Robert N. Phillips
Are you sick and tired of having people give you work that could benefit from even a modicum of proofreading? The standard excuse is “authors cannot proofread their own work,” and while this is generally true, how about having someone (or something) read the work aloud to the author? One of our staff members is mildly dyslexic (truth) and using ReadPlease routinely on all his work has saved his hide more than once.
2000ReadPlease is a freeware program that will read any text on the clipboard aloud. When you have finished the email or document (page or pages), simply select and copy the text to the clipboard, right click on the ReadPlease icon in the Tray, and select Paste and Play. Choose whether you want Marilyn Monroe or a male voice (four pre-configurable voices), and your text is read back to you. The program reads your text very well indeed.
With software this useful and this price, we have a company-wide policy that not only is all deliverable material spell-checked, but it is also proofread using ReadPlease. ReadPlease really does save time and money at the end of the day.