Developer: Bas Meijer
Current Version: 1.6.15
Last Updated: 3 years ago
Download Size: 11.2 MB - Download
Let your Mac do the talking. Read4Me reads text out loud, it can save to audio, and it can even save e-books (ePub) as AudioBooks so you can listen on the go! Use Read4Me for teaching, rehearsals and language study. Proof read your document by listening, that catches issues where spell checker won't help. And it is very easy to start, stop and select another voice. Set your preferred speed of reading to estimate the time to read the text during a presentation. You can even save the audio to a sound file. Create voice-overs for presentations and movies.
Read4Me will speak text in a variety of voices in 27 languages and also English dialects such as British, Irish and Scottish, using optional installs of Mac OSX.
Actually it is a text editor with spell check, printing, saving to Rich Text Format as well as Plain Text. Listen to various formats of documents: Microsoft Word, plain text, Open Office, RTF, HTML and DRM-free ePub books, and save them all as AudioBook.
Voice Coach is a unique feature of Read4me that allows you to embed pauses, pitch & rate changes into your text. Voice Coach tagging is essential in creating AudioBooks for poetry. Tagging is not always fully supported by all voices, but the classic voices can even sing with this feature (almost), other effects work best on the novelty voices.
You can download these voices from Apple for free, like this: System Preferences -> Speech -> System Voice -> Customize...
Available are high quality voices for Arabic, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish. Many voices have been added or updated in the latest version of Mac OS X. The Read4me support page on my website has a movie that shows exactly how to do this.
Highlighting works on OS X Mountain Lion or Mavericks after updating voices.
OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard does NOT have free international voices. Read4Me is independent of speech engine, some engines deliver more features than others. There is no guarantee that 3rd party voices, like InfoVox or Cepstral work properly. Some InfoVox work, others don't due to the new sandbox in OSX. You might see 'iVoxSynth' or 'CereVoice3Synthesizer' in crash reports when you use certain features like tagging, don't blame Read4me.
This software uses code from libsox (version 14.3.2 without externals)
licensed under the LGPLv2.1 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/lgpl-2.1.html)
The Sox source code can be downloaded at http://sox.sf.net
Most Helpful Reviews
The Ultimate Reader… Trust me. - I’ve just spent the better part of a week copying and pasting every old mp3, txt, pdf, doc, edoc, odt and any other text formatted ebook I never had the chance to read into Read4Me. My eyesight is failing, so I was extremely interested in llearning I could convert my old e-library into audio format. I don’t have Lion installed, so I can’t download the new Apple voices, but listening to “Alex” is actually easier than straining to understand the multiple voices of Librivox volunteers (bless them). Alex, being somewhat monotone, read me to sleep last night… But for people my age, that’s a good thing. Features such as volume, pitch, rate adjustability and its excellent spell checker are cool, but Read4Me’s ability to convert any text file into m4b (or aif) format makes this program “The One”. As soon as you to play a second or two of a Read4Me converted file, iTunes will recognize the m4b format and allow syncing onto your iPhone or iPod. I’ll be giving a lengthy toast in a couple of weeks and Read4Me will be going on the trip to help me memorize it. The developer is also pro-active and anxious to hear from users, which tells me he’ll be improving on Read4Me for a long, long time. Now, if I can only find a way to open all those old Palm prc files from the 90s…:) This app is top shelf and definitely deserves 5 stars.
Can't save or save as - ı have complete a whole long documentö but couldn't save or save as. Each time an error occurs and says 'Read4me' closed unexpectedly. Guess what ; lost whole file...I want my money back!
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Sharp Tool, Responsive Developer - It’s rare to find an application this is nearly exactly what you need for any intended purpose. In my case, longer documents into audio files with one click. While this can be done in a few other ways, each was far more complicated for a simple task. When I encountered a minor issue, I contacted the dev, and received a response in a few minutes, and the fix appeared in an update. This is what good software is. It fiits a need well, without bloat, and is backed by a dev who responded.
Great App for Lazy Readers/ Students - I love that you can easily copy and paste the material on to the read4me and the format would stay exactly the same, with the same fonts and colors. I would like to suggest something though!!! 1) though i love that there is a time at the bottom right of the window where it will let me know how long the read is, it would be nice if there would be a timer countdown letting me know how many minutes are left in the read!! 2) this could be great for college students to have a chance to highlight information as they go along, so it would be nice if you add a highlighting effect other than the front choice and font color option. Hopefully the read4me team takes note of these ideas i put above. other than that, great job!
Does not translate! - This app does not have the languages or “voices” that it claims to have to translate the language I want. However, it has multiple English voice readers which is a little futile if the intention is to have this app to read in other languages other than just English. Thus, this app does not really work!
JUST BAD - Not natural voices at all, all animated and overly fake. If you are looking for something to read articles and texts to you, this is NOT for you.
Wonderful little App - It works very nice in my primary language, Spanish. It required a little tinkering with Mac System Preferences (Language and Accessibility) but it does what I need it for (add voice over to Flash cartoons). The developer solved my questions promptly in a friendly way.