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Learn more about this text to speech app - including the education version of Speech Central.

Updated 6/3/22 by developer Ivan Icin

There have been several very significant developments since the original post, some of them particularly affect the special education audience.

  1. The iOS app is completely free when used with VoiceOver. I get the money from other users and this is my donation (and donation of my paid users) to affected people.
  2. It is also important to note that the standard edition of the iOS app has been modified to be safer for children and now has the rating 4+ on the App Store. As such the standard app edition can be used for all sort of education purposes and it matches the safety level that other apps offer (the users are not tracked so all collected data remains anonymous and access to web technologies is limited to the level acceptable for usage at kids age). There is also a specific edition for elementary schools that has unmatched standards for children protection by any other app (it doesn’t collect ANY data about child/user actions and is even more restrictive regarding the web technologies), but as it is paid app it cannot be offered for free to specific groups, so it is not free with VoiceOver.
  3. There has been significant feature development and overall, I can claim that Speech Central has more features than any other app now. This includes significant improvements in the accessibility. To prove this I have created a fact sheet that tracks over 100 features across popular apps: Speech Central vs. Voice Dream Reader vs. Speechify
  4. Finally, Speech Central is also available on macOS; Speech Central for macOS has overall more features than Voice Dream Reader but costs only 9$ for lifetime use which is more than 100x cheaper for users that might use it in longer periods of time.

Original post dated March 2, 2021:

I am the developer of Speech Central, one of the leading text to speech apps on the App Store.

The aim of the app is to provide a very wide set of features at the value that is not matched by other apps. As such the feature set of the app is comparable to all other top apps and there are innovative features that set Speech Central apart. Some of the features that are currently not matched by any other app are: listening of the web headlines with ability to add related articles, programmable audio (headphones) buttons, widest availability of customization options. All this comes at a price that is significantly (even multiple times) lower when compared to apps with similar feature set.

The app implements state of the art features of voice readers for education:

Supported document types are: PDF (including scanned documents), Microsoft Word (.docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx), OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.odt, .odp), .html, .txt, .rtf, supported ebook formats are .epub, DAISY and .fb2 and emails in .eml format. All those formats will work only if a document has no DRM (Digital Rights Management).

The regular version of the app is available for download from this link: Speech Central Voice Reader (regular version).

For the purpose of education it has two use cases:

However the regular app does not meet all the needs of education market, and there is a version specifically crafted for schools available at this link: Speech Central: School Reader. This version is better for this particular market for multiple reasons:

Speech Central Video 1 [Video Description: There is a web page opened in the Safari browser. The user taps on the Share button and the Share dialog appears. The user taps on the Speech Central icon. The user is presented with three options – ‘Listen Now’, ‘Add to Articles & Books’ and ‘Add to Headlines’. Among those the user picks ‘Listen Now’. The app opens the reader screen and starts to read aloud the content from the web site.]

Speech Central Video 2 [Video Description: In the Headlines tab the user taps on one of the previously added items.The app presents the reader screen and starts to read aloud. The user swipes left over one item and taps on the ‘More…’ button and then on the ‘Listen Now’. The app opens the requested article and starts to read it aloud.]

Speech Central Video 3 [Video Description: In the Articles & Books the user presses the ‘+’ button and picks the option ‘Open File’. The system file picker dialog appears. It supports importing of iCloud files and files from all installed cloud apps on the device. The user picks the epub file ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. As it is imported the user taps on it. The app presents the reader screen and starts to read aloud.]

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