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A Free Tool to Read Text Aloud

By Gloson On December 10, 2008 2 Comments

Have you ever got tired of squinting at text? Do you prefer to have it read aloud? Then this free read-aloud tool, called ReadPlease, is for you! Now you just have to sit back and relax while ReadPlease does all the hard work :) . This tool lives up to its name.

If you’ve a post you want to read, just copy the words, and paste it into ReadPlease. Press the play button, and ReadPlease will read aloud every word in that article. You can also save the text in ReadPlease in its format.readplease

Actually, ReadPlease can read all kinds of text, even ‘sdaisjdijiaojsoid’ or ‘mumumumuunununun’. It will just read them out. If you type ‘dddddddddddddddddd’, it would just speak, “Dee dee dee dee dee dee dee..”. This is also a great tool for children to experiment with.

And did I mention? It is free! Except for the more advanced version (called ReadPlease Plus) for which you have to purchase ($49.95). The advanced version has more features. But the free version is probably enough for you. ReadPlease Plus has a free trial period of 30 days, but the free version never expires.

You can download ReadPlease here. For the direct download, click here.

Tips

ReadPlease also can read aloud in other languages, such as German or French. It alsorpsidebar can read in British-English. You just have to download the languages from the site.

ReadPlease, by default has four voices – two males’, and two females’. They are all in American English. The text would be read differently, according to whose voice you pick.

You can also choose the speed of reading. If you choose fast, the article would be read finished quickly.

You can choose how large you want the text to be, so it suits your eyes.

To modify the appearance and the font, click ‘Tools’ then ‘Options’, where you also can modify other stuff.

When you first open it, the window may seem too narrow. To widen it, simply stretch the window by dragging its corner.

Now you don’t have to spend a hard time squinting at an article, but paste it in ReadPlease and relax 8) .



A Very Useful Color Tool

By Gloson On November 8, 2008 1 Comment

I found this tool at Adam Bowman’s site, and thought that it is a very useful tool for designing layouts when you don’t know color codes, such as MySpace, YouTube, or etc.

This is also useful for sites which have a limited selection of colors and support color codes. Here’s a preview:

 

See? The color code is located near the top-right. What you have to do is to add a number (#) sign before it.

Why not try it? It’s easy, simple, and nice. You can even add it to iGoogle.



I’m Feeling Lucky (Picasa)

By Gloson On November 7, 2008 2 Comments

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Hi, just telling you how I love the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky‘ option of Picasa by Google. It simply brightens up your photo and makes it nicer.

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Before
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After
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Well, doesn’t the edited photo seem much brighter?
Look at another one:

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The Browser That I Enjoy

By Gloson On November 3, 2008 3 Comments

The colorful thing that looks like a ball…and that it, of course, chrome21

Yes, Google Chrome!

I like it very much because it runs really fast and smooth. It also warns about risky websites that contain viruses, and tells that it is not safe, and lets you choose whether continue or not.

Also, unlike Firefox, Google Chrome lets you drag its tabs easily, if you want to swap tab places, or if you want to bring the tab away from its place to create a new window.

When a tab or more is running very slowly or is going to crash, Chrome has a ‘Crash Control‘ feature that lets you choose whether you want the tabs to stop running to prevent crashes, or wait patiently until the tabs work again. Also, when a tab is going to crash, it won’t interrupt other tabs.

It also lets you bookmark your favorite website with just a click. But what I like most about Google Chrome is: It is really fast, which means I can browse the web without my computer lagging! It also opens faster than Firefox or Internet Explorer.

And here are 9 things to love and 9 things to hate about Chrome. I hope Google would fix the ’9-things-to-hate-about-chrome’ in their next version.
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