Anyone know an app that will read writing aloud?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by john_satc, May 12, 2005.

  1. john_satc macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2005
    B'ham Uk
    Basically I need to learn these 2 long poems for my english exam in a couple of weeks and i am finding it really hard, and thought, if I had someone reading the poems on like an mp3 I could put it on my ipod listen to it not stop which will get into my head and I will remember them!

    However, I need a programme that will read out the poems if i type them. I tried using the built in speech but it won't work. Does anyone know an app to do this, or someting in the OS that will.
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    TextEdit will do it, under edit--speech.

    Then you could use Audio Hijack to convert it to an MP3.

    But why not just record yourself reading the poem?
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I think it'd be better if you did it, or if you don't want to hear your voice, got a friend to do it, too, because it will be natural. Do not expect the speech synthesizer to nail the meter! :eek: :rolleyes:
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Use this free AppleScript

    Choose the voice that you want to hear.
    Open and select all the text in TextEdit.
    Run the script and it saves the spoken result into an .AIF file

    You can then import it into iTunes in the format of your choice.

    Works extremely well and with some extra tags in the text, you can even add pauses, emphasis and change intonation.
  5. john_satc thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2005
    B'ham Uk
    Cheers, I will try that apple script thing first. I have audio hijack already so will use that as final option.
    Reason I don't record myself is A) i don't know how, and B) i HATE my own voice - its so high pitched when i hear it back

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