Infovox iVox for Mac

Infovox iVox for Mac

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June 10, 2014
Update; $99.00 to buy
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Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8/10.9
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  • 4 stars

    "Decent voices with some caveats"

    April 28, 2008   |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: Infovox iVox 1.1.2


    This review was originally posted on
    Acapella group gives you a generous length of time to evaluate the voices -- 30 days of unrestricted use. If you haven't decided whether you can live with the voices after that amount of time, you probably weren't using them in the first place. If, however, you find that you miss the voices after the trial period ends, that's a sure sign that you should purchase the voices.

    The American voice pack comes with several voices. However, only the HQ voices are of any real quality. The HD voices sound more robotic than even the low-quality voices that come with the Mac. There are five HQ voices.

    However, narrowing them down a bit further, the child voices, Kenny and Nelly, are just high-pitched versions of other voices. That leaves you with three truly high-quality voices, Heather, Laura, and Ryan.

    At $99 for the voice pack, that puts the best voices at about $33 each (no you canâ??t purchase them individually), $13 more than the individual Cepstral voices. The best voice of the bunch, Ryan, however, sounds excellent (aside from a few ideosyncrasies).

    The worst trait of the Infovox Ivox voices is that they pronounce some punctuation marks, such as asterisks and dashes. This is especially annoying in e-mails when these characters are used as separators such as:


    When the voices get to such strings, they insist on stupidly saying, â??asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk asteriskâ?? ad nauseum.

    Apple's voices have not read punctuation marks like these for over a decade. Come on Acapella, what were you thinking? Get with the program! This is ridiculous when a natural sounding voice suddenly starts reading â??asterisk asterisk asteriskâ?? or â??dash dash dash dash dash dash dash dash dash dashâ?? etc.This is pointless and unnatural. And annoying.

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  • 5 stars


    January 15, 2007   |   By rickybuchanan

    Version: Infovox iVox 1.0


    This review was originally posted on
    My Mac needed the OS reinstalled recently for hardware reasons, so I unexpectedly got to hear the built in Tiger voices again. The difference in quality was much more than I remembered - these Infovox iVox voices are a hundred times better to listen to, and much easier to understand.

    I highly recommend them to anyone who uses the OS X text-to-speech engine.

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