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Voice Dream - Screen Reader

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Voice Dream - Screen Reader

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User Reviews for Voice Dream - Screen Reader

5
Excellent product for aspiring academic

I have always struggled keeping up with my reading in grad school. All of my time was devoted to just keeping up with assignments, not writing or exploring my own related interests. A prominent reason was getting bogged down in the details of texts. Listening through a first time has helped me focus on the big picture of arguments and identify arguments most important for my interests. Even though I have to go back to these sections in print, I still end up saving time and understanding materials better. Also, I appreciate the one time purchase model more than subscriptions (although I know this doesn’t support the ongoing development of the app. Why doesn’t the App Store support payed updates? I think it would be reasonable to pay a small fee for certain kinds updates and new features to give the developers an ongoing revenue stream). Any way, this app has enabled me to keep up. One feature I would like is a desktop or web based version. I have found workarounds, but a dedicated app is desirable (perhaps an upgrade I would pay for wink wink?)

A.h.wright, May 05, 2021
5
Academics, rejoice!

I work in research, and with many professors. I have to read A LOT of other people’s papers. Like many people I work with, I get “reading fatigue,” where I might go insane if I have to sit and try to slog through five more pages and try to also take notes and then also incorporate what I read into my own writing. Enter this app, which I first bought so I could have a book read to me as I fall asleep. While it works great for that initial purpose, given the built-in timer and adjustable voice speeds, I quickly found that this app also immediately boosts me past the point of “reading fatigue” while working. Adding auditory input helps me to maintain my focus, and makes note-taking more seamless since I don’t have to stop “reading” to jot a note down. The ability to add a bookmark with a single tap make it that much easier to return to papers and scan them for the relevant parts. I tried all the free text to speech apps, and the built-in text-to-speech capabilities and found them all severely lacking. Voice Dream Reader is head and shoulders above them. It does what it says it will, does it well, and is easy to use.

byrdy3566, Aug 24, 2020
5
Long overdue review

I purchased this app several years ago. Since I purchased it I have used it to “read” hundreds of books and articles. Most of the material I have “read” with this app is not available as a professionally narrated audio and never will be. This includes many obscure religious and medical texts and manuscripts — more than I can count. I am constantly on the go and almost never have time to sit down and read a printed or digital book. Yet, with this app I have been able to get through many thousands of pages of material that never would have been possible otherwise. I listen nearly every day while I drive, walk, jog and sometimes while I work. Although the app is not perfect (pronunciation is sometimes incorrect) it is good enough for me to understand. I appreciate that the developer has continued to improve the product. For example, in the last year I discovered I can use it to listen to podcasts and even videos that I download for offline use. I would be ungrateful not to leave a 5 star review, because without exaggerating I can say that this has changed my life. I now have a steady stream of valuable information flowing to my mind. This is information that was simply out of reach to me before — mainly due to constraints on my time. This has helped me immensely with preparing to teach classes and in my medical career.

CaJ4, Mar 17, 2019
4
Great App, Minor Bug

The standard out of the box voice (Heather) is the most human-like I’ve ever heard. Also, the “pronunciation dictionary” feature is amazing - allows you to change how the voices pronounce certain words if you don’t like the default pronunciation. This is great for the few instances where there’s a word or acronym or name that occurs frequently in a text (reoccurring newsletter or book) that I want Voice Dream to say it differently from the default. I hope the App is taking this data that we users meticulously enter and is using it to guide future adjustments and improvements to the reading engine that the developers build.While this app is nearly flawless in my eyes now, one annoying bug has keeps in recently: when switching into the app to a reading that has been paused, it frequently jumps to a random point in the text on the screen. If I hit play, it resumes playing at the point where I left off and a quick 2-finger tap will take me back so the right part of the text shows on the screen, but it’s annoying to have to do this when I am regularly switching between Voice Dream and another app I use to take notes on the books I read (Microsoft Word, in case that helps catch the bug!). I hope the team can hunt this one down as they have caught all the others in the past. Keep it up! :)

cyber553, Jul 09, 2018
5
Really useful for my ADHD

This app has been life-changing! I have wanted to study mycology and botany, but my ability to read (which was pretty poor to start with) has severely declined due to lots of stressors, ADHD, and PTSD. I could manage a few paragraphs a day of my plant biochemistry book on my own, but finished a whole chapter the day I started using Dream Reader. I love that I can set it to play every file, so that I have a queue of thngs playing while I do other stuff. I am glad to finally have proof that I can understabd complex subject matter, as long as it’s presented in an accessible way.I appreciate how fast I can set the speaking rate, and the customizeability of the scrolling text. I use the option of only showing the word that is currently being spoken, but plan to try the other options to hopefully improve my reading ability.Prior to finding this app I tried Speechify and Natural Speech, but those both much more expensive, and the price is for an annual prescription. The only thing missing for me with Voice Dream is the ability to export the text as MP3 files, but for the price I am happy to go without that.

GWickPress, Apr 12, 2023
5
I stepped back…

My initial review was per sumptuous and precocious as well as an educated. I judgment was not from a neutral standpoint. I treated this review at that time like the room they treated me. I was in Butte with and negative demeanor.I ask myself a few questions; how could I make this application better? What was hard about this application? What could be more intuitive within the menuing? What is great about this application? I have low vision that is very bad meaning I need backlit monitors to see anything and I see hardly at all because I detached retina. So the only specialize question I could ask how could this application work better for my issue, and what has been done an application that is universal for all of us either with reading dyslexia or site problems or blindness. mI found an auto control that all puts the highlighting tool down on the plate pause menu when you have a speaking tool activated. Are use both speaking and vision because I’m not completely sure yet. I believe that there should be quick and easy choices at the top the hierarchy for blindness/low vision. I give it five stars though! Great job!

Josiah Glock, Feb 07, 2019
5
Life-changingly fantastic

I absolutely love this app! It is far and away the best reader on the market. I work full-time, commute many hours, take care of my kids in a household, and started a second masters degree program last year. Voice Dream Reader makes graduate school possible for me. I am reading my homework while driving, walking, washing the dishes, cooking dinner, folding my laundry, brushing my teeth.... I can adjust the pronunciation for specific words or acronyms, I can adjust the reading speed And choose from voices, I can tap a small button and mark the paragraph, or highlight certain portions of text. I couldn’t do my program without this app.So many features, and the developers are impressive at their support and their constant improvements. I’ve had a couple issues, and sent an email. Not only have I received a personal response each time, from an real person who cares about the problem, but every time the problem actually got fixed or the question satisfactorily answered. Every time.I am very, very grateful for voice dream reader!

LiLynnKyn, Sep 27, 2019
5
🤯 TOTAL GAME CHANGER 🤯

I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under but thankfully I finally found this app! It is a complete and total game changer! True Crime junkie here and reading through thousands of pages of court documents is not something I have the attention span to do. Even aside from that, every book I ‘read’ is an audiobook because I literally never have time to sit still. I have been using this app for the past hour and I’m still discovering new features but I think I have the basics down now! Works flawlessly and seamlessly. The voices sound so natural. I see that their support team is very active with responses to negative reviews… which are mostly user error but they are very gracious in their responses! And MOST importantly, willing to help! I am absolutely thrilled and I am looking forward to staying up all night ‘reading’ this 1267 page document! ♥️ ETA: I have seen reviews about the pronunciation feature not working… I’ve already used it four times and have had zero issues!

LisaLeibacher, Jul 23, 2021
5
Great App

I really enjoy reading books, but I can not always sit down and read. Also, the books I enjoy reading are not available in audiobook form. Since I bought this app, I have been able to stay active while listening to my favorite book. I find the book I like and then transfer the Chapters to the folder I made for that book. Sometime the reader mispronounced a word and I am able to got into pronounce dictionary and correct it. There are lots of voices to choose from. The first voice I chose came with the program after that I did need to purchase others but the price is fair. My one complaint is although I have been able to correct the way it pronounces words there have been words (ie because, cause and several others) that even if I change it in the dictionary it still either mispronounces it or just spells the word out. It’s not a huge deal I have gotten used to it and that one small thing does not change my opinion that this is a excellent IOS app. I have been able to listen to so many books and there is so many more out there

LorieBee, Dec 25, 2021
5
Life changing app

As someone who has ADHD and struggles to read, I have always been able to listen and comprehend very well. I've always preferred audiobooks to reading books. Unfortunately, this has been a major challenge for me regarding case studies and other academic materials, and newspaper articles.Voice Dream Reader has been completely life-changing. The app is beautiful and well-designed, and I love that I can play through my entire reading list anytime I have my headphones in or drive. The app is very well-polished, and it is straightforward to add content by sharing.The Mac App is also incredible. Voice Dream Reader is one of the most excellent apps I've ever discovered, and it is worth every penny; even the Mac subscription is worth the monthly cost. I highly recommend this application to anyone that wants to listen to content. Also, the available voices on iOS are incredible. Just go through all of them until you find your favorite one. There is no need to buy any voices, in my opinion, since the iOS voices are superior.

rcbeall17, May 17, 2023

Description

Apple Design Award Winner! Voice Dream - Screen Reader lets you listen to PDFs, textbooks, Web pages, emails, and books using advanced AI Text To Speech! Featured by Apple as Best New App and App of the Day in 81 countries.

Voice Dream - Screen Reader is also part of App Store Permanent Collections in Education. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Both experts recommend Voice Dream Reader as the best app in the text-to-speech space.” - Wired “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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Text-to-Speech - 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. Supported Document Formats - PDF, Plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, RTF, and Google Docs. - Textbooks - Web articles. - Bookshare Books. - EPUB eBooks. (DRM-free books only. Kindle, iBooks and most commercial eBook platforms are not supported.) - DAISY text-based books and audiobook. - Audiobooks in MP3, MP4 or zipped MP3 format. - Rich text and image support for all documents. Built-in Scanner - Scan paper documents with the camera for text-to-speech. - State-of-the-art A.I. is fast and accurate, even in poor lighting conditions. - Works entirely on device: No need for internet and your data stays private. - Only languages using Latin alphabets are currently supported. 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 - Recognize text for scanned PDF documents. - Bookmarking, text highlighting and annotation. Highlights and notes can be exported. - Full-text search. - Built-in dictionary. - Automatically 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 Terms of Use: https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/dev/stdeula

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