Download free speech software, such as NaturalReader, by navigating to NaturalReaders.com and clicking on the Free Download button that corresponds to the operating system installed on your computer. Other speech software, such as e-Speaking, offers a 30-day free trial period. Download it by navigating to e-Speaking.com, clicking on the Download button and then clicking Install. Make sure to also install the listed components necessary to run the software.
After downloading the required setup file, double-click on it to initiate the installation process. The latest version of NaturalReader as of 2015, 14.0, is compatible with PDF files, Microsoft Word documents and Web pages, allowing you to import them directly and have the software read the content out loud. Alternatively, text can be entered manually by the user. NaturalReaders.com includes an option to preview the text-to-speech functionality by typing the desired text, selecting one of the voices and specifying the reading speed.
NaturalReader is capable of converting text files to different audio formats, including MP3 and WAV. It also supports mobile devices, providing an option to synchronize documents between your computer and phone or tablet. In addition to text-to-speech functionality, e-Speaking lets you use voice commands through its speech recognition capability. It includes more than 100 built-in commands, such as starting specific programs or scrolling through a document, and allows for additional custom commands and seamless integration with Microsoft Office programs.