Out Loud reads your notifications to you when you are driving, running, or any other time you want. Notification reading is enabled on a per-app basis. Other features:
– Automatically turn on/off when headphones are plugged/unplugged.
– Automatically turn on/off when a Bluetooth device is connected/disconnected.
– Enable/disable a persistent notification when Out Loud is on.
– Choose TTS engine, language, speech rate, and speech volume (relative to media volume).
– Optionally show a dialog with the notification that is being read along with the app name and/or app icon.
– On/off widget for your homescreen (1×1 or 2×1).
– Widget for reading current active notifications.
– Optionally disable when the screen is on and unlocked or when the device’s ringer is set to silent or vibrate.
– Choose what part of the notification to read: ticker text, content text, big text, or some combination.
– On a per-app basis, select the text to read and the language to use.
Note: only one app may be enabled at a time while you are evaluating Out Loud. Purchase the Out Loud unlocker to enable as many apps as you want.
Other advanced features available after purchase of the unlocker:
– Profiles. Manage groups of enabled apps for different situations. Automatically select a profile when headphones or bluetooth are connected.
– Blacklist. Define a list of words that will prevent a notification from being read.
– Whitelist. Define a list of words that have to be present in order for a notification to be read.
– Substitutions. Substitute “lol” with “ha ha ha” before a notification is read.
– Scheduled events. Schedule times when Out Loud should turn on or off, or schedule times to switch profiles.
– Backup/restore enabled apps, preferences, and data for profiles, blacklist words, substitutions, and scheduled events.
Out Loud can be managed with automation apps like Tasker or Trigger. Launch these activities to change the on/off state of Out Loud:
Launch this activity to choose a profile:
Launch this activity to read the current notifications:
To change the on/off state through a broadcast intent, send a broadcast with these details:
[state] can be on, off, or toggle
To choose a profile through a broadcast intent:
Data: out_loud://select_profile?profile=[profile name]
To read the current notifications with a broadcast intent:
Instructions for setting up Tasker tasks that will turn Out Loud on and off:
1. Go to the Tasks tab and tap the “+” button at the bottom of the screen.
2. Give the new task a name. “Out Loud On”, or something similar.
3. Tap the “+” button at the bottom of the Task Edit screen to add an action.
4. Choose the “System” category, and then “Send Intent”.
5. In the Action field put “com.hillman.out_loud.ON_OFF”
6. In the Data field put “out_loud://on_off?state=on”
7. Tap the back button to save this task.
8. Tap the play button at the bottom of the screen to test this. It should turn Out Loud on.
9. Repeat these steps for an “Out Loud Off” task, substituting “state=on” with “state=off” in step 6
Exported Tasker tasks: