NaturalReader is a text-to-speech application featuring natural sounding voices, enabling you to listen to email messages, web page content or any other text. Ease of use and flexibility are some of its advantages, as users can select any text and press a hotkey to have the application read it out loud.
The interface is simple and clean, comprising the text pane and some playback options. Additionally, you can minimize it to a floating bar, which is much smaller and easier to handle.
The application comes with a set of female and male voices that you can choose from (only Microsoft voices are available in the free version). You can either copy and paste text into the reading area, open a file (TXT and RTF are supported) or simply press a hotkey to have the computer speak any highlighted text on webpages, emails, presentations and about any application in your computer.
Another interesting feature is that you have full control over the reading, as the speed is adjustable, the pronunciation of words can be modified and you can add abbreviations or insert speaker / pause tags to set voice changes and text pauses.
Additionally, the program allows you to convert written text to MP3, WAV or OGG format and listen to it using any audio player. The output quality and frequency are customizable.
Basic text editing tools (change the font type, style and size, as well as the highlight color), undo possibility, zooming, a find and replace tool, customizable hotkeys are other advantages of the application.
Enabling the NaturalReader toolbar in some Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) and browsers (Internet Explorer and Firefox) offers fast access to the text-to-speech technology.
NaturalReader provides you with a simple method for converting your texts, presentations, emails into spoken words. Ease of use, together with its advanced functions make it a great tool for improving reading and comprehension, finding text mistakes or simply enjoying a good ebook.