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    I want my computer to read to me.

    I want my computer to read text files / pdf files to me. Sometimes I have long things that I need to read...and I just don't want to print them out. The computer screen hurts to look at for too long...

    Does anyone know any software that reads texts files to you?

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    uniquely dreadful S.A.M.'s Avatar
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    I use Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    If you go to View >Read Out Loud, it will read the document to you.

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    Thanks.

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    Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke MacGyver1968's Avatar
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    Damn...Sam...you get a gold star from the computer dept.

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    Actually; where can you adjust the voice? I want to get a male voice.

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    Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke MacGyver1968's Avatar
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    Ask Sam..ive never used it. She gets 2 stars if she can answer.

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    uniquely dreadful S.A.M.'s Avatar
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    Hmm you probably have "Agnes" who is the default voice.

    In Mac OS X, you can click on Adobe Reader > Preferences > Reading to get this screen:


    Then remove the check mark from "use default voice" to select your options.



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    Last edited by S.A.M.; 09-30-08 at 09:24 PM.

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    game developer-in-training amark317's Avatar
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    ha ha it's a screenshot.
    ha ha you have a mac
    ha ha I imagined S.A.M as a guy
    what does S.A.M stand for, then?

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    Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke MacGyver1968's Avatar
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    thats 2 stars...nice work there sam.

    Hey...I'm having a problem with my computer..you think you could help me?

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    uniquely dreadful S.A.M.'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by amark317 View Post
    ha ha it's a screenshot.
    ha ha you have a mac
    ha ha I imagined S.A.M as a guy
    what does S.A.M stand for, then?
    S.A.M.
    Last edited by S.A.M.; 10-01-08 at 09:03 AM.

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    As a mother, I am telling you Syzygys's Avatar
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    I want my computer to make me breakfast. How can I make it?

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    Be kind to yourself always. cosmictraveler's Avatar
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    Sam is Really an Ori
    I always figured as much!

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    uniquely dreadful S.A.M.'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968 View Post
    thats 2 stars...nice work there sam.

    Hey...I'm having a problem with my computer..you think you could help me?
    Sure, I can try.

    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    I always figured as much!
    Nah I'm one of those odd people who read the operating manuals.

    Also, if I think of something, I assume so did others, its not hard to do a search in Google/Finder and locate practically anything .

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    O͓͍̯̬̯̙͈̟̥̳̩͒̆̿ͬ̑̀̓̿͋ͬ ̙̳ͅ ̫̪̳͔O Steve100's Avatar
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    You can also press "windows+u" and get a magnifier and onscreen keyboard too.

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    A friend of The Friends firdroirich's Avatar
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    There is a "Microsoft Sam" that reads text in XP - nasally robotic I might add. In Vista its Microsoft Anna

    more info to set it up http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;306902

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    If someone wants a text to speech program for linux, there is 'festival'. Works well, although the voices I have used sound quite robotic.

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