Convert text to voice?

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  1. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

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    This is kind of random, but does anyone know of any way on a mac to type into a text box and have the sound come out of the computer?

    In a 'Blank Check' sort of a way for those who have seen the movie. (It was on a mac after all...)
     
  2. Trip.Tucker Guest

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    I'll get you started...

    Open up Terminal and type say
    Then try say "this is a line of text"
    Then try it with a text file.

    Google Applescript and Say.

    Text to Speech is built into the OS as well. If you highlight a paragraph of text and click on the Application menu, you will see a Speak option.
     
  3. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks!

    Although I don't understand this one. I don't see it :(
     
  4. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a

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    The easiest way is to highlight the text (safari, text editor, etc), click on the menu bar above (Safari for instance), Services>Speech>Start speaking text.

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  5. Trip.Tucker Guest

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    Thank you, I couldn't recall the exact menu option.
     
  6. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000

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    Here's a way better solution. Say it save it 2.1. Type or drop some text in the empty white box and click "say it". If you like what you hear, you can click "save it" to keep an MP3 file of your text. It's free.
     
  7. Trip.Tucker Guest

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    The built into the OS solution is also free and you can feed the read out text to an AIFF or MP3. No need for additional software.

    e.g. say -o mybook.aiff
     
  8. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Had fun using this for a prank a while back. Logged into a friend's Mac, and kept sending him voice messages with the sound down really low in the whisper voice "I see dead people"..

    Weirdly, he was on a tight deadline, so just kept on working.
     
  9. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

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    Hey... thanks for the idea:D...
     

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