Edit Out Loud instantly converts your manuscript to audio and allows you to listen from your smartphone. Now you can edit your novel on the metro, while jogging, or anywhere.
Simply tap, record, or type in a comment if you hear a grammar error, plot hole, or a boring section of your novel. Comments you add while listening in the app will appear in your source doc—Word, Google Docs, or Scrivener—so you can fix them later.
You can even share audio drafts with beta readers so they can listen from anywhere and add comments back to your source document.
Download Edit Out Loud today so you can make editing as fun as writing!
- Enhanced Google Doc import feature
- Minor bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Totally worth the subscription cost!
I’ve been using this app for a few months now for my writing projects, and after using it every day I decided to purchase the subscription, which has been a fantastic upgrade, since I can listen to longer strings of my project and edit multiple projects at a time.
I’ve run into some hiccups here and there but the developer has been very responsive (and very friendly I might add!)
If you are working any long form media, like a book or article, and like me, you’re eyes tend to gloss over after the 3rd or 4th read through, I highly recommend giving this app a try.
Saved Tons Time Editing my Novel
I can’t begin to quantify how many hours this app saved me. I used this app to edit my entire 130k word novel. I was able to listen and add comments on my way to work, which was much easier than trying to find time to pick through chapters after work. Then, when I got back to my computer, all the notes and comments I’d left for myself were there waiting for me so I could address them quickly. The fact that I’d catch things listening that I missed when reading and could share my book’s audio with beta readers and download their comments was icing on the cake!
Great idea, but it needs some work.
My first thoughts when I found this app were, “Finally! An app to make editing easier! And it’s free!”. While it’s true that it’s free and helps with editing, I still have a couple complaints.
First of all, I think the pausing feature is a bit off. I don’t know exactly how to explain it, but when I press pause it seems quick and hard to pause it exactly where I need it to be.
Also, the comments aren’t very precise and like the pause feature, are hard to get where I need them to be. I think you should be able to click the word or the paragraph in the book and place the comment in that way.
It seems a bit difficult to understand all of the quirks and features so a guided step-by-step process would be great for first-time users (I myself already fully understand the app).
I recognize the robotic voices from the Accessibility’s speech selection built into many Apple products. The voices aren’t pleasant to listen to while trying to edit and is extra annoying because of the Em Dash being read as “Boop”. I also don’t like how the robot-voice doesn’t pause at periods or comas. How am I supposed to properly edit a book being read at a way too fast or super slow speed? I think you should add an option to purchase less robotic voices and more subtle, human voices that pause when they are supposed to and treat Em Dashes as if they were punctuation marks not words. Right now, your app doesn’t have much going for it since I can literally use the same voices to read my book and through a simpler process.
My final thoughts; once the listed above is fixed, this app might have more value to it. However, I do admire the idea and will stick with the app through all of its changes. I give it four stars because I know that in time, this app will be extremely helpful to the writing-community and will spare myself and others some of the time spent on editing. Thank you for reading my review!
Developer Response ,
I’m glad you enjoyed the app and thanks for the feedback! We’ve improved our step-by-step guide in the app already and will definitely take your feedback under consideration for future versions.
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- Dustin Maxey
- 18.1 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2019 Maxey Digital LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Monthly Subscription $2.99
- Annual Subscription $29.99
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