Let your Mac read for you

February 26, 2010

In Mac OSX, there’s a very nice built-in speech synthesis program. Some people know it from a skype function that says whitch of your contacts comes online. You can also make your computer read the time out loud for you, at certain intervals.
Anyway. The coolest thing is to make your computer say things you want to hear.

Open a terminal, and type this:
say "please hit that return key once more"

now that’s cool. but more interesting is that you can save that sound to an aiff (apple lossless audio) file.
say -o Desktop/myspeech.aiff "please hit that return key once more"

or you can make it read a txt document for you, and again save the output to an aiff file…
say -o Desktop/myspeech.aiff -f Desktop/myspeech.txt

click here for an audio sample!

have fun!

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