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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 (
The Sox source code can be downloaded at

What's New in Version 1.6.14

Updated Base SDK to 10.8


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Customer Reviews

I think this will be useful.

I just purchased V1.6.14 and I think it will be useful for me. I blog and write fiction. I read my text aloud and I should be able to use Read4me to do that and save me some effort.

The voice coach was fun to play with, as I was able to program voices with slightly different pitches to read a dialogue aloud. I wish that it were possible to annotate the text to change from one voice to another, say Agnes for a woman, and Alex for a man. Although the help section says that [[rset 0]] resets values to standard, it appears that full stops, 'periods', do the same. In an extended speech, pitch change commands will need to be issued after each full stop.

There are still some glitches. For example, in the text I have written "… it affects how that human lives, …" but Read4me read "lives" with a long 'i' rather than a short 'i'.

Adult Student with Learning Disability

As the title mentions, I’m an adult student with learning difficulties. I am attending school online, and have always found it difficult to read and retain information on subjects that don’t explicitly interest me.

This increases my reading comprehension of my eTextbooks exponentially. I am able to read, but also hear the words. I highly recommend this for any professional or student who could benefit with reading comprehension assistance. I personally have aspergers, but I could see where my friends with ADHD and Dylexia could also benefit.

The intonation is completely natural. The pronunciation of proper nouns is sometimes a little robotic, but the all around feel is very consistent and natural to the ear. This is important. You will not need to listen to something multiple times to understand the voice. In addition, this app reduces the time that you need to identify a word your brain does not immediately recognize, and reduces the likelyhood you’ll get it wrong, even if it’s a word you’ve never seen.

I feel confident that this will play a large role in my success as a student.


Needs a read as you type feature which helps People with disabilities identify when what they type is not what they intended to type and helps other identify wrong word as well as other spelling errors etc. Other than that excellent.

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  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.6.14
  • Size: 11.2 MB
  • Languages: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later

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