TTSFox: Firefox Text to Speech add-on that works offline

TTSFox is a new add-on for the Firefox web browser that adds text to speech functionality to the browser, even when the device is offline.

It can sometimes be useful to have something read aloud to you. This can be the case if you do something that is not directly in front of the monitor, or if the Firefox window is not the active window.

Accessibility may also play a role, for instance if your eyesight is not the best anymore, or if you prefer to listen to text as it is easier for you.

One way for doing so in the Firefox web browser is to use the web browser’s built-in Reader Mode.

Reader Mode works by default on blogs for the most part, and one of the latest versions of it supports voice as well.

TTSFox: Firefox Text to Speech add-on

firefox text to speech

TTSFox is a new Firefox add-on that enables you to listen to any text that you highlight. The add-on is a WebExtension, which is good as it means that it will continue to work once Firefox 57 gets released.

If you have not heard, Mozilla will block classic Firefox add-ons from working in the browser at that point in time. So, any add-on that is not a WebExtension by then, will stop working.

It works by selecting text on the web page that you are on, and clicking on the icon the extension placed in the main Firefox toolbar afterwards.

The interface that opens up looks like the one on the screenshot above. The highlighted text is displayed in the right text field automatically. The left side lists the available speech engines or variants, as well as three sliders to modify the pitch, speed and volume.

The available voices depend on the operating system that you run. On Windows, you get Microsoft David Desktop and Microsoft Zira Desktop. The first is a male voice, the second a female voice.

A click on the speech button starts the read aloud process. You can click on cancel at any time to stop it, but that is in terms of functionality right now.

The add-on is more flexible than Firefox’s Reader Mode when it comes to text that can be read aloud. Virtually any text that you can highlight in a browser tab can be read aloud.

The downside is that you need to highlight text to use the extension. Reader Mode works differently, as it will automatically read all text aloud that is displayed after the page’s conversion to a better readable copy.

TTSFox has an ace up its sleeve however. You can paste or type text into the field as well, to have it read out aloud to you. This means that you can use the extension directly, for instance by pasting a full Word document into the interface.

Closing Words

TTSFox is a handy add-on if you like to use or even need text to speech functionality in the web browser.

Now You: Do you use text to speech?

 

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TTSFox: Firefox Text to Speech add-on that works offline

TTSFox is a new add-on for the Firefox web browser that adds text to speech functionality to the browser, even when the device is offline.

It can sometimes be useful to have something read aloud to you. This can be the case if you do something that is not directly in front of the monitor, or if the Firefox window is not the active window.

Accessibility may also play a role, for instance if your eyesight is not the best anymore, or if you prefer to listen to text as it is easier for you.

One way for doing so in the Firefox web browser is to use the web browser’s built-in Reader Mode.

Reader Mode works by default on blogs for the most part, and one of the latest versions of it supports voice as well.

TTSFox: Firefox Text to Speech add-on

firefox text to speech

TTSFox is a new Firefox add-on that enables you to listen to any text that you highlight. The add-on is a WebExtension, which is good as it means that it will continue to work once Firefox 57 gets released.

If you have not heard, Mozilla will block classic Firefox add-ons from working in the browser at that point in time. So, any add-on that is not a WebExtension by then, will stop working.

It works by selecting text on the web page that you are on, and clicking on the icon the extension placed in the main Firefox toolbar afterwards.

The interface that opens up looks like the one on the screenshot above. The highlighted text is displayed in the right text field automatically. The left side lists the available speech engines or variants, as well as three sliders to modify the pitch, speed and volume.

The available voices depend on the operating system that you run. On Windows, you get Microsoft David Desktop and Microsoft Zira Desktop. The first is a male voice, the second a female voice.

A click on the speech button starts the read aloud process. You can click on cancel at any time to stop it, but that is in terms of functionality right now.

The add-on is more flexible than Firefox’s Reader Mode when it comes to text that can be read aloud. Virtually any text that you can highlight in a browser tab can be read aloud.

The downside is that you need to highlight text to use the extension. Reader Mode works differently, as it will automatically read all text aloud that is displayed after the page’s conversion to a better readable copy.

TTSFox has an ace up its sleeve however. You can paste or type text into the field as well, to have it read out aloud to you. This means that you can use the extension directly, for instance by pasting a full Word document into the interface.

Closing Words

TTSFox is a handy add-on if you like to use or even need text to speech functionality in the web browser.

Now You: Do you use text to speech?

 

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Snap Link Plus: now with checkbox selection

Snap Link Plus is a long standing Firefox add-on that enables you to draw rectangles around links and other content to activate actions.

You can draw a rectangle –using the mouse– around links for instance to open them all at once in the browser. Very handy as you don’t have to click on each link separately to do so.

The process works well on any site: on Google search result pages, on forums, image board, blogs, file hosting sites, torrent sites and any other site where multiple links are provided that you may want to open some or all of.

Snap Link Plus may not offer the same impressive functionality as the — now pulled Multi Links add-on for Firefox — but it offers the core functionality that made it great.

Snap Link Plus

snap links plus

Snap Link Plus works by holding down the right mouse button to draw a rectangle around links or other page elements, and letting go of the right mouse button once the rectangle encloses the content.

Links are opened in a new tab automatically, and Snap Links Plus switches to the first page afterwards.

Another option that you have is to hold down the Ctrl-key before you release the right mouse button. This copies the content to the Clipboard of the operating system.

The Alt-key is also used by the extension. Snap Link Plus works only with elements that have the greatest font size. So, if you enclose links with different font sizes, only the largest is selected. This is useful when sites add smaller links, say author, date or category, links close to links so that they are selected automatically when you draw the rectangle around the core links.

You can bypass this by holding down the Alt-key before releasing the mouse button.

A new feature of Snap Link Plus 3.1.04 is the ability to draw rectangles around buttons, checkboxes, and radio buttons.

Buttons are activated when you release the mouse button, checkboxes selected, and the first button of the selected radio buttons is selected.

The checkbox feature can be quite useful. If you are a WordPress administrator for instance, you know that some admin features such as post or comment selection uses checkboxes. Instead of having to select each checkbox individually, you could use Snap Link Plus for that to save time and some sanity.

The one downside is that Snap Link Plus does not offer any options whatsoever. There is no option to open links in a new window, or bookmark them, for instance. The great Multi Links offered more options, such as mapping functions to the middle and left mouse button, or downloading the linked content directly.

Closing Words

Snap Link Plus is a handy  browser extension for the Firefox web browser. It offers the core functionality that made Multi Links great, and that should be sufficient for the majority of users. It could use a couple of extra options though.

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