My development partner and I have just created an educational text-to-speech application that went live on the Google Play Store this morning (January 3rd). The app is called Auditory Advantage - TTS, and shares similar features (e.g. PDF text extraction) with some other Android TTS apps (e.g. Speechify tts). We have, however, endeavored to engineer Auditory Advantage with some notable distinctions.
Firstly, we desire our app to be highly compatible with images of ALL written content. Version 1.0.0 of Auditory Advantage can, indeed, extract text from all printed images, and we are currently working on a future version that will extract text from handwritten content. Secondly, we've set the price of the app as a one-time payment of $1.99 CAD ($1.56 USD), plus tax, with absolutely zero in-app adds and additional costs or purchases. As such, users can generate audio files from text files or images of their choosing, and save them, for the remainder of their lives following the small payment. Auditory Advantage extracts texts from the following file and image types: pdf, HTML, bmp, webpg, jpg, and png. Version 1.0.0 of Auditory Advantage supports text extraction and audio file generation occurs with files and images written in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian, and future versions will include additional languages. Auditory Advantage is classified in the productivity category of the Play Store, and although it has the potential to be of benefit for various demographics and types of individuals, we strive to target two particular demographic groups.
The first of these groups are post-secondary students throughout the world. I am a post-secondary student, and I began contemplating the idea for this mobile application whilst simultaneously taking university courses and working full-time in a labor position at a warehouse. I wanted a hands-free way to study and increase my knowledge base as I worked and earned an income, which led to the pursuit of an app that would provide such an opportunity. From this, Auditory Advantage was born. Assigned readings, prospective project submissions, and many other student reading requirements can be uploaded to the app and listened to, as opposed to the copious amounts of visual reading often required of post-secondary students.
The second major group of interest is those with vision complications and their caretakers. News articles, journal articles, and any other kind of readable document of interest can be uploaded to Auditory Advantage, and our app will generate an audio file that vision-impaired individuals, whether living in a long-term care or seniors home or with a caretaker in another capacity, can listen to and stay up to date or learn. We believe this app has time management advantages for caretakers and learning and knowledge advantages for those being cared for. We also believe Auditory Advantage has favorable implications for professionals of many sorts. For instance, previously uploaded writings and associated audio files can be read to a professional whilst commuting or working on another task, requiring hands-free, audio 'reading'.
We strongly believe that Auditory Advantage is a high-quality speech synthesizing application and can match existing TTS apps on the Play Store without the need for a subscription, in-app payments, account creation, advertising interruption, or divulgence of any personal interruption. We only require access to a user's downloads and camera (pictures). This is our belief, and we would greatly appreciate an honest review of our newly created product. That is why we've come to The Great Apps.
Nathan MacDuff (Founder, Owner)