Clemmons, NC (PRWEB) August 28, 2012
Students seeking the perfect study tool for the 2012 Back to School season will love the ease and convenience of NextUp.com's TextAloud software, the Text to Speech solution that enables them to listen to studies and reading at the PC, or on the go. To celebrate the 2012 school year, PC users can find a special coupon for Back to School purchase at $10 off TextAloud's usual purchase price, at: http://sites.fastspring.com/nextup/product/textaloud?coupon=backtoschool. The discount is good through September 30, 2012.
Usually priced from $29.95, with TextAloud, PC users can listen to their reading via computer, or by exporting their reading to spoken audio files for listening on most popular portable devices, from MP3 players to iPods (R), iPhones (R), and beyond. TextAloud is a valuable general study tool that enables the creation of audio files in a snap, and which seamlessly works to help PC users listen to their reading from most text and document formats, from Microsoft Word (R), to ASCII, web or e-mail text, PDF, and more.
"Research shows that students who listen to their studies, especially while reading visually, can show increased retention of what they read and learn," comments NextUp.com President Rick Ellis. "We're in our 13th year, and it is humbling to hear from so many TextAloud users that the software is an affordable yet life-changing solution."
With TextAloud, users can accomplish a wide variety of tasks, from listening to reading for entertainment, to proofing or studying by ear, and more. The program even syncs seamlessly with iTunes (R), and can be especially valuable for reinforcing content with those battling learning disabilities. The program also enables students to proofread by ear on those big term papers -- catching errors and inadvertent homophones that standard Spell-Checkers too often miss.
Student and Teacher Successes for TextAloud:
Using TextAloud, students can read at their own pace and select the word or question they want reread, without having to ask staff to read it again. This saves embarrassment, and results in better test-taking strategies -- and test scores. Students who have turned to TextAloud to enhance their studies include:
Master's Student and Teacher, Steven Service: "I was surprised to discover that when I made use of TextAloud, not only could I read much faster, but my comprehension increased. There's a huge difference in the way you feel as a student when you enter the classroom having read every single book and article the teacher required," he adds. "Confidence is bliss!" Steven also incorporated TextAloud into guided reading programs with his own students, where the software enabled them to make comprehension gains while simultaneously improving in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary and fluency. Steven found that TextAloud could also be used to challenge advanced readers, too.
Retired aerospace test systems engineer Paul Harker also incorporated TextAloud into his studies of the German language: "TextAloud quickly became a very important part of my learning process," comments Harker, who created an intensive study regimen hinging on TextAloud, to incorporate listening to German into his daily routine, both at the desk and on the go.
Another student user, who discovered TextAloud after experimenting with books on tape and other less helpful options was Vicky Greenplate-DeStephano. Vicky turned to TextAloud for her studies and found the help she needed. She was also able to customize its appearance for visual comfort and comprehension, and to use the program's easy Hotkeys to immediately highlight her reading in other programs.
Fire Chief Tom Brown first turned to TextAloud while studying for a vital promotional exam in the fire department, using TextAloud to listen to his materials even while mowing the lawn! With TextAloud, Tom didn't just pass his promotional exam, but tied for the top spot, proving so useful that Tom continued to use the software for both his Bachelor's degree, and in his studies for Fire Chief. "The ability to change voices to emphasize a particular topic remains a very valuable feature," he comments. "It causes the listener to perk up and pay particular attention, bringing the proper emphasis to the selected text."
With more personalization options than ever before, TextAloud is the highly useful PC program for students, scientists, writers, business users, and people from all walks of life. TextAloud enables anyone to experience their reading by listening, and 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. System requirements include almost any version of Windows (R) (from 98 to Me, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7), as well as a minimum of 64 MB of RAM, 10 MB of disk space, and a sound card. TextAloud even works seamlessly with iTunes (R), for easy synchronizing with iPod (R), iPhone (R), or other iTunes (R)-compatible portable audio players, and unlike often prohibitively priced gadgets or eReaders, TextAloud doesn't require special hardware of any kind. Follow the latest news from TextAloud at http://www.Facebook.com/TextAloud, or try the program today, via a fast, safe and secure preview and purchase at http://www.NextUp.com.
NextUp.com also offers TextAloud with optional Premium Voices from Nuance RealSpeak (TM), AT&T Natural Voices (TM), 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, Arabic, Basque, Catalan, Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Belgian Dutch, Faroese, Finnish, French, Canadian French, German, Greek, Hindi, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Russian, Castilian (European) Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, and Turkish.
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 (R) software designed to save time and deliver vital information. NextUp Talker is an easy and affordable program that enables people who have lost their voices to use the latest in high-quality computer voices to communicate aloud with others.
Evaluation copies of TextAloud are available for the media upon request. For more information on TextAloud and its uses for students returning Back to School, or for a rich assortment of case studies involving users ranging from firefighters and lawyers, to writers, editors, teachers, actors, students, entrepreneurs, doctors, truck drivers, musicians, and more, please contact publicist Angela Mitchell at (904) 982-8043.
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