A service which "reads" text aloud to the user

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Why is the text-to-speech hotkey not working?

For some reason, my text to speech isn't working. I don't know why it stopped working. It works when I manually click it, but when using the default hotkey alt+esc, it doesn't do anything. I have no ...
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Can Apple Watch read aloud web sites or web pages?

I know that Apple Watch comes with Siri, which is capable of understanding spoken phrases and respond with a short answer. But can it also read an entire website or web page, similar to Android apps ...
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Talking clock in a different language

I've got my Mac speaking me the time every hour, but I'm currently trying to learn French so I thought it would be a good idea to make it speak the time in French. However, rather than saying "Il est ...
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How do I get text to speech to pronounce git and github correctly?

I'm using the OS X text to speech feature for some eLearning stuff. Some of the voices, in particular Lee and Tessa seems to be better quality. However, they mispronounce the words 'git' and 'GitHub'. ...
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Text to speech service gone and key binding for it not functioning in Yosemite?

Up until Yosemite I have always had a text to speech service menu option and have been able to readily use a command key combination to trigger the reading of selected text in just about any ...
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How can you pause text to speech so that it restarts from where you left off?

I have a 40 page Pages document which is a transcript from a hand written diary. I wish to use Text to Speech to read passages from my Pages document so that I can check the text against the original ...
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Installing the Festival Speech Synthesis System with Mavericks

I am trying to install Festival onto my Macbook Pro running Mavericks. I tried installing it on my own, but that didn't work. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any up-to-date instructions out there ...
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How to get rid of the circular speech commands thing?

This thing has appeared, hovering obtrusively over my desktop (Mountain Lion): I don't know how it got there. Presumably I pressed some key combination by accident. But I can't for the life of me ...
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Keyboard shortcut for change Speech voice in OS X Yosemite

There exist a way to create a keyboard shortcut for change the voice that made the speech from English to French, for example, i would like to select a text and hear the speech with the accent in ...
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How to to specify pronunciations for OS X Lion?

The text-to-speech function on Mac OS X Lion is quite good, although sometimes it misses the just-right pronunciation of a word. Is there a way to specify a pronunciation for certain words or phrases ...
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Music cuts out when I speak in Mavericks [duplicate]

In the first generation of speech on the Mac OS. I was able to dictate speech and the music in my headphones would still play seamlessly. In the current and latest version of the operating system, ...
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Are the Apple text-to-speech voices copyrighted?

I want to use an excerpt of an OS X text-to-speech voice in a song that I am recording. Is there any kind of copyright restriction for recordings of the computer voice I should know about, or are they ...
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How to download additional text-to-speech voices for later installation?

I would like to download additional text-to-speech voices for OS X to later install on multiple systems or systems without an internet connection. Is this possible, or do I have to be online to ...
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say command says wrong text (for some voices)

I'm running 10.8.5 and installed some of the newer text-to-speech voices, including "Samantha" (aka Siri), "Tom", and "Jill". They work fine, except for the word "seq": say -v Jill seq produces the ...
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Correcting Pronunciation Errors in 'Say' Command in Terminal

I'm having difficulty correcting the pronunciation in the 'say' command, using 10.9. I tried to add new pronunciations through: System Preferences > Dictation and Speech > Open Accessibility ...
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Highlight sentence feature with text-to-speech

Up to now, text-to-speech (TTS) combined with highlighting sentences is by far the best way I found to read fast and at the same time very relaxed. I need an application or browser extension that ...
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Possible to have separate shortcuts for different text-to-speech voices?

I know that it is possible to make Mac OS X to read the text with a keyboard shortcut. System preferences Dictation & Speech->Text to Speech tab But suppose I'm multilingual. Is it possible to ...
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How can I use text to speech on an iPad?

I have an iPad 2 (MC979RS/A). Does this specific model have a text to speech feature? I want to write in Russian and have the iPad read the text. I have tried finding this in the Settings, but ...
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What is the default speaking rate for the speech synthesis program?

I've been looking all over the internet, but I can't seem to find out the default speaking rate for the in-built speech synthesis program on Mac OS. say "What to say" -r <rate> As shown above ...
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How do I make Mountain Lion read iMessage texts as they come in?

On my MacBook Air in Lion with the iMessages beta I was able to set up iMessage to read all incoming messages automatically with text to speech. I can't find how to turn that on with Mountain Lion. ...
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voice reading web pages (news articles) on the iPhone and Mac

I am looking for an app or a method to easily read aloud web pages (especially news articles) that I find on the web. I read possible 20-50 news articles a day and most of them I would just like to ...
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How to build a simple app that turns text to m4a files

I'm learning Chinese and want a way to quickly generate and save words and phrases to m4a files. I've managed to do pretty much what I want in terminal, but I can't seem to figure out how to make an ...
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How can I make Text to Speech use different voices for different languages? [duplicate]

I am learning French and sometimes need to use Text to Speech to fix my pronunciation. As English is my second language, I also sometimes use Text to Speech with it. The problem is that the English ...
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Speech Voice for Macs like Apple Commertials

Does anyone happen to know if there is a speech voice for the Macs that is the same as the recent Apple Commercials?
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how can I turn off speech in the parental controls lockout dialog?

Every night before 1am, when my daughter has gone to bed but stayed logged in to our iMac (Lion 10.7.5), the parental controls dialog pops up. Unfortunately it ALSO announces itself via ...
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What's a free or cheap text-to-speech program that is available for commercial use?

As I said in my previous question, I want to use an excerpt of a text-to-speech voice in a song. Where can I find a free or cheap service that'll let me do this without breaking their terms of use?
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Change text to speech voice mac?

Is it possible for me to change the text to speech voice (For example, right clicking any paragraph or text in TextEdit, clicking Speech --> Start Speaking) from the default American version to the UK ...
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OS X Text to Speech apps

This may be a broad question, but I think the lack of widespread interest in text-to-speech warrants it: What are some apps for OS X that do novel things with text-to-speech; i.e., more than just ...
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How can I change the speech rate while text-to-speech is going on?

Is it possible to do that? I currently activate the text-to-speech feature by hitting CMD+SHIFT+S. However, while reading textbooks, I sometimes need to go slower to increase understanding, or pause. ...