Voice Dream Reader - Text to Speech
Description of App
Listen to PDF and Word documents, eBooks, articles, and Web pages anywhere with offline text-to-speech. Built-in integration with Dropbox, Bookshare, Pocket, Instapaper, and Gutenberg makes it easy to import read material. Sophisticated controls, silky-smooth synchronized word highlighting and autoscrolling puts you in charge of the listening experience. 60 amazing, life-like voices in 20 languages available. This app is fully accessible with VoiceOver.
People from all walks of life use Voice Dream Reader to learn, work, and play:
- Graduate student listens to scientific journal articles on her morning jog.
- Teacher lets his brilliant student with severe dyslexia take exams.
- Retiree listens to Web articles while doing chores around the house.
- College student with ADHD listens using synchronized highlighting to focus.
- Elementary school student's comprehension improves by 4 grade levels.
- Lawyer listens to case material during his long commute.
Customers who have tried many text-to-speech apps say this: Voice Dream Reader is the best mobile TTS, period. And we still constantly add new features and improve usability. We're committed to the goal that you will never need to buy another TTS app.
"Voice Dream Reader is an awesome reading tool for iOS." - Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D, AssistiveTek
"I think it is a great app that can be used for individual with a print disability whether middle, high school, post secondary, or adult users who need to easily access documents stored in cloud storage or from other Web services (newspapers)." - Carol Leynse Harpold, OT's with Apps
"If you are the parent of a special needs child as I am, you may be interested in using this as an assistive tool." - Amy Taylor, Special Apps, Special Kids
“It’s a text-to-speech app that lives up to its name because it works like a dream.” – rjmarmol.com
- Includes Heather, a fantastic female American English voice
- 60 voices in 20 languages from Acapela and NeoSpeech available through in-app purchase
- Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Catalan, Polish, Turkish, Greek, and Arabic.
Loading and Managing Reading Material
- Text extraction from PDF files
- eBooks in DRM-free ePub format
- Plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Apple Pages, RTF and HTML files
- Dropbox integration
- Bookshare and Gutenberg integration
- Pocket and Instapaper integration
- Built-in Web Browser to extract text from Web pages
- Copy-paste via clipboard
- Text editor
- Language translation through in-app purchases
- Folders for organizing content
- Export full text to clipboard, printer, email, and other apps
- Export highlighted text
- Open the original Web page in Safari
Listening to Text
- Play-Pause with remote control enabled
- Remembers where you stopped in each book or article
- Shows elapsed time and remaining time
- Sleep timer
- Previous and next book or article
- 30-second rewind and fast forward
- Full sentence rewind and fast forward
- Change reading speed on the fly. 50-500 words per minute
- Change voice on the fly
- Remembers the voice used for each item
- Continues reading when you lock the screen
Visual Interaction with Text
- Blazing fast vertical scrolling
- Synchronized word and line highlighting
- Full screen mode to hide the controls
- Focused Reading Mode with reduced text area and auto-scrolling
- Full-text search
- Table of content for ePub and DAISY books
- Sentence highlighting
- Customizable font and font size
- Includes OpenDyslexia font
- Preset light and dark color theme, plus a fully customizable color theme
- Built-in dictionary
- It is not possible to load DRM-protected books from iBooks, Kindle and Nook.
- Instapaper requires paid subscription for third party access.
Free or Paid
Device(s) App Was Tested On
This is a very accessible app, and the developers seem truly committed to improving it. Organizing content is somewhat difficult and may require sighted assistance, but downloading and reading content works very well. As of the latest release, 2.7.2, the developer has fixed the issues noted below with regards to the inaccessibility of the text box. It is now possible to read by words, characters and lines through the text with voiceOver.
The samples for peter (happy) and peter (sad) which previously did not play are now working properly.