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NEXTUP.COM LAUNCHES TEXTALOUD 2.O TTS TOOL FOR WINDOWS.

NextUp.com has launched TextAloud 2.0, the latest version of the company's popular Text-to-Speech tool for Windows.

TextAloud uses the power of voice synthesis to "speak aloud" documents, web pages, email and more. Text is seamlessly converted into spoken audio for listening on a PC, or to create MP3 or Windows Media files ready for playback on portables like the iPod, PocketPC, or even the Home Media Option from TiVo.

TextAloud 2.0 provides a variety of upgraded features, including:

-- A cleaner, more powerful interface, with support for skins -- Direct support for Word, PDF, and HTML -- A new Proofread function -- A Batch File Converter to convert audio files quickly from any number of documents -- A new Internet Explorer Plug-In makes listening to web pages easier than ever -- The ability to change voices within a single document to simulate conversation or multiple speakers -- Advanced Font Controls to improve readability for those with low vision -- Bookmarks for easy navigation of large texts -- Advanced pronunciation tools to teach computer voices unusual, technical or medical terms -- Configurable pauses between sentences and paragraphs make text more understandable -- Listen aloud or create WAV, MP3 and WMA files for later listening -- Improved word highlighting assists dyslexics in reading and proofreading

"The new features offered by 2.0 further enhance TextAloud's appeal for the wide range of users who find it an essential tool they use daily," says Ken White, CEO of NextUp.com. "TextAloud 2.0 not only has an improved interface, it also gives users more control over the tasks they use most. And with our expanded offerings for premium voices, it all sounds better than ever."

TextAloud is used by business people, students, educators, writers, medical and legal professionals, and busy individuals from all walks of life. NextUp currently offers TextAloud with optional premium voices from AT&T Natural Voices, NeoSpeech and Cepstral, for outstanding speech quality on a personal computer or for playing on portable MP3 players such as the iPod.

TextAloud 2.0 is priced at just $29.95, and is for Windows 98, NT, 2000 and XP. It is available for purchase via http://www.nextup.com/.

About NextUp.com

NextUp.com is a division of NextUp Technologies, LLC. In addition to TextAloud, NextUp.com markets other Windows software designed to save time and deliver vital information including NewsAloud, WeatherAloud, StocksAloud and more. Evaluation copies of TextAloud 2.0 are currently available.

NextUp.com can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.nextup.com/.

For more information, call 904/982-8043.
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