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Currently, (as of 01/01/2018), I’m trying out TextAloud as new clothing for my lecherous speaking slave called AMY. A harlot from the IVONA school of pleasure, but Amy’s many clones, and extensive voluptuous, vexatious and vicarious cousins: have all been re-sold on to the HARPO slave emporium, who are actively cross breeding the stock, and are now dealing in tongues.

  • Mainly (cow) tongues, with a few (bull testicles) on the side.

On the famous river: the clones of AMY you’ll find here, are being re-built and re-engineered, and as such: they are quite good for polly wants a cracker imitations.

My wild wide eyed pleasure slave: was previously dressed in expensive ClaroRead clothing, but in her new TextAloud attire, (at only £38.00p to dress her), means that she can now spread her wings, by crossing her legs.

  • And also by cross dressing into the realms of miscellaneous Browsers.
    • But what a rowdy bunch of old drunks they are.
      • That exposure is dumbing my slave down to that of a gutter tramp.
        • She’s become a potty mouth in what she says.

In desperately visiting the TextAloud extensive Boudoir dressing room, to basically control that wild bitch, and also bring her back in line: I am now beginning to get an understanding with the Madam who lives there.

  • Her rooms, (though not as large as the Masters in ClaroRead), are now becoming familiar to me.
    • But at this rate: I’ll be back to dressing AMY in ClaroRead clothing again real soon, just to get some writing done.
      • Because the story is now coming out of my ears.

ClaroRead Review.

Many years ago: this old woman bought the Standard Version  of the Screen Reader from Claro Read, and did it for the Princessly sum of £70:oop. It was blooming well expensive for what it was: even then, and I got that at a discounted price. (Gasp! – still holds heart at price.)  The true price was over £130:00p, (Double gasp! – And flippin horror as well), and in those days (2009), there was only two versions: Standard and Pro, and that posh version apparently had the ability to scan in PDF documents.

The Pronunciation Editor.

It alone, makes or breaks a good Text-To-Voice Reader, and the one in ClaroRead is quite frankly: brilliant. You select the menu item from the drop down in the program. Place your dodgy text in the top text box, and then fiddle with the word in the second text box to get it to sound right.

The name of (Tra) is a good example. It supposed to sound like a (tray) you carry, but the reader pronounces it as [ T-R-A! ] – As in Tra-La-Lar. The simple solution is to go into the Pronunciation Editor: put [ Tra# ] in the top box, (the # means whole word.) In the bottom box, you put Tray, and then volare: ClaroRead now says [ Tray ] when it finds the word [ Tra ], and my plot flow continues unabated.

  • And this editing method, and model is vital to my proofreading.

Other, (not so good), things.

  • The version that I’m still using, is *still* called Standard: and currently costs £154.80p.
    • Now has full on heart attack.
      • Claro Plus is £190.80p.
        • Leaves room on stretcher. 
          • And Pro stands at £238.80p.
            • (Now dead and buried).
            • How in the heck they can justify that sort of pricing structure is beyond me.
          • And remember: that these prices quoted are for a single installation license.
        • Now sees my ghost dropping through the floor, cos’ the other direction ain’t gonna happen.
        • Not after writing this personal review.
      • There is a bastardised version called SE: it has all the basics, but at £70:80p it’s just not worth it with it’s built in limitations.
    • But even that price is far too rich for this tight arsed old witch.

The full ridiculous price list to be found -> here. <-

A big downer, (as far as I’m concerned); is that it’s only Word 2010, and upwards that is now supported. There is a demo page where you can download a 15 day trial version: and it’s here, but I would think long and hard about buying any ClaroRead products, because of their over the top pricing structure.

  • Digging even deeper: the Standard version from ClaroRead, appears to only support Word, but from the Web site: it also appears that it’s only the Plus version that has plug-ins for Open-Office, some Browsers, and of course Microsoft Word ++ 10.
    • It’s basically a rip off, and that was then.
  • Now it’s just ridiculous.

That gold lined, money making, far too expensive: (but very good program), works by attaching itself to the top right hand corner of the current open window on the Microsoft Windows screen.

  • Even File Explorer, that it doesn’t support? – Yup! – There as well, and it can get a bit annoying, especially with Browsers that insist on shoving their TABS up there as well.
    • Chrome, (you slapper), I’m looking at you here!

Latching onto the Microsoft Word window: (like a damned limpet), the Program reads the words right off of the screen: highlighting them individually, or even full sentences as it goes, (all configurable), and as I say: the Pronunciation Editor is very good indeed.

Keyboard Hot Keys encoded: cos’ they blooming-well need explaining.

  • Shift – F8 will open up the settings, and it’s OK: so far!
    • Pressing F7 on keyboard starts the ClaroRead program to speak your text at the cursor in Word.
      • Just press (Escape) or F8 to stop it.
        • The real kicker here: is that if you press F6, then it apparently toggles the F7 Key used in Word for normal spellchecking, to then be the Hot Key in ClaroRead: and the problem here is? – There’s no indication as to which mode you’re in.
      • Badly thought out, stupid: silly toggle.
    • F9 starts the Spell Checker, but it’s not that good, and being as Word has it’s own, and the program only really works in that Editor from Microsoft: then it’s a bit flippin-well redundant.
  • F12 is the Help key for the program: that must be said, brings up a fairly useless Help Menu, but pressing F12 will open it again, and again, and again! – And yet again if you press F12 once more, – seems that it’s a bit of a programming bug there.

A neat tick in the Configuration Screen, is that you can permanently lock off the Capslock Key, and also completely disable the INS key in overwriting mode: useless blooming keys they are anyway.

Claro actively push something called Homophones, and even have Hot Keys to the function.

F10 will show you all the homophones in that paragraph or in the selected text.
Homophones are words that are pronounced alike,
even if they differ in spelling or meaning, such as "pair" and "pear".
ClaroRead highlights this by indicating the homophones as blue,
but you can change this colour in the Homophone Settings.
These homophones can be altered within the Homophones Tab of the Advanced Settings Editor.

The above is a direct pull from the Help Screen of ClaroRead.

  • Now, I know that I am the worse offender here for that sort of thing, but! – It’s never highlighted any inconsistencies in my work, and just shows what could be a Homophone on a page, not very helpful if the truth be told.
    • But they do make a big thing out of it.
      • So much so, that F11 has been assigned to turn the wonderful (feature): off.

You really need Ginger, an on line tool for that sort of thing: this stand alone program just can’t hack it.

Upside.

ClaroRead does do reading text to you very well: especially if you have a well trained, chained up slave to do your bidding, as I have in AMY.

Major Downside.

This company is ever so expensive, and their TxtToSpeech products, only work well in the right environments: and there are much cheaper alternatives out there, that now work across more Microsoft PC programs than even ClaroRead does.


TextAloud Review.

Currently: the program is at version 4.x, and is in late Beta. Version 3 is the stable release, and costs a whopping £23.10p, (plus VAT or Local Taxes). This puts it up to about £38.00p with a whole house site licence. They also offer you voices, at a very good discounted price when you buy a licence.

  • I don’t need another house slave, got my hands full with AMY. (From the old IVONA stable BTW).
    • But the offer is excellent, should you not have any at all.
      • And they allow you to review them: I’m not a fan of AT&T voices, they still sound tinny to my mind.
        • NextUp : (TextAloud’s) Page, gives you several suppliers to choose from. I like IVONA, and what they offer, but your ear requirements might be very different from mine.

Just like ClaroRead, TextAloud allows you to preview their product range, but theirs is for, ‘about 20 days, with a few extra days to give you a chance to purchase after it expires.’ (And that was a direct pull off of their site).

The program proper: is awkward to use, and to my mind: the fonts are far too small, but the thing gets everywhere. I now have Menus on practically all of my Browsers, but not on Pale-moon: which is a shame, because it’s very stable.

Using it in Explorer 11: showed me just how unstable that Browser really was, with the wretched thing crashing constantly, but I was only using it to test out the Menu Bar that was installed on it.

I am also using Fire-Fox 57.0.3 (Quantum), and Chrome Version 63.0.3239.108, (Official Build):(64-bit), and TextAloud 4 now appears as a small circular Icon in the top right hand corner, and it’s not without its faults.

  • In Fire-Fox, the drop-down menu from the icon says ‘Speak Highlighted Text, Speak from Cursor page, and Speak Entire Page.’ And all of them are blacked up and ready.
    • In Chrome, the top two: ‘Speak Highlighted and Speak from Cursor,’ are greyed out.
      • It is a beta after all, but version 4 does much, much more than version 3 ever did.
        • ClaroRead watch yourself, this is a killer program as far as you are concerned.

The Pronunciation Editor.

  • This part of TextAloud really needs working on.
    • You can’t get to it without opening up the main program screen.
      • And then selecting Control.
        • And then you’re finally in the Editor.
  • It’s said that Global Hot Keys can be set up to open it, but I still can’t get it to work, and couldn’t even on version 3.
    • It is a Major Issue for me, the spoken word *must* sound right, or else the plot line (flow), fails in my mind.
      • As I say: I need to listen to it, re-edit it, and then immediately move on: it’s how I work.
    • ClaroRead does that, TextAloud: not so much, at least: not yet.

Upside.

I cannot fault the pricing structure of TextAloud. It’s quite frankly: brilliant, and the slave voices offered are a steal.

Major Downside.

TextAloud really needs to improve that main Menu Interface, and their flaky Hot Keys: then you’ll have a wonderfully brilliant program for all budding writers to improve their work, by proof-reading it for themselves. It’s no good laughing at the mistakes the Text Reader throws out at you: you alone have to correct it, and only then: will your story flow, as it has already done in your mind.


The Conclusion.

It’s a tough one, ClaroRead works, but is hellishly expensive. TextAloud is still in it’s infancy, but being able to proofread this web page for example, through a Browser plug-in is wonderful, and that little free trick I’m doing here: would cost me over three hundred pounds in ClaroRead.

  • As I say: it’s a tough one to call at the moment.
    • Best so far is ClaroRead.
      • But much better in the future, (and not too far away at that), will definitely be TextAloud.

The child program wins by a nose, but it’s a very short one.


The definition of a piggin. It’s a small wooden pail, with one stave extended upward as a handle. A (small) bucket or similar vessel, especially a wooden one: with one stave longer than the rest, serving as a handle. A vessel of this sort was used as a milking pail.

 

Also: a (wooden) drinking vessel; a scoop or ladle consisting of a small bucket with a handle on the side; a lading-can, (dialect).

Continued: a small pail, bucket, can or ladle with the handle on the side. (A lading-can). In the colonial era, some buckets were made like a small barrel, but with one stave left extra long. This stave would be carved into a handle, so the wooden bucket could be used as an oversized scoop for scattering grain, or slopping out the hogs food, etc .. etc ..

Think of it, as a very large drinking spoon: { Piggin Hell. }

Thanks for reading, Jessica: Praise be the ORI.

 

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