Listen to the Nuance Text-to-Speech Voices Found in Mac OS X Lion
Lion Speech control panel (via 9to5mac
Late last week, Netputing revealed
that Mac OS X Lion Developer Previews include an option to install new text-to-speech voices. The voices were actually found to be identical to voices from a Nuance speech product, seemingly confirming that Apple will be using Nuance technology in Mac OS X Lion. The voices aren't quite yet usable in Lion, as Netputing notes that you currently get an error message in Lion when trying to install them. OSX Daily
, however, points out that the voices are available online for sample:
- English American Accent – Samantha
- English British Accent – Serena
- French Canadian – Felix
- Spanish – Monica
- Finnish – Mikko (seen in screenshot)
- German – Yannick (seen in screenshot)
- Mandarin Chinese – Mei Ling
The new voices are distinct improvements over the previous text-to-speech voices.
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