Text-to-Speech Voices Help PowerPoint® Deliver the Message

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Tuval Software Industries has announced the launch of Version 1.1 of Speech-Over Studio™, an innovative software application that enables Microsoft® PowerPoint® to speak without any need for recording. It has a wide variety of applications in business, marketing, education, training and corporate communications.

Tuval Software Industries has announced the launch of Version 1.1 of Speech-Over Studio™, an innovative software application that enables Microsoft® PowerPoint® to speak without any need for recording. It has a wide variety of applications in business, marketing, education, training and corporate communications.

A good voice narration in a PowerPoint presentation delivers the message almost as well as a presenter can. Synchronize the narration with PowerPoint’s great visual animations and you have a multi-media stand-alone presentation that can be used effectively when a live presentation is not feasible.

Recording a professional-sounding narration is not an option for most people and a studio voice-over recording is expensive and time-consuming. In any case, a recording has to be synchronized with the visuals and re-recorded in case of changes.

Now, Tuval Software Industries’ Speech-Over Studio offers a complete solution: without recording, a PowerPoint user, entering text only, can create a professional, synchronized narration -- quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

This unique software uses a text-to-speech engine to transform the narration script text into a voice sound track that sounds like it was made in a recording studio. Realistic voices, available from vendors in all major languages and regional dialects, speak any text you write. Need to change the narration? Just edit the text.

The resulting multi-media presentation can be experienced with PowerPoint alone.

Applications

The software can benefit in many areas:

  • Converting an important one-time presentation to a narrated stand-alone for people who couldn’t attend.
  • Automating frequently repeated presentations, such as a plant safety orientation.
  • Adding narration to marketing presentations for Web or E-mail distribution or for trade shows.
  • Talking educational presentations that help students learn and review.
  • Building and updating training courses rapidly and easily -- without the professional voice-overs that cost so much time and money.
  • Sending narrated communications to corporate colleagues to express information, plans or ideas more clearly and effectively.

PowerPoint Speaks Power Safety

A power company in the southern U.S. administers a safety orientation to plant visitors. In the past, a presenter would lecture from a script in the presentation notes. Company executives sought a way to automate the lecture. Making a film was not feasible because of the cost and because the script would change from time to time. It was decided to use Speech-Over Studio to convert the speaker’s notes into a synchronized narration. The slide show now runs like a film.

Functionality and Ease of Use

“Our goal was to provide lots of useful speech functionality while, at the same time, making sure the user interface would be intuitive and very easy to use” says Tuval Software’s CEO, Dr. Joel Harband.

The Speech-Over Studio platform stores speech for an entire presentation and includes a novel speech editor that can copy and paste speech between screen objects. It can integrate multiple voices in a presentation, and produce alternate narrations for different audiences and different languages. And, if you like, you can record your own voice instead.

The user interface features a speech toolbar based on a familiar text editor paradigm and a speech text display panel.

Pricing and Availability

Speech-Over Studio is priced at US$199 per license, where each license permits three independent installations -- three copies for the price of one. It requires Microsoft® Windows XP and Office XP or newer. It can be purchased online at the Tuval Software Industries website http://www.speechover.com or by sending your order by E-mail.

To learn more about this truly remarkable product, visit the company website to view an online demo and download a free trial.

Tuval Software Industries -- http://www.speechover.com
Tuval Software Industries, Ltd, based in Petach Tikvah, Israel and privately held, was founded in 1990 and specializes in software tool development and technical communications. The company developed and marketed SEELA, a tool for reverse engineering and documentation of large-scale software systems, and has recently focused on applications of speech technology.

Contact:

Joel Harband

Phone: ++972 3 9220186

Site: http://www.speechover.com

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