clipboard monitoring feature. You can easily listen to the files later, using iPod, PC audio players, MP3 player etc.

Key Features:

  • Text to audio software speaks your clipboard text content clearly;
  • Text to voice speech conversion tool converts and saves your text document into spoken WAV files;
  • Listen to the text data copied to the clipboard immediately;
  • Install all voices on your computer and search for more on the internet;
  • The program is very simple and easy to use.

Please note: The user with the best improvement idea will be rewarded with a full-functioning Lifetime license of this product.

System Requirements:

Windows NT/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1 (x32/x64); 512 MB RAM; 10 MB free Hard Drive space; .Net Framework 3.0 or more.

Publisher:

apexsofts.com

Homepage:

http://www.apexsofts.com/products/texttospeech.html

File Size:

7.9 MB

Price:

$9.90

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#26

When I try to run the setup file, I get a message saying that the file is corrupt and that I should download a fresh version. The product is registered, but I cannot find it in program files or program files(86). I am running Windows 7, 64 bit version. I had the same problem when I recently tried to install a different GOTD offering.

Reply   |   Comment by Stu  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

This software installed easily in Windows Vista 32-bit. It is a simple program with a very intuitive GUI and is easy to use. It is basic in its form and does exactly what it is expected to do. The retail price of less than $10 seems reasonable for someone needing a program like this and not wanting to trust a download from the internet, which while possibly providing a similar program for free, may contain unwanted malware or spyware. Additional voice styles are apparently available for download from the internet, although the default one from Microsoft is adequate to provide an audio translation. The voice quality of the Microsoft sample is about on par with a digital answering machine utilizing a traditional synthetic female voicing. The slider control for the speed of voice playback must be selected before playing the file, which seems a bit inconvenient as it didn't seem to function "on the fly." Nonetheless, the program functions well enough with that small limitation to be useful. I'd give it a thumbs up. Thanks GOTD and Apex text!

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

I installed it via reboot and uninstalled it by using the 'delete' key!

Reply   |   Comment by Matt  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#23

Changing the Speed slider seemed to have no effect on my Windows 7 Pro SP1 installation.

Reply   |   Comment by PF  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#22

You need .NET 3.5 to run this simple program !
Waste of time.

Reply   |   Comment by Meem  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

After installing (Windows 8.1), I chose the option to start....nothing. I located "Apex Text to Speech" on my computer. Double clicking did not start the program.....nothing happened. Any helpful advice? Thanks in advance.

Reply   |   Comment by isotope  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#20

uninstalled via reboot

Reply   |   Comment by Charlie  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#19

I teach beginning coding to middle school students. Some of their creations have the ability to add sound. Would this work there? The programs I use are Alice 2&3, AppInventor and Clickteam

Reply   |   Comment by -=mh=-  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#18

Doesn't seem to work with any epub or mobi or any format of my ebooks that I have on my computer which totally nullifies its use as I am NOT reformat with calibre just to be able to listen to them while I work. Balaboika at least is able to do that which saves time I don't always have. The problem I have with Balaboika is my iobits malware says there is a trojan from the authors site (I downloaded it through majorgeeks) which bothers the heck out of me but I wanted an ability to listen to my ebooks while I crochet or sew :/

Reply   |   Comment by Debra Meyer  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#17

Downloaded, installed and registered without a problem. The program works fine for me.

I have the three voices that came with Windows 8 (will Win 10 add any?) and David, Hazel and Zira are fine for me. I did a quick search of adding other voices, but had a hard time finding any that were free to download and add.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#16

If you have use for this, upon installation I found it to be a compact, transportable program that is easy to use for a novice. Additional "voices" are easy to find and I really don't expect on a free program but I would if I were paying. I thing one significant weakness is that it should allow saving as an mp3 as an option. Especially a hoot as I sometimes download music lyrics and then play them and modify them in different voices, slangs, etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Hammer  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I think it also has a weakness that it can't open a .pdf. You have to change the hand to the selector (using Adobe Reader)and copy it to clipboard with the "Clipboard Monitoring" box checked in the program. It's just extra steps that aren't required.

Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#15

Thank you Apex and Giveaway of the Day, I really like this program. It's simple really, turn on clipboard monitoring load, run your browser and go to the page you want to read, highlight the content by clicking and holding the left mouse button and right click copy to clipboard and it gets read. At least that's how I am using it.

I was wondering, is there anyway to have CLIPBOARD monitoring turned on at the start of this program without having to select it every time? Maybe a command line option to run the program with clipboard monitoring on and minimized?

Recently I have realized I need to get glasses and this has really made things easier for me. Tried Microsofts narrator and didn't like it too much.

Also, I did a google search and couldn't find any free voices that I could add to Windows 8.1, are there any out there and if so what should I list in the search to find the voices? "FREEWARE VOICES WINDOWS 8" perhaps?

Thanks again

Reply   |   Comment by Serious  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#14

anyone else getting a ?failed to launch the program" error when running setup.exe?

Reply   |   Comment by Juan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#13

It works as advertised. No bugs. No scams. No malware.
I only have Microsoft Sam voice in the PC. It will suffice.
Easy to understand User Interface.
The speech algorithm only recognises English, which it is designed for.

Just for your information as a test.
Put in a foreign (Asian) language into the panel which accepts Unicode characters.
The speech engine was unable to speak the Asian language.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

I tried it with Chinese, using Microsoft Huihui voice. It worked fine.
But agree that free Balabolka has more & more useful functionality.

Reply   |   Comment by thecatsgrandma  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#12

I recall due to my disabilities, that often my neuropathy would restrict my hands during my years in college.
For those who are college students, and are disabled, it is best to contact the ADA department of your institution, and many can provide you, free of charge, programs such as this, and a whole lot better.
I cannot recall exactly what software it was I used, however it was nice to alternate between some speaking US English, UK English, or Australian English. There were other languages to choose as well.
Not only was the program able to read, but able to take dictation as well.
Again if you are in college and are disabled you have a RIGHT, to get any help you need with classes, including programs such as this.
I take it Karl's review suggests it has one voice, and most likely is perhaps one octave and a bit faster than a standard narrator on Windows.

Reply   |   Comment by Kenneth Smith  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#11

I do not want to install without knowing which languages is supported.

Does anyone know ?

The home page tells nothing !!

Reply   |   Comment by jens  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

It looks to be only English from what I can see. I tried pasting paragraphs in both French and Spanish and it does read it, though purely, phonetically.

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#10

This is exactly the text-to speech software i am looking for.
I have been using ClipSpeak https://clipspeak.codeplex.com/ and none out there is as simple and as user friendly as ClipSpeak (clipboard monitoring). It is also portable.

Today giveaway Apex text-to-speech is one that come by after all this years of search for ClipSpeak substitute
(as it no longer updated since 2009). Apex text-to-speech also has a good functional clipboard monitoring features and the voice is natural.

Very good. Work very well in my 64bit Window 8.1.

Reply   |   Comment by vince  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I suggestion to improve this software by adding in keyboard short to stop the clipboard from auto text-to speech whenever ctrl-C is pressed. "esc" or "space" key would be convenience to stop the speaking.

Reply   |   Comment by vince  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Hovering over the previous link (https://clipspeak.codeplex.com) reveals that it is actually https://sur.ly/o/clipspeak.codeplex.com/AA005599. I don't know what the ramifications of this is, but from yesterday's discussion, it would appear that "something" has infiltrated the GAOTD site. Until this is remedied, I would suggest highlighting and copying the TEXT of the link and pasting it in a new browser window.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry Guinn  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

After restart my PC, it asked for the license key again. I think there are some bugs in it. So, I change my verdict from recommended to NOT recommended.

I will still recommend ClipSpeak.

Reply   |   Comment by vince  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#9

It might be worth mentioning that Adobe Acrobat does this natively for pdfs (View > Read Out Loud).

Reply   |   Comment by BAW30s  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#8

Sorry ApexSofts but your software really doesn't even measure up to the freeware software Balabolka. their reading of the text is smoother more life-like where your software tends to stutter.
I think Balabolka is the better deal.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+37)

in addition Balabolka allows us to easily switch between installed speech engines by tabs, with the chosen content editable in each tab, I have SAPI4, SAPI5 and Microsoft Speech Platform in order of speech quality lowest to highest.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Worked fine.
Used the Win 8.x voices. (as noted above)
Read my sample text clearly and smoothly.
Well worth the $8 or so cover price.
Which is more than can be said for some of the GAoTD offerings recently.

Reply   |   Comment by TeryB  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#6

As it does not come with any voices I cant see why anyone I would want it as these programs can be had for free.

Reply   |   Comment by peter  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)

Software supports all voices installed in your computer. If you want more voices then go with search engine (Google, etc) to find more voices to install.

Reply   |   Comment by Apex Software  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Apex Software, could you elaborate on the information that you can add voices on this program. I can't see how I can do this. Could you give a more specific step by step instruction?

Reply   |   Comment by John Davis  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#5

As far as I remember there is free Balabolka (10.1 MB, portable?) from a Russian author to be used with free and higher quality costly speech engines. With windows there comes perhaps an engine in your own language.

Balabolka homepage:
http://www.cross-plus-a.com/

Be careful as download sources like softonic, cnet etc. want to use their own downloader and so install unwanted "goodies" like taskbars.

I got it from some computer magazine's cover DVD.

Nearly blind people can obtain professional solutions via their organizations.

As far as I know with free Knoppix Linux live-CD/DVD you can choose speech output, too. Meant for people with limited sight.

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+64)

Great! 'h_ttp://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm' has a freeware portable version. It uses Google TTS to produce an mp3. And as I am in the Netherlands, Google kindly let a Dutch girl pronounce the text of the readme. She pronounce 'files' as the Dutch do. But then we mean traffic jams.

Listen to it yourself:
'h_ttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1122113/giveawayoftheday/2015Q3/20150710_Microsoft%20Hazel%20Desktop.mp3'

Delete the underscore before using the links.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Balabolka is a wonderful program! Using the Microsoft Anna voice produces very nice, intelligible readings of text.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank D  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

I have been using Balabolka with the Microsoft Speech Platform voices. Works well. Here's a link to some of the best freeware TTS softwares. http://listoffreeware.com/list-of-best-free-text-to-speech-software/

Reply   |   Comment by Doug  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

I have three voices on my W8.1 64 laptop. Listen to the readme (without the licence code)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1122113/giveawayoftheday/2015Q3/20150710_Microsoft%20Hazel%20Desktop.wav

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

WARNING
Seems we are still getting the Sur.ly addition to the link address given by posters again, in my case, clicking the link given above takes me very briefly to the Sur.ly site, then on to the link address, but a window has been added telling me there is a problem on my PC, (drive nearly full, and click the bubble to fix it).

WARNING do not go to links given by clicking on them, cut and paste the link into your web browser instead *** Sur.yl is supposed to prevent links to malware being given by posters, but is actually adding it.

If you do click on the link, ignore warnings there are problems on your PC, or Java needs updating etc.

I am very disappointing that GOTD is still using this Sur.ly code.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+163)

Apparently, you don't have an ad blocker, nor a script blocker. If there is no such extensions in your browser (e.g. MSIE) you might consider using another one (but not one based on MSIE of course, and avoid Chrome, too tied to google, the Grand Master of Advertising), like Palemoon, Tor Browser, Seamonkey... Firefox isn't the best browser anymore.

There are ways to bypass it, like bookmarklets for instance. I suggested the other day to copy/paste the link but I was imprecise: "copy link location" followed by "paste and go" won't do it. There's additional work on the copied link awaiting, like removing "sur.ly/o/" and replacing all %XX with real characters.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Sorry, I forgot to write how you should use copy/paste:
1) Move the cursor to the left of the link you wish to copy;
2) Click the left mouse button to move the cursor to make it blink;
3) Release the left mouse button;
4) Press the right mouse button and hold it down;
5) Drag to the right until the end of the text. Which is blue on my laptop;
6) Release the right mouse button;
7) Press the left ctrl key, hold it down, then press the letter C to copy the link text;
8) alternative to 7: right-click and select Copy;
9) Open a new tab in your browser;
10)Press the left Ctrl key, hold it down, then press the letter V to paste the link text;
11) alternative to 10: right-click and select Paste.
12) A download url will produce a message that you have chosen a file to download. Do it.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Papin, are you *seriously* blaming the USER for this issue?

Reply   |   Comment by Matt Sweeney  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

What the .. is? / how goes...?
"2) Click the left mouse button to move the cursor to make it blink;"

Reply   |   Comment by Cas  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

Installed easily, like Karl always says. Text to speech with only 1 voice is a total waste of time for a program like this. Your average navigator has many more voices. Even a MDC ( mobile Data Centre) for working in a large warehouse has a better text to speech than this silly little program. NTY uninstalled via reboot.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-20)

Apex Text to Speech software supports all voices installed in your computer. If you want more voices then go with search engine (Google, etc) to find more voices to install.

Reply   |   Comment by Apex Software  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+88)

Copy and paste of an url above really gives something clean:

'h_ttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1122113/giveawayoftheday/2015Q3/20150710_Microsoft%20Hazel%20Desktop.wav'

To fool the little devil I have added an underscore, but in reality copy/paste gives a clean URL.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

How to add a voice in to Apex Text to Speak? (I got some voices from internet)

Reply   |   Comment by Normal  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#2

Be able to save as MP3, so it can be used as an error on an Android Phone. (Idea Informer wasn't working for me)

Reply   |   Comment by Chewy  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)
#1

Is there a built-in voice engine?

If not, what is different from the free analogs?

Reply   |   Comment by znatok  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)
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