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Last changed: 10-20-2007
With my Readout programs your computer can read out text. This feature is based on the Microsoft Agent technology.
At the moment there are three Readout applications: The main package (Universal-Readout), a plugin for Microsoft Word (Word-Readout) and a plugin for StarOffice/OpenOffice.org Writer (Writer-Readout).
As the operating system requirement you need Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. Probably the applications also work with Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0, but this is not tested. You also need:
First click on Download the Microsoft Agent core components (395 KB exe), to download the core components. You do not need them if you use Windows 2000/ME or later or Office 2000 or later.
After that you need a Microsoft Agent. This is the character which speaks the text. On the Microsoft homepage you can find Merlin (wizard), Genie (ghost), Peedy (bird) and Robby (robot) (the voice does not differ). So jump to the topic Microsoft Agent character files, select an Agent and click on Download selected character.
Then you need the SAPI 4.0-Runtime and an appropriate speech driver. You can find the SAPI 4.0 runtime at the topic SAPI 4.0 runtime support. Here click on Download the Microsoft SAPI 4.0a runtime binaries (824 KB exe).
You can get the free TTS3000 and TruVoice speech drivers at the topic Text-to-speech engines. Here select the language and click on Download selected engine.
Now install the components in this order. When you installed Universal-Readout, you can also check with the help file, if all components are successfully installed.
Here you find an installation package for Universal-Readout and the plugins Word-Readout and Writer-Readout. All packages include an english and a german version of the applications. But you also need some components for the speech output (see System requirements or the including help file).
You need Universal-Readout to use the plugins.
Universal-Readout 2.0.3 (1.88 MB)
Plugin for Microsoft Word (Word-Readout 2.0) (320.72 KB)
Plugin for StarOffice/OpenOffice.org Writer (Writer-Readout 2.0) (11.47 KB)
Version 2.0.3 (12-13-2006)
Version 2.0.2 (08-25-2006)
Version 2.0.1 (11-09-2005)
Version 2.0 (06-21-2005)
Do you have questions, suggestions, criticism or something like that? Or did you find a bug? Then you can write me an E-Mail. My E-Mail address is . You can also click on the following E-Mail link: