The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Text to audio workflow!

This tip comes from It is an Automator workflow that can convert text to audio and send the audio file to iTunes. Of course, the Leopard voices are used for the conversion so it doesn't sounds as great as an audiobook, but it is very useful if you have to read a text and don't have time. You can just convert it and transfer it to your iPod and listen to it in the car, etc. To create the workflow:

1. Add "Get Contents of Clipboard".
2. Add "Text to Audio File".
3. Add "Import Audio Files".
4. Add "Add Songs to Playlist".

You can get more details about the workflow here from (you can also download the workflow from


Blogger Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Wow, this one is fantastic! One of the reasons I looked forward to Leopard was exactly to do this, but doing it manually is soooo tedious.

November 22, 2008 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Max Weaver said...

This is an excellent tip. Thank you. While Alex is very good, I would love to get some of those English voices. They make Alex sound like a brain dead robot.

November 24, 2008 at 2:51 PM  
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November 25, 2008 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger DS said...

You can also use the command say in Terminal :
say -f /pathTo/myText.txt
and even change the voice :
say -f /pathTo/myText.txt -v Bruce
To save the result as a file, use :
say -f /pathTo/myText.txt -v Bruce -o outFile.aiff
You can even convert Word or RTF files to audio by mean of the textutil command :
textutil -convert txt myText.rtf -stdout | say

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