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Acapela Kiosk Lets Publishers Voice-Enable Huge Amounts of Text

The new online service offers a smart collaborative text-to-speech production solution.
Posted Nov 29, 2011
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Designed by Acapela Group, the Acapela Kiosk Web site (http://www.acapela-kiosk.com) allows publishers to vocalize newspapers and long texts via a Web interface, providing audio information access to all, including print-impaired users.

Using Acapela speech synthesis, acapela-kiosk.com turns written content into an audio feed. Vocalization of newspapers and magazines, accessible publishing, Daisy books, self-publishing, and podcasting are application areas that can all benefit from Acapela Kiosk.

Written content is automatically converted into audio files in MP3 or Daisy formats with a few clicks; users can select their own languages and voices. Users upload or enter the text to be vocalized, define their settings, produce their sound files, and download the result for direct use, making the audio version immediately available to readers.

The cloud-based service's back office offers follow up of pending text to audio jobs, collaboration between workers and if required, support from Acapela Kiosk experts.

The Web interface ensures hands-on management of all parts of audio production in a single place, from online editing and lexicon handling to production. All comments, messages, and files sent and shared between workers are saved.

"Our high-quality speech synthesis ensures a perfect, pleasant, audio production of any written content. Acapela Kiosk is the application layer that was missing between the technology and the publishers' needs. We look forward to bringing more innovative tools and solutions to the audio publishing market in which we are very much involved," said Lars-Erik Larsson, CEO of Acapela Group, in a statement.

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