TopOCR Reader's Text To Speech System

TopOCR Reader implements its own internal speech manager by combining two separate Microsoft Speech technologies, MS Speech and SAPI into a single list of voices. It maintains an index into this list and with just a single key press a user can change the OCR text reading voice.

MS Speech voices are free medium quality TTS voices provided by Microsoft available for all TopOCR Reader supported languages (more below). SAPI voices are generally commercial products, but provide much better voice quality than the medium quality Microsoft voices.

Microsoft Speech Platform 11.0 Text To Speech Voices

TopOCR's Text To Speech system uses the Microsoft Speech Platform 11.0 Voices. These Text To Speech Voices are free and are available in all the 11 different languages that TopOCR can read!. In order to use these voices with TopOCR, you must first download and install the Speech Platform 11.0 Runtime and one or more of the Text To Speech Voices from the list below. TopOCR will automatically switch its Text To Speech language to the Settings->Language menu item. This also switches the OCR language setting, allowing you to choose a specific language for both reading and speaking!

Microsoft Speech Platform 11.0 is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. However, please be aware that Microsoft Speech Platform 11.0 does not support Windows XP.

If you are running the US version of Windows 8.0 or Windows 10, then the Microsoft Speech Platform 11.0 English voice is already installed on your PC and so it's not necessary for you to download and install it.

Speech Platform Runtime License 13 KB
Microsoft Speech Platform Runtime 2.2 MB    Install the Runtime first - then install whatever voices you need!

Danish 11.5 MB
German 13.3 MB
English 20.4 MB
Spanish 11.4 MB
Finnish 8.9 MB
French 11.6 MB
Italian 13.3 MB
Norwegian 7.4 MB
Dutch 18.1 MB
Portuguese 10.5 MB
Swedish 11.8 MB