Text-to-Speech App

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Thunk Different, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. Thunk Different macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2005
    Hi there!
    I need to be able to write a small amount of text - say, only 3 words or so, and get my iBook to say it (easily done), but I need it to save that little bit of speech as a audio file.

    I did used to have a Demo Application that I downloaded from the Apple OSX section of their website, but it got deleted and now I can't find it again. That did the job - all I can remember about it was that after so many words of text it would tell you to buy the full version.

    Can anyone help? I don't really want to use the Microphone, it does do the job but there is always a bit of background noise there.

    Thanking you in advance.
  2. mdavey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Not quite answering your question, but in Tiger there is a "say" command:

    $ say "only three words"

    You can save the output:

    $ say "only three words" -o output.aiff

    Hope that helps,
  3. Thunk Different thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2005
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    You can do quite a lot with that little script or rather you can inserts tags (commands) into the text so that you can get the emphasis, inflection and pauses just the way you want...

    I can't seem to find the resources for that at the mo, though. :(

    Edit: Found it on my Mac and made a PDF of it for anyone interested in messing around with this kind of thing.

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