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By Bas Meijer

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Let your Mac do the talking. Read4Me read text out loud. Use Read4Me for teaching, rehearsals and language study. Proof read your document by listening, that catches issues where spell checker won't help. And it is very easy to start, stop and select another voice. Set your preferred speed of reading to estimate the time to read the text during a presentation. You can even save the audio to a sound file. Create voice-overs for presentations and movies.

Read4Me will speak text in a variety of voices in 27 languages and also English dialects such as British, Irish and Scottish, using optional installs of Mac OSX.

Actually it is a text editor with spell check, printing, saving to Rich Text Format as well as Plain Text. Listen to various formats of documents: Microsoft Word, plain text, Open Office, RTF, HTML and DRM-free ePub books, and save them all as AudioBook.

Voice Coach is a unique feature of Read4me that allows you to embed pauses, pitch & rate changes into your text. Voice Coach tagging is essential in creating AudioBooks for poetry. Tagging is not always fully supported by all voices, but the classic voices can even sing with this feature (almost), other effects work best on the novelty voices.

You can download these voices from Apple for free, like this: System Preferences -> Speech -> System Voice -> Customize...

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. Many voices have been added or updated in the latest version of Mac OS X. The Read4me support page on my website has a movie that shows exactly how to do this.

Highlighting works on OS X Mountain Lion or Mavericks after updating voices.

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. There is no guarantee that 3rd party voices, like InfoVox or Cepstral work properly. Some InfoVox work, others don't due to the new sandbox in OSX. You might see 'iVoxSynth' or 'CereVoice3Synthesizer' in crash reports when you use certain features like tagging, don't blame Read4me.

This software uses code from libsox (version 14.3.2 without externals)
licensed under the LGPLv2.1 (
The Sox source code can be downloaded at

What's New in Version 1.6.15

Bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Sharp Tool, Responsive Developer

It’s rare to find an application this is nearly exactly what you need for any intended purpose. In my case, longer documents into audio files with one click. While this can be done in a few other ways, each was far more complicated for a simple task.

When I encountered a minor issue, I contacted the dev, and received a response in a few minutes, and the fix appeared in an update.

This is what good software is. It fiits a need well, without bloat, and is backed by a dev who responded.

Great App for Lazy Readers/ Students

I love that you can easily copy and paste the material on to the read4me and the format would stay exactly the same, with the same fonts and colors. I would like to suggest something though!!!

1) though i love that there is a time at the bottom right of the window where it will let me know how long the read is, it would be nice if there would be a timer countdown letting me know how many minutes are left in the read!!
2) this could be great for college students to have a chance to highlight information as they go along, so it would be nice if you add a highlighting effect other than the front choice and font color option.

Hopefully the read4me team takes note of these ideas i put above.

other than that, great job!

Does not translate!

This app does not have the languages or “voices” that it claims to have to translate the language I want. However, it has multiple English voice readers which is a little futile if the intention is to have this app to read in other languages other than just English. Thus, this app does not really work!

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  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.6.15
  • Size: 11.2 MB
  • Languages: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later, 64-bit processor

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