This is a good feature for those who have an impairment and need to have text read to them, but there are other uses and options. One of my favorites is the misnamed Text2Tape app, which reads text and save it as an audio file on your Mac.
Vestiges of the past continue to permeate Mac society. Many apps still use a floppy disk icon as the Save button.
Floppy disks? The last Mac to sport a floppy disk was probably in the last century. So it is with audio recording. Tapes?
Regardless, Text2Tape (there is no tape involved) does exactly what you expect, sans the saving to tape.
Documents can be recorded as audio files using the Mac’s already built-in speech technology.
Think about the end result. You get an audio file of the document; book, report, website article, or anything else that’s text.
Text2Tape ‘reads’ the text, then converts it an audio file.
The app can read most popular Mac text files, too, including .txt, .rtf, .doc, .docx, XML, and even Safari’s Webarchive.
Whatever voice you’ve selected in the Speech Control Panel in System Preferences will be used (there are options to download many other voices). Audio recordings can be saved as AAC, AIFF, and Wave file formats (oddly, no option for MP3, though many conversion utilities abound).
Audio files can be place into iTunes and synced up with your iPhone or iPad. Text2Taps is simple and just works. This is well done and priced low enough to try.