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Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from AZW, AZW3, CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, MOBI, ODT, PRC, PDF and RTF files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.

 

The program uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of regular expressions.

Balabolka can save the synchronized text in external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When an audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text is displayed synchronously (at the same way, as lyrics for songs).

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Licence: Freeware
 
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Language:English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
 
Help Files: English, French, German, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian

Portable Version: Download ( KB)
Portable Balabolka does not require an installation and can be run from a USB drive.
A computer must have at least one voice installed.
Console Application: Download ( KB)
The console application contains no graphical user interface and works only from the command line.
The program handles various command line parameters to be able to read text aloud or save as an audio file.
Text Extract Utility: Download ( KB)
The program allows to extract text from the various types of files. The extracted text can be combined into one file or/and split into few files. The utility works from the command line, without displaying any user interface.


* Balabolka is a Russian word, it can be translated as "chatterer".


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Balabolka supports skins that allow you to customize your window appearance.

Download Skin Pack (2.4 MB, 61 skins)


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Voices

The program can use SAPI 4.x/5.x voices and the Microsoft Speech Platform text-to-speech engines.



SAPI 4

All voices for SAPI 4 became obsolete; they are not recommended for installing anymore.
Use the fresh versions of speech engines.



SAPI 5

RealSpeak TTS engine (free voices, published on the server of Microsoft):



Yaroslav Kozak (Lviv, Ukraine) created the Ukrainian voice UkrVox:


Ekho - free TTS engine (it supports Cantonese, Mandarin and Zhaoan Hakka):


To get better voice quality, you can buy commercial TTS engines.

High Quality Commercial Voices:




Microsoft Speech Platform

The Microsoft Speech Platform allows developers to build and deploy Text-to-Speech applications. The Microsoft Speech Platform consists of a Runtime, and Runtime Languages (engines for speech recognition and text-to-speech). There are separate Runtime Languages for speech recognition and speech synthesis. The version of the Runtime Languages must match the version of the Speech Platform that you installed.

Use the following steps to install the Microsoft Speech Platform (version 11.0):

  1. Download and install the Speech Platform Runtime
    (the file 'x86_SpeechPlatformRuntime\SpeechPlatformRuntime.msi').
  2. Download and install Runtime Languages for use with the Speech Platform
    (files with names starting with 'MSSpeech_TTS_').

The Microsoft Speech Platform currently provides support for 26 languages for speech synthesis. XML tags can be used both for SAPI 5 and the Speech Platform.




Spell Checking

Balabolka can use Hunspell (hunspell.sourceforge.net). Hunspell is the default spell checker of OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice and Mozilla Firefox.

Spell checker dictionaries for Windows:

It is recommended to use Hunspell, because this modern spell checker has Unicode support.

 


Balabolka can use language modules from Microsoft Office 97/2000 for spell checking. If Microsoft Office is not installed on your computer, or you use the other version of Microsoft Office, you can download spell checking components from my web-site:

 


Also the program supports GNU Aspell (www.aspell.net). GNU Aspell is a Free and Open Source spell checker designed to eventually replace Ispell. It can either be used as a library or as an independent spell checker.

The latest binaries of GNU Aspell for Windows and the precompiled dictionaries can be downloaded from the web-site of the project. (Unfortunately, the files for Windows were not updated since 2002)

  1. Download and install Aspell program: GNU Aspell-0.50.3

  2. Download and install one or more dictionaries:

 


Balabolka can use Ispell. International Ispell is an interactive spell-checking program for Unix; for Windows users, Luzius Schneider has provided a complete package containing Ispell and dictionaries for 30 languages. (not updated since 2007)