PDFSpeech 1.3 Release Notes
- Load your PDF reading list into PDFSpeech a little bit easier by setting up a "Watched Folder". A dedicated "Recents" button on the top-left shows a list of the five most recently modified PDFs in the Watched Folder. By default, the user's Downloads folder is the Watched Folder. The folder is only "watched" when you click on the Recents button (shortcut CMD R), and thus may take a couple of seconds to populate the list if the folder has many files. Use File > Set Watched Folder... to customize.
- Skip sentences and paragraphs based on specific fonts. Select text on the page that you want to skip, then use the new TTS menu > Add Selected Font to Skip List command. Similarly, if you change your mind, select text and use the TTS > Remove Selected Font to Skip List command. PDFSpeech will remember these instructions when you come back to the PDF.
- As always, you can double-click on any word to start reading from that point. But now, you can also select text, and use the command TTS > Speak from Selected Text (shortcut SHFT CMD L).
- A PopClip extension for PDFSpeech is available here (direct link to file of extension popclipext.zip) that allows you to select text in the PDF and invoke the "Speak from Selected Text" using your mouse.
- The Preferences popover now provides two additional options to control the text-to-speech engine. Often, a PDF stores text inside a PDF in an order that doesn't match the expected left-to-right, top-to-bottom layout of text on the page. As such, when the PDF engine extracts the text from the PDF, it can be read out in an incorrect order. The new options in PDFSpeech Preferences attempt a workaround by sequencing text to match the visual layout.
- Bug fixed: PDFSpeech's text-to-speech engine no longer gets stuck if a sentence has no pronounceable words.
- The PDFSpeech User Guide (8MB PDF) has been updated with a Contents page, a What's New section, and internal hyperlinks.