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  1. The workflow comes with two distinct feature groups: Speak the active application's text with a specific voice; useful for multilingual setups where you want to have text spoken in one of several languages on demand. For instance, you could have one global keyboard shortcut for speaking text in English, and another one for Spanish. Speak specified text with one or more voices, selectable by name(s) or language(s); useful for interactive experimentation with multiple voices, such as to contrast regional accents. For details, see the repo. Here's the direct download link to the most recent stable version (this link will remain current). However, I suggest installing via the npm registry, if you have Node.js installed - if not, consider installing it just to benefit from its great package manager, npm; try curl -L http://git.io/n-install | bash ): [sudo] npm install -g speak.awf The advantage of this installation method is twofold: Remembering only the package name is sufficient to install the workflow (again). More importantly: It's easy to update the workflow to its latest version: [sudo] npm update -g speak.awf If the latest version is already installed, no action is performed.
  2. [OBSOLETE - superseded by speak.awf] Uses OS X’s TTS (text-to-speech) feature to speak text aloud. It is especially useful if you handle many voices, possibly in multiple languages - note that OS X allows on-demand download of voices in other languages. Examples say # Speak the default voice's demo text. say I speak, therefore I am. # Speak the specified text with the default voice. Selection by voice name say @ # Show list of active voices on typing @; submit to speak demo text in all voices. say @alex # Press Opt-Return to make Alex the default voice. say @alex I'm Alex # Speak "I'm Alex" with voice Alex. sayalex I'm Alex. # ditto say I'm Alex @alex # ditto say First Alex, then Jill. @alex,jill # Speak first as Alex, then as Jill. Selection by language say #es # Show list of Spanish voices, regardless of regional accent; i.e., both 'es_ES' (Spain) and 'es_MX' (Mexico) say y ahora en español #es # Speak text with Spanish voices. say Pottery #enie,enza # Speak text with Irish and South African English voices. Download Direct download link: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10047483/Say%20-%20Speak%20Text.alfredworkflow Supports updating via Alleyoop. Also available via http://alfredworkflow.com. Features Aside from speaking text with the default voice, offers the following features: Voice selection, optionally with voice-name and target-language filtering. Ability to speak text in sequence with multiple voices. Rich, dynamic feedback (name of default voice, voice languages, demo text). Have selected voices speak their demo text. Makes Alfred redisplay with the same query for interactive experimentation. Make a new voice the default voice directly from Alfred. Option to open System Preferences to manage voices and TTS options. Option to use a hotkey to speak the selected text in any application using the default voice (while OS X has such a feature built in, using Alfred is preferable in that it also works with non-native applications). Dependencies Developed and tested on OS X 10.8.3; possibly works on 10.7 and 10.6, too.Usage Note: The workflow uses the set of active voices, as defined in System Preferences. Active voices are those selected for active use, and are typically a subset of the installed voices. Thus, if you want to make an installed voice available to the workflow, make sure it is checked when you go to System Preferences > Dictation & Speech, anchor Text to Speech, list System voice:, and select list item Customize.... Omitting text always speaks the demo text for each voice. The workflow uses a single keyword, say: Speak text with default voice Simply specify the text to speak; e.g. say I speak, therefore I am. To speed things up, no voices are offered by default; type @ or # before or after the text to speak to show the list of active voices (see below). Using single and double quotes, even unbalanced, is supported. After submitting a command, Alfred redisplays with the same query to facilitate experimentation. Speak text with voice selection / filtering Type @ or # before or after the text to speak to see the list of active voices. Type @{voiceNameOrPrefix} to filter the list of active voices by name; e.g.: @alex Optionally, you can append the name directly to the keyword (no space); e.g.: sayAlex Matching is case-sensitive; omit spaces for voice names with embedded spaces. Type #{langIdOrPrefix} to filter the list of active voices by language ID; e.g.: #en If you just type #, you’ll see the language identifier of each voice in parentheses. Matching is case-sensitive; you can omit the _ character, e.g., enus to match en_US. You can even use multiple, ,-separated specifiers; e.g.: @alex,jill You only need to type as much of a name or language as is necessary to filter the list down to the desired result. You can also auto-complete based on the selected result, but this only works for single-token specifiers. Whenever more than one voice matches, the first result item offers to speak the specified (or demo) with all matching voices, in sequence. Make a voice the default voice Whenever a specific voice is selected in the result list, simply hold down Option while pressing Return to make that voice the default voice. A notification will indicate success. Configuration Typing just say, with no arguments, shows an additional command: Manage Voices Opens the System Preferences application’s Dictation & Speech pane where the set of active voices - including on-demand download of additional voices - and other TTS options can be managed. Bonus track: CLI voice The workflow folder contains a command-line utility named voice, which can be used stand-alone to provide much of the functionality the workflow offers, notably the ability to change the default voice and to speak text using multiple voices. Invoke it with -h for help. Changelog 0.1 (20 May 2013): initial release
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