[Windows] Convert Word (DOC, DOCX) documents into audio files instantly with AudioDocs

AudioDocs UIWhen I’m finished a writing project I usually like to read it back to myself. I have always thought it would be nice to hear the writing played back through an alternate voice, or even read by someone else. For the most part it helps me find serious errors, but it would also open up new opportunities. For example, I could move on to another project or complete other tasks while the content is being read aloud. AudioDocs will take DOC or DOCX format files and convert them into audio files (WAV). It’s great if you want to turn some of your personal content into an audiobook.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

About AudioDocsAudioDocs is a free and simple Windows application that converts Word documents (DOC/DOCX) into audio WAV files. It’s great for creating personalized audio books that you can listen to on a long commute or while you’re out for a jog.

Pros

  • The interface is incredibly simple
  • Converts Word documents into an audio file instantly
  • Conversion does not take very long at all

Cons

  • Requires .NET Framework 4.5
  • Requires Word 2007 or 2010 to be installed
  • Does not come bundled with any additional TTS voices
  • Menu is not very attractive (minor nuance)

Discussion

AudioDocs ConversionUnfortunately, in order to use AudioDocs you will also need to install the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5. Luckily, it’s included in the install package for the app. You will need to restart your computer after installing the Framework, however.

Once everything is installed, using the app is incredibly simple. The interface only has two responsive buttons. One button is to start an audio conversion, and the other button opens a window that tells you a little about the program.

When you start an audio conversion you’ll first have to configure some settings. Obviously you’ll have to tell the program what Word document you’d like to convert and where it is located. You can also choose the voice that will speak the audio. To convert simple words into audio, AudioDocs uses the Text to Speech engine built into Windows. By default, the only TTS voice available is the one that comes bundled with Windows.

Hey Dottechies AudioDocsYou can also designate the speaking rate at which the voice pronounces the words and the master volume of the audio file. That’s it really. Once you’ve chosen all the necessary settings it’s as simple as clicking the “Create AudioDoc” button.

The application will create a WAV audio file of the same name as the original Word document. The audio file is also stored in the same directory.

It works extremely well too. I typed up ten different files all of varying length from about 100 words all the way to 800 words. In the audio interpretations there were some odd pauses here and there but for the most part the translation is pretty accurate.

For reference, AudioDocs uses about 22,000KB of RAM while running.

Conclusion and download link

Hey Dottechies AudioDocs FilesAudioDocs is an incredibly simple and lightweight application that will allow you to convert Microsoft Word documents (.DOC, or .DOCX) directly into an audio file (WAV). There are many reasons why you would want to do so, like creating a personalized audiobook. The application works well, and out of all the files that I converted I didn’t encounter any issues with the translation. It is worth mentioning that there was a couple times where the computer voice paused a little longer than necessary. If you install custom TTS (text-to-speech) voices on your computer then you should be able to use them with AudioDocs. If you want the speech in the audio files to sound a little more natural then you’ll certainly want to shop around for some better voices. That being said, AudioDocs is a fantastic little application, and it gets the job done.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 2.2.1

Supported OS: Windows (XP, Vista, Seven)

Download size: 50.5MB (compressed), 51.3MB (unzipped)

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/36

Is it portable? No

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12 comments

  1. InixSoftware

    Thanks for the feedback. If the word document is open while running this software , you will hit the problem mentioned above by Ian. I will fix this in the next release to warn the user to close the document before proceeding. Look for the updated version in the next few weeks.

  2. Ian

    I tried it with Word 2013 and it works.

    Speech is much too fast even in the slowest setting and when I tried to adjust the settings and save the file again the program stopped working. It has to be saved under another name yet there is no option to do that.

    Some of the pronunciation is wrong and in his description the author misspells hear as here, so it might be wise not to hope for too much progress there just yet.

    It’s a very interesting idea but, based on my experiences with it, it’s in the very early stages of development and not a useful tool right now.

  3. Briley Kenney
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    [@MarkQ] Indeed, it’s silly that the product description would include XP but you are correct that 4.5 is for Windows Vista and above. After doing some further research, Vista support was actually added later, but XP is still unsupported. AudioDocs installed fine on my machine, the .NET Framework it appears did not install (I thought it did) whereas it installed automatically on my Windows 7 machine. We’ll have to chock this one up to faulty software descriptions it seems.

  4. MarkQ

    [@David Browning]
    A quick search seems to suggest that newer versions of AudioDocs (2.0.1 and later) can’t be installed on Windows XP as they require .NET Framework 4.5 which, according to Microsoft, supports only Vista and above. But you did say that you have .NET 4.5 on your machine running XP SP3, right? Is it possible that it only “seems” to be installed or that it, itself, installs just fine but programs requiring it don’t? Perhaps there’s where the problem lies.

  5. Briley Kenney
    Author/

    [@David Browning] Hm, alright. I’ll admit I don’t know what’s wrong then. I see no mention of it running files other than Microsoft Word documents however I did test myself with a file I created in Google Drive. The only thing I can think of is that the program does a check for Microsoft Word on your machine? It works fine on my XP, and Windows 7 desktops.

    We’ll be sure to add this issue into the review to alert other users on the matter.

  6. Frank D

    You might want to take a look at
    Balabolka (http://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm)

    “Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from AZW, AZW3, CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, MOBI, ODT, PRC, PDF and RTF files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.”

    Note that the list of files it will read aloud include epubs and Kindle (Amazon) e-books. It allows editing and learning of word pronunciations directly within the program, so there is no need to revert to a Word document to make any changes to the text.