The Mac OS uses great voice synthesis, but let’s face it, it’s limited. You can’t necessarily assign voices to your text and, if you wanted to hear what different folks have to say – like in a group or a meeting, well, that’s really limited too.

Narrator changes all of that.

It’s simple, really. Just paste your text into the window or import an RTF, .txt or .doc file into Narrator and your letter, story – any text – is brought to life using voice synthesis. You can choose different voices, rates, pitches, inflections and volumes for each character you assign, giving your text a wide range of expressiveness. There are also silent read-along options for stage directions or for you to read out your own parts. And if you need more characters, you can purchase additional voices and in several languages by visiting our web site.

Narrator has its professional uses too. That business letter you’re ready to send to a prospective customer? Have Narrator read it out loud for you – you’ll know right away if what you wrote is what you want to have read. That big meeting where you took a lot of notes? Assign characters to each participant and listen again so you don’t miss anything.

You can even export speech directly to iTunes, where you can listen to it over and over, or sync it to your iPad, iPod or iPhone. This enables you to create your own audiobooks from text — for example, take a work of classic literature from Project Gutenberg, assign characters to the story and export to iTunes. There is also an export option for AAC sound files for use with other sound playing software, for example, using as a soundtrack in iMovie or as a screencast voiceover.

The possibilities are truly endless with Narrator.

What’s New

Version 2.3.1

Fixed a permissions bug exporting files.
Fixed an AppleScript error that prevented iTunes import.

Ratings and Reviews

1.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Chaser50 ,

The voices sound like robots

I paid for and downloaded this app today. Very easy to use, but the voices sound like 1950’s movie robots. I really wanted almost real sounding voices. I cannot use the app. There was no option to listen to the voices before buying.

Developer Response ,

We use the Mac OS voices, Chaser50. That is clearly described in our product copy. There are many third party voices on the internet available that work with Narrator as well if you are looking for a higher quality voice. With regard to no option to listen to before buying, yes, there are no trial copies available on the Mac App Store. That said, most every developer has a web site with the majority of them having trial copies to download before you make a buying decision.

eumermo1 ,

I paid for Robot voices,

I fooled myself into thinking I would do something more than the system itself already offers. But the robotic voices of the system still look like crap.

StrangerVP ,

Not working on BigSur

Chapters and Narrators lists are invisible on BigSure. Useless

App Privacy

The developer, Mariner Software, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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