For those of you who can not figure out how to get TextAloud to work, I
have the solution! You can now even have the SAPI5 and more advanced
Here are the steps that you take:
1) Download TextAloud and install it normally. (of course)
You must install SAPI4 and SAPI5. The problem is that neither of the
official installers for either one seem to comply with wine, so I
discovered that installing Speakonia also installs both SAPI4 and SAPI5
libraries with success. You can download Speakonia from here:
Installation of Speakonia is a piece of cake.
not sure if you can uninstall it after you're done, since I'm not
interested in going through the hassle again, but it's such a small app
that I don't think it's worth uninstalling.
3) Now is the time to install any 3rd party voice
add-ons. I installed the Jennifer voice from ScanSoft because it just
sounds really good compared to the synthy voices that come with
TextAloud. The higher quality 3rd party voices usually cost money
4) Open up TextAloud and it should load up normally.
Don't be alarmed when you only find a few voices in the voice select
and not the one you just installed. That means that TextAloud is only
configured to use SAPI4 libraries, and most advanced voices require
SAPI5. So in TextAloud, go to Options > Voice and File Options.
Change to Use Both. A window might pop up, and just click ok.
Now more voices including your 3rd party one (which was optional) will
show up in the box underneath, so now you can exit out of the options.
There you have it! You should not be able to use TextAloud almost exactly like you were able to use it in Windows.