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Well, since I posted my question about Dspeech, I’ve found one program that does support being driven by command line – TextToSpeech by Alive Media. It’s not free ($29.95) but appears to do the job (TextAloud by Nextup wanted an extra $250 to add this functionality to their similar graphic interface). In the tests I’ve done, the NeoSpeech Kate voice sounds the best for my application (ferry updates for the little island I have my station on). I’d still like to find out about Dspeech, though.
Overall, I’d have to say that I’m pretty disappointed in the quality of most of the software and voices that I’ve tried – they certainly don’t live up to expectations (even with the pricier ones). Perhaps if I had thousands of dollars to spend…oh well.