WordCamp Europe 2019 Contributor Day: Polyglots Team

As a polyglot, WordCamp Europe Contributor Day has always been one of the most exciting WordPress events to attend since I had experienced it for the first time.

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This year, I came back to WCEU (my last time was Vienna 2016) and the day was as great as I remembered, if not more.

At the Polyglots Team table, there were at least 60 volunteers. I was lucky to work with several experience translators and GTEs, as well as many brand-new contributors.

What we did:

  • Translation of core/plugins/themes/meta projects in Maltese, Serbian, German Informal & Formal, Portuguese, Arabic, Serbian, French, Japanese, Dutch, Persian, Hindi, Gujarati, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Catalan, and Afrikaans.
  • Translation review request documentation in English, Italian, Japanese, and Polish.
  • 12 translator interviews in collaboration with the Marketing Team.
  • Discussion on support & community documentation internationalization.

It was also great to catch up with WordPress Translation Day 4 organizers & local event hosts, and other polyglots contributors who are active in other teams.

Looking forward to continuing collaborating with polyglots on the Make Polyglots P2 and WordPress Slack #polyglots channel!

 

“Kodomo no Yu” Sentō-themed Ball Pit at Tokyo Skytree

Yesterday, we met a friend of mine and her family at Skytree Soramachi and spent the morning at Kodomo no Yu (こどもの湯) play area. It’s an indoor ball pit that looks like a sentō, Japanese-style bathhouse.

My 4-and-half-year old daughter jumped right into the pool of balls and even made a new friend. Her younger brother, who is 1 year and 9 months old, was a bit careful at first but it didn’t take too long before he got into it.

The area called “Festival Square” is not a big space but they had a good time playing at kids-size storefronts (takoyaki, sushi, and veggie shops).

Until May 6, you can see 1,000 Koinobori carp streamer under Skytree as well 🎏

Comparing 4 PDF Text-To-Speech iOS Apps: Voice Dream Reader, Capti Voice, NaturalReader, and vBookz PDF

Lately, I’ve been really into listening to as much content as possible. In addition to podcasts, web pages, and audiobooks, I started listening to PDF documents these days.

iOS native text-to-speech (TTS) feature is fine for short text but isn’t great for PDFs. So I started searching for an app that suits my need.

Trying Out Four Apps

At first, Capti Voice app seemed to be very promising. But after I used it for a few days, I found the rich text mode (free version) to be buggy with PDF documents. I tried the original layout mode with a free upgrade trial and it worked okay.

Then I tried NaturalReader. I didn’t have much to complain about this one, but I wasn’t convinced enough to upgrade to the paid version.

The next one was vBookz PDF Voice Reader. Similar to NaturalReader, this is also a solid app with basic features for reading PDF files. If you like following the text while it’s being read, this app has a nice text mode that makes it easy.

Then finally, I read several good reviews about Voice Dream Reader and decided to purchase it.

Winner: Voice Dream Reader

I immediately liked Voice Dream Reader. Things I liked:

  • The navigation control is much easier than in other apps
  • Lots of shortcut gestures
  • You can add custom pronunciation of words/phrases via the dictionary feature
  • In addition to iOS system voices, you can add one of the voices provided by Acapela/Ivona/ NeoSpeech comes with the app for free
  • The app is stable; no annoying issues like skipping to random locations

I wish it had a free trial version, but other than that I have no complaints.

For Free: Capti Voice

Even though I wasn’t happy at all with the unsteadiness of the app’s rich text mode, I think it’s an okay solution for someone who is looking for a free PDF reading app.

Demo Videos

Voice Dream Reader (English/Spanish/Japanese) – my own demo!

Capti Voice

NaturalReader (user video from 2016)

vBookz PDF Voice Reader (official video)

Comparison Table

The table below is best viewed on a wide screen.

Voice Dream ReaderCapti VoiceNaturalReadervBookz PDF
Free Versionn/a
Price$13.99$1.99/mo., $9.99/6 mo., $17.99/yr.$9.99$4.99 per language
Voice upgrade1 free credit, additional voices are $1.99-$4.99 each$1.99-$4.99 each
Text searchUpgrade plan onlyn/an/a
BookmarkUpgrade plan only
Pronunciation Dictionaryn/an/an/a
Fine speed control (WPM)n/a
Visual book covern/a
Table of contentsn/aPartial supportn/a
PlatformsiOS, AndroidiOS, desktop browser, Chrome extensioniOS, Android, desktop browser & appiOS
ProsStable, feature-rich, easy navigationFree version & upgrade trial, OCR optionRelatively easy-to-navigate, stableRelatively cheap, wide font selection for text mode, stable
ConsNo free trialRich text mode (free version) is unstable, navigation is awkward, sync with desktop is very slowLimited free versionVery limited free version
Voice Dream ReaderCapti VoiceNaturalReadervBookz PDF