How to Use NextUp TextAloud Software 2006

How to Use NextUp TextAloud Software 2006
How to Use NextUp TextAloud Software
Click on Programs and select TextAloud, then select TextAloud again.
Allow the software to move past the first advertising screen.
Close the small Tip-of-the-day dialog box by clicking Close.
Click on Options then TextAloud Options.
Click on Clipboard Options tab. In the Prompt Options area, change
Display Prompt from 5 to 30 seconds.
Click on Miscellaneous tab. Uncheck Show Splash Screen on Startup and
TextAloud resides in system tray when closed.
Click OK to save settings.
Please note that there are many options that could be changed in this area.
We are just recommending these few changes to make TextAloud work more
efficiently for you. As you get to know the software better, you may
experiment with other options.
Click on File and select New Article. This should provide a new space for
Without closing TextAloud, open a document in Word or in Adobe.
Highlight the text in the document that you which to hear read aloud. Moving
your curser into the highlighted text area, click the RIGHT mouse button, and
select COPY.
A TextAloud option window will automatically appear and ask what you want
to do. You have 30 seconds to decide. Click the NEW button to copy the text
into a new session in TextAloud. Click the APPEND button to add text to a
current session in TextAloud. Click the CANCEL button if you want to do
nothing. If you click CANCEL or if you go past the 30 seconds, nothing
happens. If that isn’t what you intended to do, you are able to click in the
white space for text in the TextAloud screen and RIGHT click and select
PASTE. The text you want read aloud should fill the space.
Click in the Title section and type a title for your file.
Click in the Voice section and select the voice of Mike or Crystal, which are
the better voices. Select the SPEAK icon to start the computer reading the
text. You may experiment with each voice by changing the voice and
selecting the SPEAK icon. Click STOP when you want the computer to stop
reading aloud.
To adjust the volume or speed of the voice, use the sliding bars to the right of
the Title and Voice section. You may also adjust the volume by clicking on
the little speaker icon (if you have one) in the lower right side of your task bar
on the lower right side of your screen. The same settings are in the Control
Text can be saved in 3 formats: Wav, WMA, or MP3 (recommended for
playback on CDs or MP3 Players). To save the file as a WAV file or a WMA
file or an MP3 file, click on Options and select Voices and File Options.
Click on the File Options tab. For the first option of Audio File Format, click
the down arrow and select either Wav, WMA or MP3, whatever you prefer.
Click OK to save. Then click on the TO FILE icon. A dialog box will ask
where you want to save this file. Select Browse if you do not see the proper
folder listed in the listed directory. Select the appropriate folder (we
recommended y:\My Documents\My Ebooks) and click OK.
Make sure to CLOSE TextAloud after saving or it will try to be the clipboard for
everything you copy as long as it is open. Note that when you open
TextAloud, it will go to the system tray on the taskbar. If you minimize the
software it will still reside in the system tray. Double click the icon to
maximize it again.
There are many methods to copy files from the computer to a CD or MP3
player. If you are more familiar with other software such as Roxio CD Creator,
it can be used also. Treat the file as an audio file when moving it to a CD or
MP3 player.
1. Click on Start, select Program, Accessories, Entertainment, and Windows
Media Player.
2. Go to File select Add to Library, select Add File or Playlist. You may need to
Browse to find “your” MyDocuments\My eBooks folder in which you saved the
file(s) from TextAloud. Select the file(s) that you want to add to your Library.
3. Click on Library in the upper left area of the screen and your file(s) should
automatically appear in the center of the Windows Media Player window. You
can edit the information of the article file by highlighting the name and RIGHT
clicking on the title, artist, or album section. You may want to use terms that will
help you organize the articles by the course you need the article for, such as
History or English.
4. CLICK, HOLD, and DRAG whatever articles you want to the RIGHT panel. This
will become your playlist. Click the
STOP icon if the voice
starts reading out loud.
5. To move files to a CD: Insert a blank CD in the CD drive and select START
BURN in the lower RIGHT part of the screen. This should copy your playlist
items to the CD.
6. To move files to an MP3 Player: Connect the MP3 player to the USB port of the
computer and select START SYNC to transfer the files.
7. You may have to click on the down arrow to the right of the Now Playing List to
change from Burn, Sync, or Now Playing. Files may need to be moved from
the Library to various lists depending if you plan on listening to the article on the
computer, a CD, or an MP3 player.
8. Close Media Player when finished.
TextAloud website:
TextAloud manual:
Information about Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 (desktop users) and CD Creating
Instructions (desktop users) ~ click this link:
Information about Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator 6 (laptop users) ~ click this link:
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