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C_F_H_13 20th July 2005 02:27 AM

A Silly And Halarious Mac Question
Does anybody remember the name of the program/application that was on older OS9 macs, where you could spell out sentences or words and make the computer say them in different voices?

I've been dying to see if someone (or apple for that matter) has made an OSX version or not.


T_R_S 20th July 2005 02:32 AM

SImpletext did it but you had to have the speech extensions turned on.
Textedit in OS X Speech under the edit menu abduction

C_F_H_13 20th July 2005 05:22 AM


Thank you. Any way to change the voice?

js1 20th July 2005 05:44 AM

There's a bunch of different voices included with the OS. Switch is somewhere in the control panel (I think it's even labelled Speech...)


C_F_H_13 20th July 2005 06:09 AM

you guys rock!

T_R_S 20th July 2005 07:59 AM

BIGHINT .. I Tiger if you need to know how to do something Spotlight will help.

max cooper 20th July 2005 11:04 PM

I had hours of fun making that thing read stuff for me. Answering machine messages, etc.

Ya gotta feed it some Snoop Dogg lyrics!!!

timtoonz 21st July 2005 05:35 AM

By the way, you might also want to check out a program called VocalWriter which just got released on OSX. It's an old shareware program ($39) that 'sings' the lyrics you type into it, along with a MIDI melody... The results are pleasantly bizarre and not at all life-like, thank the good silicon gods.

I used to love a program on the Amiga (!) that not only let you type in stuff to say, but you could put numbers and other codes after each syllable to change emphasis and tone of voice. I even used it as the voice of the announcer on an old MTV show. I wish there was a mac equivalent, but I haven't seen it...

It'll be a sad day when they finally perfect the technology so that it sounds just like a plain old boring human. I love the demented drunk swedish robot voice that only computers can make. heh