updated 05:38 pm EDT, Sat May 17, 2014
Responsive text-to-speech software now available for Mac, Microsoft Office
Upward Spiral Software has released its text-to-speech software, TalkButton, for OS X. Capable of speaking text within Microsoft Word as well as in Pages, Preview, TextEdit, a web browser, and more, TalkButton reads text aloud for those interested in an audio interpretation due to vision impairment, learning disabilities, or multi-tasking. Users can control the speaking voice based on gender, accent and language, and the speech audio can be paused, repeated, accelerated, and recorded via iTunes. In addition, TalkButton can echo keyboard presses, meaning that a user can listen to each character, word or sentence as it is typed to ensure accuracy. Compatible with OS X 10.7 or later, TalkButton is priced at $30 with a free 30-day trial.
Cocktail 7.5 Mavericks Edition released, features maintenance updates
OS X utility app Cocktail has released a maintenance update for its Mavericks Edition. Cocktail functions as a digital toolset for assisting Mac users in cleaning, repairing and optimizing their operating systems, featuring maintenance tools and adjustments. Version 7.5 of Cocktail features Time Machine improvements, including the added ability to change or disable backup intervals, and backups during Power Nap. A list of OS X keyboard shortcuts is now included, as well as improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure. Requiring OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run, Cocktail Mavericks Edition is priced at $20 for a single-user license, and at $40 for a family license that covers up to five computers.