What Does a Text-to-Speech Converter Do?


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A text-to-speech converter changes text from documents, files and websites into audio. Converters can either output audio directly to the computer's speakers or save the output to an audio file.

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Types of documents that text-to-speech converters can interpret include Microsoft Word documents, Adobe PDF files, e-books, text files and Web pages. Optical character recognition software is required for certain e-books, photos and scanned documents. Other features of text-to-speech converters include batch conversion for multiple documents, controls to adjust reader voice and speed, text highlighting and device syncing.

Text-to-speech converters allow students to listen to textbooks and notes, increase proofreading effectiveness and help people with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia. Text-to-speech converters also help people multitask and allow the blind to listen to written text.

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