@Voice Aloud Reader
Free Android App - Now with PDF support!
Current version number: 6.5.6

@Voice Aloud Reader reads aloud the text displayed in an Android app, e.g. web pages, news articles, long emails, sms, PDF files and more.

IMPORTANT: You need Text-To-Speech engine and voices installed on your device to use this app. If you don't have it yet, pickup from Play Store Acapela, Ivona or SVOX TTS package. You may use more than one if you want.

Downloads and Manual:

Features:

* Click "Share", "Send by Email" button or menu item in any app to send text you read to @Voice Aloud Reader for aloud reading over speakers or headset.
* If "Share" is not available, copy text in other apps and paste it into @Voice for aloud reading.
* Open text, PDF or HTML files from Android file system for reading aloud.
* Save articles opened in @Voice to files for later listening. Construct listening lists of many articles for uninterrupted listening one after the other. Order the list as needed, e.g. more important articles first.
* Easily add saved Pocket articles to @Voice reading list - in Read List screen, press Menu - Add articles from Pocket.
* Dropbox sync! Enable it, then build your reading list on one device, e.g. a tablet, then listen on your phone. Or from your computer, use File/Save As - "HTML only" function in the browser to save in a Dropbox folder, then listen on your phone.
* Easily control speech generator volume, pitch and rate of speech.
* Pause/resume speech as needed with wired or Bluetooth headset buttons, plus click Next/Previous buttons to jump by sentence, long-click to switch to the next/previous article on a list.
* Can automatically recognize the language of an article and use appropriate TTS voice, if available, or set your preferred voices manually with "Select language" menu item.
* Options for additional pause between paragraph, start talking as soon as a new article is loaded or wait for a button press, start/stop talking when wired headset plug is inserted/removed.
* Optional sleep timer to stop speech after a given timeout.









ABOUT PERMISSIONS:

The full Internet access is needed because the “Share” function from web browsers and any news reading apps I tried, sends us only the URL address (http://something...). They do not send the full text of articles, so @Voice has to download the article from the Internet to be able to read it aloud or save for later reading. Only by using Copy text function in one app, and pasting it in @Voice, or by saving the full text in one app to storage and opening a file in @Voice, you could avoid Internet connection, but this is not very convenient. Also - the new Dropbox sync function needs Internet access, of course. There is no need to avoid it.

PLEASE send me your suggestions for improvements and bug reports welcome - send them to the email address listed on "Contact" page. Thanks and have fun! And a BIG THANK YOU! to Ilia Prokator for sending me the idea for this app.

Greg at Hyperionics


Change Log:

v. 6.5 11/26/2014
* Experimental EPUB format support. It's only for reading aloud, no fancy full featured EPUB reader, e.g. does not show pictures, many more features of a full reader are missing.
* Double-click on a headset pause/resume button will back-up one sentence, but only if your device is not programmed to handle such double-clicks by the system to do something else.
* Many bug fixes and performance improvements.

v. 6.4.8 11/2/2014
* Added missing textual descriptions to the status bar notification buttons (important for visually impaired users)

v. 6.4.6 10/31/2014

* Fix a rare crash in extracting text from PDF files
* Fix progress bar at the bottom to show correct article title or file name
* "Preserve styles" for web pages should work better, use more of the page defined styles
* Several other small bug fixes.

v. 6.4.5, 2014.10.20
* Fix: repeat current article option did not work, if the article was not on the reading list.
* Revert to older Google build tools, update to API 21 was a disaster.

v. 6.4.4, 2014.10.18

* Changed how STOP button operates by default: if the app was talking, first STOP press just stops speech. Second exits the app.
* Fixing issue of unintended speech start, when paused but @Voice app is still on top, and phone unlocked or similar situation.
* Added Chinese Traditional translation.

v. 6.4.1, 2014.10.08
* Added "pause definitely after each sentence" option to speech settings - useful e.g. if you want to repeat sentences when learning a new language.
* On orientation change to to landscape, the control panel at the bottom is now auto-collapsed - else you can see very little or none text at all.
* A few rare crash fixes.

v. 6.3.3, 2014.10.01
* Fix: share to read at once or add to list would sometimes fail, when shared from Downloads app or some file managers
* Several other rare occurring bug fixes.

v. 6.3.2, 2014.09.23
* Small fix: using "Add to list" share icon will not affect the article last opened in the app.
* A correction to PDF text extraction code - trying to fix a rare crash on some PDF files. If you have a PDF file that crashes @Voice app, please email me that file, so that I could fix it for sure.

v. 6.3.1, 2014.09.20

* Headset buttons: next/previous will go to next/previous list article, if speech is paused. Otherwise as before, go to next/previous sentence.
* Long press on next/previous navigation buttons at the bottom goes to next/previous article from the list.
* Updated Bulgarian, French, Polish, Russian and Spanish translations.

v. 6.3.0, 2014.09.17
* Options to start reading in the background after using "Share" icons.
* Reading list screen changed to dark background, to avoid blinding users who use "night theme" in the dark.
* Many smaller bug fixes and performance improvements.

v. 6.2.5, 2014.09.11
* Corrections to the handling of "start reading in background" option.

v. 6.2.3, 2014.09.09
* Added some "language replacement" code, for situations when e.g. "Norwegian Bokmål" language is recognized in an article, but installed voice says it's just "Norwegian", without specifying anything else. Now the program knows to use "Norwegian" generic, if Bokmål variant is not avilable. These replacements can be also specified with an external config file if other such needs emerge in the future.

v. 6.2.2, 2014.09.06
* Added option to start reading aloud in the background after using Share - @Voice Add to List in another app.

v. 6.2, 2014.08.27
* Improved "Page look" function on the menu - shows preview of a page, and allows changing font size.
* Added code to prevent the reading place loss if program or the device crashes.
* Bug fixes and performance improvements

v. 6.1, 2014.08.12
* Added "Repeat" button to the bottom row. Toggles between no repeat, repeat current article and repeat the whole reading list.
* Advanced Pocket sync option on the Reading List screen menu - sync with Pocket selecting articles by tags, favorited status etc.
* Added Devanagari Danda character to sentence delimiters.

v. 6.0, 2014.07.23
*  Now extracts and reads aloud text from Word documents (doc, docx, rtf) and OpenOffice (odt)
* Better essential text extraction from HTML pages. Minimally slower than the old method, but more accurate. The old method is still available as option.
* Bug fixes and performance improvements.

v. 5.5, 2014.07.12
* Bug fixes and performance improvements

v. 5.4, 2014.06.25

* Speech editor now permits changing the order or entries, with the arrow keys on top of screen
* Speech editor - added export and import of speech files.
* Text search widget now remembers the previous search text
* Bug fixes and performance improvements.

v. 5.3, 2014.06.23
* Added option to let background music play when reading aloud (Settings - Speech Settings screen)
* Added option to continue reading aloud instead of stopping and exiting, when back button pressed.
* Bug fixes and performance improvements.

v. 5.2.0, 2014.06.12
* Edit text function added to the menu. Lets you edit the current paragraph, use "Clear text" first if you want to type a completely new text.
* Improved text extraction for articles shared from News360 app
* Bug fixes and performance improvements.

v. 5.1.4, 2014.05.27
* Several important bug fixes and performance improvements.

v. 5.1.3, 2014.05.15
* Fix: sharing articles from CNN app, and maybe a few more apps, did not work correctly

v. 5.1.2, 2014.05.02
* Fix: folder selection did not work

v. 5.1.1, 2014.05.01
* Split "Speech and screen settings" into two separate panels
* Added new option to disable the gong sound between articles (under Speech settings)
* Small bug fixes

v. 5.1.0, 2014.04.28

* Status bar added at the bottom of the article area. Can be turned off under Settings, or by long press on the bar. Shows title, progress, and sleep timer, if enabled.
* New option in "Speech and screen settings" to "Keep screen on when reading"
* Fix: if continues Dropbox sync was enabled, could skip or repeat articles from the reading list.

v 5.0.0, 2014.04.16
* Easily add saved Pocket articles to @Voice reading list - in Read List screen, press Menu - Add articles from Pocket
* Fix - some web addresses were giving us "403 Forbidden" error.
* When exploring by touch, adding % of article complete next to article titles on the lists, so that the percentage completed is read aloud.
* Several small bug fixes and performance improvements.

v 4.8.4, 2014.04.04
* Fix: would not load correctly some HTML pages
* Fix: would stop speaking on very long sentences (about 5000 characters or more)

v 4.8.3, 2014.03.29

* Fixing crash when changing voices with some TTS engines (e.g. Mandarin by iflytek)

v 4.8.1, 2014.03.25
*
Faster voice switching
*
Small error corrections.

v. 4.7.4, 2014-03-17
* Performance improvements and bug fixes

v. 4.7.3, 2014-03-15
* New on Read List menu: "Delete articles not on lists."

v. 4.7.1, 2014-03-14
* New "Page Look" options on the menu - Day and Night themes, keep original page colors or set custom color.
* New option under "Page Look" menu - Preserve styles, e.g. font shape & sizes etc.
* Correctly shows tables
* Reload from browser option will now save selected options and saved passwords for a give web site.
* More custom filters for specific sites (Orthobullets.com Orthopaedic Review site, Hacker News), more custom filters in the future.

v. 4.6.0, 2014-03-04
* Fixing a problem with opening attachments from Gmail or similar situations
* Fixing an occasional crash when trying to open a PDF file.

v. 4.4.3, 2014-01-28
* Now will open or add to list also PDF files from http links, and better format TXT files from such links.
* Fixes for Share - Add to list sometimes not working as expected.

v. 4.4.2
* Using Share/Add to @Voice List will no longer interrupt reading of current article
* Fixed highlight and voice getting out of sync sometimes

v. 4.4.1, 2014-01-28
* Using Share/Add to @Voice List will no longer interrupt reading of current article
* Fixed highlight and voice getting out of sync sometimes

v. 4.4.0, 2014-01-24
* New settings, under "Text, Icons and Reading List" section: "For plane text, separate lines by default" and "For HTML, load full content by default".
* The same settings can be switched for individual articles or files under menu - "Reload or clear...". Change the options there if you don't like the way a plane text or HTML article is displayed.
* Bluetooth device feature is now optional, which will make the app available to about 500 more devices on Google Play.

v. 4.3.1, 2014-01-16
* It is now possible to reload an article from a web browser, for entering passwords etc. See menu - "Reload or clear" - "Load from browser"
* Fix crash on Android 2.x when pasting text.

v. 4.2.0, 2014-01-14
* Option to treat new-line characters as new paragraphs, when pasting text
* Fix for an occasional trouble when switching TTS voices

v. 4.1.7
* Fix: sentence highlighting would stop if screen turned off, then on again while the program is talking.

v. 4.1.6 Fixes:
* Small change to let FBReader TTS+ Plugin to use speech replacement created in @Voice, or import them from TTS+ to @Voice (under Settings menu)

Version 4.1 - 2013.12.23

* Swipe gesters to show-hide control panel at the bottom, reading list etc.
* Multiple reading lists

Version 4.0 - 2013-11.12

* Added "Edit speech" feature under Settings menu, to change pronunciation of some words, delete unwanted fragments of sentences (using RegEx) and more.
* Added "Clear contents" function to the menu, to clear the current text from @Voice screen.
* If HTML page declares text encoding different from auto-detected, we let you switch between the two from the menu, to display text correctly.
* Made the APK file to download smaller.
* Many smaller new features, improvements and bug fixes. 

Version 3.4.0 - 2013-10.18

* Added "fast scroll" feature - a blue circular button on right, that appears if you touch screen and move it up or down, then fades out if not needed. Touch and slide up/down to scroll fast to any part of the document.
* Fixed issue with PDF files sometimes losing position (bookmark)
* PDF files can be now added to reading list.
* Fixed issue with Dropbox leaving incomplete (damaged) files if connection was broken while downloading.

Version 3.3.2 - 2013-10.12

* Showing progress bars under article titles in the Reading List, to show how much was read.
* Fixing bug in extracting text from big PDF files
* Layout improvement for high resolution screens
* Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Version 3.2.3 - 2013.09.28

* Improved search interface, e.g. ending search with "Play" button starts playing from the currently found place.
* Better - sharper and flat - buttons in the bottom row

Version 3.2.1 - 2013.09.26

* Added Search function to the top bar of @Voice
* On Android 2.x implemented the same "Action Bar" and menu as on Android 4.x
* Bug fixes and performance improvements

Version 3.1.0 - 2013.09.24

* Sending PDF files from Adobe Reader through "Share" function to @Voice now works.
* Pressing "Next" sentence when at the end, or "Previous" when at start, now loads a next or previous article from the list, or provides spoken feedback.

Version 3.0.7 - 2013.09.17

* Fixed a mixup of Russian texts appearing in Bulgarian translation
* Fixed a possible "null pointer" crash

Version 3.0.6 - 2013.09.16

* Fixed opening password-protected PDF files from Dropbox app, file explorers etc.
* Better multitasking, sometimes was blocking on article loading.

Version 3.0.3 - 2013.09.11

*  Fixed: could not open files from Dropbox app.

Version 3.0.2 - 2013.09.10

* Made possible opening PDF files by a press in Android "Download" area and similar situations.
* Several bug fixes.

Version 3.0.0 - 2013.09.05

* Now extracts text from PDF files for reading aloud or on screen. Select "Open" from menu and navigate to folder with any PDF files.
* Stability and speed improvements. Version 2.8.9.1 - 2013.08.21

Version 2.8.9 - 2013.08.10

* Work-around for a serious bug that Google introduced in Android 4.3,  see more at http://goo.gl/JKfIqv

Version 2.8 - 2013.08.01

* Much faster article loading due to use of native code
* Better character encoding recognition for web pages that don't declare encoding correctly.
* Many smaller performance improvements and bug fixes.

Version 2.7 - 2013.07.01

* Loads very long text files in segments to avoid running out of memory
* Fixes for some encoding errors
* Long press now also highlights the sentence to start speed from that point, in addition to starting text selection. This makes possible selecting a sentence to start reading from when TalkBack is enabled.
* Performance improvements, including armeabi-v7a native code
* Several bug fixes

Version 2.6.1 - 2013.06.21

* Correcting problem with listing all voices (countries and speaker names were not displayed)
* Added character encoding recognition when loading text files. Should now display correct characters even if text is not in UTF-8 format.

Version 2.5.0 - 2013.06.12

* Added "night" reading mode to the menu
* Many bug fixes and performance improvements. 

Version 2.3.8 - 2013.05.28

* Several bug fixes and performance improvements

Version 2.3.4 - 2013.05.23

* For Android 4 (ICS) and higher, added a better lookup of TTS engines, languages and voices.
* Many bug fixes and performance improvements

Version 2.2.3 - 2013

* Added option to read aloud at once text copied to clipboard
* Redesigned Settings for more streamlined use
* Added notification to Android notification bar, with the title of currently played article. On Android v.3 and higher it also has progress bar, buttons to start/stop, skip sentences and turn on/off the option to speak clipboard aloud.
* Asking how to handle Stop button on its first use

Version 2.1.0 - 2013.04.27

* Dropbox login was broken if new Dropbox app installed. This release fixes the problem.

Version 2.0.9 - 201.04.22

* Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Version 2.0.7 - 2013.03.29

* More crashes and no-reponses fixed. Thank you for sending the bug reports!

Version 2.0.5 - 2013.03.27

* Several bug fixes again.

Version 2.0.3 - 2013.03.24

* Fixed crash when pressing Help button on some devices
* Fixed English pronunciation of words ending with ST and a dot.
* Paste button or menu item now appears even if you copy text as short as 1 character.
* Auto-start speech when headset connection option now also works when Bluetooth headset is connected.
* Fixed an issue with reader not always remembering the text position after return form another screen
* Fixed occasional crash in Dropbox sync

Version 2.0.1 - 2013.03.21

* Zoom controls added to enlarge text as needed. Can be disabled under Settings.
* Now remembers the scroll position for each article
* Many bug fixes and performance improvements

Version 1.9.1 - 2013.03.12

* Bookmarks improved - now remembers exact position for all saved articles read, plus remembers how to load the contents (all or "essential")

Version 1.9.0 - 2013.03.11

* Auto-bookmarks the last read article, and restores it and the last read sentence when the app is stopped and re-started later. This also synchronizes through Dropbox, if you use this feature.

Version 1.8.8 - 2013.03.10

* Corrected a problem with ads sometimes showing even after buying and installing the "@Voice No Ads Upgrade". Sorry about that!

Version 1.8.7 - 2013.03.09

* Fixed another crash

Version 1.8.6 - 2013.03.02

* Fixed a rare crash on Android v.3 and higher 

Version 1.8.5 - 2013.02.25

* Added French translation

Version 1.8.4 - 2013.02.20

* Added German translation

Version 1.8.3 - 2013.02.18

* Bug fixes and performance improvements
* Added Russian translation

Version 1.8.1 - 2013.02.10

* Small bug fixes.

Version 1.8.0 - 2013.02.06

* Option to move @Voice folder to another location, e.g. external SD card, if needed.
* Dropbox sync now has option to be on demand (when you click the menu to sync only) or continuous.
* Option to not exit the app when the on-screen STOP button is pressed, just stop speech and reset position to the top of article.

Version 1.7.1 - 2013.01.31

* Faster start with slow data connection
* Auto-add to list articles added to our folder from outside @Voice app, e.g. saved to Dropbox from desktop browser
* Added Polish translation

Version 1.7.0 - 2013.01.30

* Dropbox sync! Enable, then build your list on one device, e.g. a tablet, then listen on your phone. Or from your computer, use File/Save As - "HTML only" function in the browser, save to @Voice Dropbox folder, then listen on your phone.

* Several bug fixes, including a crash on some long articles from RADIO SVOBODA.

Version 1.6.5 - 2013.01.15

* Improved contents extraction from Twitter tweets.

Version 1.6.4 - 2013.01.12

* Updated video tutorials in Help

Version 1.6.2 - 2013.01.09

* Modified to prevent speech stopping on empty paragraphs with some speech engines (e.g. Loquendo)

Version 1.6.2 - 2013.01.09

* Android package name changed to com.hyperionics.avar - will uninstall the older version upon first run, but preserve any saved articles and reading lists. 
* Performance improvements and bug fixes
* Ready for an optional purchase of No Ads Upgrade from Google Play Store

Version 1.5.1 - 2012.12.18

* Corrected issue with voice change when starting to read the next article from list.

Version 1.5.0 - 2012.12.17

* Better contents extraction, loads the main article only and omits navigation etc. from Web pages.
* Optional menu to load the full contents of page, if necessary.
* Optional "share" icon to just add an article to list. Choose icons to show in Settings.
* Added move and delete selected files buttons to reading list "add files" panel.
* Swipe left/right to load next/prev article from list.
* Billing permission added for future premium/no-ads edition.
* Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Version 1.4.0 - 2012.12.10

Version 1.3.0 - 2012.12.07

Version 1.2.0 - 2012.12.01

Version 1.0.1 - 2012.11.27

Version 0.2.8 BETA - 2012.11.22

Version 0.2.7 BETA - 2012.11.21

Version 0.2.6 BETA - 2012.11.20

Version 0.2.5 BETA - 2012.11.16

Version 0.2.4 BETA - 2012.11.15

Version 0.2.3 BETA - 2012.11.14

Version 0.2.2 BETA - 2012.11.13

Version 0.2.1 BETA - 2012.11.12

Version 0.1.3 BETA

Version 0.1.2 BETA

Version 0.1.1 BETA

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