Voice Dream Reader

Voice Dream Reader

By Voice Dream LLC

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2012-02-09
  • Current Version: 4.3.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 85.74 MB
  • Developer: Voice Dream LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.2 or later.
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,391 Ratings

Description

Read with your ears! Voice Dream Reader is a widely acclaimed desktop-class app that reads articles, documents and books out loud. With advanced text-to-speech and a highly configurable visual layout, it can be tailored to suit every reading style and level. Featured as Best New App in 81 countries including the United States and Apple App Store Permanent Collections in Education. “This app is one of the best educational finds of my entire career.” - Forbes “As a user myself and as a mother of a child with dyslexia, I am blown away by the features of Voice Dream.” - Quartz “Voice Dream Reader is hailed by many as the best mobile text-to-speech (TTS) app.” - Examiner Supported Document Formats - PDF, Plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, RTF, and Google Docs. - Web articles. - EPUB eBooks. (DRM-free books only. Kindle and iBooks are not supported.) - Bookshare Books. - DAISY text-based books and audiobook. - Audiobooks in MP3, MP4 or zipped MP3 format. - Experimental rich text and image support for all documents. Text-to-Speech - One premium Acapela voice of your choice free with the purchase of the app. - 36 built-in iOS voices in 27 languages are also available for free. - 200+ additional premium voices in 30 languages from Acapela, NeoSpeech and Ivona available through in-app purchases. - Correct pronunciation with your own pronunciation dictionary. - All voices work offline and play in the background even with the screen locked. Reading Styles - Tee-up a list of articles and play while you drive, walk or run. - Spoken word is highlighted to improve comprehension and retention. - Auto-scrolling and full screen, distraction-free mode to help reader focus. - Finger reading. For beginners to read by at running a finger under each word. - Pac-Man. Harvard and MIT developed speed-reading method for everyone to read at 2x speed with no loss of comprehension. - High contrast and large font size for low vision readers. - Optimized for VoiceOver, Braille and switch control. Tools - Bookmarking, text highlighting and annotation. Highlights and notes can be exported as text. - Full-text search. - Built-in dictionary. - Skip text in PDF header and footer. Content Sources - Native support for Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, Pocket, Instapaper and Evernote. - Native access to Bookshare. - Safari extension to save Web pages and Web addresses. - Support for Box and OneDrive via iOS Document Picker. Library Synchronization - Your entire library, including folders, reading locations, bookmarks and annotations are synchronized across all your devices using iCloud Drive. *IMPORTANT NOTE: It is not possible to load DRM protected ebooks. All books purchased on iBooks, Kindle and other commercial eBook platforms have DRM.

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Reviews

  • Crop PDF function not working

    3
    By Jrfalconer
    The item description is misleading, as the crop PDF function is not working at this time. The voice continues to read every header and footer ad infinitum. Another function that does not work is the pinch and zoom for PDFs in the original view. In future versions, may I also recommend that there be an option to mute footnotes and footnote reference markers in PDFs, perhaps by skipping over all text that is smaller than the main text. Also, it would be very helpful if sepia and dark viewing modes would be made available for the original view of PDFs. Otherwise, this is a solid app, and I am very pleased with the direction it is taking. Please make these small changes, and I will be extremely happy.
  • Great app that just keeps getting better

    5
    By blank99999
    This is a fantastic app that just got even better with this latest update. Highly recommend.
  • Voice dream reader

    5
    By It makes you think a lot
    This application is worth it! You should download it as soon as possible. You won't regret it. I'm so proud of the developer of the application. Keep up the good work
  • Among best four apps

    5
    By Professor Tom
    I can't do without it. Author of five books since 2006 retirement. Tom Gage
  • Awesome

    5
    By Shaktipete
    Truly a life changer-- and this is the first review of an app I've ever written. Thank you Dreamvoice!!!!!
  • Too Many Glitches

    3
    By rctnavylt
    To be honest, this product robotically reads PDFs, but when it comes to bulleted lists, is speaks the letter T for the bullet and in many instances speaks gibberish. It also has difficulty with my grad school textbooks because of the single and double column formats they take. I am reading a textbook right now that the entire chapter is gibberish. When taking the document back Acrobat and searching those words, it finds them, so it has to be the Voice Dream product. Very disappointed. Regardless of what people say, this product needs work and is not worth $14.99, maybe $4.99.
  • Excellent app

    4
    By DEATHBOWSER
    Does a great job. Even with my medical textbooks. The set PDF margin functionality is not working for my PDFs though. Tired of hearing the footers and headers...
  • Best reading program

    5
    By Weasley1435
    I am dyslexic and need an audio text to speech program to help with my studying. The non- iOS voices offered in this app making learning easier, clearer and more interesting. I only wish I had discovered this program sooner.
  • Dream Proofreader

    5
    By Zbug40
    I purchased this app after my cowriter told me what a fantastic job it did to help proofread her story. Reading written work aloud makes a world of difference. You can hear mistakes or awkward sentences. Dream Voice read my novel to me and I caught several errors that I may never have caught on my own while reading. For example: He titled his head, which should have been, He tilted his head. For writers who want to perfect their craft, this app is a must have!
  • Life-changing

    5
    By commuterprof
    Truly an amazing app-- you can load in documents such as .pdf's from cloud-based sources like Google Docs, and then it reads them, with very little fuss. The voice I chose sounds great ("Rachel"-- UK English, I like the accent even though I am American). If you get tired of the voice you chose you can make in-app purchases of other ones and even other languages. It tells you how much time is left to finish reading your document, and the menu to change the speed is intuitive. Starting, stopping, and pausing are also intuitive. You have the full functionality of the iPhone, so you can make Bluetooth connections or plug in headphones. I only have one nitpick, which is that the .pdf I scanned has some stray lines on it and it tries to read these as characters, so at the beginning of each new page it says things like "dash... middle dot... less-than sign... colon..." for a few seconds before it gets down to business. However, I don't have to do anything but listen and it moves onto the real text without me having to touch the phone (handy for driving), and this quirk is actually kind of entertaining. Use a clean copy .pdf with it if you can, to avoid this problem. Switching from "original layout" to "plain text" settings did not fix it. Still, this is SO much better than trying to get Siri to read to you, which is complicated and awkward. $15 well spent. Get it! P.S. I worked with a cleaner, cropped copy of my .pdf and it greatly reduced the reading of stray marks as text "middle dot... dash... less-than sign..., etc." One thing: in order for this app to work, you have to run optical character recognition on your .pdf files. This requires the full Adobe Acrobat, not the free reader. Competing programs may do this as well, but you'll need a .pdf maker, not just one of the free readers, to do the character recognition on your file before loading it into Voice Dream. Also, Adobe's shortcut "Clear Scan" does not work with Voice dream, you have to run the full Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on the pdf and then save the file, otherwise Voice Dream will think it's a picture and won't read it. But once you run OCR and save, you're good to go.

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