| You might already know that your Mac has a text-to-speech feature. Many children’s educational app developers have used this feature to create the audio for their apps. This is a great way to let your app talk to the user. For example, a child might use the drag and drop feature to assemble the letters of a word. When the child correctly assembles the word, an audio file would play the pronunciation of the word as well as the individual letters that make up that word.|
Of course, if you or a friend have a great voice and a great microphone, you can record the audio for the letters and words. But, if you are like me, you don’t have a setup for creating professional audio soundtracks. A second option is to use the text-to-speech feature on your MacR to create the audio files. Here are the steps for Mac OS X.
TextEdit is your Mac’s basic word processor and has the built-in text-to-speech feature. To use the feature, first add the text you wish to “hear” into the editor window.
Instead of hearing the audio on your Mac, you can also create an audio file. This option is not turned on by default. You first need to turn on this feature.
Users/you/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music/Unknown Artist/Unknown Album/NameOfFile.m4a
If you prefer .mp3 format