Voice Reader Text to Speech on iOS-Text Aloud in 21 Languages-3 Day Sale

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[prMac.com] Munich, Germany - Linguatec Language Technologies today is pleased to announce Voice Reader Text to Speech 2.4 for iOS, an update to their popular Productivity app that reads text and PDF files or manually entered text aloud in any one of 21 major languages. The app features professional quality voice output with 32 voices, 20 female and 12 male speakers. The current update adds support for text in PDF files obtained through Dropbox, Mail, Safari, etc. Voice Reader is ideal for listening to any text or PDF, for foreign language study and creating custom audio books.

It is clear that reading, particularly on the iPhone or iPod is tedious. Listening is much easier. Users can listen to presentations, documents, speeches, and notes, which is particularly valuable for written material that will be presented orally. Many students find that hearing the material that they are studying for an upcoming exam helps them retain what they have read. Text of any length can be dubbed into an audio book, so that it becomes practical and convenient to listen to a novel during workouts and commutes, rather than devote time especially to reading it.

Voice Reader supports all text that has been typed into the editor, and copy & paste text from the Internet, Mail, Dropbox, etc. In addition, the app allows the exchange of documents (iDocument Interaction) between apps for text files (Unicode) and PDFs. Finally, users can put text files, which are saved on the PC or Mac as .txt files (Unicode) or PDF, into Voice Reader via iTunes and have them read aloud. Thanks to the Multitasking-Function, Voice Reader runs in the background while the user can look at photos or take notes.

Feature Highlights:
* Professional voice output quality
* 32 online voices for 21 languages (20 female and 12 male speakers)
* U.S. English, UK English, Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Mexican Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish
* Copy & Paste any text into the app
* Open text or PDF files which are stored in Voice Reader or open them from other apps via the "open in" function to have Voice Reader read the text aloud
* Enter text with integrated keyboard
* Supports multitasking - can read aloud while operating in the background
* Straightforward management and advanced export function
* Offline voices generate audio files directly on the iOS device (optional)
* Offline voices have no character number restrictions and include a Selection Function (optional)
* Relaxation and reading aid
* Brush up on foreign language vocabulary and pronunciation
* Deepen understanding of learned content by hearing it aloud
* Create personal audio books using Voice Reader for dubbing
* Selectable audio file quality: High, Medium, or Low

Naturally, Voice Reader is the ideal tool for foreign language study, as well as preparation for multi-lingual presentations. Students and business people can open a .txt or PDF file in the app and listen as it pronounces every word correctly.

Any voice can be downloaded (optional, in-app purchase) for completely self-contained, offline operation. With back-end TTS synthesis performed locally on the iOS device there is no longer a 2,000-character limit, necessary for manageable online operation. Advanced options, such as reading out a text sentence by sentence, skipping back and forth in the text from one sentence to another, or selecting sentences while reading, are only available when using offline voices.

"Our products' voice output quality is known from the multiple award-winning Linguatec Voice Reader desktop products," stated Linguatec's Marketing Manager, Annette Busch. "The pleasant male and female voices and the natural intonation give the remarkably realistic impression that you're listening to a human speaker. It should come as no surprise: recordings of trained speakers provided the basis for the Voice Reader voice output. And you can hear that!"

Language Support:
* U.S. English, UK English, Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Mexican Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 12.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Voice Reader Text to Speech 2.4 will be available at the special sale price of $0.99 for three days only, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, after which normal pricing will be in effect. Voice Reader Text to Speech 2.4 is only $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Review copies are available upon request. For offline operation without an Internet connection, optional voice downloads are available as an in-app purchase for $0.99 each.

Based in Munich, Germany, Linguatec Company develops software for the PC in the areas of translation, voice recognition and voice output, and we are internationally known for our desktop products Personal Translator, Voice Pro and Voice Reader. Copyright (C) 2011 Linguatec Company. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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