|Type||Text to speech|
CoolSpeech is an award-winning proprietary text-to-speech program for Microsoft Windows, developed by ByteCool Software. It controls text-to-speech engines compliant with Microsoft Speech API to fetch and read aloud text from a variety of sources, including websites, email accounts, local text documents (.txt, .rtf, .htm/html), the Windows Clipboard, keyboard input from anywhere in Windows, and the current date and time. It can also bookmark a text source to be read aloud periodically or on-demand.
CoolSpeech has a 14-day free evaluation period, after which the program would require the user to purchase a US$29.95 license, which allows unlimited use and free upgrades.
- Listen to online news from any URL specified by the user.
- Read local text files, rich-text files and HTML files aloud.
- Convert a given piece of text into a spoken wave file (.wav).
- Listen to new messages from POP3 email accounts specified by the user.
- Listen to every word or sentence the user has just typed anywhere in Windows.
- Listen to text copied to the Windows Clipboard immediately.
- Schedule files, URLs and emails to be read aloud.
- Tell the current time and the date in different styles.
- Support all Microsoft Speech API 4.0-compliant voices.
- ZDNet "Hot File of the Day" on June 6, 2001.
- MSN "Featured Download" on February 19, 2002.
- SmartComputing magazine's "November 2001 Smart Choice Award".
- More awards at this page.
CoolSpeech has a sister product TextSound, which specializes in enhanced capabilities to batch convert text files into audio files, for users who need to produce spoken audio files in large volumes.