Balabolka

Excellent free text-to-speech app

Balabolka is a free text-to-speech engine that boasts quality and flexibility worthy of a paid app. View full description

PROS

  • Excellent configuration options
  • Timer
  • File management tools
  • Supports a large range of file formats

CONS

  • Text-to-speech quality can vary

Very good
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Balabolka is a free text-to-speech engine that boasts quality and flexibility worthy of a paid app.

What make this app stand out are its options. Text-to-speech apps generally produce speech that clocks in at around the same quality level – sometimes it’s fine and other times, it falls pretty far from the mark. What other apps don’t have, however, is Balabolka’s great speech configuration options and excellent selection of settings.

Balabolka allows you to save text as WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA. It can also read the clipboard content and view text from documents saved as DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, ODT, PDF or RTF files. It will automatically detect any TTS voices you have installed on your computer and, of course, you can download more voices, both free and paid, from the internet.

It’s worth taking your time to check out all of Balabolka’s options. It’s really useful for file management, even allowing you to split and convert documents. It also has a timer, so you can set it to read before bedtime, for example, and can completely be controlled by hotkeys. There are bunches more – the options that will interest you will surely depend on what you intend to use Balabolka for.

The quality of the speech produced by Balabolka varies greatly, but you can have a major influence by picking the reading voice carefully and tweaking the settings so that you deal with pauses, speed and unusual words in the most efficient way. While Balabolka’s not perfect, it’s very good, and in many cases is just as good, if not better, than similar paid apps.

Balabolka is a seriously flexible and entirely free text-to-speech engine.

Balabolka supports the following formats

Text: TXT, DOC, DOCX, FB2, PDF, HTML, RTF
Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG

The program converts text to speech and WAV/MP3 files

The program converts text to speech. 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 CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, MOBI, ODT, PDF and RTF files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.

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Balabolka 2.11

— User reviews — about Balabolka

  • Coolboy909

    by Coolboy909

    "THIS IS SO GOOD"

    This program I perfect I used this on one of my videos and I was supper happy what it sounded like at the end. More.

    reviewed on May 16, 2017

  • chris hough1094191864

    by chris hough1094191864

    "An excitingly fabulous program.An eleven out of ten score Balabolka from me"

    I am a self taught advanced computer dummy and Balabolka is just a fabulous program and so easy to use with all its feat... More.

    reviewed on March 18, 2017

  • Margarita Šėstakova

    by Margarita Šėstakova

    "Does the job. "

    Turns itself off from time to time, but other than that, SUPER! And free. :) . More.

    reviewed on September 12, 2016

  • henrymastz

    by henrymastz

    "Offers an option to set the duration of pauses in between sentences and par"

    It is the only tts application that is, as far as I know, both free and offers a function to set pauses in between sente... More.

    reviewed on July 12, 2016

  • youngboy20

    by youngboy20

    "It LAGS Alot"

    as far as the sound and TTS quality is concerned it performs well. But when it come to change the Pitch and Rate of the ... More.

    reviewed on May 10, 2016

  • ruthylachmanpaul

    by ruthylachmanpaul

    "LOVE IT Thank you"

    Best apps to read for me as a visual person. It make my life easy and I LOVE IT!. More.

    reviewed on March 24, 2016