Voice Reader Speech Central - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Yes, I’ve made several apps before. That includes previous app for my company but also the enterprise apps that I have made for the company I was working in.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

This app is used by various groups (general education, business, sports, reading with various disabilities – ADHD, dyslexia, blind, limited vision....). Frequently they come with conflicting requests. Making the app that works well for all of them is hard and it involves a lot of skills and experience, but it is always possible and finding the solutions is very rewarding.

The interviewee, Ivan Ičin, is the developer of Voice Reader Speech Central. Ivan is a seasoned developer with his two apps 'Share to Speech' and 'File Cards' are among the top-100 paid apps in the Windows Store US.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

I use OneDrive for scanning documents and accessing them across devices. For navigation I use Google Maps and Here WeGo. I use some apps for local services (e.g. banking) that are very relevant locally but not relevant to most users. I do also use various built-in apps like browsers, mail clients, weather etc. It is nice to have all those apps on the go.

How long have you been working on this app?

The app is in development since 2014.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

I have started with my needs in mind (listening to online articles while driving or running), but over the time I came to understand the need of various people and while I still use the app for this purpose I would say that the app is as much or even more about book reading now.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

Speech Central is designed to be a very flexible app. It features a simple uncluttered design that is attractive and accessible to most people. Yet beneath it has more features than any other app. It is highly customizable so everyone can find his personal configuration that helps him the most.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

The new features are being added regularly for years and it will be like that in the future. The plans are never disclosed unless it is about bug fixes where I always try to be transparent and give them the highest possible priority.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

The app is priced fairly low for unlimited use comparing to some other subscription based apps. In large part this is because those apps invest large percentage of their revenues into commercials to find the new subscribers. So users are paying mostly for that. As they do not pay for that at all in my app it would be nice if they could spread the word about it.

Voice Reader Speech Central

About App:
Feature set that exceeds the competition, no subscription for the premium tier with the free tier limited by the quantity not by the quality, that is the reason why you'll love Speech Central.

Many thanks to the Google Play team for featuring Speech Central in over 65 countries thus far!

The app implements state of the art features for voice readers:

◦ The best PDF support in text-to-speech apps - your reading flow will not be interrupted by footers, headers, footnotes, and long web links as they are detected by advanced artificial intelligence in most cases. You can even read scanned files as OCR is built-in.
◦ The best web support in text-to-speech apps - for the first time you can listen to everything as both articles and headlines (including RSS feeds) are supported. Articles can be added from the headlines page for fully uninterrupted flow or from Chrome. And you can send articles from the desktop browser with the Pocket extension.
◦ The widest support for documents/office and e-book formats.
◦ Knowledge and text annotation tools built-in.
◦ The widest choice of options to customize the voice, appearance, and various other parameters.

◦ Export the text with annotations to .docx format
◦ Functions of audio buttons can be customized for high productivity and accessibility. The widest selection of tools to control the speed and browse the text that is read aloud.
◦ The app can be used with dozens of languages that have text-to-speech support on the device with automatic language detection from the content for all major languages.
◦ Export the text to the audio file.
◦ The app is completely free for blind people. It is tested to be accessible by legally blind users.

◦ Highest security and privacy standards. No ads and no spyware. Your data stays truly private, we collect only analytics data with no identifiable reference to the user or imported content. Just check the required permissions and compare to other apps!
With over 20,000 items sold and user ratings over 4 on all major stores Speech Central is one of the world's most popular and loved brands in text-to-speech. It was nominated for the best iOS accessible app in 2020 and 2017 on AppleVis, and picked for the Best of Windows Store in 2014.
For many years there was a dream of the easy-to-use, well made and affordable app that would read the text aloud. And now you can use Speech Central to speechify the text for you!
The voice reader can be used as assistive technology and helper for people with visual impairments (eyesight problems) and disabilities like dyslexia.
Get the app now and enjoy the most convenient text-to-audio!

Categories: Books & Reference

Date: September 6, 2022

Developer: Ivan Ičin

About developer: The interviewee, Ivan Ičin, is the developer of Voice Reader Speech Central. ... Read more

Website: https://speechcentral.net/contact


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