Balabolka is a free Text To Speech (TTS) and best text reader software that converts your text file with this extension DOC, RTF, PDF, ODT, FB2, and HTML into speech and provides facility to save the speech as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. It can easily read the clipboard content, view text from documents, customize font and background color, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys. It supports text file formats: AZW, AZW3, CHM, DOC, DOCX, EML, EPUB, FB2, FB3, HTML, LIT, MD, MOBI, ODP, ODS, ODT, PDB, PRC, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TCR, WPD, XLS, XLSX.
Balabolka is a Russian word, it can be translated as “chatterer“.
It will come with the Microsoft Anna voice and generous features, such as Clipboard monitor, text extraction, batch file conversion, spellchecker along with speech rate, pitch and volume adjustment
You can change the voice speed and tone, as well as the voice itself. It comes with two standard speakers (male and female), although you can use any other voices stored in your computer. If you don’t want to read a long text and you prefer to listen to it.
The program uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI): it allows altering a voice’s parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice’s articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of regular expressions.
It can save the synchronized text in external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When an audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text is displayed synchronously (in the same way, as lyrics for songs).
This free text to speech software allows using the spell-checking built-in in the operating system. The Spell Checking API is available beginning with Windows 8.
Different Window of Balabolka Text Reader
The main window:
The settings for audio file creating:
The settings for LRC file creating:
The settings for audio devices:
The settings of the timer:
Font and colors:
Frequently Asked Question Of Balabolka Text Reader
1. How do You know what Text To Speech voices have been installed on the computer?
You can view all the voices available on the computer by following Control Panel -> Speech -> Speech Properties -> Text To Speech -> Voice selection.
2. Your computer contains two sound cards. How can You choose an audio device for text-to-speech playback?
You may select the Speech in Control Panel of Windows and click the Audio Output button in the Speech Properties dialog box. It also contains the main menu item “Options | Audio Output”.
3. How can every line of a text file be converted to a separate audio file?
You may add two empty lines after every line with text in the document. Open the file in this software, choose the main menu item “Edit | Replace”, type ^p in the Find what box and ^p^p^p in the Replace with box, click the Replace All button. Choose the main menu item “File | Split and Convert to Audio Files”; choose the split method “by two empty lines in succession” and click the Split and Convert button.
4. What is SAPI?
The Speech API (SAPI) is an application programming interface developed by Microsoft to allow the use of speech synthesis within Windows applications. The SAPI provides a high-level interface between an application and speech engines. Text-To-Speech software synthesizes text strings and files into spoken audio using synthetic voices.
5. What is Google Text-To-Speech?
In Google Translate you can find a “Listen” button that converts text to speech. After pressing this button a browser starts to download the MP3 file. The service supports converting to speech texts not longer than 100 symbols. It allows us to divide the big text into small parts, create an audio file for each part and merge them together (WAV, MP3 and OGG formats are supported).
6. What is Spritz-Reader?
Spritz is a new speed-reading technology. It allows speeding reading rates anywhere from 100 to 1000 words per minute. The time-consuming part of usual reading lies mainly in the actual eye movements from word to word and sentence to sentence. Spritz positions words in a spot on a display where you can recognize the word, without moving your eyes.
7. You open a DjVu file, but the program doesn’t show any text. What is wrong?
DjVu format was designed to store scanned documents. A DjVu file contains images of pages for books, magazines, etc. Also, DjVu can contain an OCR text layer. It can extract data from a text layer of DjVu only. If such a layer is not available, the only way to get the text is to use a text recognition system (for example, FineReader).
||Pentium IV or above
||1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
|Free Storage Space
||200 MB or more Hard Disk Space
||Balabolka V 188.8.131.523 For Windows
Balabolka is a text reader software for you which can easily read any type of file. It will also convert text to audio so, you can easily listen to this text in the future. You can also customize the fonts, background color, and more.