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Applet 06-03-2014 04:55 PM

a freeText to voice app?
 
in android phones there is an excellent "@VOICE ALOUD READER" which allows me to store countless news or text articles for my interest and it speaks them back to me from one article to next, while l can do something else. My standard iphone4s allows me to "speak" only the currently highlighted text. is there a way to make it continue reading other articles of interest without a charge?

Also highlighting the text in iphone4s is precarious and relatively time consuming compared to my samsung note 2, where l just highlight a single word (~1sec) and press the 4 squared icon at the top (~1sec) to highlight all the text. in my iphone4s, i highlight a word first (~1sec), then move my finger or thumb up or down to highlight all the text, (~1sec) but when l take my finger off after a further ~(3secs), very likely all the highlight unhighlights, and l have to start again, frequently l have to do again about 3-5 times. all to "speak" one article and having to repeat again for next article. whereas it only takes ~2seconds to speak countless articles of interest with @VOICE ALOUD READER.

Any tips on making iphone 4s more user friendly?
is the 5s as user "unfriendly" or more user friendly like androids, or note2

thanks

vansmith 06-03-2014 05:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Applet (Post 1586146)
is the 5s as user "unfriendly" or more user friendly like androids, or note2

The 5s will effectively have the same problem because it's the exact same software running underneath. The only difference would be the larger screen size which is still going to seem paltry next to your Note.

Does this work?

Applet 06-04-2014 01:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vansmith (Post 1586150)
The 5s will effectively have the same problem because it's the exact same software running underneath. The only difference would be the larger screen size which is still going to seem paltry next to your Note.

Does this work?


So are you saying no known free text to voice apps to rival the excellent android app "@voice aloud"
also the precarious highlighting of all text, is the only way?

thanks

vansmith 06-04-2014 04:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Applet (Post 1586261)
So are you saying no known free text to voice apps to rival the excellent android app "@voice aloud"
also the precarious highlighting of all text, is the only way?

Did you look at the suggestion that I provided? Does it not work?

Applet 06-06-2014 03:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vansmith (Post 1586285)
Did you look at the suggestion that I provided? Does it not work?

Thanks Vansmith for directing me in the right direction, except its not what im actually looking for, firstly, l want something that can read to me without me having to be online the same time. soundgecko doesnt seem to allow that. so l want something that allows me to highlight any article, online or offline, the part of the article l want to read, to the clipboard, and it reads back to me whether online or offline.
soundgecko doesnt seem to allow that. am i correct?
also the precarious highlighting of all text, is the only way?

thanks again

Slydude 06-06-2014 10:47 AM

Have you tried the text to speech functions that are built in How to Enable and Use Text to Speech on iPhone & iPad | OSXDaily ?

There are a number of other options as well. You can find some of the options described here. I think there are You Tube videos of some of these programs and a few others in action.

Applet 06-07-2014 04:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Slydude (Post 1586529)
Have you tried the text to speech functions that are built in How to Enable and Use Text to Speech on iPhone & iPad | OSXDaily ?

There are a number of other options as well. You can find some of the options described here. I think there are You Tube videos of some of these programs and a few others in action.

thanks slydude, best suggestion, I decided to use my 4s's "speak" and paste all the articles l am interested in into my "notepad", highlight all and just "speak".
this is fine except when l black out the screen, by pressing the power button once, to save battery, and so l dont accidentally touch the screen and interrupt the "speak", everything stops!, is there a notepad or similar, where l can just use 4s's "speak" and black out the screen and yet have it continue?

thanks again

chas_m 06-07-2014 07:36 PM

The app store is very likely to offer dozens, if not hundreds, of read-aloud apps. Do a little research there.

Applet 06-08-2014 01:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chas_m (Post 1586772)
The app store is very likely to offer dozens, if not hundreds, of read-aloud apps. Do a little research there.

I have checked before , the APP STORE on mobile and computer, the apps available actually bit different, found a reasonable "text2voice" available for my macbook, but its not available on my iphone4s. is there a way of transfering it from mac to iphone? the other voice to apps l checked are god awful, making a robotic robot sound human.
its a shame @voicealoud is only available for androids.

chas_m 06-08-2014 05:00 PM

Mac apps do not run on iOS. Sorry.

On my iPhone -- on the rare occasion I need a message read to me because I'm driving or some such -- I just have Siri do that.


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