Your Mac just spoke to you. Well, actually, it just read what you typed but you get the idea. In fact, in most Mac apps all it takes to get your Mac to read to you is to select some text, repeat the above right-click-speech option.
What if you wanted to record what the Mac’s voice speaks? That’s easy, too. All you need is the inexpensive Text2Tape app. This clever app takes whatever text you throw at it and reads it and records it as a Mac audio file (AAC, AIFF, Wave).
Text2Tape reads the text and records the audio as a file which can be saved into iTunes or played back on almost any modern computer or mobile device.
Text2Tape can read text from nearly any Mac document with text– .txt, .rtf, .doc, .docx, .xml, .html, .odt, and even Safari’s webarchive format.
Select the voice you want from the Mac’s Text to Speech button in System Preferences > Dictation And Speech. Choose the audio file format you want to save. Done.
The only quibbles I have with Text2Tape has to do with the name and the fact that it does not record audio as an MP3 file. Yeah, I know. MP3s are yesteryear’s technology, but they play everywhere. And, what’s with the name? Text2Tape? Tape? Who uses tape anymore?