By Luke Jackson
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
Take your documents and let your computer read them so you can listen to them later as an MP3.
The idea for this came when I was working on my MBA and was struggling to keep up with all the reading, being a parent, and a full time job. The program was written to take my required reading and to convert it to an audio file (by using the built in speech). I could then load up my iPod and listen to my required reading as I drove (I will still go back and skim the reading to make sure that I understood the material). You can pick to have a single or multiple files created (like chapters). It will import text files, pdf and html files.
It is a three step process
1. Import text (choose your text files, pdf, or html)
2. Edit the text if needed
3. Click the speak and record button
Then you just add to iTunes or other music players.
Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or other ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the Mac OS voices are ok, but if you want better voices take a look at cepstral.
We just submitted version 1.3.2 and it is all cocoa plus sandboxed. It does fix the bug about the WPM (so yes we do check).
What's New in Version 1.3.1
Minor bug fixes
Good software that fills a specific need
Like the author, I have a huge reading list and am pressed for time. This software allows me import text files where it will record the text into an mp3. Then i can load the mp3 file onto my iPhone to listen when commuting.
There was one bug I immediately found: when pasting text into the main screen to read, I switched over to the Misc tab where I can adjust the settings. I changed the wpm count and switched back to the main screen to record my text, but it won't read. Hopefully the author reads this review and fixes the bug.
On a practical note: I dont' know if I'll ever use this software for real. The synthesized voices that came with the Mac is robotic so it'll take adjustments. This isnt' a limitation of this app, but of the technology in general. Nonetheless, very happy to have found it and will be useful if I can get over the hurdle of listening a computerized voice.