Developer: Bas Meijer

Current Version: 1.6.15

Last Updated: 2 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 (
The Sox source code can be downloaded at


Release Notes:

Bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.3.2
Review by fillip

Simple-easy-to-use way to check your writing - This is perfect for checking my writing. I like to use Alex at 140wpm. Just copy-n-paste what I've written into Read4Me, and let Alex do his thing--read what I've written while I check to see how well what I wrote sounds and feels like. I can easily spot those mis-spelled words that a spell checker can't check. For example, I'm always typing 'it's' for 'its'. With Read4Me doing all the talking I now have a better chance at spotting these types of errors. One thing everyone needs to know if they don't already, our Macs have the ability to read already. In fact, Read4Me has pretty much the same voices that are available in our Macs. So why buy this App? It's simple, it makes it easier to get access to the voices, as well as, using the voices. To use this App, you have to copy-paste your text into the text box of Read4Me. Then select your voice and the words-per-minute you want to listen at. Where ever you put your cursor is where your voice will start reading. If you want to change to a new voice, you have to stop the reading, select the new voice, place the cursor where you want to begin reading from and let R4M start reading. And finally, the developer has been very responsive to suggestions and problems. For example with 1.3.2 I can now set my words-per-minute to any speed as my default. Nice!

Found helpful by 21 out of 22 people
Version 1.6.8
Review by Skyturk2011

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!

Found helpful by 6 out of 8 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.6.15
Review by corinnie421

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!

Found helpful by 4 out of 6 people
Version 1.6.15
Review by beepbee123

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!

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 1.6.15
Review by nsestabrooks

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.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.6.15
Review by gavdana

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.

Found helpful by 11 out of 11 people
Version 1.6.15
Review by Saucysally

Very Good App - The app works very well. It tracks, let’s you make corrections without starting at the beginning. All in all, the voices are so-so but the app works great.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people