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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Text-to-speech with 2 languages

I am studying French and to practice my pronunciation and to learn the words, I want to have my mac speak the words out loud. My mac should say the word in English, and after that, he should say the ...
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How can I lengthen the time text to speech pauses after it reaches a full stop (“period”)

Not permanently but longer than the usual default time that's say half a second. It would be nice if a string of symbols like ".", "..", "..." or "....." lengthened the default pause time after a ...
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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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Downloading additional voices from command-line

I am using a MacOS X server (to which I only have command-line access) to convert text to speech which is saved to sound files (using PyObjC). I would like to install some of the optional OS X voices ...
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Getting the Mac to read PDF files aloud

I tried previous suggestion to have my MacBook to read PDFs with speech. I tried Edit -> start speaking in Preview. I also tried the regular way of of using a shortcut key preset in System Preferences ...
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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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Can a script-based Service be used to invoke speech output of selected text using VoiceOver?

The usual text-to-speech feature doesn't work with the user-customized pronunciation from the VoiceOver settings. Could this shortcoming be worked around using a script and Service via Automator?
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Does Google Maps for iOS use a client-side text-to-speech engine for voice navigation?

. . . or does it rely on speech somehow generated on the server side? The reason I ask is that when using Google Maps in offline mode, it doesn't say the street names aloud when navigating. Also, ...
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Creating a TTS voice (.SpeechVoice file)

How would one create a TTS voice (.SpeechVoice)? I've looked all over the Internet, but to no avail. I know it's possible, since you can download/buy TTS voices from many websites, but there seems to ...
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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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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 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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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?