Thursday, February 17, 2011
Read a PDF with Read Out Loud
I had heard that you could have Adobe Reader read a PDF to you, but I had not tried it until today. The Read Out Loud feature reads aloud the text in a PDF document, including the text in comments and alternate text descriptions for images and fillable fields. It uses the available voices installed on your system. These voices may have been installed from text-to-speech or language applications, and you can choose them to read your PDFs by going to Edit>>Preferences. Here you can stick with the default voice, or pick one of remaining voices. You can also control pitch and speed settings directly below the voice choice. This article published online by Adobe takes you through the steps. After activating Read Out Loud, don't forget to go back to the View menu and click on Read Out Loud again, and choose whether you want it to read the entire document, or just the rest of the text left on the page.