Let your Mac do the talking. Read4Me will read text and pronounce it in a choice of voices. And it is very easy to start, stop and select another voice, and set the speed of reading in words per minute. You can save the audio to file. Actually it is a full text editor with spell check, printing, saving to Rich Text Format as well as Plain Text. Proof reading documents by listening will help you catch issues that a spell checker won't.
Listen to various formats of documents: Microsoft Word, plain text, Open Office, RTF, HTML and also DRM-free ePub books, and save them all as AudioBook.
Create voice-overs for presentations and movies. Or use this innovation to your advantage in language study, rehearsals and teaching.
Voice Coach is a unique feature of Read4me that allows you to embed pauses, pitch & rate changes into your text. Voice Coach tagging is essential in creating AudioBooks for poetry. Tagging is not always fully supported by all voices, but the classic voices can even sing with this feature (almost), other effects work best on the novelty voices.
OS X Lion and Mountain Lion support speech in 27 languages and also English dialects such as British, Irish and Scottish. You can download these voices from Apple for free, like this: System Preferences -> Speech -> System Voice -> Customize...
Available are high quality voices for Arabic, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish. The Read4me support page on my website has a movie that shows exactly how to do this.
Highlighting works on OS X Mountain lion after updating voices.
OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard does NOT have free international voices. Read4Me is independent of speech engine, some engines deliver more features than others. There is no guarantee that 3rd party voices, like InfoVox or Cepstral work properly. Some InfoVox work, others don't due to the new sandbox in OSX. You might see 'iVoxSynth' or 'CereVoice3Synthesizer' in crash reports when you use certain features like tagging, don't blame Read4me.
This software uses code from libsox (version 14.3.2 without externals)
licensed under the LGPLv2.1 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/lgpl-2.1.html)
The Sox source code can be downloaded at http://sox.sf.net
- Fixes for German localization
- Minor bugfixes
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- May 07, 2013
- Bas Meijer
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