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Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS for short) freeware developed by Ilya Morozov from Russia, which can convert text into speech. In addition to being able to use all speech engines installed on your computer to read out the text, it also allows you to save the converted speech as multiple formats (WAV, MP3, OGG or WMA) of audio files. Partly, it is specially designed for people with disabilities or lazy guys.
Besides, it supports reading content from clipboard in real time, and viewing the text in AZW, CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, LIT, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, RTF and HTML files. In particular, due to support for all versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI), together with allowing to change the parameters of speech (such as rate, pitch and volume) and use alternative voice engines. Therefore, users have a variety of channels to increase the clarity/quality of converted speech.
// Key Features //
- View the text from DOC, RTF, PDF, ODT, FB2 and HTML files
- Program can read the clipboard content
- Converts and splits text to speech (WAV, MP3, OGG or WMA)
- Has a pronunciation feature
- Control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys
- Customize font and background color
- Read individual words, sentences and paragraphs as they are typed
// Free SAPI 5 TTS Engines //
|British English||lost||19+ MB|
*** The program can use SAPI 4.x/5.x voices and the Microsoft Speech Platform text-to-speech engines.
*** All voices for SAPI 4 became obsolete; they are not recommended for installing anymore. Use the fresh versions of speech engines.
// Fan Made Demo Video //
// Related Links //
- Balabolka 100+ Skins Pack download
- Balabolka Text Extract Utility
- Balabolka Console Application
- Microsoft Speech Platform for developers to build and deploy Text-to-Speech applications
- Hunspell spell checker for Balabolka
- Free Text to Speech Natural Voices – SAPI 4 & SAPI 5
- Balabolka F.A.Q.
// Download URLs //
|Freeware||Latest||Setup | Portable | Command Line Utility||n/a|
|Freeware||Latest||Command Line Utility||n/a|
|Text Extract Utility||n/a|
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