31 aug 2010: Narrator 2.1 launched by Mariner Software
In June 2010, Dejal Software sold their well-known Mac OS X software Narrator to Mariner Software, developers and publishers of professional and personal software. Mariner Software now announced the release of Narrator 2.1, the rebranded Mac OS X software that allows the user to read stories out loud using speech synthesis. Narrator is the newest product in Mariner’s award-winning line of creative and productivity software.
Now under the Mariner brand and containing a few minor feature additions, Narrator 2.1 is essentially the same software application originally developed by Dejal Systems. Mariner is working on updates which will include new significant functionality and features.
Using rich voices provided within the Mac OS X system, Narrator supplies controls that allow the user to choose a voice actor—adjusting the speed and pitch of the actor’s voice as well as inflection and volume—when reading the user added content. A dictionary preference allows substitution of words or phrases and to fine-tune pronunciation. In addition, the user has the ability to add more voice characters available from Cepstral, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based company that provides speech technologies and who has partnered with Mariner for this product.
Other features of Narrator 2.1 include:
- Exporting to iTunes, complete with track attributes including lyrics, allowing the listener to hear stories on an iPod or iPhone
- Listening to your own texts like audiobooks
- Supporting Multiple voice characters and multiple chapters in a single document
- Exporting AAC sound files
- Fine-tuning pronunciation and adding macros through the user defined dictionary
- Adding more speech synthesis voices
Pricing and Availability
Narrator 2.1 is now available for sale and trial as a download version only and will sell for 39.95USD. Our order forms show the current converted EUR price which is 32 EUR right now. Narrator 2.1 is available in English, French and German. Current registered Narrator users can upgrade to the Mariner-branded version for free. Narrator requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
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