Life can get pretty crazy. If you find yourself busier than you’d like and just don’t have the time to sit down and read full length documents, AudioDocs is here to save the day.
This open-source program creates audio files of Word documents, converting huge blocks of text into a .wav file in a matter of seconds. Think of it as the personal assistant you always wanted but could never afford. Just think, when you’re able to listen to Word files instead of reading them, multitasking will be easier than ever.
Our guide will outline how to install and use AudioDocs.
To use AudioDocs, you will need to install the program onto your computer. It’s a free program and is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7 (Windows 8 comes with a similar program already built-in.) To download AudioDocs, visit the official download link on SourceForge here.
It is a rather large program at 50 MB, so keep this in mind if your hard drive is limited on space. Once you’ve finished downloading the program, unzip the program and set-up it up by following the prompts. .NET will also be installed on your computer if it isn’t already and a reboot will be required.
Once it’s installed, using AudioDocs itself is just as easy. It doesn’t open on default, so you will need to open it manually by going to the “Start Menu” and clicking “All Programs” (you’ll find it under the folder named Inix Software.) Whenever you want to covert a Word document into .wav file, this is where you will need to go.
Once you have AudioDocs up and running, this is what the main interface of AudioDocs looks like. Click on the button that reads “MS Word to Audio Doc.”
A smaller dialog box will appear. In the “File Name” field, click on the “Browse” button to the right of the field and select the Word document that you want to convert. Once you choose a file, you can also adjust the TTS voice (the computerized voice that reads your documents) as well as the speaking rate and volume.
After you convert the file, it will end up in whichever directory the file originally was. For example, we converted the Word doc “test” (located on the Desktop) and here is the document (still on the Desktop) now with the new AudioDoc version of the file next to it.
The really great thing about AudioDocs is how user-friendly and zippy it is. It may be a rather large program for a basic Windows app, but this is no basic app. When paired with the right person, what this software can do – saving you bucket loads of time and preventing eye strain – is irreplaceable. For more information on converting files into audio files, read this post on the top 10 best text-to-speech conversion web services.