So Much Stuff I Can't Recall

Friday, December 24, 2004

Good Apple. Smart Apple.

My Apple Powerbook has the ability to read blocks of text out loud. (See here for examples of one of the "musical" voices.) As far as I know it's a feature of their new OS, if it hadn't already been, so it's not limited to just my Powerbook.

It comes in handy to help proofreading stories, although some of the words aren't pronounced correctly ("Mikesell" has the common "Mick-uh-sell" mispronunciation). Hearing it read aloud helps to find typos and words you thought you put in, but left out, but still mentally insert when re-reading.

When it came to "Xmas" in one of my stories it read it correctly as "Christmas."

Very cool.


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