Narrator
Narrator
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Narrator free download for Mac

Narrator for Mac2.3

19 February 2015

Text-to-speech utility.

What is Narrator for Mac

Bring stories, plays - any text - to life with Narrator! Using the rich voices of the Mac OS, hear the text you’ve added, read out loud. Choose different voice attributes for your assigned characters such as rate, pitch, inflection and volume. There are silent read-along options for stage directions. Export to iTunes or sync to your iPad, iPod or iPhone. Use the export option for AAC sound files for use with other sound playing software such as iMovie or as a screencast voice over. Improve the pronunciation of words and phrases; replace acronyms and symbols using the Dictionary preference.

What's new in Narrator

Version 2.3:
  • Retina display icon.
  • Fixed an issue where the split view would resize too small.
  • Recompiled with the latest compliler adding support for Yosemite.
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DenaliBlue
DenaliBlue
Oct 13 2020
2.3
0.0
Oct 13 2020
0.0
Version: 2.3
This still works but is "abandonware" with 5 years of no updates and a clunky feel, should no longer even be pushed on MacUpdate!
Khadrelt
Khadrelt
Jan 14 2020
2.3
1.0
Jan 14 2020
1.0
Version: 2.3
This program had a lot of promise, but unfortunately, as others have stated, it has basically been abandoned. It hasn't been updated in years, and despite their claims that an 'update is in the works,' there is no evidence that this is true. They've been claiming that for years now with no hint of following through. Their website claims it's compatible with Catalina, but that is far from the truth. It won't even recognize Music, instead asking you to find iTunes, which no longer exists in Catalina. Audio files won't save, it crashes constantly, more bugs than a rotting log in the jungle. Mariner obviously doesn't care about this program at all, and I find it extremely dishonest that they're pretending it still works in an attempt to keep selling it.
Levelbest
Levelbest
Apr 23 2019
2.3
0.0
Apr 23 2019
0.0
Version: 2.3
All I had to do was see that this was offered by Mariner Software. Then, for me it's a no go. Over the years I have gotten Mariner products and Mariner never, or very seldom, will update a bit of software once you have bought it. Occasionally a newer version will be offered with an invitation to upgrade. In my experience however, this is rare. Anything I have purchased from Mariner will be as it is when it is purchased. It will not be updated or improved. It is as it is, period. Feels a lot to me, as a consumer, like Mariner products are sold as abandonware. I won't take the bait again.
Furghella
Furghella
Sep 13 2015
2.3
0.0
Sep 13 2015
0.0
Version: 2.3
I can't recommend this application. Version 2.3 has been around for a long time, a very minor update to version 2.2 which itself has been around for ever. Mariner could have improved this application in many small and larger ways but never did. I don't expect Mariner to change their attitude in the future. It's basically abandonware. It's too bad, because the application in itself is a very good start. However, for 40 dollars (20 now for a few more hours) the application really needs some professional-grade features not available in the current version. Just try to teach the app how to pronounce "Venice" in English, or to read "Schönberg" in German or "Seine" in French and see what happens. What about reading dates and years? Family names? Street, countries, squares, rivers names? There are other apps which only costs max 5 dollars and do almost as much as Narrator. The choice is yours. Personally, I would pay 40 dollars only after the features mentioned above have been included. But I am not holding my breath.
Chrischram
Chrischram
Apr 24 2015
2.3.1
0.0
Apr 24 2015
0.0
Version: 2.3.1
The link downloads version 2.3. Mariner's own site downloads version 2.3. I see no evidence of version 2.3.1 anywhere but here.
Meitnik
Meitnik
Feb 20 2015
2.3
1.0
Feb 20 2015
1.0
Version: 2.3
Crap, another dev who fails to test properly an update. After updating to 2.3, under 10.7.5, app locks up. Will try to reinstall the older version.
ScottUpdate
ScottUpdate
Aug 8 2014
2.2.1
0.0
Aug 8 2014
0.0
Version: 2.2.1
Why is this Narrator program being promoted as a MacUpdate Promo? As previously pointed out by "ABANDONED_ACCOUNT" nearly THREE years ago, you can do this for FREE with OS X's built-in voice engine. And according to MacUpdate's website, this version of Narrator is nearly two years old. What good programs are not updated for two years these days? This MacUpdate Promo looks like a money grab to me.
Sw-tester
Sw-tester
Dec 7 2012
2.2.1
0.0
Dec 7 2012
0.0
Version: 2.2.1
mu states min os is 10.6, this is incorrect. minimum os is 10.7
maakuMU
maakuMU
May 27 2012
2.2.0
1.5
May 27 2012
1.5
Version: 2.2.0
It's a nice concept and has been useful to me for making iTunes tracks to listen to in the car and so I can memorize scenes. Unfortunately it's a buggy and unpolished piece of crap that I have to fight with every time I use it. Sample issues: * It hangs randomly. * If you cut or copy, and paste, the tags specifying the characters disappear from the pasted text. So you can't easily do something as simple as create a new chapter with a subscene involving your character. Or add character tags by pasting them in. * To insert a character tag you have to double click on a tiny icon. If you double-click on the (much larger) name, you start editing the name. And the focus then stays in the character pane rather than reverting to the text pane, so you waste a click continuing. * You can't rearrange chapters, but if you close and reopen the document, they reappear sorted in alphabetical order. * Whole blocks of text sometimes get omitted from the sound files exported to iTunes.
johnny-thompson
johnny-thompson
Oct 22 2011
2.2.0
0.0
Oct 22 2011
0.0
Version: 2.2.0
Reminder: This program uses OS X's built-in voice engine. If your text-to-speech needs don't require separate voices for separate passages, you can get the EXACT SAME voice quality FOR FREE. Open TextEdit. Write something. Go to Edit > Speech > Start Speaking. If you require more than 1 voice for different lines, get this or GhostReader.
Dalahast
Dalahast
Jul 26 2011
2.1.0
0.0
Jul 26 2011
0.0
Version: 2.1.0
Doesn't work with any of Lion's multilingual voices—hangs for a moment, then quits.
Dochoz
Dochoz
Jan 25 2011
2.1.0
2.5
Jan 25 2011
2.5
Version: 2.1.0
Gave it try to decide between GhostReader and this app. Too bad it cannot read PDF files.
Wheninrome
Wheninrome
Nov 8 2010
2.1.0
5.0
Nov 8 2010
5.0
Version: 2.1.0
It's hard to see, at first, what a product like Narrator can do for you. But once you play around a bit, the uses become clear. Narrator is kind of like Shrek, who equates an ogre like an onion - there's lots of layers. So, for one layer, if you're like me, when you write a letter for a business purpose, you need to read it out loud. A lot. Yes, you can read it yourself, but in order to be effective - you really need another voice. Narrator cleanly fills that role. As a small business owner, Narrator sure has come in handy. Another layer of Narrator that again, isn't as apparent - is as a study buddy. Now, I am a visual learner, so I really appreciate things like diagrams and videos. I need to see what I am learning. So knowing that a product like Narrator can act as a study buddy for those who need to listen in order to really learn their material - well, let's just say that I can sympathize and wish that there was something like that for us visual learners when we were in school. Lastly, as someone who is going to have to be on the lookout for AMD (for the uninformed, that's Age-related Macular Degeneration)and who already has a family member with it - in addition to books on tape and the like, a person with low-vision now has Narrator which is one more way to enhance their quality of life. And that's no small thing. I haven't gone through all the layers of this product, but if what I've uncovered so far is any indication of all that's inside Narrator, I know that I will not be disappointed.
Dejmac
Dejmac
Aug 27 2010
2.1.0
0.0
Aug 27 2010
0.0
Version: 2.1.0
I apologize to Mariner Software and to all consumers of Narrator 2.1. I was wrong - I got (although a little bit late - but I assume it is because large number of customers) both letters from MS and now I am a proud owner of Narrator 2.1! Thank you guys, you've teach me a lesson! And I am a quick learner. Thank you.
Bill-Ellenberger
Bill-Ellenberger
Aug 26 2010
2.0.7
0.0
Aug 26 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0.7
I use Narrator as a useful tool on my newspaper column. It is the last step I take before sending to the publisher. Kind regards, Bill Ellenberger President Faithful Path
Jayce
Jayce
Nov 11 2009
2.0.6
5.0
Nov 11 2009
5.0
Version: 2.0.6
Because I have a lot of downloaded short stories and other printed material, I use Narrator to read me a short story so I can rest my eyes, to read a short story to add to iTunes so I can listen to it later on an iPod, and increasingly often to read me a page of how-to or tutorial when I am working on something like photo development where it really helps to have an audio walk-thru of a new process for a time or two. I enjoy having Narrator for those read-alongs because I can change both the actor and the quality of the actor's voice, or for long pieces have parts read as paragraph-dialogs. Narrator has a lot more flexibility than I have ever used, but it is so well developed and so clearly explained that I have never spent frustrating time trying to get it to do what it claims to do. I know that if I spent more time with the program I could do more with it but . . . the program makes it so easy just to Go. This is a wonderful program.
Zenzenpup
Zenzenpup
May 19 2009
2.0.3
3.0
May 19 2009
3.0
Version: 2.0.3
This is just the type of application which has been missing from the Mac OS X arsenal for far too long. Being able to open and read Word .docx files is a major upside. I would ask though, for some sort of "Import URL" capability for people with low/restricted vision to be able to read web pages without having to select text which they cannot see on the first place... Services>Narrator>New Document With Selection does NOT work with Flock... OCR needed to parse PDF files... When words of a title of a poem use small caps, Narrator enunciates each individual letter, not the words.... Needs a "rewind" button. Being able to scrub through text, and have the program highlight the currently spoken word would be a big addition for low-vision users. Again, this application is a big step in the right direfction. But it still needs a lot of fit-and-finish polishing.
Clraney74
Clraney74
Aug 23 2008
2.0.2
5.0
Aug 23 2008
5.0
Version: 2.0.2
I just installed Narrator and I must say I'm impressed with the program. I like the ability to change voices, which helps to keep things interesting when listening to long, boring text files. I intend to use this to help with research that I'm doing and when I travel and don't have the ability to read, I'll listen to my iPod read to me.
Cricket99
Cricket99
Jun 30 2008
2.0.1
0.0
Jun 30 2008
0.0
Version: 2.0.1
Wow! What a nifty application! I've played with the trial version and have found it easy to learn. My elementary school-aged children are fascinated and have been inspired to write their own 'stories' just to hear them read back in various voices. Any program that can inspire such creativity and is easy to use has my purchase.
Lavallette
Lavallette
May 28 2008
2.0.1
5.0
May 28 2008
5.0
Version: 2.0.1
The Complete Accessibility Package Just downloaded and installed version 2.0.1 of this app. And I have to say it is a quantum leap improvement on version 1. Along with MacDictate, Narrator has now provided me with the complete accessibility package. And with the ability to create a doc, choose a voice, alter inflections, then export to iTunes. I have just adapted a book a visually impaired person has just written with Narrator. Each character was then given their own voice and altered to provide its own personality. Once transferred to iTunes then this visually impaired person can listen to it when they want to alter, edit or whatever to their book. Along with the price which is an astonishingly low price - I decided on the Household License - now my whole family can enjoy 'playing' about with it. Visually, the app has been improved leaps and bounds and is now proudly in keeping with my Leopard. All in all, an absolute bargain, a very effective tool and a dream to use. As a published writer, I have always believed that the ears are the best judge and critic of written work, and sometimes of people too. Narrator is certainly testament to that. Well done Dejal. By the way...for the cynics I am not related to the developer or met him. I am just a proud user.
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App requirements: 
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  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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