TextAloud Turns Drive Time into Prime Time

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Text to speech software transforms daily commutes into hours of productivity.

With nearly a dozen hours of commute time each week (over two per day), purchasing professional Brandon Jubar of El Paso, Texas, wanted to find a creative way to make the most of that 'lost time' in his daily schedule while also enhancing his studies in pursuit of his Masters Degree. To do so, he turned to the power of Text to Speech, choosing easy-to-use software TextAloud, from NextUp Technologies (http://www.NextUp.com), as his solution.

TextAloud is a simple program that allows anyone with a PC to easily and affordably export text from books, websites, or even PDFs into natural, human-sounding speech. "For millions of people, commute times are increasing every day," comments Rick Ellis, President of NextUp Technologies. "In commutes, we so often lose valuable time that could have been used for both personal and professional use -- time we don't get back. By using TextAloud as Brandon has done, commute time once again becomes our own."

"I had little time to devote to reading for work, as well as for reading assignments in my Masters classes," comments Brandon, "so I began to look for a program that converted text to audio. There were also a variety of online resources and articles I wanted to review, but I never had the time." TextAloud, however, made it easy for Brandon to convert online articles, resources, and more to audio files that he then burned to a CD so that he could listen on his way to and from work. Once he'd chosen TextAloud, Brandon quickly settled on premium voice 'Mike' from AT&T Natural Voices (R). "It was the first of the Natural Voices (R) I used," he adds, "and he just sounds familiar to me now."

Brandon's course books and other work materials were PDF files, but TextAloud was still able to easily convert them to text and then speech files. "It was easy to do," he comments, "and I was able to listen while I drove. It often allowed me to review work or course materials two or three times per trip."

TextAloud proved easy to use, and maximized Brandon's time on commute in a variety of ways. He was able to convert lengthy texts into audio, breaking them up so that each section was its own separate, shorter track. "It was the best thing I ever did," he comments. "Working this way makes it easier to listen to when you want to find and listen to separate critical sections more than once. It can be very difficult to find those kinds of moments if everything is lumped into a single 60-minute audio file."

Brandon now actively recommends TextAloud and Text to Speech to others seeking to maximize their commute times. "I've been amazed at how many people don't realize that there is software to convert text to speech," he comments. "And of those who DO know about it, they all seem to assume that the voices are still the old mechanical-sounding ones. People need to realize that there are natural, human-sounding voices available today."

For Brandon, TextAloud has given him back those double-digit hours of commute time each week, turning the minutes back into time he can turn to active use for work and study. "A single hour of text-to-audio conversion," he adds, "can provide many hours of audio for my commute -- time that's no longer wasted." Thanks to a program that frees up his schedule and maximizes his commute, "TextAloud changed my life," says Brandon.

About TextAloud
Highly useful for students, scientists, writers, business people, students and people from all walks of life -- TextAloud has been featured in The New York Times, PC Magazine, Writer's Digest, on CNN, and more. Hailed by critics and users alike, TextAloud is priced from $29.95, and is compatible with systems using Windows (R) 98, NT, 2000, XP and Vista. The program is available for fast, safe and secure purchase via http://www.NextUp.com.

About NextUp.com

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

In addition to TextAloud, NextUp.com markets other innovative Windows software designed to save time and deliver vital information. NewsAloud (TM) is a talking personal "news agent" that finds the stories users want, and then reads them aloud or to portable audio files. WeatherAloud (TM) is a weather application that lets users select and listen to personalized weather forecasts, while StocksAloud (TM) reads stock updates and related news headlines aloud for specific companies of interest. NextUp Talker is 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.

NextUp.com also offers TextAloud with optional premium voices from AT&T Natural Voices (TM), NeoSpeech (R), Nuance (R), Acapela (R) and Cepstral (R) for the most natural-sounding computer speech anywhere. Available languages include U.S. English, U.K. English, Indian Accent English, Scottish Accent English, French, Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, Castilian (European) Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, Italian, Dutch, Belgian Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, and Arabic.

Evaluation copies of TextAloud are available upon request. For more information on NextUp.com or TextAloud, or for other case studies involving users ranging from students, to entrepreneurs, firefighters, doctors, lawyers, truck drivers, musicians, and more, please contact publicist Angela Mitchell at (904) 982-8043.

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