SayIt - Text to Speech Utility

Developer: Tiki-Taka Limited

Current Version: 1.1

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 203.4 KB - Download

Description:

SayIt is the ultimate text to speech utility!

SayIt provides a simple and fun way to have text read aloud to you and to create spoken audio files of any text. SayIt supports non-English languages in OS X Lion.

• choose from over 10 voices, with further voices and non-English voices available for free download from Apple to OS X Lion users via System Preferences
• save spoken text to an audio file in AAC or AIFF format to share or add to iTunes
• modify the speaking rate to suit your preferences
• easy copy and paste of any text including from long documents
• supports additional third-party voices from cepstral.com, cereproc.com and assistiveware.com including non-English voices and regional accents
• tested for VoiceOver compatibility

Note for OS X Lion users: to download additional voices, go to System Preferences → Speech → System Voice → Customize… and choose additional voices to download for free. Once the download has completed relaunch SayIt to use your new voices.

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Release Notes:

Features and improvements:

• you can now save in AAC format (compressed and ideal for iTunes and iPods/iPhones) in addition to AIFF (uncompressed and suitable for further audio editing or production)
• you can now adjust the speaking rate (words spoken per minute). rate adjustment is not supported by all voices
• you can now set your preferred default speaking rate
• additional keyboard shortcuts and menus
• window size and location are now remembered
• tested for VoiceOver compatibility
• bug fixes

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Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Version 1.1
Review by Corporaljd

Great App with a Caveat - This App is definitely worth the price. Worth every penny. Caveat: I only found out after purchasing this App that Mac OS already has a tool built in with similar function that allows you to use it from any application. Go to "System Preferences", then "Speech", "Text to Speech", "Speak select text when the key is pressed", "Set Key." After you have set the key all you have to do is highlight anything and then press the 3 keys you set up and it will text-to-speech from just about any document or program. I still use this App when I want to follow along with the highlighting feature on this App.

Found helpful by 60 out of 64 people
1/5
Version 1.1
Review by jazzybeat

No Pause - Ok, another app that has a big flow in just providing basic interface option to Pause reading. It has stop and then you have to start listening from begining. So lets say 5-10 min document and you need to stop in between. Well good luck, One start, please improve your playback controller. Thanks P.S Apple I feel like not tiral option makes me feel that I’m paying you to test bad apps. Where is easy return policy for apps. I’m waintings this for very long time.

Found helpful by 2 out of 4 people

More Reviews for Current Version

5/5
Version 1.1
Review by Corporaljd

Great App with a Caveat - This App is definitely worth the price. Worth every penny. Caveat: I only found out after purchasing this App that Mac OS already has a tool built in with similar function that allows you to use it from any application. Go to "System Preferences", then "Speech", "Text to Speech", "Speak select text when the key is pressed", "Set Key." After you have set the key all you have to do is highlight anything and then press the 3 keys you set up and it will text-to-speech from just about any document or program. I still use this App when I want to follow along with the highlighting feature on this App.

Found helpful by 60 out of 64 people
3/5
Version 1.1
Review by PrimeTimeDJ

Great for news reading - I love this app. I pull out long articles that I want to "read," paste them into SayIt, then save as an audio file. I also like the fact this works with Cepstral voices, which are generally superior than the native system voices. (I like Cepstral's "Lawrence" British voice). Version 1.1 provides for saving files in both AIF and AAC format; however, AAC did not work. Edting some text in the window also resulted in display bug, which made everything upside down. I had to restart the program to fix it. So, I'm only giving it 3 stars for the two bugs. I'd like to see them put the Save to Audio as a button on the menu bar to save some steps in that process. I'd also like to see the save file default to using the first 15 characters of the text string as the file name. There also needs to be some additional controls to force pauses in the speech and possibly indicating multiple voices. That said, it's a great version 1 app and the price is right.

Found helpful by 5 out of 6 people
5/5
Version 1.1
Review by sierraac

HIGHLY entertaining - for only $0.99, this app is definitely worth it. haha oh geez.. And there are tons of voices to choose from.

Found helpful by 5 out of 11 people
5/5
Version 1.1
Review by Hooknslicer

Fun - This is fun and practical. Worth the price.

Found helpful by 4 out of 9 people
4/5
Version 1.1
Review by Raven The Great

Not Bad! - It's pretty cool for the price. A lot of the voices are either creepy, or too mechanical to understand what they are saying. My favorite is Alex--his voice seems fairly normal and I can actually focus on what he is saying versus how unrealistic it sounds. I think it's worth the $2.

Found helpful by 4 out of 9 people
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