Get Mac OS X Mountain Lion To Speak Text On Command [OS X Tips]

Is there a command-line tool available for the Mountain Lion dictation application -- something that does speech-to-text? Apple documentation doesn't seem to mention anything, but I wouldn't be surprised either if there is an undocumented CLI for the Dictation service hidden somewhere in OS X.

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Ask Question. Asked 6 years, 7 months ago. Active 5 years ago. Viewed 2k times. It's rumoured to be in OS X Alternatively, what about a way to control the Dictation app via AppleScript which could then be executed from the command line? Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Sign up using Facebook. Sign up using Email and Password.

Mac OSX 10.8 - Mountain Lion - Using Dictation (Speech to Text App)

I can get the circle to light up with green bars when I speak, but nothing else happens. Pressing the Exc key, not by pressing the fn key.

How to Use Dictation in Mac OS X

If I speak one of the pre-set sentences from the long list, such as 'What day is it? Posted on Nov 29, AM.


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This is why you can't enable Dictation in System Preferences. You do not need Speakable Items. If you have Time Machine in the menu bar top right , click on it and select Backup Now to start a manual backup. If it isn't in the menu bar, Time Machine Preferences will let you add it. Nov 29, AM. In that case, just make sure it's updated to the latest version. Page content loaded. Nov 29, AM in response to mende1 In response to mende1. If I change to Mavericks, which I'd never head of until now, is everything going to be more or less the same?

OS X Mountain Lion's Text to Speech - dummies

I have to say, it took about 18 months to get used to a Mac after changing from a PC! My Mac automatically backs up, so I wouldn't have a clue how to make a manual back up of my files with Time Machine, nor how to check that my apps are compatible. I'd love to upgrade and get Maverick for free, but am really scared that I'll mess everthing up or lose important stuff. How common is it to mess this procedure up?


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  • If you are already making backups, you do not need to make another one. Respecting to know if your apps are free, it's as simple as opening them and checking the version you are using you can do this pressing the app's button in the menu bar and going to About. OK, I've clicked on that link. The ones I'd be most worried about are Office for Mac, having paid a lot for it!

    Is that a stupid question, ie are the automatically going to be ok? Respecting to Office, Office and are supported. If you have got an older Office version, upgrade it. Dec 28, AM. Question: Q: Dictation on iMac. I have OS X Lion.


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