It was designed for people who are blind so it may be too feature rich for people just wanting to read text in a document.
VoiceOver and Text To Speech for Mac OS X
More information can be found at http: The text to speech option also works in the Apple Calculator to make it self voicing. It is a simpler option than VoiceOver to use for reading e-texts for people with learning disabilities. Now each time you type this key combination, your Mac will read aloud any text you have selected.
To stop the speech, type the same key combination again. You can adjust the voice and speech rate in the Dictation and Speech options in System Preferences.
Alex is the default reading voice on the Mac OS. It is an incredibly realistic voice but there are other options for text to speech voices in Mac. Mac OS has a large number of high quality voices available from Nuance in many languages and dialects. To access these voices do the following. The additional voices will take some time to download.
Simply tick the voices you want to have available and 'untick' the ones you don't want. The additional voices include a good quality Scottish voice, Fiona, which you can use free. Note that there are also Mac versions of the Scottish computer voices, available through the Scottish Voice web site , or can be purchased through the CALL Scotland shop.
After you have chosen the voices you want to have available, click on System Voice again and choose the voice you want to use.
Text2Speech on the Mac App Store
Speaking Rate can also be adjusted at this point to suit the user. People with an auditory processing difficulty may benefit from a slower speed, while people with a visual impairment might prefer a faster speed, particularly if they are used to Text to Speech. Finally, choose a key or key combination to ' Speak Selected Text '. Choose something that you will remember, and which is not already used by something else. Words are not highlighted in any way as they are read. If this is important, you would need to use a specialist Text to Speech program, such as:.
Most Mac users would think of iBooks as their first option for reading electronic books.
There are over 2 million books available and a basic Text to Speech facility is built into the program. Select the text you want read, then click on Edit , Speech and Start Speaking. What can you do if the book you want is only available for the Amazon Kindle, or if you have a Kindle account and prefer to use that, rather than set up an iBooks account?
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There is a free Kindle app , available through the Apple App Store, which can be used to read Kindle books that have been purchased, or downloaded from the Amazon Kindle Store. Unfortunately, the Kindle App for the Mac is quite limited for people with reading difficulties - there is only one, unfriendly, font available, though text size and spacing can be varied, and there is no built-in Text to Speech facility.