Speech Central vs Voice Dream Reader vs Speechify

General

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Price

7.99$

24.99$

139.99$/year

Free for the blind

+

Free tier and free trial

+

+

Custom design for iPad larger screen

+

macOS app

Native

Native

iPad app on M1

Apple Watch app

+

+

Chrome extension/cross platform sync

+

Private iCloud sync

Reliable/efficient (CloudKit)

Unreliable/inefficient (file sync)

Clean of tracking technologies

+

+

Fully accessible with VoiceOver

+

+

Localizations

13 (Professionals translated)

27 (Users translated)

10 (Professionals translated)

Dark/Light theme on all pages

+

+

Handoff continue activity from/to Mac

+

Siri shortcuts

4 general functions and for each item

1 general function

Speech

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Neural high quality voices

+

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

+

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

+

Voice Dream Reader also allows purchasing of additional voices. As those voices are depracted by their parent companies and even Voice Dream claims they are expected to stop work anytime soon this was not listed as a feature.

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

+

Bookshare import

+

+

Displaying table of contents

+

+

Minimal number of taps/swipes from Files app to speech

2

4

6

Showing original PDF document

+

+

+

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

+

+

Safari exntension (listen inside Safari)

+

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

Unlimited*

2

Number of highlighter themes

30

Unlimited*

1

Turning highlighter off

+

+

Number of fonts

40

17

15

Line height customization

+

+

Character space customization

+

+

Margin settings

+

Justify text option

+

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

Auto-pause

Free scroll

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 text

+

+

* Unlimited is the best for advanced users, but picking the accessible and ergonomic combination of colors might be hard for average users.

Knowledge Tools

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Hierarchial folders

+

+

Display folders and items together

+

+

Search library

+

+

+

Filter criteria

5

3

1

Sort criteria

3

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 itmes

+

List of recent reading positions

+

Remembering position

+

+

+

Continue to play the last item

+

+

+

Items searchable from device home screen

+

+

Other Features

Parameter

Speech Central

Voice Dream Reader

Speechify

Type text for speech

+

Scan documents

+

+

+

Scan documents multiple column layout

+

Show original for scanned documents

+

+

Paste text from the clipboard

+

+

+

Evernote import

+

+

Reading statistics

+

Drag & Drop import

Text, photos, files

Files

Text