July 15, 2008 in iTunes (E)
[prMac.com] Chester, United Kingdom - Shiny Development Ltd. is proud to announce Speakapedia 1.0, their Wikipedia podcasting utility for Mac OS X Leopard. Speakapedia is a unique tool which converts Wikipedia articles into the spoken word and seamlessly manages them as tracks within iTunes. This enables users to listen to any Wikipedia article on their Mac, or sync with an iPod or iPhone.
Speakapedia integrates Wikipedia into the Mac experience by automatically importing chosen articles into iTunes as an album, with each section being a track. To visually keep track of audio files, the main picture found in the Wikipedia article is used as the tracks album art. Speech is clear and easy to follow as Speakapedia uses Alex, Apple's new leading edge English speaking voice which was unveiled in Mac OS X Leopard.
When processing a Wikipedia article, all non essential text is transparently filtered out, leaving just the main article text that is of interest. Additionally, users can choose which sections within an article they wish to convert to speech. The applications are endless - get the background on a place you are visiting, research a topic on the way to class or find the facts behind the news.
Feature highlights include:
* Choose an article using the familiar Wikipedia interface.
* Speak it! - Speakapedia will convert the article to speech.
* Listen to any chosen article in iTunes or on an iPod or iPhone.
* Mac OS X Version 10.5 Leopard or later
* Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel
* Intel Core 2 Duo CPU recommended
* 3.8 MB Hard Drive space
* Active internet connection
Pricing and Availability:
Speakapedia 1.0 is offered at an introductory price of only $9.95 USD which is valid until the end of August 2008, at which point the product will be $14.95 USD. It is available now and comes with a free 14 day trial period.
Headquartered in Chester, United Kingdom, Shiny Development Ltd. is a privately funded company co-founded in 2006 by Dave Verwer and Andrew Thompson. Focused on the long term, Shiny Development's aim is to develop smart software that makes a difference in the way people live and work. Copyright 2006-2008 Shiny Development Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod and iPhone, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries. Wikipedia(C) is a U.S. registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.