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Monday, August 21, 2006

Nuance turns text into speech

CNET "Nuance Communications' PDF software has had a makeover.
The company plans to release ScanSoft PDF Converter Professional 4, a would-be competitor to Adobe Systems' Acrobat, on Tuesday. The software is designed to create and convert PDF files.
The new version includes a text-to-speech feature that uses Nuance's RealSpeak technology to convert PDF documents into WAV audio files. The files, which can be used for podcasts, are read in a male voice. There are plans to provide downloads of other types of voice, said Chris Strammiello, the director of product management at Nuance, which also makes speech recognition software."
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