ClipSpeak – Text to Speech…

If you are someone who maintains a blog or does a lot of writing “ClipSpeak” is a nice addition to your editing toolbox. “ClipSpeak” is an open source, lightweight, very basic, text-to-speech (voice synthesized) application that is currently in the early development stages. I’ve learned to use it to read back my blog posts to me. It is transparent in nature in that it reads back any text that is copied to the Window’s clipboard. Once I have my blog post near completion, I will start up ClipSpeak, highlight the text in my post and copy it to the clipboard. At this point, ClipSpeak will automatically begin reading the post back to me. ClipSpeak is dependent on .NET Framework version 2.0 which is a key Microsoft offering and is intended to be used by most new applications created for the Windows platform (very common on today’s computers).

Features (as indicated on the web site):

  • Speak text copied (or cut) to the clipboard.
  • Stop ongoing speech with the right-control key.
  • Select the synthesizer used. If you want a free synthesizer that supports quite a number of languages, check out eSpeak.
  • Fully portable.
  • Small size (under 200kB!)
  • The next release will feature a “Save to MP3” function.

2 thoughts on “ClipSpeak – Text to Speech…

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  1. Hello,
    Thanks for using and writing about my program ClipSpeak! It is always very enjoyable to see it’s being used, and great to see someone write about it.
    As you might have seen from the CodePlex page, not much has been going on right now, but I think this will change very soon. There are a couple of bugs to fix, and some features I want to add. When SAPI4 support is implemented, and the save to mp3 function, I think ClipSpeak will become much more useful.

    Thanks again, and hope you find ClipSpeak useful!


    P.S. If you find bugs, have suggestions, or want to take part in duscussions, please don’t hesitate to do so at the CodePlex page (requires registration though).


  2. Daniel,

    Keep up the great work with ClipSpeak! I have found it very useful in reading back my blog posts to me… I like the idea you start it up, copy the text to the clipboard, and it is read back to you…

    Thanks for visiting my blog…


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