Voice Instead

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Tired of reading long text? why not convert text to speech so that you can hear the text on websites? This extension helps you select and speak text in your browser with the following two advantages: (1) Voice Instead uses TTS(text to speech) engine in human voice quality. (2) Voice Instead supports extremely long text to be read by a single click without a long delay, and the speech is very smooth! Usage: Select English text (better in a "normal" webpage, not chrome://, not https://) and simply click the `voice instead' item o...

Voice Instead Review

Tired of reading long text? why not convert text to speech so that you can hear the text on websites?

This extension helps you select and speak text in your browser with the following two advantages:

(1) Voice Instead uses TTS(text to speech) engine in human voice quality.

(2) Voice Instead supports extremely long text to be read by a single click without a long delay, and the speech is very smooth!

Usage:
Select English text (better in a "normal" webpage, not chrome://, not https://) and simply click the `voice instead' item on the content page menu (right click).
Click upper right popup icon to adjust speed and volume.

Note: Only English speech conversion is supported so far. And playing speech on some `https' sessions is not supported due to security reason.

Important Changes:

Version 17.3.3.40:
* Fixed panel image style to avoid unintended CSS inheritance.

Version 17.2.22.39:
* Update responsivevoice API URL.

Version 16.107.17.36:
* Introduce IBM TTS API.

Version 16.105.10.34:
* Address the *pause-in-the-middle* problem by providing an additional parameter for user to adjust.

Version 16.103.11.30:
* User can now dismiss loading status.
* Panel bar is relocated to the bottom of page.
* Backward compatibility: choice for new and old TTS API.

Version 16.5.6.29:
* Use image button instead of font button on top panel.

Version 16.5.6.28:
* Fix a minor js issue.

Version 16.5.6.27:
* Make sure yellow window goes to the top (max z-index), also fix the "set to default" button issue.

Version 16.5.6.26:
* Fix first-time config data loading problem.

Version 16.5.6.25:
* New TTS APT, add speed, volume and voice options.

Version 15.10.15.24:
* Cancel Opera support as ogg/wav in Opera cannot get duration info.

Version 15.10.15.23:
* Use ogg format audio to add support to Opera.

Version 15.7.6.22:
* Added "pause" and "play" panel buttons.

Version 15.3.29.21:
* Fix the issue: stop reading caused by ''

Version 15.3.27.20:
* Fixed-size words font in panel and a non-anchor "stop reading" link.

Version 15.3.27.19:
* Better String Slice, handling reading pause point better even without comma/period signs.

Version 15.3.24.18:
* Better aligned "Loading" text.

Version 15.3.24.17:
* better top position method to prevent panel vibrating.

Version 15.3.24.16:
* add the "stop" link and panel bar on top of the page.

Version 15.2.17.15:
* remove the repeating speech when the text is all read.

Version 14.10.11.13:
* TTS API not working because of hostname moved, fixed the problem by using `www.' API hostname. And fixed the duplicated voice player in a page containing .

Version 14.8.8.17:
* Fix an issue on Chrome 36: voice does not load.
* The extension is AD-free now!!

Version 14.2.2:
* Using another TTS API, with better voice quality. (The old one seems not working well)

Version 13.8.12.7:
* A great improvement on handling punctuation mark and other symbols.
* Support added to webpages that contains element(s).

Help Voice Instead improve: Send feedbacks to clock126@126.com and zhongwei@udel.edu (please send to both email addresses).

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