What are the best text to speech software for Mac and iOS?

Are you having a hard time finding the most effective text to speech software which will turn any text document or web page into an audio file? If yes, then look no further anymore. Here is a list of the best text to speech software for Mac that will help you with your problem. 

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    #1Capti Voice

    Capti Voice
    Capti offers a new approach to consuming digital content: instead of staring at the screen, use Capti to listen to everything you want to read on the go and at your leisure. You can listen to any content from the Web, GoogleDrive, or Dropbox. 
    Software

    Windows, iOS, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Daniel Banks
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "I've been wanting to write more these days, but I have some tendinitis that makes it difficult. I did some web surfing for text to speech software options, and came across Capti Voice, which comes highly reviewed. There's a free introductory version, but if you're going to be working with big files you'll probably want the paid version of the software. "
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    #2Text2Speech

    Text2Speech

    Text2Speech is a free text to speech utility. This software can help you read text with over 10 voices, Text2Speech supports non-English languages in OS X Lion.

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Beverly Gonzalez
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This is the simplest and best text to speech app I have used for my mac. I simply paste the text I'd like to have read to me, and the voice comes alive. I really like to use this to help me pass the time while I'm prepping for meals that take a while in the kitchen."
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    #3NaturalReader

    NaturalReader

    NaturalReader comes in several versions, including a free one that converts Microsoft Word documents, PDF files, and emails into spoken words. The paid version offers more features and voices and is more suitable for eLearning and online training.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jorge Luis Núñez
    Written on September 25, 2017
    "I was trying to find the best text to speech software for OS X and iOS for my daughter to help her with her reading comprehension. One of her instructors recommended NaturalReader, so I decided to give the free version a try. Overall, I was really impressed by what a difference this software made. I was so impressed I decided to purchase the professional version which provides a richer amount of features which makes the experience even better."

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

Text-to-speech (TTS) technology converts digital text to voice output. All types of text files can be read aloud from Word and Pages documents, as well as web pages. TTS is sometimes called "read aloud" technology. 

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that text to speech systems were first developed to assist the visually impaired? The system provides a computer-generated spoken voice to read the text to the user. Basically, it serves as a text reader. TTS works with every personal digital device, from computers, smartphones, and tablets. The voice in TTS is computer-generated, and its reading speed can be controlled from slow to fast. But, its voice quality varies, with some sounding like a human. Moreover, some TTS tools have a technology called optical character recognition (OCR). The OCR allows TTS to read text aloud from photos. Nowadays, TTS and related read-aloud tools are being used in an attempt to assists students in their reading comprehension skills. If you're not aware, print materials like books and handouts can be an obstacle for kids to learn reading. That is because some kids have a hard time decoding and understanding printed words on pages. And since TTS allows kids to both see and hear text when reading, it creates a multi-sensory reading experience. Furthermore, TTS is now popular in business environments, as people use it to boost their productivity. No wonder, TTS and other voice software are becoming more commonly used. Here is a list of the best text to speech software that you could use. But if you want something that can be used on your smartphone or tablet then download a text to speech app instead. 

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    #4Text to Speech

    Text to Speech

    Text to speech is a useful app that produces natural sounding synthesized text from the words that you have entered in. There 36 different voices to choose from and the ability to adjust the rate and pitch.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ethan Fisher
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "Accurately listens and turns your text to speech. Tested among many different voice types and it's been accurate among all of them. Highly recommended to quickly turn your thoughts into easily storable text."
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    #5CereProc

    CereProc

    CereProc is a text to speech (TTS) technology company, CereProc creates synthetic voices with character and personality that are designed to provide an engaging user experience and improved communication. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Varies by plan

    Joyce Davis
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "This is an amazing TTS program. Unlike a lot of other similar software, you can choose from a large variety of different voices for your text. This variety makes using the software seem like a truly personalized experience, and it’s incredibly engaging! The interface is clean and appealing, and it’s very easy to use. I’d recommend this program over any others."
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    #6iSpeech

    iSpeech

    iSpeech has an API that allows you to create high-quality speech audio in multiple formats such as mp3, wav, WMA, mp4, and flac. It also offers a variety of other online services and apps, including the iSpeech Translator.

    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Ann Lane
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Wonderful idea! This a is great tool for website developers as well as those with visual problems. I have dry eye, and every time I can rest my eyes it is a blessing to me. I would much prefer to hear the text. I am going to add this to all of my websites! As a genealogist, I have a lot of older clients with visual problems, and I think it will make my sites easier for them to use."
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    #7Voice Dream Reader

    Voice Dream Reader

    Voice Dream Reader is an Android, iPhone and iPad app that lets you listen to any documents, ebooks, and web pages with the best synthesized voices available. 

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Sandra Stephens
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Love this text to speech app. You can listen to a book and relax. You choose the voice you want and there is a lot to pick from. I pick a relaxing one."
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    #8MWS Reader 5

    MWS Reader 5

    MWS Reader 5 is a text to speech software that read out loud any text you want. One of its greatest qualities is that it counts with flexible character recognition (OCR), which means that it can read text from images!

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Walter Dunn
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "This is better than any software you might already have. I found it to be a bit faster too. Sadly, it is only available on Windows. "
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    #9Voicepaper

    Voicepaper

    Voicepaper is a Text To Speech Voice reader for Dropbox and Evernote. With Voicepaper, you can listen to txt.file, while you are walking, exercising, or doing your daily work. Your commuting or medial tasks can be more productive, and enjoyable.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Mark Howell
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "Voicepaper does a good job of text to speech for my Dropbox files, but it isn't without problems. There are quite a few things that trip it up like symbols and punctuation. If they could fix that, I would be very happy."
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    #10ICQ

    ICQ

    ICQ is a leading instant messaging service provider with a global online community. ICQ offers live chats with a nice interface design and integration with other platforms, securely encrypted calls, high-quality video calls and many more.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    Shirley Douglas
    Written on September 6, 2018
    "Not necessarily an app or software which provices text to speech services, but a messaging app with the feature integrated into it. While an answer to the question, i feel as if it isnt exactly useful since its stuck within the messaging app and no other way to use it on outside texts"

Summary

Best What are the best text to speech software for Mac and iOS
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Capti VoiceSoftware 16 Free
2Text2SpeechSoftware 16 Free
3NaturalReaderSoftware 15 Free
4Text to SpeechApps 13 Free
5CereProcSoftware 12 Paid
6iSpeechApps 9 Free
7Voice Dream ReaderApps 8 Free
8MWS Reader 5Software 8 Free
9VoicepaperApps 4 Free
10ICQSoftware 1 Free
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