Voice Dream Reader

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Friday, March 6, 2020
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Description of App

Featured as Best New App in 81 countries including the United States and Apple App Store Permanent Collections in Education. “This app is one of the best educational finds of my entire career.” - Forbes “As a user myself and as a mother of a child with dyslexia, I am blown away by the features of Voice Dream.” - Quartz “Voice Dream Reader is hailed by many as the best mobile text-to-speech (TTS) app.” - Examiner Supported Document Formats - PDF, Plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, RTF, and Google Docs. - Web articles. - EPUB eBooks. (DRM-free books only. Kindle and iBooks are not supported.) - Bookshare Books. - DAISY text-based books and audiobook. - Audiobooks in MP3, MP4 or zipped MP3 format. - Experimental rich text and image support for all documents. Text-to-Speech - One premium Acapela voice of your choice free with the purchase of the app. - 36 built-in iOS voices in 27 languages are also available for free. - 200+ additional premium voices in 30 languages from Acapela, NeoSpeech and Ivona available through in-app purchases. - Correct pronunciation with your own pronunciation dictionary. - All voices work offline and play in the background even with the screen locked. Reading Styles - Tee-up a list of articles and play while you drive, walk or run. - Spoken word is highlighted to improve comprehension and retention. - Auto-scrolling and full screen, distraction-free mode to help reader focus. - Finger reading. For beginners to read by at running a finger under each word. - Pac-Man. Harvard and MIT developed speed-reading method for everyone to read at 2x speed with no loss of comprehension. - High contrast and large font size for low vision readers. - Optimized for VoiceOver, Braille and switch control. Tools - Bookmarking, text highlighting and annotation. Highlights and notes can be exported as text. - Full-text search. - Built-in dictionary. - Skip text in PDF header and footer. Content Sources - Native support for Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, Pocket, Instapaper and Evernote. - Native access to Bookshare. - Safari extension to save Web pages and Web addresses. - Support for Box and OneDrive via iOS Document Picker. Library Synchronization - Your entire library, including folders, reading locations, bookmarks and annotations are synchronized across all your devices using iCloud Drive. *IMPORTANT NOTE: It is not possible to load DRM protected ebooks. All books purchased on iBooks, Kindle and other commercial eBook platforms have DRM.

Version

4.10.2

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

No

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

Accessibility Comments

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.

iOS Version

13.3.1

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

The samples for peter (happy) and peter (sad) which previously did not play are now working properly.

Developer's Twitter Username

@voicedreamapp

Recommendations

28 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Lit Xuan 5 days 22 hours ago

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Comments

Submitted by Kyle on Sunday, April 3, 2016

zipped mp3's work. i am to getting the same thing described above but if i give it a bit it seems to sort things out. its almost like its loading the zip still. any more help on deciding if this is a bug or not would help.

Submitted by Reader21 on Friday, April 8, 2016

I'm wondering if anyone else has seen this bug?
I often use the text box in VDR to read content, either with a braille display or with Voiceover's speech. However, I've noticed when finishing one page of text and moving to the next page, the first line or so of text is skipped.

I was able to fix this bug on my iPhone by uninstalling and and re-installing the app, but cannot fix the problem on my iPad no matter how many times I uninstall and re-install.
Any thoughts are welcome

Submitted by Jake on Friday, July 8, 2016

I've seen it too, even with the latest version (4.0.4 as of the time of this writing). The bug was supposedly fixed in 4.0.3, but I keep experiencing it.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Sunday, October 2, 2016

What's New in Version 4.0.5

- Updated for iOS 10.
- Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

Great news! iOS 10 comes with many free, high quality TTS voices, including Siri voices. Go to iOS Settings, General, Accessibility, Speech, and Voices. Select the language you want to use, and you'll see all the available voices. The enhanced versions of the voices are higher in audio quality, but note that they use a lot more storage. After download is complete, go back to Voice Dream Reader. Go to the voice selection screen and tap on the Refresh button at the bottom. Newly downloaded iOS voices will be available for use.

Submitted by DJ on Friday, November 25, 2016

Can Voice Dream Reader be used when browsing the web with Safari?

Oops, I read the description again and noticed that web articles can be read using VDR.

Submitted by Will on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

hi all, my wife and i note that in voicedream whether on ipad or iphone for us in ios 10, there is an error when playback. sometimes, when we have listened to a title and double tapped with 2 fingers to pause and then do the same to resume, we hear no sound, and when we supposedly navigate back by 30 seconds and hit the play button, we are taken to that spot, or sometimes, even further back in the book. do other people have issues with audio not playing even when it is supposed to be? i thought, that when we downloaded content from dropbox, or somewhere erse, that it would be perminantly on the device and not streaming it?

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Monday, March 13, 2017

Hello. I have several Neospeech voices. Yesterday, out of nowhere, the voices suddenly stopped working; or rather, the voices began telling me that this product was not registered and that I needed to contact "Voice Text" regarding purchasing the voices. Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks.

Submitted by Clare Page on Monday, March 13, 2017

In reply to by sockhopsinger

I have seen several reports today of NeoSpeech voices no longer working properly in Voice Dream Reader: in my case, when i opened a book this morning which NeoSpeech James had been reading till now, he still worked, but before starting to read the text he said something about not being registered the first time I opened the book, and something about a test the second time; If I remember rightly, James is the only neoSpeech voice I have, so I changed to a different voice for that particular book for the time being. However, just before I saw this forum post, I read a tweet from the developers of Voice Dream reader, which reads as follows:

NOTE: If you’re experiencing issues with NeoSpeech voices, we’re aware of it & a fix will be released shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Here's hoping we'll soon get our NeoSpeech voices back, working properly without any extra comments about not being registered or about a test version of the voices currently running!

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Monday, March 13, 2017

Thanks for the post. I think it is great information about the Neospeech voices. I've got five of the voices, and it's very annoying to have them not useable.

Submitted by Bahzad on Monday, March 13, 2017

Definitely helpful! I was also experiencing the same problem. I'm glad to know that a fix is on the way. Thanks for the comment.

Submitted by vulcansummer on Monday, March 13, 2017

I too am having this problem. I'm glad I'm not alone in it, and that hopefully we'll get a fix for it soon. Thanks for letting us know, Clare.

Submitted by DrummerGuy on Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hi all:
I downloaded Voice Dream Reader yesterday and, so far, I really love this app. However, when I downloaded the app it said that I would get to choose a voice to start reading and so I chose the Acapela voice of Heather, just to see how it worked. The problem is that, even though I have gone through the settings many times, I cannot make Heather read anything. When I do the command to read, it is VoiceOver that reads the text to me instead of the Voice I chose. On the other hand, when I tried Reading with A different iOS voice, it worked like a charm. Can somebody tell me how to do this properly? Maybe there is something that I am missing. Please help because I really want to buy a few voices that will make my reading time more pleasant. I will be going for the NeoSpeech and Ivona voices for I think they are the best voices out there. By the way, I am using an iPhone 7 Plus with the latest iOS version. Thanks in advance for your always greatly appreciated help.
Have a very nice day/night, everyone.

Submitted by Jeff Crouch on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hi basically my subject says it all. I have my e-text book in iCloud drive. It is split up in to 41 files. It's a pain trying to add each individual file. So is there a way to add multiple files at once. ps. there all DOCX files. thanks in advance.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Monday, September 25, 2017

What's New in Version 4.4.1

- Updated for iOS 11.
- Added support for loading documents using iOS 11 File Browser.
- Added support for iOS 11 Drag and Drop for files and URLs.
- Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

Submitted by Mike on Thursday, October 12, 2017

VDR is using a large amount of space on my ipad mini. Is there a way to store VDR contents in icloud, or similar, but so I can still access the contents easily, but free up storage on ipad?
Thanks for advice.

Submitted by siria on Monday, June 4, 2018

Hi! Since the last update, I have encountered some problems. When I open a book, voiceover becomes stuck on the text of the book, and I can't move toward the play button and toward all the other buttons. I've discovered that, if i double tap some times on the text, the buttons reappear, but it's unpredictable, meaning that I don't know how many times do I have to tap. I'm the only one having this problem? I've an iPhone SE with the last IOS.

Submitted by Rajesh Malik on Friday, July 27, 2018

Hi everyone,

On my iPhone 8 running the latest IOS with Voice Dream Reader, I can no longer find page numbers in DAISY text files or PDF files while using VoiceOver. I have reported the issue to the developer and am told that the page numbers are still there but VoiceOver cannot find them. Has anyone else encountered this problem? I have begun noticing this since the latest release of Voice Dream Reader.

Submitted by Rajesh Malik on Friday, July 27, 2018

Hello everyone,

Since the latest release of Voice Dream Reader, I can download only EPUB files from Bookshare from within the app and not DAISY text files. My setting on Bookshare clearly indicates that I prefer DAISY files but Voice Dream tries to get only EPUB files. Has anyone else encountered this problem? I have an iPhone 8 and am running the latest IOS.

Submitted by Rajesh Malik on Friday, July 27, 2018

Hello again everyone,

I have yet another problem to report with Voice Dream Reader.
I had purchased the Kendra voice to use with this app years ago but I am being asked to pay for it again after deleting and redownloading the app. Here's what happened.
Some time ago, I changed my Apple ID from an email address I no longer have to my iCloud email, and everything worked quite smoothly with all of my apps, including Voice Dream Reader. I was able to use Kendra reliably as before. However, since I began to encounter other problems with the app, I decided to delete it from my iPhone 8 and then reinstalled it immediately. All of my settings for the app were successfully restored from icloud accept for the setting related to Kendra. When I proceeded to download this voice I was told to pay for it yet again. I have reported the issue to the developer but have heard nothing. Does anyone know any possible solutions to this problem? Thank you for your help.

Submitted by vulcansummer on Sunday, October 7, 2018

Hi, everyone,
Here's an example to explain what I mean.
Whenever I try to flag a document of any kind, or delete a book, or try to perform any other such actions, Voice Dream Reader either reads the text of the book by word or character, or skips completely to another book or button.
I've checked the rotor in the speech settings with no luck. I've also removed the app from the app switcher and turned off the phone completely then restarted it, but nothing seems to help the problem.
I've also noticed that before when I used to type in page numbers or percentages in the edit box, the numbers used to appear in a phone pad system. Now, though, the regular keyboard appears and I have to switch from letters to numbers, then type the number using the number row. Is there a way I can return the key pad back to the phone key pad style?
Thank you in advance for any help.