NeoSpeech Asian Language Voices Available with TextAloud

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NextUp.com, developer of TextAloud software, today announced the availability of Chinese, Japanese and Korean voices text-to-speech voices from NeoSpeech. TextAloud lets users convert text into spoken audio for easy listening, study, and comprehension.

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CLEMMONS, NC (PRWEB) November 2, 2005 -- NextUp.com (http://www.NextUp.com), developer of TextAloud software, today announced the availability of Chinese, Japanese and Korean voices text-to-speech voices from NeoSpeech. TextAloud lets users convert text into spoken audio for easy listening, study, and comprehension. Text can also be converted to MP3/Windows Media files for easy playback on portables like the iPod®, PocketPC®, and a wide range of portable devices. By offering these new voices, NextUp addresses strong demand from Asian consumers who have been early adopters of both text-to-speech and portable audio technologies.

“TextAloud has a strong user base worldwide that has led us to pursue support for these and more languages,” said Rick Ellis, President of NextUp.com. “This new version of TextAloud, offering unicode support that gives our users access to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, is part of our response to the growing international market for our products.”

These new voice offerings compliment Kate and Paul, US English voices created by Neospeechä and available at NextUp.com. With high quality male and female voices available for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean using the SAPI5 TTS (Text To Speech) interface, TextAloud now offers Asian speakers natural sounding speech synthesis previously available only in English and European languages.

About TextAloud

TextAloud is a full-featured Text-to-Speech tool offering direct support for Word, PDF and HTML formats, as well as advanced pronunciation tools, an Internet Explorer Plug-In for easy listening of favorite web pages – and more.

Hailed by critics and users alike, TextAloud is priced at just $29.95, and is compatible with systems using Windows® 98, NT, 2000 and XP. The program is available for fast, safe and secure purchase via http://www.NextUp.com. NextUp.com also offers TextAloud with optional premium voices from AT&T Natural Voices, Cepstral, and NeoSpeechâ for the most natural-sounding computer speech anywhere.

About NextUp.com

NextUp.com, a division of NextUp Technologies, LLC, provides award-winning Text-to-Speech software for consumers, business customers, educators, and those with visual impairment or learning disabilities.

In addition to TextAloud, NextUp.com markets other innovative Windows software designed to save time and deliver vital information. NewsAloud™ is a talking personal “news agent” that finds the stories users want, and then reads them aloud or to portable MP3 files. WeatherAloud™ is a weather application that lets users select and listen to personalized weather forecasts, while StocksAloud™ reads stock updates and related news headlines aloud for specific companies of interest. Most recently, NextUp also released NextUp Talker 1.0, an easy and affordable program that allows people who have lost their voices to use the latest in high-quality computer voices to communicate with others.

Note to Editors:

Evaluation copies of TextAloud are currently available upon request. To receive a review copy, or for more information on NextUp.com or TextAloud, please contact publicist Angela Mitchell at (904) 982-8043.

All companies and products referenced in this press release are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:

Rick Ellis

NextUp.com

(336) 998-1882

Angela Mitchell

Paranoid PR

(904) 982-8043

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