Voice Dream Reader app for iPhone and iPad

Voice Dream Reader is a text-to-speech app available for iPhone and iPad, and was developed by Voice Dream LLC.   It includes support for iPhone 3GS-iPhone 5.  The app is a little pricey as far as apps go, $10, but I think the quality of the app more than makes up for it.

When you first download and open Voice Dream Reader, a tutorial gives you a tour of the app, gives instructions on how to get started, and describes the buttons and commands you’ll need to know.

Voice Dream Reader comes with one built in voice, a female voice.  There are a number of other voices that can be purchased in the app.  There are also multiple languages available.  Voice Dream Reader is compatible with VoiceOver, Apple’s built in screen reader.

The app syncs with Dropbox, Instapaper, Pocket, or Bookshare to upload articles and PDF files.  Basically an audiobook reader in your pocket.  For new CI users, this would be a great way to work on listening skills.

Pride and Prejudice is included in the app.  You can customize the background, color, text size, voice speed.  As the voice reads the text, a highlighter follows along to help the listener keep track of their place.  I really like the clean look and feel of the text.  There are no ads to clutter up the reading space.

Voice Dream Reader is helpful for the blind, but it also a great tool for anyone who wants an all-in-one app to hold reading material.

A couple of suggestions: if possible, include a free male voice.  It gives the person listening a little more choice.  Sometimes, deeper voices might be easier to understand than higher voices.  Also, there are a lot of great features in Voice Dream Reader, but they could be streamlined a little better.  When I first looked at the list of voices, I only saw the ones for purchase.  I had to go back and find the one that was already built in.

You can purchase and download Voice Dream Reader in the Apple appstore at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-dream-reader-text-to/id496177674?mt=8

 

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