Voice Dream Mail works by speech and touch, so you can efficiently go through your email inbox without having to look at your phone.
How It Works:
The app reads your email out loud using text-to-speech. You control it using the entire screen of your iPhone or iPad as a touchpad. For example, swipe right anywhere to advance to the next email, and swipe down to trash. In fact, here is no option to see the email message body.
Why It's Efficient:
Once you learn the handful of gestures, you will be able to triage your inbox very quickly. You know what to do with most emails after hearing the sender and subject. Because all commands can interrupt reading, it only takes a few seconds to handle each email. Plus, you can gradually increase speech rate: most people can listen at a higher speed than they can read visually.
Supported Email Services: (Please Read Carefully)
- Gmail, or other email accounts hosted by Google.
- iCloud email. (Requires you to generate an application-specific password for your Apple ID.)
- Yahoo! Mail. (You need to enable "Allow apps that use less secure sign in" in Yahoo account settings.)
- Generic IMAP-based email services, including Exchange Server. Setting it up is complicated, so don't buy this app for these email services unless you're technically adept. Exchange is supported only if the Server has IMAP support enabled.
- Previous and Next
- Reply and Reply All
This app is for quickly triaging your inbox. It supplements your current email tool and does not replace it. Composing new email and forwarding are not supported right now.
Ratings and Reviews
Sound seems to be messed up
Whenever I open the app with my iPhone, I have to hold it up to my ear in order for me to hear the voice properly. I'm not sure if it's a glitch or not because this does not happen on my iPad. Also, I think if anybody has the voice dream reader app, restore your purchases and download any voices you have and then open the Mail app. You should be able to access any of those voices you purchased.
Much potential, but sad
The app feels half finished. As an email app, it is far from full featured, but I was prepared to give it a pass.
My company standardized on Exhange (rather than Outlook) and I again didn’t look carefully enough, so the email account I wanted to use is unsupported.
Even some of the Voice Dream feature I was hoping for weren’t there. I have made a small investment in some additional
Voices that I expected to be there. Not only were purchased voices not there, there wasn’t even an option to purchase anything other than the pre-canned IOS, and two premium voices.
Normally I would have had a “wait and see” approach, but it looks like Voice Dreams has moved on from this product and won’t be enhancing it much anymore.
Restful email checking
First, this app rocks.
About me: I have amblyopia in right eye and a scar across the left eye which causes severe irregular astigmatism, double vision and discomfort. Glasses help, but I still often need short breaks from reading, with my eyes completely closed
How I use The app: Lets me lay the phone across my chest and sort through mail with ease, so the eyes closed time is no longer simply passive and it saves me from further eye strain later. I like to use the Rosie voice (in app purchase)
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.