logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Painting
Heart Disease
Horror Literature
Dating
Hiking & Backpacking
SF/Fantasy Books
Healthy Foods


dailyclick
All times in EST

Autism Spectrum Disorders: 4:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Flash and Animation Site

BellaOnline's Flash and Animation Editor

g

Changing Text-To-Speech Voice on Your Mac


In the last tutorial, we learned how to use the default text-to-speech feature on your mac to listen to and record text for your educational app. In this followup tutorial, we will learn how to setup a keyboard shortcut to start and stop the text-to-speech feature instead of using the menu inside your word processor. We will also learn how to download another voice that is not already installed on your Mac.

Text-To-Speech Keyboard Shortcut

If you prefer to use a keyboard shortcut to start the text-to-speech, here are the steps for setting this feature. This will work in both MacR TextEditR and PagesR.

  1. Open System Preferences and click the Dictation and Speech icon.

  2. Select the text-to-speech tab.

  3. In the bottom section, check the box next to Speak selected text when the key is pressed. The default shortcut is the Option and Esc keys.

  4. Close the dialog box.

  5. Open your word processor and select the text.

  6. Hold down the Option and Esc keys to hear the text through your system speakers.

Download Another Text-To-Speech Voice on Mac

You have probably noticed that the voices installed on your Mac do not sound very realistic. You do have a few move voices available, for free, to you for your Mac that sound a little better.

  1. Open System Preferences and click the Dictation and Speech icon.

  2. Click the text-to-speech tab.

  3. Open the System Voice menu to see the choices that are installed. Alex is selected by default. Select each voice and click the Play button to hear a sample of the voice.

    Kathy
    Vicki
    Victoria
    Alex
    Bruce
    Fred

  4. To see more voices, select the Customize option to open another menu. In this second menu, the installed voices already have a checkmark.

  5. Select, but donít check, another voice from the list and click the Play button to hear a sample of the voice. The Princess and Junior voices are supposed to be childrenís voices - but you decide.

  6. To download a voice from the menu, check the box next to the name. You will see a yellow alert icon and a message saying the voice will be automatically downloaded.

  7. Click OK. Your Mac will automatically download and install the voice on your system.

  8. Go back to the Dictation and Speech dialog box and change the default voice from Alex to the voice you just downloaded.

Note: You can use the Speaking Rate slider under the System Voice menu in the Dictation and Speech dialog box to adjust the speed of any voice.

Note: Each voice is a large file. So keep this in mind when deciding how many voices to download onto your system.

Note: If you are using Kwik to create an educational game or book app, you will need your audio file in the mp3, caf or aif audio format. You can use many audio editor software including AudacityR, AuditionR or GarbageBandR to convert the .m4a file created by the text-to-speech feature into another format if necessary.

Join us in the Animation forum. | Join us in the Digital Art forum.

|



Add Changing+Text%2DTo%2DSpeech+Voice+on+Your+Mac to Twitter Add Changing+Text%2DTo%2DSpeech+Voice+on+Your+Mac to Facebook Add Changing+Text%2DTo%2DSpeech+Voice+on+Your+Mac to MySpace Add Changing+Text%2DTo%2DSpeech+Voice+on+Your+Mac to Del.icio.us Digg Changing+Text%2DTo%2DSpeech+Voice+on+Your+Mac Add Changing+Text%2DTo%2DSpeech+Voice+on+Your+Mac to Yahoo My Web Add Changing+Text%2DTo%2DSpeech+Voice+on+Your+Mac to Google Bookmarks Add Changing+Text%2DTo%2DSpeech+Voice+on+Your+Mac to Stumbleupon Add Changing+Text%2DTo%2DSpeech+Voice+on+Your+Mac to Reddit



 



RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Flash and Animation Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2013 by Diane Cipollo. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Diane Cipollo. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Diane Cipollo for details.

g


g features
Ken Burns Effect In Motion - Record Keyframes

Ken Burns Effect In Motion 5 - Set Up

Animated Title in Motion

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor