SpeechMaker for iOS

$3.99

Version: 3.9
Latest: 10/24/18
Requires: iOS

SpeechMaker – Create, Practice, Record (Audio, Video), Hear, Archive and Give Great Speeches

The app that turns your iPhone or iPad into a mobile podium, speechwriter, pro teleprompter, video recorder, timer and archive for public speaking. Deliver your lines flawlessly and on time. Keep all your notes, speeches, plays in one place. Keep track of and orate speeches, poems, lectures, plays, sermons, startup pitches and comedy. Great for toastmasters,students, educators, poets, actors, directors, podcasters and musicians. Good for anyone who speaks to the public.

 

“The low-priced SpeechMaker app helps users make, check, rehearse, record, and time speeches. Includes a large collection of famous speeches, but most important, the tools to create and deliver your own in a professional manner.” – Graham K. Rodgers, Review in eXtensions, 8/30/17

 

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Overview

Speechmaker, Speech maker for ios, Speechmaker for creating speeches in iDevices

Create, Practice, Hear, Archive and Give Speeches – Speechmaker is software to make your iPhone/iPad or Android device into a mobile podium, notebook, archive of speeches and professional teleprompter for public speaking.

Review in eXtensions by Graham K. Rodgers 8/30/17

*Praised on CNN and Top Education App of 2013*

Download it from the Apple iTunes App store.

In addition to speeches it can be used for holding and reading poems, lyrics, scripts, comedy, lectures, sermons, and/or plays.

See the video review at The Daily App Show

Now you can practice and hear how you sound before you give that important speech or deliver lines in a play or read a poem or give a lecture. Get a feeling for the cadence and the flow of your speech.

Manual/Help

SpeechMaker is very popular with students, teachers, politicians, poets, lecturers, ministers, authors, playwrights, speechwriters, scriptwriters, toastmasters, comedians, singers and actors. SpeechMaker gives all kinds of orators everything needed to create, practice, hear and give speeches.

It can archive thousands of speeches with additional info like title, author, date and audio recordings. SpeechMaker comes with a number of famous speeches built in.

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Using SpeechMaker

  • Archive the best speeches in history. Learn from the masters.
  • Create your speech or import it as text, RTF or PDF using Dropbox or Google Docs.
  • Convert the text to be spoken out loud using Siri in 36 different languages. Get a quick taste of how your speech sounds.
  • Rehearse your speech and record the audio. Listen to the recording as feedback to improve your speech, timing and performance.
  • Practice delivering your lines flawlessly, use a mirror and SpeechMaker.
  • Give your speech using the easily adjustable autoscroll. Clearly see the speech scrolling in your choice of font, size and background color. See the time, elapsed time and time to go for the speech all at a glance.
  • Archive your speech as text and audio to help you continue improving. Archive for historical purposes.
  • Share you speech with friends, colleagues and Facebook.

SpeechMaker is more powerful then expensive teleprompters.

SpeechMaker Features

  • Great educational app for public speaking and grammar.
  • Runs on both iOS and Android.
  • Beautiful UI and flat graphics for iOS 7.
  • Import text, rtf, and pdf via DropBox, Google Drive, and Copy and Paste and iTunes file sharing.
  • Export speech text via Email.
  • Import and export audio via Dropbox.
  • Audio recording allows you to get feedback as you practice your speech.
  • Like a teleprompter autoscroll your speech at the just the right speed.
  • Hear the smart device speak out loud the speech as it scrolls and highlights each line.Speechmaker, Speech maker for ios, Speechmaker for creating speeches in iDevices
  • Select from one of 36different languages and Siri voices.
  • With the flip of a button see verbs, nouns, adjectives and other parts of speech highlighted in different colors.
  • Control the look of a document by changing,background color, fonts, scroll speed, font size.
  • Buttons and gestures to start, stop and control scroll speed.
  • Touch gestures:
    • pinch or zoom to change font size
    • grab and move instantly to any part of a speech
    • tap the right side to speed scrolling. tap the left side to slow scrolling.
  • At a glance timing for a speech shows, elapsed, remaining, estimated time.
  • Display on AppleTV connected HD monitors for TV stations, studios, auditoriums, podcasters, lecture halls and plays.

Read, correct, give, play and record speeches anytime and anywhere. No need to rely on notes on napkins or index cards.

Keep your speeches with you at all time, secure and available to use at any moment. Easily change and give speeches at the last minute.

Users Rave

“Carrying all my speeches in one convenient and easy to use device saves my sanity. SpeechMaker is easy for me to use and I love how I can control all aspects of how it looks on screen. Before I asked my wife how the speech sounds, now I record the speech until I have it just right then I ask my wife what she thinks. SpeechMaker is the best thing to happen to this ancient art in a hundred years.”

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Above left set Siri settings voice, pitch, volume and speed. On the right how to highlight parts of speech.

Features

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International Languages
Supports all languages, right to left and left to right and special characters.
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Easy to view timer display actual, elapsed, estimated and remaining time.
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Move to any part of the speech.
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Change font size instantly in Live or Edit Mode.
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Edit the text of a speech and change font, size, etc.
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Comes with some famous speeches. Add to the archive your own speeches.
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Software counts down with numbers and colors till the start.
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Available for iPhone/iPad and Android
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SpeechMaker is like a mobile podium. A teleprompter with all your speeches.
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Control the automatic scroll with a tap to speed up or slow down.
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Play famous speeches or record your own.
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Use SIRI to hear a speech at adjustable volume, pitch and speed in 36 languages.

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Change the font of a speech in the edit mode.

Why Use a Teleprompter?

Speechmaker, Speech maker for ios, Speechmaker for creating speeches in iDevicesTeleprompters allow anyone to look like a news anchor. They are designed to allow the anchor, talent and or president to look directly into the camera, read the scrolling text and connect with the audience. Below are what a present day teleprompter looks like. Having the teleprompter on two sides allows the president to see the speech and make eye contact with people in front of him on both sides.

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You know immediately an unprofessional video when you see someone looking off to one side of the camera, it looks unnatural. They are not speaking directly to you. It does not capture your attention like looking into someones eyes.

You know when someone says ‘it’s done with mirrors” they are referring to some kind of magic. Teleprompters are magic based on a one way mirror like in the crime shows. In this case the camera shoots thru the one way mirror on one side and on the other the text is reflected for the reader.

Take your speeches to the next level. This example is just using SIRI …

But…

Teleprompters were too expensive and too bulky. The presidential one is many thousands of $ and most are $500+ and mainly its a one way mirror.

Luckily, now, there are LOTS of ‘do it yourself’ projects out there like this to make the hardware and SpeechMaker which allows anyone to have a personal teleprompter which is lighter, cheaper and better then anything that existed before.

Even luckier there are now iPhones, iPads, Android and other tablets that let you carry and use SpeechMaker as your personal teleprompter software anytime and anywhere.

Tips for Taming the Teleprompter from ToastMasters

Mastering the teleprompter is rarely as simple as it looks, and it’s easy to look stilted or insincere without applying the proper technique. Presentations-skill coach Laurie Brown offers these tips to skillfully use the teleprompter:

  • Lead the pace of the prompter. Your reading speed should control the pace of the scroll. If the prompter operator is leading, pause to allow them to slow down or speed up.
  • Don’t move your head from side to side as you read. If you find yourself doing this, most likely the font size of the script on the prompter is wrong and sentences are too lengthy. Speechmaker, Speech maker for ios, Speechmaker for creating speeches in iDevices
  • Speak naturally. Don’t just read the scrolling content. Add small interjections or ad-libs where it feels natural, and inform your operator beforehand that you’ll be doing so. If you want to use personal stories, tell them from memory – don’t read them verbatim from the script. anchorman1.jpg
  • Check your eye contact on a monitor. Make sure you’re reading off the center of the screen. If you read too high, it may make you look condescending to an audience, with your nose up in the air. If you read too low or look down, it may make you look angry.
  • Don’t stare. Breathe and blink naturally. Don’t be afraid to glance away from the prompter at times – it helps you look like you’re thinking instead of reading.
  • See the teleprompter as a person. Envision a person you really like just behind the words.This will help you humanize your voice and facial expressions.
  • Work on being still. “Stillness on camera is essential,” says Brown.“It doesn’t mean you are stiff or not emotive, but that your upper body remains static.” Speakers have a tendency to move in and out toward the camera, which “looks like a bad 3-D movie,” she says.
  • Above all, rehearse rigorously and internalize your content. Many speakers think they can master prompter use with little or no practice.Trying to wing it usually means disaster.Also, make sure to rehearse out loud, because words sound different in your head than they do when spoken.Rehearse with your operator so he or she gets to know your speaking pace.

More Tips for Public Speaking

Write and let us know your favorite speaking tips.

 

3.92018-10-24
  • - now can delete all historical speeches
    - improvements to user interface
    -dropbox issue for some users fixed
    -created subscription version
3.82017-08-17
  • - Option for Siri to speak through speaker or receiver on iPhone.

    Thanks. Please keep the suggestions coming.
3.72017-08-08
  • [fixed] last line in display was partially covered.

    Thanks for the great feedback! Please keep the suggestions coming.
3.62017-06-22
  • - record video and/or audio of your speeech, sermon, song, poem, music, etc.
    - ui changes for video, ui changes for siri, lots of ui changes
    - searching the 1000+ database of world famous speeches is faster and easier.
    - works with the latest version of dropbox.
2017-05-29
  • - first version.
3.52017-04-24
  • -[New] Portrait orientation for tablets is supported
    -[Bug] While changing TTS settings of speech(es), pitch speed and volume control options were not visible on some devices
    -[Bug] TTS was not working on Samsung Glaxy Tab 4, 7" tablet in case Google Text-to-Speech engine was selected.
    - major new version!
    - record video and/or audio of your music, speeech, sermon, etc.
    - ui changes for video, ui changes for siri, lots of ui changes
    - searching the 1000+ database of speeches is faster and easier to use.
    - drobox access updated.
    - many more changes and optimizations.
3.22016-10-28
  • - can now read PDF files from google drive. it already reads PDF's from DropBox
3.12016-07-14
  • - interface changes
    - compiled for latest xcode
    - minor name change
    - manual changes
3.02016-06-16
  • - 1000+ speeches added includes search.
    - now acts as teleprompter with many professional options including bluetooth, control via another ios device, mirroring, etc.
    - bluetooth control of scrolling from another ios device.
    - improvements to ui
    - now using ios built in voices for speech
    - improvements to speed
    - compiled with latest xcode 7.3
    - fixed dropbox
    - many other changes
    - your suggestions are important to us. please email your feedback.
2.52014-06-03
  • - massive changes.
    - now works on iPhone as well as iPad
    - uses Apples latest text to speech for all voices and 36 languages.
    - more control of speech synthesis.
    - updated to beautiful flat ios7 graphics on both iPhone and iPad.
    - compiled with the latest x-code.
    - many fixes.
    - google and dropbox connection, import/export updated.
    - rtf and pdf formats now supported.
    - now supports landscape and portrait orientations.
    - manual updated.
    - thanks to all users. please keep the suggestions coming.
2.02013-06-03
  • - now shows parts of speech. button on the right GR (for grammar) shows nouns, verbs, etc. highlighted in different colors.
    - added estimated speech time label. time = words_count / 2.72.
    - fixed crash on speech duration changing
    - added hours to speech duration picker
    - fixed bugs with rotation
    - speeches window enlarged to fix speeche's properties view
    - fixed bug with help window
    - we could push 'autoscroll' button only on edges. now we don't.
    - recordings playback logic corrected
    - live modes running and recordings window works are now independent from each other
    - other small issues
1.22010-07-10
  • - many fixes.
Speech maker for android

SpeechMaker Help

By Plum Amazing

Table of Contents

Overview

Create, Practice, Hear, Archive and Give Speeches – Speechmaker is software to make your iPhone/iPad or Android device into a mobile podium, notebook, archive of speeches and professional teleprompter for public speaking.

In addition to speeches use it to hold, practice and read poems, lyrics, scripts, comedy, lectures, sermons, plays, etc.

SpeechMaker is very popular with students, teachers, politicians, directors, poets, lecturers, ministers, authors, playwrights, speechwriters, scriptwriters, toastmasters, comedians, singers and actors. SpeechMaker gives all kinds of orators everything needed to create, practice, hear and give speeches.

See and hear how you sound before delivering that important speech by using audio or video recording. Get a feeling for the cadence and the flow of your speech, poem, lecture, etc.

Search for keywords and find speeches in the built in database of thousands of famous speeches. SpeechMaker comes with 1000+ speeches and can archive more which can include additional info like title, author, date and audio/video recordings.

SpeechMaker Features

  • Buy once to run on both iPhone/iPad or Android phone/tablet.
  • Buy once and your whole family can share it using Apple’s Family Share.
  • Beautiful UI and flat graphics for iOS 7 and Android
  • Dictate your speech to Siri to enter directly into Speechmaker.
  • Speak out loud use option Siri voices, gender, language and simultaneously see each line of the speech highlighted as it autoscrolls.
  • Import text, rtf, and pdf via DropBox, Google Drive, and Copy and Paste.
  • Export speech text via Email.
  • Import and export audio and video via Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Audio/Video recording allows you to get feedback as you practice your speech.
  • Use like a teleprompter to control, autoscroll your speech and project on larger screens.
  • Select from one of 36 different languages and Siri voices
  • With the flip of a button see verbs, nouns, adjectives and other parts of speech highlighted in different colors
  • Control the look of a document by changing, background color, fonts, scroll speed, size, etc.
  • Buttons and gestures to start, stop and control scroll speed
  • Touch gestures:
    • pinch or zoom to change font size
    • grab and move instantly to any part of a speech
    • + tap the right side to speed scrolling. tap the left side to slow scrolling
  • At a glance timing for a speech shows time elapsed, time remaining and estimated time.
  • Display on AppleTV connected HD monitors for TV stations, studios, auditoriums, podcasters, lecture halls and plays.

Read, correct, give, play and record speeches anytime and anywhere. No need to rely on notes on napkins or index cards.

Keep your speeches with you at all time, secure and available to use at any moment. Easily change and give speeches at the last minute.

Getting Started

Below is a screenshot of SpeechMaker. It works in portrait and landscape mode on both iPhone and iPad. It has 2 main options, you can enter either Live Mode or Edit Mode.

Live Mode for giving Speeches or Edit Mode for editing speeches. All the different features/settings can be found under one or the other.

These two modes, Edit and Live, are key to working with SpeechMaker. You will find yourself switching back and forth by tapping one or the other.

Hit the Live button to give a real or practice speech. In Live Mode see the timers and be able to Autoscroll, Record audio or video or hear the speech spoken aloud by Siri.

Tap the Edit button to edit the speech, change the font, size, voice, etc. and also change various default settings.

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Live Mode

Tap the Live button is when you want to give a speech. In the bottom navigation bar you will see these buttons from the left. The first pair is Edit/Live. When one is on the other is off.

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When Live is selected then you will see these buttons in the bottom nav bar:

Edit – this button is unselected. Tapping it takes you to the Edit Mode. Edit allows editing all kinds of settings voice, font, size, background, etc.

Live – this should be the button currently selected if not tapping it takes you to Live Mode. Live is like a headsup display for giving a speech. Timers at the top.

Siri – selecting this starts siri highlighting lines of text and speaking aloud the currently selected speech. Siri will countdown to start.

Rec – short for recording gives you a choice of audio or video recording.

Autoscroll – automatically scrolls the speech at a particular speed.

TIP: Change the scroll speed manually by tapping anywhere on the left side for slower and on the right side for faster.

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In Live mode the ‘Live Timers’ will appear in the top nav bar. Starting from the left the first shows ‘Estimated Time’. The next time ‘Elapsed Time’ and the on the right top ‘Time Remaining’.

Edit Mode

When you choose Edit mode you see the bottom nav bar (above).

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There you have again the choice of Edit or Live, Edit Speech and the icon that looks like 3 horizontal lines opens a side menu which looks like this (below) and allows selecting Speeches, Siri, Recording, Prompter, and Help.

The middle button is the Edit Speech button which edits the speech you have currently selected. To create a new speech select speeches from the slide in panel below. Another option to enter a new speech or edit and old one is to dictate into SpeechMaker using Siri by hitting the microphone button next to the spacebar on the virtual keyboard.

Two new buttons are from the left the icon that looks like 3 horizontal lines slides open a side menu which looks like this.

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These 5 are discussed below.

Speeches

The Speeches panel (below) is available in Edit Mode. Here you can select a speech with a tap, create, import, export and delete a speech. Create, Import, Export and Delete are discussed more below.

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Create – allows you to create your speech. Remember you can hit the dictation key to the left of the keyboard.
Import – speeches from google or dropbox. 4 files can be imported, text, RTF, PDF and HTML.
Share – via email or Facebook. If you want more let us know.
Delete – selecte and tap to delete a speech.

To the right of each speech (above) tap on the blue (i) button to the right of each title to see the dialog below which allows editing the author, orator, location, date and time details (below).

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Choose the blue (i) button to the right of Date/Time, Duration or Siri to change the settings for those.

Select the blue (i) button to the right of SIRI to see the dialog below to change the language, speed, pitch and volume. These settings can be made for that one speech or the default for all speeches by setting the ‘Default for all’ button.

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Select the blue (i) button to the right of SIRI to edit settings for Duration and Date in the same way.

SIRI

Siri can be set for an individual speech in the above dialog but can be called up for a speech from the slide in menu too.

Import audio in mp3 or .caf format.

Export your audio recording thru email select the audio and hit the export button.

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Rec

Rec or the Record button in Live view will also do a countdown then start autoscroll and will record audio. When you hit stop it will save the file and put in the Soundwave dialog for you to play, export or delete.

Click on the record audio button to start recording and autoscroll simultaneously. Speeches are titled:
01.11.10 ? 15-20-58.caf
This stands for the date and time of the start of recording. The extension .caf is an apple sound file format.

Prompter
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The teleprompter settings slide in from the left and allow:

Horizontal – mirrors the text horizontally.

Vertical – mirrors the text vertically.

Changing the highlight color – that is the highlight color of text during autoscrolling in Live Mode.

Autoscroll

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In the Live view if you hit the Autoscroll button the speech will start scrolling at the speed you chose. To increase the speed tap on the right. To decrease the speed tap on the left side of the screen. This icon will appear on the screen to give you scroll speed feedback.

Edit Mode

In ‘Edit Mode’ you see the side menu seen to the right. This menu can be moved up or down by dragging the top and bottom arrows.

Each of the buttons to the right opens like a drawer. From the top in order the button:

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Speed of scrolling – tap and drag to set default scroll speed for speech in Live Mode.
Font size – drag to set font size.
BG – select color of background.
Font – select the font.
GM – grammar. Make the parts of speech visible.

Tap each to try them out. Tap to open, Tap to close.

The parts of speech is educational and pretty cool, please make sure to try that feature. Great for students.

Lastly the arrows at top and bottom end allow you to tap and drag those tools up and down on the page to adjust as you like.

Import

Click the Import button. Click Dropbox and/or Google Docs to setup your credentials.

Import via Dropbox
Within Dropbox this creates a folder in:
Apps:SpeechMaker
You can import and export files in this folder. Drag your text, PDF, RTF or HTML files into this folder.
Then go again to the panel below again click dropbox and select the files you want to import.

Import via Google Drive
Once logged in it lists all the .rtf, .pdf, .htm/html and .txt files in google drive folders/subfolders. Select the files you want to import.

Export

Select a speech then touch the Export button above to share the speech via email HTML.

Gestures

In Live Mode:

  • Touch the right side to speed up autoscroll. See this icon.
  • Touch the left side to slow down autoscroll. See this icon.
  • Double touch the center area to pause or go.
  • Flick the speech up or down to move that direction quickly.
  • Pinch to reduce font size.
  • Zoom to expand font size.

Hot Keys

On attached bluetooth keyboard
Up/Down keys scrolling works while editing speech.

Suggestions

  • Scroll the script don’t let it scroll you – Read naturally. Adjust the autoscroll to your reading speed.
  • Move, breathe and relax and enjoy speaking to people.
  • Practice your speech.
  • Passion and emotion are good. This is the energy that feeds your speech.
  • Posture is important. Stand up straight.
  • Use your hands.
  • Place cues in your script to breath, point, relax, whatever you want to remind yourself of when giving the speech.

FAQ

Q: Teleprompters cost $750 and more. Is there a cheap way to use SpeechMaker as a teleprompter?
A: Excellent question! For those who don’t know a teleprompter or cue is a device used in a television studio that allows a person to look directly at the camera and to read the scrolling text off a screen. This is what you see the president using so he can remember his speech and maintain eye contact with an audience without looking down at cue cards. USing a teleprompter can make your podcast, product or other video look much more professional. Now, anyone can buy a teleprompter or make it yourself for use with your smartphone or tablet. Click here for one of many do it yourself (DIY) videos on making your own teleprompter.

Q: Do you have any suggestions for minimizing eye movement when using a teleprompter?
A: Yes, it’s all about the distance from the reader’s eyes to the camera. The greater the distance the less eye movement. The larger the distance the larger the screen and the font needs to be. Use a large typesize.

Q: I see that the audio is saved in a .caf which is an apple sound file format. How do I transfer and play this on my Mac/Win computer?

A: That is talked about here:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=335683 
Also google caf to mp3 or mp3 to caf or whatever to find the latest free tool to do that conversion.

Version Changes

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