One of the cool things about the Mac OS is that it has come with text-to-speech technology built right into the operating system, since System 7 in 1993. The problem is, it hasn't changed a bit since then. The voices sound exactly the same now as they used to sound coming out of an LC III in my old high school. There are a few companies that make some AMAZING sounding speech synthesis systems, like AT&T and Neospeech. On Windows, there are a lot of programs that default to using the Microsoft speech agent, but you can buy plugin packs from these companies to enhance the voices. Any ideas if Apple ever plans to pursue this? I would LOVE to be able to plug Neospeech into my Mac, or any equivalent "next-generation" speech synthesis package. Because, c'mon Apple, things have progressed in the past 12 years.