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Windows Text Readers and Literacy Tools

To read text with the Scottish Voices on you computer, you need a 'text reader'. A 'text reader' or 'text to speech' program on your computer or tablet reads text from a document or webpage to you using a computer voice. The text is converted to speech by the computer voice and the audio version of the text is read aloud.

There are free text readers (below) and the voices  also work with Literacy Support programs like Clicker, Read&Write and ClaroRead:

Visit our Text-to-Speech pages on the main CALL Scotland website to find other programs and how they can be used.

You can't use the Scottish Voices with Microsoft's Immersive Reader because Immersive Reader can only speak with Microsoft's own voices.

Mac OSX Text Reader

The built-in Text to Speech on a Mac is accessed through the Dictation and Speech System Preferences.

Visit our Text-to-Speech pages on the main CALL Scotland website to find out more.

iOS Text Reader / Literacy apps

It's not possible to install additional system voices on iPads or iPhones and so extra voices have to be integrated into each individual app by the app developer. At this time only one app from Claro Software has Scottish voices from CereProc; some others offer Acapela's 'Rhona' or the Nuance 'Fiona' Scottish voices. 

Claro apps

Since Claro Software have already integrated Mairi and Andrew into ScanPen, and we believe have a licence for the other Scottish voices as well, there are no technical or licencing barriers to adding the other Scottish voices or Ceitidh. If Claro integrated the other voices we would have apps for reading and writing documents and PDFs and for personal communication - in Scottish English and also Scottish Gaelic.

We have been encouraging Claro to add the other CereProc voices: if you would like the voices too, why not contact Claro directly and ask them to prioritise this? 


Android voices

The CereProc Scottish voices can run as Android apps on recent Chromebooks – a list is on the Google Chromium Projects web site and information about using Android apps on a Chromebook is available on this Support site.

The Scottish voices can be used with these Chromebook text readers:

Select and Speak

We have had mixed experiences with the ChromeOS built-in Select to Speak text reader and the ChromeVox screen reader - it worked on some Chromebooks but not on others. To use it, install the Scottish voice app, open it, press on the "i" button and set the voice as your Preferred Engine.

Then go to the Chromebook Accessibility Settings:

Read & Write

Read&Write for Google Chrome offers the Ceitidh Scottish Gaelic voice. The free version gives you a text reader while the paid Premium version has many more features and tools to support reading and writing. Teachers can get a free Premium subscription.

Acapela and other voices

Voices from Acapela can also be used on a Chromebook – see the Chromebook Help web site for more information. You need to download the free Acapela TTS Engine app and then buy a voice costing between £5.09 and £6.39. The Scottish Rhona voice is very suitable for anybody wanting text read with a Scottish voice. You can set an Acapela voice as the default voice for your Chromebook and it will work with most text readers including:

Android Text Reader / Literacy apps

The CereProc Scottish voices can be purchased from the Google Play Store for £0.59 each. They can be used with the built-in Select to Speak facility and with most apps that read out text. Choose your Scottish Voice from the CereProc voices on the Google Play Store and download the app for the voice. Then set the Scottish voice as your Preferred Text to Speech Engine by either tapping on:

Apps and facilities that can use the Scottish voices include: