TextAloud Nominated for Best Sound Program/Utility

Leading Text to Speech tool TextAloud 2.0 has been nominated for a Shareware Industry Award (in the category of Best Sound Program or Utility).

Clemmons, NC (PRWEB) May 24, 2005 -- NextUp.com (www.NextUp.com) announces that its Text-to-Speech program TextAloud 2.0 has been honored with a nomination by the 2005 Shareware Industry Awards. A versatile tool that uses the power of voice synthesis to "speak aloud" documents, web pages, e-mail and more, TextAloud 2.0 was released in October 2004. Text is seamlessly converted into spoken audio, which can then be played back on PC, or saved to an MP3/Windows Media file for easy playback on portables like the iPod, Rio, iRiver, PocketPC, and dozens more. TextAloud was nominated in the category of Best Sound Program or Utility.

"We're delighted and privileged that TextAloud is up for a Shareware Industry Award," comments Ken White, CEO of NextUp.com. "We worked hard to create a program that would fit the needs of a wide number of users, from consumers, to business customers, educators, writers, and those with visual impairments or learning disabilities, so this nomination is an honor to all of us."

Created by the Shareware Industry Award Foundation (SIAF), the Shareware Industry Awards honor the best software titles using a shareware marketing model. The nominees each year are selected by a group of leading industry professionals, who vote on nominations and winners according to the merits of each software title. This year's Shareware Industry Award winners will be announced on July 16, 2005 at the annual Shareware Industry Conference. For more information on the SIAF, the Shareware Industry Awards, or the 2005 Shareware Industry Conference, please visit www.sic.org.

About the Shareware Industry Award Foundation
The Shareware Industry Award Foundation (SIAF) is a non-profit corporation that was founded in 1991. The SIAF Board of Directors plans and implements the annual Shareware Industry Conference, and hosts the annual Shareware Industry Awards banquet. The Shareware Industry Awards were conceived to honor some of the best software available that uses the shareware model of marketing.

About TextAloud 2.0
TextAloud is a full-featured Text-to-Speech tool offering direct support for Word, PDF and HTML formats, as well as advanced pronunciation tools, an Internet Explorer Plug-In for easy listening of favorite web pages -- and more. The program is priced at just $29.95, and is compatible with systems using Windows 98, NT, 2000 and XP. The program is available for fast, safe and secure purchase via http://www.NextUp.com.

NextUp.com also offers TextAloud with optional premium voices from AT&T Natural Voices, NeoSpeech and Cepstral for the most natural-sounding computer speech anywhere.

About NextUp.com
NextUp.com, a division of NextUp Technologies, LLC, provides award-winning Text-to-Speech software for consumers, business customers, educators, and those with visual impairment or learning disabilities.

In addition to TextAloud, NextUp.com markets other innovative Windows software designed to save time and deliver vital information. NewsAloud is a talking personal "news agent" that finds the stories users want, and then reads them aloud or to portable MP3 files. WeatherAloud is a weather application that lets users select and listen to personalized weather forecasts, while StocksAloud reads stock updates and related news headlines aloud for specific companies of interest.

Note to Editors:
Evaluation copies of TextAloud 2.0 -- as well as limited packages including a portable audio player presented to reporters for their reviewing convenience -- are currently available upon request. To receive a review copy, or for more information on NextUp.com or TextAloud, please contact Rick Ellis at e-mail protected from spam bots.

Meanwhile, for images, logos, box shots, or other information or artwork on TextAloud 2.0, please contact publicist Angela Mitchell at (904) 982-8043 or e-mail protected from spam bots.

All companies and products referenced in this press release, including TextAloud, iPod, Rio, iRiver, Windows, and more are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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