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My Docs Can Speak – Free Text to Speech from Zamzar

Zamzar is a very powerful striped cone-headed frog….

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Actually Zamzar is a very handy, web-base, free tool for converting files – different types of graphics, audio or document files (dealing with those infernal Microsoft Office *.docx or *.pptx file types). You upload a file, and Zamzar the Wonder Converter emails you later with a link for the download.

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But there is a new exciting feature.

Ribbit.

That’s right, you can upload a document file (.doc[x] or .pdf), and it does text to speech to turn it into an audio file.

I tried it today with a one page PDF, this handout I use for my 50 Ways workshop.

Zamar the Wonderfrog reads my document

The voice of course is a little robotic, but not horrible, The mistake I see here is sending it something with a pull out box, as reading goes left to right, across the lines, so you get a weird kind of mashup.

But free text to voice from just uploading a document? Amazing. Even for a frog.

Try it yourself http://www.zamzar.com. Tell the Frog that the Dog says :Wog.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

Comments

  1. I’ve been using spokentext.net to do this. You can publish the files to a podcast feed and then download with other podcasts. It offers straight downloads too. I use this to listen back to things I write. It helps me get a feel for how well my writing reads.

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