By Bas Meijer
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Listen, you don't need to read! Listen to your documents with Read4Me. Export epub, Word texts to audiobook. Speech in 27 languages on OSX 10.7+ It is very easy to start, stop and select another voice, or set your preferred speed of reading. Estimate the time to read the text. Create voice-overs for presentations and movies. Use Read4Me during commute time, or for teaching, rehearsal and language study.
Available are high quality voices for Arabic, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish. You can download international voices from Apple for free, like this: System Preferences -> Dictation & Speech -> System Voice -> Customize... The Read4me support page on my website has a movie that shows exactly how to do this.
Accessible text editor localised in 10 languages with spell check and printing. Supports various document formats: Microsoft Word, Open Office, RTF, HTML and DRM-free ePub books, plain text. Save them all as AudioBook or AIFF.
Voice Coach allows you to embed pauses, pitch & rate changes into your text. Voice Coach tagging is essential in creating AudioBooks for poetry.
OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard does NOT have free international voices. Read4Me is independent of speech engine, some engines deliver more features than others.
This software uses code from libsox 14.3.2 without externals
licensed under the LGPLv2.1 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/lgpl-2.1.html)
The Sox source code can be downloaded at http://sox.sf.net
What's New in Version 1.6.14
Updated Base SDK to 10.8