Voice Dream Reader

Voice Dream Reader

By Voice Dream LLC

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2012-02-09
  • Current Version: 4.5.4
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 117.61 MB
  • Developer: Voice Dream LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,660 Ratings

Description

Featured by Apple as Best New App in 81 countries including the United States and part of App Store Permanent Collections in Education. “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 Supported Document Formats - PDF, Plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, RTF, and Google Docs. - Web articles. - EPUB eBooks. (DRM-free books only. Kindle and iBooks are not supported.) - Bookshare Books. - DAISY text-based books and audiobook. - Audiobooks in MP3, MP4 or zipped MP3 format. - Rich text and image support for all documents. Text-to-Speech - One premium Acapela voice of your choice free with the purchase of the app. - 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. 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 - Bookmarking, text highlighting and annotation. Highlights and notes can be exported. - Full-text search. - Built-in dictionary. - 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. *IMPORTANT NOTE: It is not possible to load DRM protected ebooks. All books purchased on iBooks, Kindle and other commercial eBook platforms have DRM.

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Reviews

  • Phenomenal App

    5
    By dreinstein
    I’ve had this app since it was released. In most instances I prefer Voice Dream to actual audiobooks. Which means you can make any pdf, epub, mobi, etc a high quality audiobook. The speed control, bookmarks, notes, location recall, duration of books (which changes dynamically when increasing/decreasing the speed), sleep timer, document thumbnails, various sorting options, custom folders, library sync, etc. It also allows the user a ton of control in its visual appearance, so it’s a great general reader in its own right. It’s easy to upload files from dropbox. Many of the additional voices are amazing and specific voices are assigned to specific books. In comparison the built in iOS TTS is cludgy and poorly implemented with no features. There is no comparison. To me it is worth we’ll more than the asking price. I guess it depends on whether or not you use the full feature set and if you like supporting small developers that value their users and respond to support inquiries and feature requests. The only feature I would love is the ability to play music in the background. I use the brainwave app to make this happen but it would be much easier and better to use spotify, apple music, youtube, etc to play background music with Voice Dream. Anyways, it’s a great app. Thanks for making it.
  • Can I get a refund.

    1
    By Rosita Rose
    I was unable to listen to the sample and I purchase your app. But I did not like it. Can I get a refund?
  • great app but ..

    4
    By axcfdccscv
    after 4.5.4 update, i can not open files (20Mb over *.rtf) Why don't you open and error the rtf file that was well opened and executed in the previous version? Fix it as soon as possible.
  • Great App, Minor Bug

    4
    By cyber553
    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! :)
  • 🙏 a speed bar

    5
    By 分享share
    I like this app very much. Voicedream is no doubt the best reading aloud app in App Store. The only shortcoming is that it’s not convenient enough to 【change the speed】. When I listen to the text, there are some easy paragraphs and some difficult. For the difficult part, I want to slow down. Back to the easy part, I want to speed up. At that time, I really want to change the speed quickly without my view of the text being blockied by the small pop-up menu. If designers can set the speed bar directly beside the play/pause button (or backward/forward button), it will be much more convenient. Thanks a lot.
  • Fantastic!!

    5
    By upset with adds
    Superb app. Huge for improving your productivity. Loaded with various features for diff styles and preferences for users.
  • Access to the world

    5
    By LukePooks
    I roll my eyes when I see negative reviews for this app from people who bought it solely for convenience — not because they rely on text to speech to accommodate a disability. They can't comprehend how amazing this app is. I have a cognitive disability that makes it hard to read and requires LOTS of repetition to get info in my head. In college, I relied on $1000-a-license Kurzweil software that so I could read/repeat my reading assignments. I hat I be sitting at.my computer to do this or make mp3s with no option to adjust the speed after it was saved. It took sooo much work to convert my info to audio, put it on an MP3 player and repeating content with the voices was torture. I was able to find a $20 app with two voices that weren’t much better. It was also hard to navigate and use and I couldn't multi-task. The next semester a blind friend told about Voice Dream. It. Was. Life changing! $10 and I could effortlessly add and organize content, adjust speed, buy amazing voices, export highlights, etc, all from my phone! I have access to so much more content then I never would have been able to read. I can add larticles articles via the Pocket app, books, pdfs etc. I also own the writing app as well which has made quality writing for me possible without the need of a human proof reader willing to work for free. It's also helped me learn and improve my writing -- not just correct it. They keep making more improvements and are responsive to users questions and feedback. This technology has evolved so much in such a short time and will continue to do so, thanks to innovators like Winston Chen. If you have visual, or learning disability this app is invaluble. It's a life changing tool make by developers with heart. My only issue would be easier to understand and navigate update newsletters, and a little more intuitive design but is not a big enough problem to knock off a star.
  • Does not work

    1
    By Seraphimfires
    How do you get this to work?
  • Just what I needed.

    5
    By asbias
    I was looking for a program that would not only read a variety of file types—PDF, ePub, Word, etc—but one that would do it in a natural voice. After some research, and some failed purchases, I ran across this program being mentioned in an article online. I decided to take a chance. I’ve now used the program for two years and I’m still thrilled. Yes, I paid a little more for a voice I liked better than the freebies, but it was cheap and worth the extra money. If it could open mobi files, it would be perfect.
  • Good reader, but bad for studying

    3
    By Acarlton
    This application does a really good job of reading PDFs that I need for my classes. The problem is that it only gives me one color to be able to highlight stuff in, and it does not allow me to export the edited PDF with my highlights and notes. So I have to read in one document, while taking the extra step of manually finding my place in another electronic device and putting my notes and highlights in that device. It can be cumbersome. It is such a simple thing to be able to export documents and highlight in multiple colors, I do not know why they have not given us this feature yet.

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