Narrator is a text to speech tool released by Mariner Software.
This application is designed to allow you to set a text file and then have it read to you by a single or multiple voices. You can also export the recording of the voices out to file that can be used in iTunes.
The multiple voices is one of the best features as it makes Narrator an excellent tool for writers and other professional, as they are able to hear the text between two or more people in the way it would be spoke.
The export feature is also useful, as you can import a text heavy report, and listen to it rather than read the many pages of the document.
Depending on how you are setting up the document, it is simple to set up one voice to read all the document. However, it can take some time to add the different voices to an existing document.
Narrator is a reasonable text editor so you can created
The user interface is good and easy to use, I wish the reading would start from the cursor point rather than the top of the text (or the highlighted text), but that is probably just me.
There are cheaper alternatives to this product, including Apples owe built in, text to speech feature, however, the multiple voices and export to an audio track are the main selling points that sets Narrator apart.
On the upside:
- Good user interface.
- Multiple voices give a better feeling for the text and how it feels
- Export option allows you to create your own audio books and make reading reports easier.
On the downside:
- Time consuming setting up a multi voice recording for existing text, depending how it is written, a find and replace can cut down the time a little.
- Uses Apples built in voices, so are a little robotic.
Overall, this is a great little application that is a must have for authors and professionals who prefer to listen rather than read. For authors is good to hear your characters speaking and it can also be another method of proof reading your books for errors in spelling or grammer. This is very much a tool that you will find uses for once you have it.
Size: 5 MB
Price (at time of review): £23.99