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Enable the Talking Calculator in Mac OS X

Jul 12, 2013 - Leave a Comment

Talking calculators are very useful, whether for accessibility reasons or just for entering a lot of numbers that you want to be sure are correct by hearing the auditory response. Thanks to the Mac’s excellent text-to-speech abilities and a simple settings adjustment, you can transform the bundled Calculator app in Mac OS X into a … Read More

Change the Voice & Accent of Spoken Text Selection in iOS

Oct 16, 2012 - 3 Comments

The default voice for speaking text in iOS is the same voice as Siri, but if you want to switch it up and hear something different you can change the text-to-speech voice quite easily. Switching voices is a bit more fun than you’d expect though, at least with English, because you end up with different … Read More

Speak Selected Text with a Keystroke in Mac OS X

Sep 15, 2012 - 1 Comment

The excellent OS X text to speech function can be activated with a simple keystroke, but first you have to enable the feature: Open System Preferences from the  Apple menu Choose the “Dictation & Speech” panel then select the “Text to Speech” tab Check the box next to “Speak selected text when the key … Read More

Have Your iPhone or iPad Read Emails To You & Speak to Write Back

Aug 31, 2012 - 4 Comments

Want to have your emails read to you? How about talking to write out a reply rather than poking around on the touch screen? You can easily do both in iOS, so the next time you need to read and write emails while you’re on the go or driving, consider using the awesome text-to-speech and … Read More

Add the Voice of Siri to Mac OS X

Jun 4, 2012 - 7 Comments

If you bought a new Mac with OS X Lion (or later) pre-installed you probably already have the voice of Siri enabled by default. Siri is actually called “Samantha”, but if you upgraded to OS X Lion manually from Snow Leopard you may have missed the addition of Siri’s voice completely, so here’s how to … Read More

How to Enable and Use Text to Speech on iPhone & iPad

May 30, 2012 - 17 Comments

The newer versions of iOS include a fantastic text to speech engine that lets you select any text and have it spoken to you. This basically means you can have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch read you the content of any web page, notes, text files, or even eBooks and iBooks. Before you can … Read More

Make Mac OS X Speak (or Sing) the Output of Any Command Line Task

May 11, 2012 - 2 Comments

Along the lines of vocally announcing task completion within the command line, you can also have Mac OS X speak the output of any executed command.

Announce When a Command Line Task is Completed in Mac OS X

May 8, 2012 - 15 Comments

By appending the say command to the end of another command, Mac OS X will vocally announce when the initial task has finished running successfully. For example, to have OS X announce that a particular script has finished running the command could be: python backup.py && say “jobs done” The important part is the “&& … Read More

How to Delete Voices from Mac OS X

Jul 29, 2011 - 7 Comments

One of OS X’s many great new features are all the new high quality multi-lingual voices (here is how to add them yourself). If you went on a voice adding spree like I did, you may quickly realize that all these new voices take up a fair amount of disk space, each weighing in around … Read More

How to Add New Voices to Mac OS X

Jul 25, 2011 - 23 Comments

Mac OS X includes many high quality voices for it’s text-to-speech abilities, they’re in a wide variety of languages and accents and are probably some of the best computer rendered voices out there. We got a sneak peak at some of the newest voices that arrived with Lion, but now they’re accessible for everyone to … Read More

Convert Text to Spoken Audio the Easy Way

Jun 29, 2011 - 11 Comments

I showed you how to convert text to spoken audio files via the command line but some people ran into trouble with that method. It turns out I completely over-engineered how to do this, because there is a much easier way to convert text to audio that is guaranteed to work for everyone, you just … Read More

Convert a Text File into Spoken Audio via Command Line

Jun 28, 2011 - 14 Comments

Using Mac OS X Text to Speech tools, we can convert any .RTF or .TXT file into a spoken audio file which can then be transferred to your iPod or iPhone for later listening. Update: There is an easier way to do this using the Services menu, you may want to try that first unless … Read More

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