MacBook Pro – Setting up Speech
I had previously set up “speech” on my mac to be able to listen to PDF files while I was on the airplane. I get dizzy sometimes reading on the planes, so I thought it would be a great way to utilize a mac function and get some extra credit for class. Unfortunately, the voices are extremely boring to listen to on Mac. I’m not sure if there is a way you can get a plug-in for some other voices. Like James Earl Jones would be a good one maybe haha. I seriously fell asleep after about 5 to 10 minutes of listening to “Alex” and “Albert”
I’m using a MacBook pro running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 mac OSX with 8GB ram and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. I’m pumping some serious photo editing and music power out of this baby! Time for a clean up soon though.
It was super easy to set up. I just went to my dock where all the mac applications most utilized or placed there are located. This is where you will find Safari, Firefox, Word, Text/edit, etc. All I did was select System Preferences -> Speech -> change the settings to your preference -> hit apply.
The Screen shot below will show the final page with all the settings I had set up.
I personally did not enjoy listening to the readings. I found it somewhat useful to listen and read at the same time, but I noticed I read WAY faster than the mac presets could read. This was super distracting, but I guess I just read at a higher level than my computer! (haha- for now)…