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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:06 am
is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from DOC, RTF, PDF, ODT, FB2 and HTML files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys. Balabolka uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of VBScript.
Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Settings: Application Folder
Download Portable Version
Note: The program creates an empty Hunspell folder in %APPDATA% (I think it's the default spell checker. Couldn't find a way to change this behaviour).
Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:37 pm
That's a nice app
It's not only usefull to read texts, you also can generate .wav and .mp3 from whatever you would like to say.
My browser (Opera) starts with a nice lady voice (german Steffi) saying: "I'm now starting Opera for you" (in german of course
) done with Balabolka
Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:00 am
V184.108.40.2069 released on 08.08.2010
+ Added the saving of text to MP3 tags. It's similar to saving of lyrics for songs.
For SAPI 5 only.
+ Small improvements.
* Resources for Chinese (Simplified), Czech, Italian, Korean and Polish languages
V220.127.116.118 - 03.08.2010
- Fixed small bugs.
* Resources for Bulgarian language were updated.
v18.104.22.1687 - 02.08.2010
+ Added the tab "LRC" to the window "Settings" (for SAPI 5 only). LRC is a computer
file format that synchronizes text with an audio file.
* Resources for Bulgarian, Korean, Polish and Ukrainian languages were updated.
Posted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:06 pm
Posted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:41 pm
Shouldn't the download link be:
Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:01 am
@ Ruby: Download link changed
@ Andrew: Thanks for adding Balabolka
Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:54 pm
Entry updated for (hopefully) greater readability.
Has anyone had any experience with the different voices and spell-checking modules? And, of course, are those portable?
Edit: Strongly disliking the default "Microsoft Sam", I tried adding more voices listed on the website but the program would not use them.
Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:01 am
The change log files (history.eng.txt & history.rus.txt) in the portable version 22.214.171.1245 (balabolka_portable.zip) haven't been updated, the latest changes are for version 126.96.36.1994. This doesn't happen for the first time (version 188.8.131.528 is another recent example). I gave the developer several days to respond or to fix it but since he didn't (it seems he doesn't care at all so I won't bother wasting my time contacting him any more) I am announcing it here.