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GhostReader2.3

17 October 2018

Easy to use Text to Speech.

Overview

GhostReader is an easy to use, fully customizable Text to Speech app that allows you to listen to written text on your Mac. Read selected texts from other applications, import texts in almost every format and listen to them on the go. Whether you’re a creative professional, teacher or simply prefer to listen to written texts, GhostReader’s intuitive design and extensive range of customization features help you to effortlessly save time, improve your work or enhance your learning experience.

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.

What's new in GhostReader

Version 2.3:
  • We're keeping up with the latest macOS Mojave update by introducing Dark Mode compatibility.
  • This version also fixes a few minor bugs to streamline use with a Dvorak keyboard and to keep the playback volume steady.
  • It also addresses issues with exporting files made with the Alex voice.

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13 Reviews of GhostReader

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Bugsman-(i-Zap-Germs)
31 August 2009
Version: 1.6.5

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I really do not understand why this gets good reviews. This has been my second attempt to test drive the software. I will admit that voice quality is good (in so-called British English; it's OUR English, why not call it Real English?) but the pronunciation of even simple words is awful. Example: "wind" as in breeze, comes out as "wined" Attempting to change this via the available editor is a nightmare. It is my suspicion that the great reviews are either planted, or placed by non-English speakers
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Espiridion
21 July 2011
Version: 1.6.6
I bought my copy in 2008, and have received multiple updates for free. I compared it with Narrator and OS X's included text-to-speech, and immediately noticed GhostReader's superiority. I liked Narrator's ability to automatically combine different voices, but the sound quality was inferior. You can buy additional voices: http://www.marinersoftware.com/products/narrator/voiceservices/ I have not customized any GhostReader voices in terms of speed, volume, or pronunciation, but these features are available. My complaints would be that the included voices are too few. For instance, only 5 US English voices and of those only one is an adult male. Not all sound great, and additional languages are $25 Some examples: http://www.convenienceware.com/ghostreader/videos.php http://www.convenienceware.com/voices.php I typed some of Alex's speech found here: http://images.apple.com/accessibility/voiceover/media/Alex_normal.m4a Using Ryan's voice is a vast improvement, at least to my ears. It took me about 2 minutes to type the text and have Ryan read it. Due to an earlier comment I also tried this text: "Blowing in the wind I need to wind my clock." The pronunciation of the word "wind" was correct -and different- in each instance. Try the same sentence with Alex ;)
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Mk-Ultra
05 June 2011
Version: 1.6.5
A slight improvement over text-to-speech. But not really worth it. I had to spent nearly an hour editing a page (butchering the english language), so that it could speak and sound something resembling the english language.
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Bugsman-(i-Zap-Germs)
31 August 2009
Version: 1.6.5
I really do not understand why this gets good reviews. This has been my second attempt to test drive the software. I will admit that voice quality is good (in so-called British English; it's OUR English, why not call it Real English?) but the pronunciation of even simple words is awful. Example: "wind" as in breeze, comes out as "wined" Attempting to change this via the available editor is a nightmare. It is my suspicion that the great reviews are either planted, or placed by non-English speakers
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k0gg
07 December 2007
Version: 1.1.1
I'm totally delighted that I bought GhostReader. It reads superbly well with Leopard's Alex voice. It's great for reading webpages when I'm tired of reading them myself. I've set it to read the text under my cursor when I press the Control key. GhostReader is extremely useful for proof-reading emails and forum text entries before I post them. It picks up correctly spelled words that are the wrong word in context--like 'no' instead of 'on' which I easily overlook.
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Robin-O-Hood
29 October 2007
Version: 1.1.1
Does Leopard have Improved Text-Speaking? YES it does! Here's a *Sample Leopard Recording* (from daringfireball.net) to compare with: http://daringfireball.net/misc/2007/10/Alex-Text-to-Speech-Example.mp3 * Source Page: http://daringfireball.net/linked/2007/october
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Tom-Marvolo-Riddle
18 September 2007
Version: 1.1.1
There's one word that describes this app: WOW!!!!
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Ok14me21
11 July 2007
Version: 1.1
This is just a "Must Have" program !!!! I love to give it 10 stars out of 5 - if I could ! I have been waiting for more than 10 years to find it ! I love my Mac ! But as a Swedish citizen I am displeased that my computer can not speak text in my own language ;-( People from America and England do not have this problem with there Mac's - but the rest of the world do suffer from this problem !!!! GhostReader is the ultimate solution !!!!! For those who love to hear text been spoken in their own language with high quality voices - for example Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Flemish and moreŠ.. You must download the voices for your country to use GhostReader ! I just love to hear my favorite author been spoken with a synthetic voice ;-) And to all of you out there - follow these simple rules: Download Application and your Voices. Read the info !!!! Test GhostReader. .....And You Will Be Sold !!!!!!
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Patoche
30 January 2007
Version: 1.0.1
Very good soft, I like it a lot. The french voices are sympathiques and stress on the punctuation is correctly made usually. One problem with the purchase on the US store it is listed à 39 us dollars and on the wwide store at 49.-- for a dowloaded product, why ? I will not buy it for this reason, for the moment. Of course I live in europe...
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Phaleron
13 December 2006
Version: 1.0
This is not a fair evaluation with it being the first version, but here we go: The voices are certainly better than Apple's, but the accent is often placed on the wrong syllable (although the word is spelled correctly) and sometimes it is mispronounced. For instance "spellchecking' is pronounced "spellkecking." Incidentally, I could not find spellchecking. Neither could I drag text selections around. I also found it to be a problem that when text is read on another application (e.g. Safari) and a text box opens with the selected text that is read-out, the user cannot then go to another window, or else the box closes and the reading stops. As a result one has to refrain from all work while the text is being read. On the positive side, I really like the voices. The places where TextParrot runs smooth, it is a joy to listen. Playing the fast-forward is surprisingly comprehensible (maybe even preferable). Much, much work has to be done to get this program to be smooth, but in my opinion they are already ahead of the competition. Good luck!
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Niamor
13 December 2006
Version: 1.0
It's quite difficult to find a good voice synth for french language. Maybe impossible... And these are not so bad. The 4 french voices sound almost natural, but there are a lot of bugs with the timing, punctuation, abbreviation... Then, it becomes quickly unbearable ! However, it should be usefull with a applescript support... but none at this time..
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Dalahast
13 December 2006
Version: 1.0
Nothing the Mac OS and the application Orator (freeware) can't do. A waste of time and money.
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Meatmcguffin
12 December 2006
Version: 1.0
Is this anything to do with the DOS talking parrot? Good times, i remember playing with that in my childhood!
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Coolfactor
12 December 2006
Version: 1.0
297MB????? What makes it so large?
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