Using automator to convert text to audio

While reading the latest tips on Mac OS X hints, I came across a cool tip on using Tiger’s automator to convert text documents to audio. I am trying to read through RFC 2616, and thought this would be a perfect document to listen to while walking to class. Once you open automator, you need to drag the TextEdit “Get Contents of TextEdit Document to the workspace, and open the document you want to transform. Once this occurs, you can use the “Text to Audio File” option to convert the text file to an AIFF file. This gives you several voice options, and I would highly recommend against using the robot and hysterical voices. :) Once the AIFF file is created, you can use “Import Audio File” to compress (you can choose between AAC and MP3 file types) the file and import it into iTunes. I am not real thrilled with the voice selections, but the conversion process seems to work flawlessly!

This article was posted by Matty on 2005-05-13 13:25:00 -0400 EDT