SpeakEasy began as a way to save audio files, generated by the Mac's built-in speech engine, to be used in PodCasts. It then found use in an elementary school classroom as a way for students to proof their writing assignments. Students routinely overlook grammatical errors in their writing when only proofing it visually. Having their document spoken back to them allowed students to catch many otherwise missed mistakes. Since then SpeakEasy has evolved into a reasonably feature-rich word processor that will speak your text but also save the spoken text as an audio file that may be listened to independently or included as part of a PodCast.

SpeakEasy is FREE. SpeakEasy will only run on Mac OS X. You may use it any way you wish as long as you maintain the copyright notices. All SpeakEasy features owe themselves to suggestions by users like you who put it into "real world" situations. SpeakEasy was created and is maintained by Ola Olsson, a science resource teacher at Grant Math / Science Magnet School in San Diego, CA. Any questions or suggestions may be directed to the generic mail link to the left or to Ola directly: oolsson@sandi.net.

Below is the SpeakEasy window. All controls have helptags associated with them. Since the written documentation is minimal, you will need to rely on the helptags by holding the mouse cursor over each "control" object for a few seconds. Notice the various controls for saving audio files and adjusting speech options.

Shown below is the sample "rtfd" file loaded into SpeakEasy. It shows some of the formatting options that are available. Although similar to traditional "rtf" files, RTFD files are "package" files and are unique to Mac OSX. They can be loaded using the "Open File" menu option. Currently, the saved RTFD files cannot be "double-clicked" to launch SpeakEasy. They can only be opened from within SpeakEasy. This problem is being investigated.

SpeakEasy has built-in spell checking and search-and-replace capabilities.

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