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Talkie: text-to-speech, many languages!

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Fast, easy, high-quality text to speech in over 40 languages. Read out loud from websites, PDF, email. Speak text with TTS.

# Install additional voices New voices, languages, dialects can be downloaded for FREE for your operating system from for example Microsoft, Apple, and Google. Once installed correctly, Talkie will auto-detect them. ☑ Windows 11: Settings → Time & Language → Language & Region ☑ Windows 10: Settings → Time & Language → Language ☑ macOS: System Preferences → Accessibility → Speech → System voice → Customize... ☑ ChromeOS: Settings → Manage accessibility features → Text-to-Speech voice settings → Speech Engines # Usage 1. Select desired text on any web page. 2. Click the Talkie button in your browser bar You can also select the text, then right click on it, and choose Talkie in the menu. This way also works in PDF-files and some special types of pages in Chrome. # Shortcut keys A convenient option is to use the Talkie shortcut keys: ☑ ⌘+Shift+A on macOS ☑ Ctrl+Shift+A on Windows, Linux, Chrome OS ☑ ⌘+Shift+1 or Ctrl+Shift+1 to read text from the clipboard in any program (Talkie Premium feature) If the key does not work, please check that it is not already in use by another extension. How to check or change the Talkie shortcut key: # Features ☑ Lets you listen to the selected text on any part of a page -- a short snippet or an entire news article. Just highlight what you want to hear read aloud and hit play. ☑ Automatically detects the text language per-page, and chooses a voice in the same language to match it. ☑ Privacy aware -- no unnecessary tracking or external services. # Voices ☑ Uses your browser's built-in Web Speech API for text-to-speech (TTS) known as Speech Synthesis. ☑ All text and speech is processed internally by your browser. While ultimately depending on your specific browser, all processing is expected to be done on your own machine and not use a server. ☑ The available voices may differ depending on your operating system, browser, browser version, and any other installed extensions/software. ☑ Custom voices using Speech Application Programming Interface (SAPI) should work, but not all have been tested. # Upgrade to Talkie Premium! ☑ Select your favorite voice per language! ☑ Adjust the speed and pitch per language! ☑ Read text from the clipboard in any program! # Open source For open source code (GPL-3.0) and more, see the project web page: See also additional tools developed by Joel Purra:

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Nnenna OKOROAFORJan 30, 2024

Good app but does not work for Google docs at all. which is what i needed it for.

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LKDec 8, 2023

My issue resolved itself and I can see all the installed languages now. Just one thing: I hope you consider adding an option to speed up the reading. I usually read very quickly so having to listen to slow reading is a bummer. Otherwise, thanks for this app. It helps a lot.

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Mario ChudybaNov 13, 2023

Amazing Chrome Extension! I'm trying to find the best addon for reading a page or the selected element of that page and I can tell, it's the fastest plugin of my old chromebook. Because the most popular addons for this, working so slow. I need something to play TTS, when I click a shortcut and get instantly reaction and this is working well. Good job mate!

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  • Version
    v7.0.0 Chrome Extension (2021-12-31)
  • Updated
    January 5, 2022
  • Features
    Offers in-app purchases
  • Size
  • Languages
    34 languages
  • Developer
    Joel Purra
    Grindsjön 4492 Norra Sorunda, - 13794 Sweden
  • Non-trader
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