Narrator
Narrator
2.3

3.4

Narrator free download for Mac

Narrator

2.3
19 February 2015

Text-to-speech utility.

Overview

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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Dejmac
27 August 2010

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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.
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Version 2.1.0
Levelbest
23 April 2019
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.
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Version 2.3
Furghella
13 September 2015
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.
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Version 2.3
Chrischram
24 April 2015
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.
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Version 2.3.1
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Sean-Smith
Sean-Smith
24 April 2015
And “Check for Updates…” within the application states that “Narrator 2.3 is currently the newest version available.”
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Meitnik
20 February 2015
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.
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Version 2.3
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Meitnik
Meitnik
20 February 2015
I contacted them about the lock up. Soon a fix will be released.
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ScottUpdate
08 August 2014
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.
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Version 2.2.1
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Marinermtg
Marinermtg
15 August 2014
Actually, Narrator works with the OS voices and enhances them adding the ability to use multiple voices (for reading a novel or script for example) and to change the rate, inflection, pitch, and volume among quite a few other things. We do have a new version in the early stages of development.
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Sw-tester
07 December 2012
mu states min os is 10.6, this is incorrect. minimum os is 10.7
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Version 2.2.1
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MacUpdate-Nick
MacUpdate-Nick
07 December 2012
Sorry for the confusion! The listing has been fixed.
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maakuMU
27 May 2012
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.
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Version 2.2.0
johnny-thompson
22 October 2011
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.
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Version 2.2.0
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johnny-thompson
johnny-thompson
22 October 2011
TextEdit was just an example, but you can use your own favorite writing application. This tip works in EVERY Mac application that has an Edit menu. Edit > Speech > Start Speaking is built-in into Mac OS. Enjoy!
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johnny-thompson
johnny-thompson
22 October 2011
Two final tips regarding the built-in speech ability: The speech engine will start reading from the cursor location, so you have control over what Mac OS X reads by simply placing the text cursor at your desired start location. Also, if you only want it to read a certain part, you can highlight the text you want it to read and it'll read just that portion.
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Dalahast
26 July 2011
Doesn't work with any of Lion's multilingual voices—hangs for a moment, then quits.
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Version 2.1.0
Dochoz
25 January 2011
Gave it try to decide between GhostReader and this app. Too bad it cannot read PDF files.
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Version 2.1.0
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Istra
Istra
03 February 2011
can't you just copy the text out of the pdf-file and paste it?
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Espiridion
Espiridion
03 August 2011
Good point Istra. I'll just add that the quality of the voices is considerably better in GhostReader. I don't know if this changed under OS X 10.7 though.
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