Voic­ing opin­ion

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

For many years I would read the pa­per MacFor­mat mag­a­zine at the same time as do­ing var­i­ous jobs around the house. When I ini­tially swapped to the dig­i­tal ver­sion on my iPad, I found it a bit frus­trat­ing since it was dif­fi­cult to keep stop­ping to scroll down the page to the next piece of text. Then I re­alised that I could se­lect all of the text on a page and use the Speak op­tion to al­low my iPad to read it to me while I got on with my job. Most of the time it uses the de­fault English male voice, but once in a while the text is read in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent voice and lan­guage – the ar­ti­cle on Mu­sic IO in Is­sue 288 uses a fe­male voice in an un­known lan­guage.

Can you please tell me what de­ter­mines the voice/lan­guage that is used since there is noth­ing on the page to in­di­cate which will be used? Ge­off Hawke Alan Stone­bridge says… The voice that’s used is picked in Set­tings > Gen­eral > Ac­ces­si­bil­ity > Speech > Voices, but you can pick just one at a time. I’m un­sure why your iPad is not stick­ing to that; check there’s a tick next to the one you want to hear. Sadly, you can’t use this with MacFor­mat any more; our new pro­duc­tion soft­ware doesn’t ren­der text as HTML. The up­side is the dig­i­tal edi­tion’s de­sign will im­prove in the com­ing months. Chris­tian Hall says… Print­ers are par­tic­u­larly guilty of not last­ing too well on the soft­ware side, driv­ers are of­ten left lan­guish­ing as new mod­els come to mar­ket so quickly.

This is likely to be less of an is­sue in more re­cent ver­sions of OS X – many print­ers out now will go back to 10.8 or even 10.7, but it’s not un­com­mon for 10.6 to be be­yond them now. As you’ve in­vested a lot in your MacBook we un­der­stand your want­ing to keep hold of it, and you shouldn’t feel pres­sured to move on. But, hard­ware in­com­pat­i­bil­ity with 10.6 is likely to hold you back. We did find that the late 2014 Canon Pixma MG5650 works with 10.6.8 though, and that can be found for around £50.

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