Balabolka Free Text-To-Speech Software - gHacks Tech News

Balabolka Free Text-To-Speech Software

Like automated computer translations, text to speech applications are offering a solid but far from perfect result. Still, if you had to choose between not understanding or reading at all and computer aided options you'd probably pick the computer aided ones.

Balabolka is a free text-to-speed software for the Windows operating system. The program makes use of all computer voices that are installed on the PC which means that it is possible to install additional free or commercial speech packages to improve performance or add support for different languages.

The interface looks very much like a standard notepad interface with the exception of a "speech" pane near the top. Users can select A Microsoft Speech API (the choice was SAPI 4 or 5 on Windows 7 Pro) and a voice package from a pulldown menu. It is furthermore possible to change various settings that affect the voice and speech, for instance the reading speed, pitch or volume.

free text to speech software

Balabolka supports many different file formats from plain txt to HTML, pdf, docx, epub and fb2 to archive formats such as zip and rar.

Options to read aloud, stop and pause are available in the interface and also via keyboard shortcuts. One interesting option is the ability to save audio files which basically means that users can turn supported text documents into audio files such as mp3 or wav. That's interesting for users who need to read / listen to something but prefer to do so while on the move.

Outputs can get rather big depending on the size of the text file. Balabolka can split audio files into multiple parts.

split audio files

The developer links to several free and commercial voice files that can be downloaded to add various languages the application. It is recommended to download at least one or two as they tend to make a huge difference to the standard voice included in the operating system.

Balabolka without doubt is one of the top free text to speech programs for the Windows operating system. The application is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system from Windows 2000 to Windows 7.

We need your help

Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.

We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.

If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:

Comments

  1. Visitor said on February 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    Reply

    “Balabolka” is a Russian word, it means “Chatterbox” or “Babbler”.
    http://www.google.com/dictionary?langpair=en|en&q=chatterbox

  2. Adnan said on January 26, 2012 at 2:00 am
    Reply

    Thank you for share :)

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.