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Pdf to Speech

by Practical Android Apps
Rated: Guidance Suggested
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 12.5.3
  • Support for docx and pptx files
  • Support for Android ICS and Jelly Bean devices
  • *look & feel
  • *switch speech engine
  • *dark and light themes
  • *special tablet layout for 10" tablets

Product Details

  • ASIN: B0073TZ1AA
  • Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,237 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Uses text-to-speech to read:
  • Plain text files
  • PDF, Doc, Ppt, and ePub documents
  • OCR-to-speech on pictures or PDF documents
  • URL-to-Speech can read webpages.
  • Other features include:
  • Replace Text tool to improve reader's pronucation
  • Support for SVOX speech synthesis.
  • Integrations to work with other productivity apps ( Adobe PDF reader, File managers, Email attashments, Camera App, and others.

Product Description

Listen to your your office documents, books, articles and research papers while you drive, run, or walk the dog. Use it to proof-read your papers. Increase you productivity by listening to work/research papers while you drive or run or when your eyes need rest. Or increase the value of your entertainment time by listen to you favorite stories.

Supported formats:
Text files (txt). ISO9958-1(EUROPE), UTF-8(Standard), and ASCII supported.
Portable Document Format (pdf)
MS Word documents (.doc)
MS Power Point (.ppt)
Electronic books (ePub)
Web pages
Images with text (jpeg,png)

OCR: reads scanned documents and pictures with text on PDF documents. Also take a picture of a document and extract the text from the picture.

Website-to-Speech: Docs-to-Speech can read website pages. In three simple steps: press and hold the URL on the browser, select share option, select Docs-to-Speech. In a few seconds the app starts to read the article.

Download and save your PDF files and plain text file Attachments from the gmail app and other apps. The downloaded file is placed in the Download folder.

Support for SVOX, IVONA(beta and FREE) text-to-Speech and other High Fidelity text-to-speech synthesizers.

Gestures: Use gestures to quickly flip pages, advance sentences, and to play and pause the reader. A menu help option informs of the available gesture instructions.

Replace Text tool: Replace words or phrases to avoid repetitive, unnecessary phrases. Use it to replace foreign words with more phonetic alternatives. Use it to omit symbols. It can also be used to replace names or words with funny substitutes.

Support for OI Manager as well as other file managers.

Accessibility: Pdf-to-Speech has been tested to work with talk-back. The use of hardware buttons such as a Bluetooth headset is recommended to pause the reader before browsing the app using talk-back.

Bookmarks: Bookmarks save the page and sentence number so you can save locations of interest in your document. You can also attach comments to the bookmarks.

Setting: Multiple language support (German, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese... and many more). Change speed/pitch within the app.

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More video tutorials available on YouTube

Technical Details

  • Size: 8.9MB
  • Version: 12.5.3
  • Developed By: Practical Android Apps
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read only access to device state
    • Request authtokens from the AccountManager
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Manage the list of accounts in the AccountManager
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 90 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
349 of 366 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty nice once you get the right TTS voices April 30, 2013
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When I first tried this app the voice was excruciating to listen to as many others have mentioned. However, in the description it says that it supports IVONA TTS. I decided to check out IVONA and see if that helped. I downloaded the free US and UK voices and they all sound pretty good.

Unfortunately they are not available on the Amazon App store. If you have a device that can access the Google play store just search for "IVONA Text-to-Speech HQ", download it, then open it and install the voices of your choice - I tried the US english "Kendra" and UK "Amy" and they sound great and are free.

After you download the IVONA Text-to-Speech HQ and the voices you want, exit all programs and go to your Android "Settings" → "Language & Input" → scroll down to "Speech" and tap "Text-to-speech output" → select "IVONA TTS" → then choose which voice you want it to use.

This made a huge difference in the voice quality on my phone.

Please note that this method will not work on the Kindle Fire - I even tried side-loading, but it would not work on my stock 1st generation Kindle Fire.

- Reads PDFs fairly accurately.
- Once you get a good TTS engine it sounds pretty good.

- Text is cut off of the screen as it reads. If you are reading and listening at the same time this could be a problem.
- Individual words sometimes do not get separated correctly so that 2-3 words can be all together without any spaces between them.
- I tried to get it to read a PDF of a scientific journal article and it really had trouble figuring out the text: it would put only a few words or sentences on each page. It seems to do much better with just plain text.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile app but needs instructions April 30, 2013
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I was excited to see this app; I'm always excited when a non-game appears as the Free App of the Day.  But I was disappointed to see the reviews.  However, most of the reviews cite the "horrible" text-to-speech voice.  I had to try it just to find out how bad the voice was.

Answer:  I don't find the voice bad--seems about the same as the usual Kindle text-to-speech voice to me.  I found it okay to listen to. At least as okay as the text-to-speech ever is.  Note that another review talks about switching the voice using a sideloaded voice.  I don't think that's possible on the Kindle Fire; I looked for the options in the Fire's settings that the other review mentioned for Android devices and I don't think they're there.

I think the app actually works pretty well; but it badly needs instructions.  Note that it reads more than just PDF files.  I think for the people who really need to be able to have PDFs, Word docs and DMR-free ePubs read to them on their Fires, it's worth learning the app.  

The real negative to me is the lack of instruction.  I'll hit the highlights here.

When you open the app, you'll have to agree to a long EULA (end user license agreement).  Once past that, you'll basically see a blank screen with four icons at the top representing four different tabs:  speaker, folder, bookmarks, settings.  

When in any of the four "tabs" at the top, you can swipe the side/bottom menu bar and tap on the menu icon for options for that "tab."

You'll want to go first to the second tab--the folder.  It will default to show you the list of folders on at the "sdcard" level.  If you've played files before, it will also show you a list of recent files played.
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177 of 198 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OMG the voices in my head are screaming for mercy. April 29, 2013
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First off this is a great idea for an app, unfortunately the voice is quite annoying. But I still intend to keep this program to read over my short story's. So I can tell if there are many mistakes and because anything longer would be defined as torture under the Geneva convention.

Reads the pdfs I have perfectly.
Well written almost flawless execution.
Can change the voice through IVONA TTS if your not using a kindle fire.

Super annoying voice.
Has no tutorial.
Has some reading issues like it reads frames as "vertical bar".
Interface is poorly written

Honestly if it where not for that annoying voice tearing away what sanity I have left at 1 am this would be an amazing app. But its best use might be proof reading something you have written as the annoying voice makes you pay attention. So for now it gets 2 stars if they choose to upgrade the voice I will revisit this and upgrade my review.*update 4/30* if your on something other then a kindle fire you can upgrade the voice through IVONA TTS(which you can download off the google play store). For someone off the kindle fire I would give this program a 4 star. But as I am still on a kindle and it still driving me batty, ill only upgrade my overall review to 3 star as I understand some people are not on a kindle.
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175 of 198 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great potential, lack of execution February 21, 2012
By Mr. B
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I am a commuter and have countless PDF documents that I need to read. I purchased this hoping it would allow me to listen to them on my drives. It has a lot of potential, it really does. It just lacks in execution.

The voice is awful, in order to get a decent voice, they want you to purchase additional ones at $3--so just as much as the app! The app also does not skip over headers and footers, so be prepared to hear copyright notices read over and over.

This app may be worth buying if they keep developing it up and you wait a few revisions. For now, I would advise just wait until something better comes along. For 99 cents this would be worth it--not for $3.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent App
I'm currently on v 12.5.3 on my Galaxy s4. I hadn't used the app for a while but when I tried it the other day, the voice didn't start right away. Read more
Published 2 days ago by James C. Greetham
4.0 out of 5 stars works well, but...
I use this to study. It works pretty well,but I am always searching for an app that does what this one does, but better. I have gotten so mad that I removed it twice. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Shannon Roanhorse
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
no ggod
Published 1 month ago by Eloise Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars It is good for listening to drafts and data
It actually does more than just PDF, so that is a plus
It will read .DOC and DOCX, .TXT, .PDF, but the native read (with no additions) is monotone dictation, with little... Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Squirrel Whisperer
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it very much
it was a little hard to figure out it had no way of telling you how to operate it can correctly and the text to speech sucks
Published 5 months ago by kathy Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 5 months ago by Bin
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not what I thought it was. Not really helpful
Published 5 months ago by lJ.Burns
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Have a Blessed Day
Published 8 months ago by George Ellis
1.0 out of 5 stars though i try it but it can't handle science papers it just kept...
though i try it but it can't handle science papers it just kept murdering the pages over and over with wrong recognition of word and splitting the words practically useless plus no... Read more
Published 9 months ago by medtech
3.0 out of 5 stars Good app if you have the need for it
Haven't even used it yet, other than to look in it and see the menus, etc. I suspect it will be something that I only use on rare occasions, because I don't have that many... Read more
Published 9 months ago by NH
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