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Balabolka v2.12.0.653 Updated

smaragdus on 22 Apr 2018
  • 15MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Balabolka is a feature-rich program to read text aloud from a variety of file types including DOC, RTF, PDF, ODT, FB2 and HTML. The program uses Microsoft's own Speech API 4 and 5, but lets you fine tune various voice parameters, including rate and pitch and a substitution list can also be applied to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. The program supports customized font and background color, skins, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.

Balabolka can also save the synchronized text to external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When the audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text will be displayed synchronously (in the same way as lyrics for songs).

Also includes batch conversion tools from of a wide variety of document formats to audio or plain text and a file compare tool, file splitter and screen magnification window.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft Speech API (SAPI). This is included by default in Win2K and above.
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable Version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch balabolka.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language and help files.
Similar/alternative apps: DSpeech
What's new?
  • Added the new splitting method in the "File Splitter" window: split by table on contents. The application extracts chapters from a document to divide text.
  • If the named bookmark window is opened, the application selects the nearest bookmark to the text position.
  • Fixed:
    • The handling of situations when all audio output devices are turned off;
    • Small bugs.
  • Resources for Bulgarian and German languages were updated.
Latest comments
Mixture on 2014-08-07 20:37

@Checker:
I did something far better.
I uninstalled the flawed ver. 2.10.0.572 portable and installed desktop ver. 2.9.0.565 of Balabolka. My Avast AV doesn't complain anymore.

smaragdus on 2014-08-31 01:36

Balabolka 2.10.0.573 released.

Checker on 2014-08-31 01:53

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

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DSpeech v1.69.63 Updated

billon on 22 Apr 2018
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by AlephX

DSpeech is a text-to-speech program with the option of saving the output to a variety of formats, great for creating audio books from text sources. It also supports dynamically changing the features of the voices e.g. insert pauses, emphasize specific words, spell them out etc. using tags.

The program works out-of-the-box on WinXP and above, using the included Microsoft speech engine SAPI5. For WinNT/2K, you will need to install the speech engine separately. You will find links to plugins, speech engines and voice sets on the program website.

The program can import text from TXT, DOC, DOCX, RTF, HTML, XML and PDF and output to MP3, OGG, AAC, WMA, OPUS and AMR.

Category:
System Requirements: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft speech engine SAPI5
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch DSpeech.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language and manual files.
Similar/alternative apps: Balabolka
What's new? See:
http://www.softpedia.com/progChangelog/DSpeech-Changelog-36935.html
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2015-04-01 21:46

I tried to test DSpeech but it failed to run on my system (Windows 8.1)- what are its requirements?

AndTheWolf on 2017-02-22 20:48

Now at v1.63.0

Happy.Camper2 on 2017-06-10 17:28

DSpeech is now version 1.63.3 Released 2017 Mar 27 at Authors site.
http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/index.html

Download Link=>
http://dimio.altervista.org/stats/download.php?id=5

DSpeech is now available in .paf format over at portableapps.com - version 1.63.3 Released 2017 Jun 09
https://portableapps.com/apps/accessibility/dspeech-portable

Download Link=>
http://download3.portableapps.com/portableapps/dspeechportable/DSpeechPortable_1.63.3.paf.exe

Enjoy!

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SepPDF v3.06 Updated

billon on 20 Apr 2018
  • 351KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by I am Baas

SepPDF is a tiny PDF file splitter with drag-and-drop support.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SepPDF.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: PDFTK Builder, UnityPDF
What's new?
  • Fixed bug with PDF file display.
Latest comments
xor on 2016-09-29 08:10

yep @Midas, I didn't know it was around, I upvoted it too

MIKLO on 2016-12-22 15:57

Well this has been here a very long time, this program has worked fine for my uses.I was looking for an older version from the website I found in Japanese, the problem was many of the Japanese words are spelled wrong which changes the meaning. :D
MIKLO

__philippe on 2017-09-23 10:43

Useful small footprint PDF splitting tool.

Only would wish for slightly more specific changelogs, beside the usual, non-descript
"fixed some bugs"...;-)

see also:
https://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=87982#p87982

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WinScan2PDF v4.19 Updated

billon on 19 Apr 2018
  • 124KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by Emka

WinScan2PDF is a very small program for scanning documents and saving them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner.

Privacy note: The program does not automatically clean up scanned JPEGs, which are left behind in a temporary folder.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch WinScan2PDF_p.exe.
What's new?
Latest comments
Emka on 2017-08-12 06:25

Can't you disable it saving temporary files in the options?

opsimathic on 2017-08-12 08:51

@Emka - The first item under OPTIONS look like you can set the utility to delete the jpgs when you exit the program. I have never been very sure the program actually does what it says, so I simply use the second item in OPTIONS to check and delete as necessary. Periodically I use the jpg instead the pdf so I actually find this useful. Bottom line is that I wish the author would clean all this up a bit more, but I find the utility so useful (use it every day almost) that I am prepared to work around the idiosyncrasies.

MIKLO on 2017-08-26 14:06

@__philippe thanks for the help I appreciate very much.
MIKLO

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PDF-XChange Editor v7.0.325.0 Updated

billon on 17 Apr 2018
  • 95MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by Midas

PDF-XChange Editor is a feature-rich PDF viewer and editor with a tabbed interface. The program includes edition of text-based PDFs, OCR of image based/scanned PDF's to fully text-searchable PDFs, full document spellchecking, rotate/crop documents, add comments/annotations to any PDF file, QR codes and more. You can apply custom stamps from any image/PDF file/Windows clipboard, mark-up pages with text and objects and add/edit hyperlinks.

The program supports export to text or image (BMP/JPEG/TIFF/PNG etc.).

Note: The free PDF-XChange Editor lacks some features present in the registered version (payware). Some "Pro" features noted with with a shopping cart icon can be used, but add a watermark upon saving.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable Version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch PDFXEdit.exe.

Optionally:
  • Disable the available "pro" features via the Edit menu and choose Preferences. Then select the Registration tab and check Hide all licensed features from toolbars and menus
  • Delete unnecessary language files
Similar/alternative apps: Foxit Reader, PDF XChange Viewer
What's new? See:
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor/history
Latest comments
Midas on 2017-03-09 13:12

Motion granted. :D

MIKLO on 2017-05-13 17:23

As with other PDF-Exchange products the editor doesn't disappoint, it works as advertised and does all I want and more :)

MIKLO

webfork on 2017-09-29 01:48

I had a document with both text and pasted images. While Acrobat Pro kept complaining there was rendered text and wouldn't OCR the available images, PDFXChange got right to it.

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