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This Windows program, CoolSpeech, converts text to sound, allowing users to "listen" to text or save it to a .wav file The native digital audio format in Windows. Using the .WAV file extension, 8- or 16-bit samples can be taken at rates of 11,025 Hz, 22,050 Hz and 44,100 Hz. The highest quality (16-bit at 44,100 Hz) is the sampling rate of an audio CD and uses 88KB of storage per second. . Similar to VCR VCR: see videocassette recorder.
in full videocassette recorder
Electromechanical device that records, stores on a videotape cassette, and plays back on a TV set recorded images and sound. controls, the program includes play, pause, rewind re·wind
tr.v. re·wound , re·wind·ing, re·winds
1. To wind again or anew.
2. To reverse the winding of (recording tape or camera film).
1. The act or process of rewinding. , fast forward and stop reading options.
As users type, they can set CoolSpeech to read word-by-word or sentence-by-sentence; users can right-click a file to be read in the background as other work is continued. The software can announce the time on the hour or half-hour, or schedule it to read the text of specific Web sites at specific times. Applications include using the software as a writing aid, a radio receiver, an appointment reminder, a text-to-wave converter, an e-book and e-mail reader See e-mail program. , an alarm clock and a computer voice manager.
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