Actually, those kind of apps were even around since the Dos/Windows
3.1 days. I doubt if anyone remembers this, but when Creative Labs
released the Sounbblaster 16 sound card one of its selling points is
it came with a software TTS voice, the name escapes me at the moment,
and a Dos program that would read text documents aloud. I used the
program a lot for listening to various text documents. However, the
fact of the matter is this stuff has been around for years.


On 12/25/10, peter Mahach <piterm...@gmail.com> wrote:
> well those kind of apps were around since, even 2000. if you go on the old
> main menu archives you can get audio demos of them. They usually relied on
> microsoft agent (the character thingies that pop up and do stuff, they can
> use sapi to speak) to do things such as say date/time, speak the clipboard,
> do a reminder or even read out the mail to you. A good example of such an
> app that's still around is cyber buddy.

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