The Read Text extension will allow any external program to access the text you’ve written inside the Open Office suite. This includes all of the tools you’ll find here, such as Writer, Impress and Calc. There are many different reasons why you would choose to use this extension, we’ll briefly go through some of them so that you have an idea of why the Read Text extension was created in the first place. Perhaps the most common reason is to allow you to have the text you write spoken out loud so you can hear it as you type. This can be a great help if you have sight problems and therefore need to hear what you’re typing when you’re using it.
It is important to note that you will need an external program installed to be able to do this. Depending on the specific system specifications you have, you should find that there are many different options available to you. You will find that operating systems such as Windows will have a speech software built-in but often these aren’t as good so we highly recommend that you find a different one which would be a lot more helpful. At the moment, eSpeak text to speech is the main recommended one, although a lot of people also choose to use others such as the Festival Speech Synthesis System. If you go into your nearest computer store, they’ll probably be able to give you more information about this.
The Read Text extension we’re providing here is completely free, some people do wonder why that is. It’s important to provide people with sight problems with the help they need to make living a normal life much easier. This is one of the ways in which we can support them, by allowing people to have all the text they write spoken out to them. It will help to make sure that everything written is correct and it can save tons of time too, nobody else will have to read through the document to check it all. Overall, this is a very good extension that is recommended for those who are struggling with their sight and could just need an extra boost to make sure they can use and manage Open Office just like everyone else.
If this includes you, we highly recommend that you install the Read Text extension using the official download link below. You have absolutely nothing to lose because it is indeed free of charge, the installation process is also very simple. For more extensions and guides, make sure you visit our website often for all of the information you could ever need.