If any of you blog lovers out there are like me, it seems there’s just much more content than there is time to read it. It would be really nice to have it read to me on the go. Well, Lion has some built in tools that make it oh so easy to do. I’ve also used this tool to convert old classics in English literature into audio books!
With the new voice personality built in to Lion, “Alex,” the Mac is easier to listen to than ever. With just two clicks you can add your favorite text to iTunes and listen to it later.
1) Go up to the Application menu in your menu bar. (if you’re in Safari, you’d go up to the Safari menu.)
2) Drop down to “Services,” and select “Add to iTunes as a Spoken Track.” It will ask you to give the track a name.
3) Go in to iTunes and check in the playlist “Spoken Text” to find your new audio track!
Non Lion users can also create spoken word tracks. Automator has some easy scripts for building applications to do exactly the same thing, it will just take some more steps, and will have to be saved for another blog post.