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Use speech service to help proofread documents System
I've been working all morning on a cover letter for a new job, and after a couple hours of fine tuning I realized I could, through the Speech service, have the OS read the letter to me (select the text in any Coca application, then select Services -> Speech -> Start Reading Text) . This was a great help and I caught a couple typos I hadn't previously noticed.

[Editor's note: Yes, this is a fairly basic hint, but items in the services menu are often overlooked, so I thought it was worth a mention!]
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Authored by: brycesutherland on Nov 07, '02 11:33:34AM

"Start Speaking Text" remains greyed out even while I have text selected in Word and Chimera. Nothing doin' here.



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Authored by: tomsinclair on Nov 07, '02 12:07:57PM

I know Word is a Carbon app and I'm pretty sure Chimera (based on Gecko) is one
as well. This hint works with Cocoa apps only.



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Authored by: Eravau on Nov 07, '02 12:21:49PM

Which is why the Services menu is so "often overlooked". There are so few apps that are used on a daily basis that are actually Coacoa apps. The Services menu is just a taunting annoyance of something we might could use if there were actually some apps (or even the Finder) written to use it.



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Chimera
Authored by: davidnorton on Nov 07, '02 12:35:16PM

Chimera is a Cocoa app. But it doesn't have full services implemented yet. Try selecting some of the URL in the title bar and going to the services menu.



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Authored by: smkolins on Nov 07, '02 12:57:12PM

Word, Appleworks, even BBedit lite....

Anyone know for SURE some cocoa apps where this actually works??



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Authored by: jiclark on Nov 07, '02 01:03:54PM
Anyone know for SURE some cocoa apps where this actually works??

TextEdit
OmniWeb
AddressBook
Notes
...and many others!

True, though, that it sure would be nice if people started implementing Services in Carbon apps. I understand that it's doable, just not many developers bothering to do it!

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Authored by: hipdude on Jan 26, '06 08:09:10PM

Mail works. I fact I do most of word processing in mail. Mail has good font control, spelling, a dictionary, and thesaurus. I prefer in over word. of course I prefer vi over word too :-)



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