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Read Text Extension uses an external program or a web service to read text. Read the selection with Calc, Draw, Impress, Web Writer and Writer. Read the contents of the clipboard. Use speech synthesis to help to edit documents. Compare computer documen

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Description

Read Text Extension lets an external program or web application read text from Writer, Calc, Draw, Impress, Web Writer or the system clipboard. If you use it to read text aloud, it can help you to edit your writing or to compare your document's text with a printed document. If you use it with a web application, you can translate your text to another language or check punctuation and grammar. It can help you to learn a new language or to find out how to say words you do not know. To use it, highlight some text. If you are using the word processor or the HTML editor, you can highlight several selections by holding down the Control key. When you have highlighted some text, select Tools - Add-Ons - Read Selection or click the Read Selection button on the tool bar. To read the system clipboard, select Tools - Add-Ons - Read clipboard.

If you can't read the screen easily, consider a system-wide accessibility solution for Apple OSX, Gnome, KDE or Microsoft Windows. If you have installed a system-wide accessibility solution, and it is activated, then you might not need this extension to read text aloud. You can use the Read Text Extension to read using a different language or voice, to save speech as an audio file, or send the text to a web application.

The Read text extension uses temporary files to send information to external programs. Depending on the security set up of your computer, other users or programs might be able to read the contents of files that the the extension or other external programs produce. If you are concerned about privacy, launch this add-on again with no text selected to replace the temporary file that contains the text you want to remain confidential. The paths and names of any temporary files directly created by the extension are shown in the Command and Script areas of the About... dialog.

Built-in speech synthesis

Read Text extension uses your computer platform's built-in speech synthesis application by default. For example, Linux uses espeak. Apple OSX uses say. Windows uses the system's SAPI5 voices. A Windows computer can read with a different voice or language if you install an additional SAPI5 voice.

External Programs

External programs can give your computer the ability to use different languages or voices. To use text to speech with a command-line based speech synthesis program like Festival or eSpeak on your computer, you may need to install extra speech files for your language and dialect. Custom voices will only work if they are installed. If you are using espeak with a recent release of Ubuntu Linux, you can install mbrola voices using the package manager. For other platforms, see the espeak-mbrola web page for instructions how to install voices from the mbrola project.

The external application can be any program you can start with a command line that can read plain text documents.

Web Applications

If you have an Internet connection, you can get started reading text aloud right away using different languages or voices without installing software by using the web application option. The extension uses your web browser or media player to play the selection. The main dialog of the Read Text Extension includes access to a web application for creating QR codes. QR codes are patterns of squares that embed text in a visual image so that mobile devices can quickly and reliably read information with a built-in camera. The application is powered by the Google Chart API. Read the on-line help for more information.

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Additional documentation: http://code.google.com/p/readtextextension/wiki/About

Homepage: http://sites.google.com/site/readtextextension/

Release List

  • Release Description Compatibility Operating Systems License Release notes  
  • 0.8.44 Bug fixes for LibreOffice 6.4.0.3. 6.0 Linux, Windows, macOS GPL

    Bug fixes for LibreOffice 6.4.0.3.

    • Remove VLC from list of compatible players and convertors for Linux because the functions that the extension depended on no longer work.
    • Improve readability of code and correct syntax errors.
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  • 0.8.42 Simplify the settings dialogue for LibreOffice 6.2 4.4 Linux, Windows, macOS GPL
    • LibreOffice 6.2.3 for Windows, MacOS and Linux does not allow the extension script to restore the last displayed option for the dialogue; therefore the dialogue always defaults to the first available option.
    • By disabling the festival option if the festival program is not installed, the dialogue defaults to External Program, the most commonly used option on Windows and MacOS.
    • Windows and MacOS commonly can use multilingual system voices, therefore you do not need Festival unless you require a voice for a region that are not available in the system voices catalogue
    • The scripts for setting up the dialogue use with notation to make the code more readable.
    • The main dialog uses a compatible group tag for the option radio button and uses a tab order that groups the radio buttons together.
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  • 0.8.40 AppImage support, updated documentation, bug fixes and performance improvements. 4.4 Linux, Windows, macOS GPL
    • Make compatible with the AppImage format (AppImage is a format for distributing portable software on Linux without needing superuser permissions to install the application.)
    • Update help, links and comments.
    • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

    Details

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  • 0.8.38 Main tool bar icon resized for LibreOffice 6; Ubuntu 18.04 speech synthesis compatibility. 4.4 Linux, Windows, macOS GPL

    Bug fixes and appearance improvements.

    • Redesign the toolbar icon for better appearance when using LibreOffice 6 for Windows.
    • Make speech scripts compatible with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver.
    • When reading XML code aloud on Linux speech platforms, read the text without the XML tags and attributes.
    • Update the release version string.

    Change log

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  • 0.8.36 Improved multilingual support on Windows 10 4.4 Linux, Windows, macOS GPL

    Improved multilingual support on Windows 10.

    Update tts_wscript.vbs for Windows Speech API (SAPI 5) - selecting XM…

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  • 0.8.34 Bug fix 4.4 Linux, Windows, macOS GPL

    Bug fix

    Incorrect StarBASIC syntax: missing closing parenthesis

    With a recent changes in LibreOffice StarBasic parser, it now doesn't silently accept a missing closing parenthesis anymore (as it did before).

    This release adds missing closing parenthesis.

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  • 0.8.32 Update links; fix support for Gstreamer sound playing in Linux. 4.2 Linux, Windows, macOS GPL

     Update links; fix support for Gstreamer sound playing in Linux.

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  • 0.8.32 Update links; fix support for Gstreamer sound playing in Linux. 4.2 Linux, Windows, macOS GPL

     Update links; fix support for Gstreamer sound playing in Linux.

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Read Text Extension uses an external program or a web service to read text. Read the selection with Calc, Draw, Impress, Web Writer and Writer. Read the contents of the clipboard. Use speech synthesis to help to edit documents. Compare computer documen

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  • Abu-Djuwairiyyah Karim Jul 29, 2020, 1:13 PM (6 days ago)

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    This is a fantastic extension. I have tried it a few years ago but it did not work so I gave up.

    Please, I do have at least two feature requests:

    1. Why should I select each time the text to be read ? Couldn't it be made possible that I position my cursor in a location in the text and the extension reads it to the end ? I don't want to have to do CTRL-A each time after an interrupt, it is boring.

    2. Please make it possible for the sentence being read, to be highlighted; that is, the extension should select each sentence while reading it, and so on up to the end.

    Do you know the Microsoft Word extension called "WordTalk" ? Please try to reverse ingenieer it and implement all of its features in your own extension, that would be great!

    Thanks a lot.
    Abu-Djuwairiyyah Karim.

    • Abu-Djuwairiyyah Karim Jul 29, 2020, 1:13 PM (6 days ago)

      This is a fantastic extension. I have tried it a few years ago but it did not work so I gave up.

      Please, I do have at least two feature requests:

      1. Why should I select each time the text to be read ? Couldn't it be made possible that I position my cursor in a location in the text and the extension reads it to the end ? I don't want to have to do CTRL-A each time after an interrupt, it is boring.

      2. Please make it possible for the sentence being read, to be highlighted; that is, the extension should select each sentence while reading it, and so on up to the end.

      Do you know the Microsoft Word extension called "WordTalk" ? Please try to reverse ingenieer it and implement all of its features in your own extension, that would be great!

      Thanks a lot.
      Abu-Djuwairiyyah Karim.

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