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I wipe and reinstall OS X about once ever few months—probably more than necessary if I'm honest with myself, but then, it has become my go-to way to fix problems, and I've become very fast at getting everything set up again.

There is however one thing I have to do after every reinstall that takes quite some time on my slow internet connection: re-downloading the "enhanced quality" version of the "Samantha" system voice (my personal favorite).

Is there any way I could back up this enhanced voice so that I won't have to re-download it every time I install OS X? Ideally, I'd like a simple .pkg file I can just double click to install. Such a .pkg file for "Enhanced Speech Recognition" can be downloaded here, but I can't find anything similar for system voices.

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Search for CatalogVersion 2 ApplePostURL http://swpost.apple.com in a browser. Or download one or several of the Apple update catalog files directly e.g:

Open the file(s) with a decent text editor. Search the file for MLV_locale_name with locale: your preferred locale and name: the voice name.

E.g. searching for MLV_it_IT_alice will reveal:

        ...
        <key>031-11791</key>
        <dict>
            <key>ServerMetadataURL</key>
            <string>http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/44/20/031-11791/gm3k0mrgb2nhbw6nmomxgshi9cd36lv9ke/MLV_it_IT_alice.smd</string>
            <key>Packages</key>
            <array>
                <dict>
                    <key>Size</key>
                    <integer>264300527</integer>
                    <key>MetadataURL</key>
                    <string>https://swdist.apple.com/content/downloads/44/20/031-11791/gm3k0mrgb2nhbw6nmomxgshi9cd36lv9ke/MLV_it_IT_alice.pkm</string>
                    <key>URL</key>
                    <string>http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/44/20/031-11791/gm3k0mrgb2nhbw6nmomxgshi9cd36lv9ke/MLV_it_IT_alice.pkg</string>
                </dict>
            </array>
            <key>PostDate</key>
            <date>2015-01-22T18:33:08Z</date>
            <key>Distributions</key>
            <dict>
                <key>English</key>
                <string>https://swdist.apple.com/content/downloads/44/20/031-11791/gm3k0mrgb2nhbw6nmomxgshi9cd36lv9ke/MLV_it_IT_alice.dst/031-11791.English.dist</string>
            </dict>
        </dict>
        ...

containing the ServerMetadataURL and the direct pkg download URL: MLV_it_IT_alice.pkg

Enter the pkg download URLs in a browser or a download manager to get all desired voices.

  • Could you provide more detail on how you found those catalog file links? I'm attempting to repeat the process for 10.14 Mojave. Using the search terms you included doesn't appear to yield anything useful. :( – Wowfunhappy Sep 24 '18 at 15:19
  • fwiw, I found the 10.14 catalog in a github gist. Would still very much like to know how these are located. swscan.apple.com/content/catalogs/others/… – Wowfunhappy Sep 24 '18 at 17:16
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You can try create a clone copy of your OSX into an external hard disk after you reinstall all your necessary softwares and system voice. This can be used as your future restore point whenever you want to reinstall your OSX. You will just need to clone back the external hard disk to your internal one whenever you want to reinstall and your stuff will all be ready.

There are guides available online to clone your mac. http://www.cultofmac.com/48861/how-and-why-to-clone-your-mac-hard-drive-macrx/

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