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    Lightbulb Speech Central: Take Web On Walk

    The app was marked as Xamarin app of the week at its announcement, and it is based on significantly improved top chart Windows app Share to Speech, pushing the mobility of web to previously uncovered boundaries (like browsing the web while running).

    It is available on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spee...mUvbUpU2826370. It is also fully compatible with iPad.

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    Speech Central is the only app that lets you enjoy the Internet with the screen off. It uses headphones or Bluetooth hands-free for reading aloud and receiving commands for the interactive browsing of web sites headlines. Finally you can completely keep up with the news while you perform another activity whether it is commuting, jogging, housework or something else. That way you'll save your time and eyes for better things while having your battery and data plan last significantly longer than when browsing in the standard way and being much less dependent on the availability of a good data connection.

    Browsing is supported for any web site that has a page in a form of headlines or RSS feed, and while headlines are being read you can schedule reading of their articles with no screen interaction. Aside from browsing you can add an article for reading from any app that can share a web site link (including every web browser) – just press the Share button in it and starting the speech or saving the article to listen to it later is only a tap away.

    The app is not limited to reading the online content, you can import various text file formats to be read aloud - supported document types are: .docx, .pptx, .odt, .odp, .html, .txt and supported e-book formats are .epub and .fb2. All those formats will work only if a document has no DRM.

    By using the app you'll build your knowledge base in an easy way. Each read item is automatically moved to the Library which supports powerful search and filtering features. Articles are always available offline. Annotation tools are there to mark an item as favorite, or bookmark an important paragraph in it.

    Latest iOS features including 3D Touch, Spotlight Search and Dynamic Type are fully supported. The app is tested to work properly on iOS 9 and 10.

    English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish language can be auto detected inside the app, but it can be used with any of 27 languages supported for text to speech by iOS.

    The free version has a limitation in the number of items that you can add to it. It is removed by purchasing the Pro add-on.

    Get it from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spee...mUvbUpU2826370
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    Last edited by labsii; 12-05-2016 at 10:48 AM. Reason: to add info about iPad compatibility, as suggested by guideliness.
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    On behalf of iMore, we wish you the best of success with your app. Take care...
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    Welcome to iMore. Thanks for sharing your app. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pr1nce View Post
    Welcome to iMore. Thanks for sharing your app. Good luck.
    Thanks guys, you are the really best moderators in the world. I have never seen this level of kindness and personal involvement before.
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    Default Re: Speech Central: Take Web On Walk

    There is the new update in the App Store. It includes:

    - Customization of mapping of remote control buttons to the app functions
    - New remote control buttons - quick volume up down and quick volume down
    - New app functions for remote control - Add previous headline to the Reading List, Favorite, Bookmark Current Paragraph
    - Bug fixes including that the sharing a link from Google Chrome works properly now
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    Thanks for the update!
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    Default Re: Speech Central: Take Web On Walk

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Phillips View Post
    Thanks for the update!
    Thanks Rob. I am working on the app nearly every day. At the end of the day that is all I can to offer - I don't have some big marketing budget to promote the app, I can only make something that is truly amazing and hopefully with persistence it will get to the people. Community like this is encouraging for sure.
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    Good luck with your update!
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    I guess it is hard to bring new concepts to the masses, e.g. it took many years for the tab browsing to become mainstream. That's why I took a lot of thinking of how to make the app more discoverable for new users and made significant changes regarding that. Also I made more of the app available for free so that people can have a better taste of what the app can bring. You can see all of that in the latest update.

    I would appreciate some feedback if I am on the right way. I don't have some big advertising budget, but I do have a great dedication to user needs and improvement of the app, which I hope can result in something good, though I am aware it is an uphill battle.
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    As promised the app is getting a constant updates in its mission to save an hour a day to all web news readers. Here is what's new:
    • Log in to web sites
    • Add web sites and articles directly instead adding them only from Safari
    • Play All button available in the footer of the Headlines tab
    • Reorder items in Headlines
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    Thanks for the App update! Good luck! I've enjoyed using it.

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