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NextUp.com Releases Improved TextAloud Toolbar for Internet Explorer Browser

NextUp.com (http://www.NextUp.com), developer of popular Text-to-Speech (TTS) software TextAloud, announced today the release of an improved TextAloud toolbar for Internet Explorer. New features allow watching words highlighted as spoken within web pages for better comprehension, new options on what is spoken, and ability to enlarge text for easier reading.

The toolbar has been a popular feature in TextAloud, letting users enhance their browsing experience through spoken audio. TextAloud also allows for easy conversion of text from web news and web based emails to audio files for portable listening on portable devices such as the iPod.

“Increasingly, we find our Text to Speech products being embraced by those seeking a better way to deal with the overwhelming amount of information being accessed through personal computers.”, comments Rick Ellis, President of NextUp.com. “Aging baby boomers are turning to assistive technologies like TextAloud to maintain their efficient use of the Internet in the face of age related vision changes.”

About TextAloud

TextAloud is a full-featured computer speech tool offering direct support for Word, PDF and HTML formats, as well as advanced pronunciation tools, toolbars for Internet Explorer, FireFox and Outlook, specialized features for easy use proofreading of any composition – and more.

A valuable tool for those dealing with reading disabilities such as dyslexia and the visually impaired, 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 NeoSpeech 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 impairments 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 publicist Angela Mitchell at (904) 982-8043.

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

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