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Speaking Notepad 1st Read It Aloud! Speech Suite

1st Read It Aloud!

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1st Read It Aloud!

Platform: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Seven

Download size: 3 MB

Single licence price: $19.95 USD

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Overview | Features | System Requirements | Screenshots | FAQ | User comments


Our kids frequently ask us to read something aloud. However, the adults often need somebody to read for them too. That is why 1st Read It Aloud! was created. Since now, you can listen to the text you want being read by the voice you prefer with the pitch and speed you'd like to. Just select some text from any application, press hot key and enjoy listening to the live voice reading your documents, readmes, notes, e-mails, web sites and a lot of other useful stuff. You even don't need to copy desired text into clipboard! What can be easier? Just select and listen!

English is spoken all over the world. United States, Canada, UK and many other countries speak English, but sometimes the pronunciation of the words differs and depends on the place where you exactly live. With the 1st Read It Aloud! you can easily correct the pronunciation of any word.

1st Read It Aloud! support numerous voices in more than twenty different languages, It also supports both old SAPI4 and new SAPI5 speech synthesis technologies. Give a rest to you yes. Let computer talk with you and read you aloud as your parents did in your childhood.

Before you buy 1st Read It Aloud! please look through its main advantages:

What are the advantages of 1st Read It Aloud?

  • Just select necessary text in any application and enjoy listening!

    This is true! You do not need to copy text into clipboard. Your clipboard will stay untouched. Just select text, press hot key you defined and enjoy!
  • Choose one of the tens different voices

    You can download new free voices from our web site and all over the world. 1st Read It Aloud! supports both SAPI4 and SAPI5 voices. Use best quality voices of your language!
  • With Voice slots you can assign different hot keys to different voices with their own properties like speed, pitch and volume. For example, you prefer the female voice of Julia to read your e-mails and the male Sidney's one to read your Word documents.
  • Change voice's speed, pitch and volume in one click

    Just open Options window and quickly set up all necessary speech settings.
  • Correct the pronunciation of any word

    With 1st Read It Aloud! you can correct pronunciation of any word or tell program not to read some special characters.
  • Fast work with hot keys

    1st Read It Aloud! allows user to configure all program's hot keys. You can also assign desired hot key to desired voice with custom voice settings (speed, pitch and volume) with the help of Voice slots
  • User-friendly and handy interface

Try 1st Read It Aloud! now to make sure this is true!

Download additional voices and speech engines for 1st Read It Aloud!

Key features

  • Just select necessary text in any application and enjoy listening
  • Choose one of the tens different voices
  • Use different voices for different hot keys
  • Change voice's speed, pitch and volume in one click
  • Correct the pronunciation of any word
  • Fast work with hot keys
  • User-friendly and handy interface

If you feel that should have more features or functions, please write us - manager@qwertystudios.com - and tell, what features do you want us to include into program. We can also create custom build of program with specific capabilities specially for your company or team.

Want to get high quality voices?

Cepstral® voices - are the best solution. At Cepstral®, Text-to-Speech (TTS) is the only focus. They make realistic synthetic voices that can say anything, anywhere, with personality and style. From the smallest device to large installations and high-end interactive media; Cepstral voices can bring fresh content to your ears, on demand.

Cepstral voices ideally fit 1st Read It Aloud!


1st Read It Aloud! Options

Main window of 1st Read It Aloud! with Voice slots tab

Add voice slot

New Voice Slot window

1st Read It Aloud! tray menu

Context menu of program's tray icon

Pronunciation correction

Correcting pronunciation of word

1st Read It Aloud! tray icon

Program's icon in the system tray

System Requirements

  • Pentium III 500 MHz
  • 64 MB RAM
  • 5 MB Hard Disk
  • Sound card
  • Platform: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Seven


Question: What additional files does 1st Read It Aloud! require?

Answer: 1st Read It Aloud! requires Microsoft Text to Speech Engine, Microsoft Speech API (SAPI) and at least one TTS Voice installed in your system. You don't need to download them manually because 1st Read It Aloud's installer contains all these files.

User comments

thomas (10 Feb 2009, 11:44)

I love it. Emily is a very pleasant voice.

Emily (18 Jun 2009, 19:09)

I am so excited! This is the only TTS software I have found so far where I can get it to read me the punctuation and I can edit how it sounds! Other software lets me define custom words but if it happens to be a comma it will never say "comma". This is great stuff, I am really happy!!!

Svein (28 Feb 2010, 17:15)

I use Speaking Notepad, and I wonder if there are any rules to manipulate the voice pronunciation (apart from question mark, commas and periods)? I also wonder why my 1st Read it Aloud seems to hang? It starts and docks in the system tray. But when I mark a text and try to read, my computer hangs for 2-3 minutes. And then 1st Read closes. Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks for any help!

Qwerty Studios (1 Mar 2010, 09:01)

Svein, please write to support@qwertystudios.com and let them know the questions and problems you have. They'll help you quickly and professionally with the issue you have.

Marie Coppolaro (19 Mar 2010, 19:59)

I\'m really interested in 1st Read It Aloud.I have downloaded a trial version - how long does it go for? What is cost of a site licence? Many thanks Marie

Qwerty Studios (21 Mar 2010, 05:56)

Marie, trial version of 1st Read It Aloud has not time lmitation, but has limitation on how many times you can use it per Windows session. You should purchase it to remove all limitations. The cost of site license is $300. alternatively, you can purchase single licenses for the number of computers you need and dynamical discount will be applied. Please write to support@qwertystudios.com witht he number of computers you need licenses for and we\'ll advise you the most cost effective terms.

Tony Nikolaou (19 Oct 2010, 21:02)

I\\\'m really interested in 1st Read It Aloud

Ada (15 Feb 2011, 10:56)

Un favor, ?como puedo switchear entre lenguajes.? Instale ingles y espa?ol, pero solo me esta leyendo en ingles. Gracias

Qwerty Studios (15 Feb 2011, 16:48)

Ada, please write in english.

Neytrino (20 Aug 2012, 05:25)

What about Windows 8 Version?

Sergiu (10 Apr 2014, 21:26)

I bought this product a few years ago and I can not register it. Please help.

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