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App of the week: Voice Dream Reader-Text to Speech
What is it? An iOS text-to-speech application that is giving students a more effective way to access text. Apple’s iOS text-to-speech features don’t provide a seamless listening experience. Students using iPads can’t make their devices read out loud an entire novel with the tap of a finger; pause, rewind or fast forward when using voice over to take a test; or easily jump to different sections of the text. Voice Dream Reader allows for these functions and offers a number of other text-to-speech customizations.
Best for: All students
Price: $4.99 (this 50 percent off price is for a limited time only)
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Features: 60 voices in 20 languages from Acapela and NeoSpeech available through in-app purchase. Multiple languages. Text extraction from PDF files; eBooks in DRM-free ePub format; plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Apple Pages, RTF and HTML files; Dropbox integration; Bookshare and Gutenberg integration; pocket and Instapaper integration; built-in web browser to extract text from web pages; copy-paste via clipboard; play-pause with remote control enabled; remembers where you stopped in each book or article; fast vertical scrolling; synchronized word and line highlighting; table of content for ePub and DAISY books, and much more.