Balabolka 2 is a software program which allows you to convert text to speech. It comes in handy for saving the audio recording afterward using a different tool, and integrating it as narration into a video that will be uploaded to YouTube (e.g. tutorial), for example.
The utility supports multiple file types for the input, such as TXT, EPUB, CHM, DOCX, DOC, HTM and HTML, so you can either import files or write the text directly.
User-friendly and neatly organized UI
The GUI is clean and pretty intuitive. The only available voice is Microsoft Anna, so you can input the text, make a selection, and read it aloud. During this time, it is possible to adjust the speech rate, pitch, and volume level.
Resort to handy tools and settings
In addition, you can read the Clipboard content aloud, skip to the text or previous paragraph or line, as well as reset the rate and pitch. What’s more, Balabolka can find pairs of rules and names in text, and you can also view modified text.
The software application provides a Clipboard monitoring tool, batch file converter, text extractor from files, file comparison function, subtitle converter, Google translator, and magnifier. You can enable a spellchecker and view a list with spelling errors, repeat words, sentenced or entire paragraphs throughout the text, and create bookmarks.
Continuing the list of available options, it is possible to resort to a search function, edit ID3 tags, split and convert tracks to other audio formats (e.g. WAV, MP3, OGG, WMA), undo actions, replace numbers with words, find homographs, or insert audio clips. The UI supports multiple languages and you can customize font formatting settings.
The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from AZW, CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, MOBI, ODT, PRC, PDF and RTF files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.
The program uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice’s parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice’s articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of regular expressions.
Balabolka can save the synchronized text in external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When an audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text is displayed synchronously (at the same way, as lyrics for songs).
Resources for Bulgarian and Spanish languages were updated (thanks to Kostadin Kolev and Fernando Gregoire).