Can I customize a phrase on my Macbook Pro like on the old Powerbooks

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  1. Sharina macrumors newbie

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    Hey All. First post, very excited and glad you are here.

    My first mac was the last version of Powerbooks that were made in 2005. On it, I was able to set a phrase that whispered "Sharina, you are now running on reserve battery power." I absolutely loved it and it always freaked people out. I have read that other people were setting custom phrases like this as well..

    I was wondering if my brand spanking shiny new Macbook Pro i7 purchased in last month can do the same thing.. New macbook is Snow Leopard while old powerbook was probably Tiger.

    Thank you for your time.
     
  2. Sharina, Dec 22, 2010
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    Sharina thread starter macrumors newbie

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    P.s

    P.S - I have been in and out of the speech preference and energy savings preference in system preferences... and I have yet to find an answer using google. :rolleyes:

     
  3. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Was your PowerBook running Mac OS 9 (or earlier) or OS X? Did it speak only when you were running on reserve battery power or also other "alert" messages?
     
  4. Nein01 macrumors 6502

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    yes, you can. i believe it's under either the sound or speech preferences. i have mine say "dude"


    "dude, software update needs your attention."

    and then i say "$TFU i'm not updating quicktime ever again!"
     
  5. Sharina thread starter macrumors newbie

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    DrewGuy... I am actually not sure what it was running last. It still is running somewhere with someone. I believe it was always updated when prompted. Was the personal phrase option something that was done away with after OS 9?

    Athiestpally... What are you running on your Mac? I am running 10.6.5 Snow Leopard on a 15" Macbook Pro i7. Can you please walk me through the steps of setting it up? I do miss that feature and have not found the option in SOUND, SPEECH, or ENERGY SAVER... maybe I am overlooking something..?

    thanks:confused:
     
  6. DewGuy1999, Dec 23, 2010
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    This is based on my OS X 10.4.11 Tiger, I'm hoping it's still the same under OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard.

    1. Go to System Preferences
    2. Go to Speech
    3. Go to the Text to Speech tab
    4. Select a System Voice of your liking
    5. Put a check mark next to Announce when alerts are displayed and click the Set Alert Options button
    6. From the Phrase pop-down list choose Edit Phrase List
    7. Click the Add button
    8. Type in Sharina
    9. Click the OK button
    10. From the Phrase pop-down list choose Sharina
    11. Click the Play button to hear what it sounds like.
    12. Click the OK button.
    13. Close the Speech preferences
    Now wait for an alert message to hear your custom alert. :)
     
  7. Sharina thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sahweet!

    DrewGuy.. You are awesome! I feel like such a retard because that was so easy and right under my nose (especially after 6 years on a mac). THANK YOU! :p
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Don't sweat it, we all overlook things from time to time. Glad to hear that was what you needed. Happy Holidays.
     
  9. Sharina thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks DrewGuy.. same to you :) Have a peaceful New Year
     

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