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Balabolka is a feature-rich program to read text aloud from a variety of file types including DOC, RTF, PDF, ODT, FB2 and HTML. The program uses Microsoft’s own Speech API 4 and 5, but lets you fine tune various voice parameters, including rate and pitch and a substitution list can also be applied to improve the quality of the voice’s articulation. The program supports customized font and background color, skins, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.
Balabolka can also save the synchronized text to external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When the audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text will be displayed synchronously (in the same way as lyrics for songs).
Also includes batch conversion tools from of a wide variety of document formats to audio or plain text and a file compare tool, file splitter and screen magnification window.
Microsoft Speech API (SAPI). This is included by default in Win2K and above.
Download the “Portable Version” ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch balabolka.exe.
Optionally, delete unnecessary language and help files.
- Added the button “Change language” for online TTS services.
- Fixed the text extracting for CHM files.
- The text extracting for DOCX, CHM, EPUB, HTML, ODP, ODT and PPTX files;
- Resources for Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Hungarian, Slovenian and Spanish languages.