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June 13, 2008

Ivo Software Intros Expressivo 1.4 Text Reader

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Ivo Software has launched Expressivo 1.4, software that reads books with the English-speaking voice of ‘Jennifer.’ People purchasing the software will also receive a free collection of 50 popular e-books in English.
Expressivo users can freely access a collection of books including Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” and Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Ivo said that by visiting Expressivo’s Web site, users can download, free of charge, other e-books and then play them on their computer or save them as MP3 files and then play them on an iPod.

The Expressivo 1.4 also boasts an enhanced feature through which text files can be converted into sound. This version helps the conversion of any text file into an MP3 file even 50 percent faster in contrast to the previous version of the application. Users can also add external voices and benefit from the speech it generates in other languages.
Because V1.4 has been adapted to the international character encoding system, UNICODE, after adding the appropriate text-to-speech voice to the application, Expressivo can read texts written in any language of the world, including Russian, Japanese or Chinese.
In addition to all these capabilities, Expressivo 1.4 includes other new attractive features such as the new clock-reminder. Compatible with the Google (News - Alert) Calendar, clock-reminder will also read out the events planned in the calendar of user’s email application.
Expressivo is an affordable and popular computer application for people who can read any text with a human voice. The application can also be used to facilitate learning of foreign languages or to read out film subtitles. The unique solution helps users to listen to books, RSS feeds, Web pages, e-mails both via a computer and a portable MP3 player. One can even create audiobooks with Expressivo.
Expressivo is voiced by IVONA, the speech generation technology developed by IVO Software.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

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