Leverage Enhanced Voices for Edit Out Loud
Edit Out Loud uses the built-in text-to-speech (TTS) capabilities on your phone. However, that doesn't mean that you're stuck with default voices. Did you know that both Android and iOS have ways to get enhanced voices that Edit Out Loud can use to read your manuscript to you you? Make sure you upgrade to the latest version of the Edit Out Loud app to take advantage of enhanced voices on your phone. Here's how to get them:
Get Enhanced Voices on iOS
For iPhones getting enhanced voices is easy. All you have to do is go to:
Settings >> Accessibility >> Spoken Content >> Voices
From there you'll see a long list of languages. Click in to your language of choice (that's English for me) and download additional, enhanced voices that are better than the default voices on the phone by clicking the cloud download icon. Once downloaded, the voices will appear in your Edit Out Loud app!
*"Siri" voices aren't made available to apps, but all other enhanced voices should appear in the Edit Out Loud app once you've downloaded them.
Get Enhanced Voices on Android
For Android Phones this process may vary, but the idea is the same. To manage voices you need to go to:
Settings >> More Settings >> Accessibility >> Text-to-Speech Output
From there you'll likely have the Google Text-to-Speech Engine as your "Preferred engine." If you tap the gear icon (not the "Google Text-to-Speech Engine" text) you'll be able to select Install Voice Data. That will allow to you to select a language and install any Google TTS voices that aren't already on your phone.
Additionally, you can install other TTS engines entirely. To do that, you'll have to download another TTS engine from Google Play (there are many available). Once it's downloaded you can change your preferred engine and leverage additional voices. Beware, though many TTS apps are free, they sometimes charge additional for voices. Still, if you hear a great voice and want to buy it for a dollar or two, that may be worthwhile to you.
In either case, the Text-to-Speech voices will be available on your Edit Out Loud app.