Speech Central vs Voice Dream Reader vs Speechify

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This page is specifically made for the iOS platform. It should also fairly closely aproximate other platforms, but some differences may exist.

General

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Price

9.99$

79.99$/year

139.99$/year

Free tier

+

+

Family sharing

+

Custom design for iPad larger screen

+

Apple Watch app

+

+

No user tracking

+

Chrome extension/cross platform sync

+

Private iCloud sync

Reliable/efficient (CloudKit)

Unreliable/inefficient (file sync)

Localizations

18 (Professionals translated)

26 (Users translated)

18 (Professionals translated)

Speech

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Neural high quality voices

500,000 characters / month (Microsoft)

100,000 words / month

Natural variations in reading

+

Speed reading optimized mode

+

Personal voice

iOS 17

+

Export audio file

+

Speed setting

+

+

+

Hi/regular speed switch

+

Ramping up the speed

+

Pitch setting

+

+

Volume setting

+

+

Speech settings

For all voices

For each voice

For all voices

Random voice picker

+

Pick multiple voices

+

Repeat modes

4

1

Correcting speed to achieve WPM target

+

Visual indicator of voice characteristics

+

+

Automatic language detection

+

+

+

Overriding of automatic language detection setting

+

Additional pauses between sentences

+

+

Rewind to the beginning of the sentence on pause

Smart

On/Off setting

Settings with gestures

+

As comparing of audio goes beyond the table rows, here is the audio benchmark for Apple voices: Speech Central vs Voice Dream and neural voices: Speech Central vs NaturalReader. Speechify wasn’t included as it isn’t clear on whether its recordings are allowed to be published.

Books & Documents (PDF, epub, docx etc)

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Import of scanned PDFs

+

+

+

Auto-detecting headers and footers in PDFs

+

+

+

Footnote detection in PDFs

+

Manual cropping of headers in footers in PDFs

+

Displaying table of contents

+

+

Minimal number of taps/swipes from Files app to speech

2

4

6

Showing original PDF document

+

+

+

Showing current PDF page on lock screen

+

Showing original for other documents

+

+

Sharing original PDF file

+

Voice Dream Reader and Speechify feature integration of Dropbox and Google Drive. Those features are not listed as they represent no benefit when compared to picking the files from those services using the built-in file picker dialog with Dropbox/Google Drive apps installed and they represent significant privacy and security risks. Even if you fully trust to the developer it is not granted that he won’t sell the app to someone else or accidently make a bug.

Web Capabilities

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Import articles from Safari

+

+

+

Import articles from other browsers

+

+

Minimal number of taps/swipes from browser to speech

2

4

2 (6 if importing)

Import articles from the link in the Clipboard

+

+

Import articles from Pocket

Auto sync

Manual sync

Only Import

Import articles from Instapaper

+

RSS feeds support

+

Turning regular web site headlines into feed

+

Reading headlines

+

Acquiring the text from multiple linked pages as a single document

+

Navigating text by titles

+

Showing original article

+

+

Sharing article link

+

Reading Screen

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Number of themes

3 customizable

2*

2

Number of highlighter themes

30

1

1

Customizing theme colors

+

+

Turning highlighter off

+

+

Number of fonts

40

17

8

Fonts from other apps*

+

Line height customization

+

+

Character space customization

+

+

Text/display iPhone ratio

85.0%

63.6%

69.9%

Margin settings

+

Sentence mode

+

Word mode

+

+

+

Hide read text

+

+

Hide unread text

+

Transparent read/unread text

+

Sleep timer

+

+

+

Disable screen lock

+

Prevent jump back when scrolling while reading

+

Customizatable hardware audio buttons

Fully

Limited

Find text

+

+

+

Customization of reproduction after document is completed

+

Customization of auto-play

+

Announce text length

+

Non visual feedback for the new item

+

+

View images full screen

+

Portrait and landscape orientation

+

+

*Apps like Adobe Creative Cloud can provide fonts to other iOS apps.

Knowledge Tools

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Hierarchial folders

+

+

Display folders and items together

+

+

Search library

+

+

+

Filter criteria

5

4

1

Sort criteria

5

5

3

Manually order items

+

Grid view

+

List view optimized for both web articles and books

+

Marking items as favorite

+

+

Export text and annotation in the standard format

Annotated document

Either text or annotation

Bookmarks

+

+

+

Comments

+

+

+

Highlighter

+

+

Read annotations

+

QuickNote

+

Edit all documents

+

+

Automatically move read items to Archive

+

Restore recently deleted items

+

+

Delete Old Items Customization

+

Remembering position

+

+

+

Continue to play the last item

+

+

+

Items searchable from device home screen

+

+

Accessibility

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Free when VoiceOver on

+

Optimized for VoiceOver access

+

+

Bookshare import

+

Dynamic Type regular font size

+

+

Dynamic Type accessibility font size

+

Inteface optimized for visually impaired

+

+

Inteface optimized for limited attention/dyslexia

+

+

Other Features

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Nigt Mode Reading Adjustments

+

Music Intermezzo

+

Use together with music app

+

+

Music Intermezzo

+

Use together with navigation app

+

Translation

+

Type text for speech

+

+

Scan documents

+

+

+

Scan documents multiple column layout

Automatic

Manual

Paste text without iOS alert

+

Gmail import

+

Evernote import

+

Instant mode

+

Reading statistics

In Health app

+

Drag & Drop import

Files

Files

Text

Handoff continue activity from/to Mac

+

Siri shortcuts

4

3

Automation shortcuts

+

Shortcuts work below the lock screen

+