Friday, July 22, 2011

How to install new voices on OSX 10.7 Lion

Apple has created lots of new speech synthesizer voices for Lion. It's easy to download them, but the fact that they exist isn't very-well advertised in System Preferences (or otherwise in the OS). Here's how to get them.
  • Open System Preferences » Speech » Text to Speech.
  • Click on the System Voice: menu and select Customize.
  • You're presented with a huge list of voices to choose from.
  • Click on a voice and press Play to preview it.
  • Check the boxes to the left of the ones you like. Then click OK.
Software Update will open and download your voices. Be warned, some of the files are huge. 

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