GhostReader
GhostReader
2.3

3.8

GhostReader free download for Mac

GhostReader

2.3
17 October 2018

Easy to use Text to Speech.

Overview

GhostReader is an easy to use, fully customizable Text to Speech app that allows you to listen to written text on your Mac. Read selected texts from other applications, import texts in almost every format and listen to them on the go. Whether you’re a creative professional, teacher or simply prefer to listen to written texts, GhostReader’s intuitive design and extensive range of customization features help you to effortlessly save time, improve your work or enhance your learning experience.

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.

What's new in GhostReader

Version 2.3:
  • We're keeping up with the latest macOS Mojave update by introducing Dark Mode compatibility.
  • This version also fixes a few minor bugs to streamline use with a Dvorak keyboard and to keep the playback volume steady.
  • It also addresses issues with exporting files made with the Alex voice.

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Bugsman-(i-Zap-Germs)
31 August 2009

Most helpful

I really do not understand why this gets good reviews. This has been my second attempt to test drive the software. I will admit that voice quality is good (in so-called British English; it's OUR English, why not call it Real English?) but the pronunciation of even simple words is awful. Example: "wind" as in breeze, comes out as "wined" Attempting to change this via the available editor is a nightmare. It is my suspicion that the great reviews are either planted, or placed by non-English speakers
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Version 1.6.5
Espiridion
21 July 2011
I bought my copy in 2008, and have received multiple updates for free. I compared it with Narrator and OS X's included text-to-speech, and immediately noticed GhostReader's superiority. I liked Narrator's ability to automatically combine different voices, but the sound quality was inferior. You can buy additional voices: http://www.marinersoftware.com/products/narrator/voiceservices/ I have not customized any GhostReader voices in terms of speed, volume, or pronunciation, but these features are available. My complaints would be that the included voices are too few. For instance, only 5 US English voices and of those only one is an adult male. Not all sound great, and additional languages are $25 Some examples: http://www.convenienceware.com/ghostreader/videos.php http://www.convenienceware.com/voices.php I typed some of Alex's speech found here: http://images.apple.com/accessibility/voiceover/media/Alex_normal.m4a Using Ryan's voice is a vast improvement, at least to my ears. It took me about 2 minutes to type the text and have Ryan read it. Due to an earlier comment I also tried this text: "Blowing in the wind I need to wind my clock." The pronunciation of the word "wind" was correct -and different- in each instance. Try the same sentence with Alex ;)
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Version 1.6.6
Mk-Ultra
05 June 2011
A slight improvement over text-to-speech. But not really worth it. I had to spent nearly an hour editing a page (butchering the english language), so that it could speak and sound something resembling the english language.
Like (2)
Version 1.6.5
1 answer(s)
Mk-Ultra
Mk-Ultra
06 June 2011
2Hrs later Addendum... I've given up completely on this app. It does whatever it wants. There's absolutely no control over diction and intonation other than throwing excessive punctuation and pauses where it shouldn't have them. And even then you have to deal with the wacky syllable stress and pronunciation of certain words. The british voices seem a bit better at pronouncing words. But the american voices (which I would have preferred to use) are nearly unusable. I wouldn't pay a dime for this software
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Bugsman-(i-Zap-Germs)
31 August 2009
I really do not understand why this gets good reviews. This has been my second attempt to test drive the software. I will admit that voice quality is good (in so-called British English; it's OUR English, why not call it Real English?) but the pronunciation of even simple words is awful. Example: "wind" as in breeze, comes out as "wined" Attempting to change this via the available editor is a nightmare. It is my suspicion that the great reviews are either planted, or placed by non-English speakers
Like (3)
Version 1.6.5
2 answer(s)
!Robert!
!Robert!
16 January 2010
First of all, in case the comments were not written by native English speakers, they are still useful. Yours, instead, is absolutely out of the line. True, the word "wind" is not pronounced correctly. However, the whole sentence "The wind is blowing." is pronounced as is it supposed to be. I can say as I am using this application within the bundle supported by Infovox iVox, it is great opportunity to learn pronunciation quickly, to correct your spelling and grammar while your are listening and to switch narrators easily. Cheers
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Version 1.6.5
Meshsci
Meshsci
31 July 2010
Yes, although I find it useful overall, it does have some nagging problems. (I actually arrived at your comment while looking for a better alternative to 'Ghostreader', and I've marked your comment as useful.) Trying to correct the mispronunciations is ... well, I've never been able to perform such corrections. There are other problems: When I set GhostReader to create .mp3 files from text files, it sometimes creates some in .mp3 format and others in both .mp3 and .aiff. I can always delete unwanted .aiff files, but it's time wasting and frustrating to run the action again, hoping that this time--with luck--GhostReader will throw up the needed .mp3 files. Ghostreader also seems to save the audio files to random locations, without any obvious way, or offer from the software, to store text file generated audio files in location of the user's own choosing.
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Version 1.6.5
k0gg
07 December 2007
I'm totally delighted that I bought GhostReader. It reads superbly well with Leopard's Alex voice. It's great for reading webpages when I'm tired of reading them myself. I've set it to read the text under my cursor when I press the Control key. GhostReader is extremely useful for proof-reading emails and forum text entries before I post them. It picks up correctly spelled words that are the wrong word in context--like 'no' instead of 'on' which I easily overlook.
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Version 1.1.1
Robin-O-Hood
29 October 2007
Does Leopard have Improved Text-Speaking? YES it does! Here's a *Sample Leopard Recording* (from daringfireball.net) to compare with: http://daringfireball.net/misc/2007/10/Alex-Text-to-Speech-Example.mp3 * Source Page: http://daringfireball.net/linked/2007/october
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Version 1.1.1
1 answer(s)
Mactheweb
Mactheweb
30 March 2011
Yes, Leopard and Snow Leopard have a couple of better quality voices than previous Mac OSs. The ConvenienceWare voices in GhostReader are of much higher quality even higher quality than the Cepestral voices you can add on to the system.
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Tom-Marvolo-Riddle
18 September 2007
There's one word that describes this app: WOW!!!!
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Version 1.1.1
Ok14me21
11 July 2007
This is just a "Must Have" program !!!! I love to give it 10 stars out of 5 - if I could ! I have been waiting for more than 10 years to find it ! I love my Mac ! But as a Swedish citizen I am displeased that my computer can not speak text in my own language ;-( People from America and England do not have this problem with there Mac's - but the rest of the world do suffer from this problem !!!! GhostReader is the ultimate solution !!!!! For those who love to hear text been spoken in their own language with high quality voices - for example Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Flemish and moreŠ.. You must download the voices for your country to use GhostReader ! I just love to hear my favorite author been spoken with a synthetic voice ;-) And to all of you out there - follow these simple rules: Download Application and your Voices. Read the info !!!! Test GhostReader. .....And You Will Be Sold !!!!!!
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Version 1.1
Patoche
30 January 2007
Very good soft, I like it a lot. The french voices are sympathiques and stress on the punctuation is correctly made usually. One problem with the purchase on the US store it is listed à 39 us dollars and on the wwide store at 49.-- for a dowloaded product, why ? I will not buy it for this reason, for the moment. Of course I live in europe...
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Version 1.0.1
2 answer(s)
Davidn
Davidn
26 February 2007
The price in euros is 39, not 49. In the world wide store prices are based on Euros, in the North American store on USD. The product cost $39 or 39 euro. Due to exchange rate fluctuations prices in other than the stores default currency may vary. The reason for the two stores is that TextParrot includes voices which we license from another company and we are not allowed to sell those for the dollar price outside of North America.
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Version 1.0.1
Avetenebrae
Avetenebrae
05 July 2007
but $39 is more 29€ than 39… ;)
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Version 1.1
Phaleron
13 December 2006
This is not a fair evaluation with it being the first version, but here we go: The voices are certainly better than Apple's, but the accent is often placed on the wrong syllable (although the word is spelled correctly) and sometimes it is mispronounced. For instance "spellchecking' is pronounced "spellkecking." Incidentally, I could not find spellchecking. Neither could I drag text selections around. I also found it to be a problem that when text is read on another application (e.g. Safari) and a text box opens with the selected text that is read-out, the user cannot then go to another window, or else the box closes and the reading stops. As a result one has to refrain from all work while the text is being read. On the positive side, I really like the voices. The places where TextParrot runs smooth, it is a joy to listen. Playing the fast-forward is surprisingly comprehensible (maybe even preferable). Much, much work has to be done to get this program to be smooth, but in my opinion they are already ahead of the competition. Good luck!
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Version 1.0
Niamor
13 December 2006
It's quite difficult to find a good voice synth for french language. Maybe impossible... And these are not so bad. The 4 french voices sound almost natural, but there are a lot of bugs with the timing, punctuation, abbreviation... Then, it becomes quickly unbearable ! However, it should be usefull with a applescript support... but none at this time..
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Version 1.0
$24.99

3.8

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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