From the PC to the iPad, TextAloud Maximizes Productivity for Busy Government Assistant

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Busy city government assistant turns to TextAloud, from the desktop to the recently released app, in order to manage and review documents, reports and more.

As the Assistant to the Director of Public Works for the City of Inglewood, California, Danita Meshack’s daily tasks include the preparation and review of a huge number of documents, reports, letters and more on an ongoing basis. To help meet the challenge of managing so much text daily in the office, Danita turns to TextAloud, the leading Text to Speech software for Windows. She also uses the TextAloud app on her iPad Air (TM) for listening to her work on the go.

TextAloud is the PC software that turns almost any text into natural-sounding computer speech that can then be easily exported to spoken audio files. "As the Assistant to the Public Works Director, I finalize 98% of the written reports directed to the City Council or City Manager," explains Danita, who first discovered TextAloud software in 2005. "I started using the program to proofread assignments and documents created while enrolled in a two-year writer’s apprenticeship course and found that TextAloud provided me with a reliable tool for checking the content, tone and flow of what I wrote."

The inspiration for integrating TextAloud into her daily work routine came about after Danita read an article that addressed the costs of poor writing on American business in both the private and public sectors. "After spending twenty-plus years in government, I can attest to the prevalence of poor or inadequate writing skills," she comments. "So I made the decision to invest in myself, and purchased a copy of TextAloud."

By using the program to review the content of her documents, Danita found that she was able to catch errors that were all too easy to miss in visual proofing, and to efficiently manage, revise and disseminate department correspondence. The program soon became a vital part of her workday routine. "I now rely upon the software as a virtual assistant that helps me to check the accuracy and integrity of my work," she adds. "I also really like having the ability to have the program read back to me articles that I’ve saved from Windows to the Cloud."

In addition to running the PC version of TextAloud, Danita also recently installed the useful TextAloud app on her iPad Air (TM) to maximize her productivity away from the office as well. "When used on the go, the TextAloud app enhances my capability to be proactive and responsive, and I was really impressed with how easy it was to listen to articles," she says. "The ability to use TextAloud on my iPad Air means there are no lapses or delays in drafting and sending responses to time-sensitive personal or business documents. The application also really complements Pages, a writing application developed by Apple for creating a wide range of documents. The built-in spell-checking feature in Pages is great, but the ability to have documents read back to you to assess the tone and flow of content is simply awesome!"

For Danita, TextAloud has improved her productivity both at work and at home, and she especially values the software’s seamless integration with Microsoft Outlook and Internet Explorer, as well as its useful ability to allow the user to adjust the speed of the spoken text for a more pleasant listening experience. "Both the TextAloud software and the app have freed me to write without procrastination or unreasonable delay," she adds, "and as a writer and aspiring author, it is already the most important tool in my writer’s toolkit."

Danita has used TextAloud to demonstrate the ease and simplicity of Text to Speech to everyone from her daughter, who is pursuing a Master’s degree, to her coworkers at the City if Inglewood. "I believe that TextAloud could potentially fill a gap by becoming a virtual assistant and writing coach for other local government employees like myself – people who live and die by the words we write," she explains. "The program is flawless!"

About TextAloud:
With more personalization options than ever before, TextAloud is the highly useful PC program for students, scientists, writers, business users, students and people from all walks of life from the minds at Priced from only $29.95, TextAloud enables anyone to experience their reading by listening, and recently expanded its voice options to include powerful new children’s and emotive voices by Acapela. The software has been featured in The New York Times, PC Magazine, on CNN, and more, and has also been honored with a da Vinci award (R) nomination for its uses as a valuable assistive technology.

About the TextAloud App:
The TextAloud app is affordably priced at just $4.99, and enables users to listen to text on the iPhone (TM), iPad (TM), or iPod Touch (TM). The TextAloud app runs in the background, letting the user create and maintain articles to be spoken aloud from text copied to the clipboard. The app includes two excellent U.S. English voices by Acapela (TM) (Heather, a female voice and Ryan, a male voice), with more Acapela (TM) voices available through in-app purchase at $1.99 each. Presently, a total of 51 Acapela (TM) voices are offered, including 25 different languages. Learn more about the TextAloud app by visiting the Apple App Store at:

Get the latest news on TextAloud at and also discover helpful video tutorials on’s YouTube Channel (

Evaluation copies of TextAloud are available for the media upon request. For more information, or for a rich assortment of case studies on users ranging from firefighters and lawyers, to editors, teachers, actors, students, entrepreneurs, doctors, truck drivers, musicians, and more, please contact Angela Mitchell at (904) 982-8043 or Admitchell(at)Nextup(dot)com.

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