Monthly Archives: May 2007

SpokenText on Podcast

A few weeks back I was on the Boagworld Podcast talking about SpokenText. is one of the leading podcasts for people who design,program or manage web sites on a daily basis.

Paul’s Comments

A while back I asked people to submit their own reviews. I didn’t specify that people couldn’t review their own product and so I recently received a review from Mark promoting Spoken Text. Now, I don’t want to open the flood gates to shameless self promotion but I like spoken text so much that I want to include it on the show. It is basically a free, text to speech system that allows you to convert multiple file types into audio files.Mark shares four great reasons why he thinks we might be interested in it as web designers:

  • Use spoken text to provide alternative audio versions of the content on your website
  • Allow users to record and save any content from your website they want
  • Create a podcast of your websites content
  • Create your own podcast of other people’s content that you want to listen to while on the go

There are two things that excite me most about this service (beyond the fact that it is free). First is the accessibility benefits it could bring for visually impaired users and secondly the ability to make instant podcasts of new stories from your site without the complication of finding somebody to present it.

This isn’t a service that is useful to everyone but I think in certain circumstances this could be a killer app.

You can check out the podcast at – Show 78: POSH? And while you are there if you are interested in web design sign-up for the podcast feed. It is one of the best podcasts on the subject of web design available on the internet. I listen to it every week.


How to submit text files for recording by email now supports email submission of text files for recording. Which means that you don’t have to visit to site to record a file. Just attach it to an email add a subject and you will be notified by email when it is ready for download. allows you to just copy and paste text in to the site. Or type the text in direclty. This way you can quickly record small chunks of text.

To get started:

  1. Login to to your account
  2. Click on the My Account link in the left hand menu
  3. Locate your Private SpokenText email address
  4. Once you have the address open up your email program
  5. Create a new email
  6. Enter a subject for the email. This mandatory for SpokenText to record your email
  7. Enter the text you want recorded in to the body of the email or attach a file to record
  8. Press Send.

That’s it!

You will be notified by email when your recording is ready. Or you can check the View Recordings page to see the status of your recording.