Creating the workflow
For this workflow, you need the following Automator actions (placed in the same order):
- Get Contents of TextEdit Document
- Text to Audio File
- Import Files into iTunes
Continue reading to learn how to build this workflow.
Saving the workflow
You can breathe a little because you're half way done. Now, let's save the workflow as an application so it can be re-used at your whim. To save:
- Click File > Save
- Choose "Application" from the Format drop-down box
- Choose a location and file name, then click Save
Running the workflow
To run the workflow, just open TextEdit (this application comes with Mac OS X and can be found in your Applications directory). Type a document in TextEdit, or copy and paste any text you want. When you are ready to convert your TextEdit document into an audio file, just double click on your workflow that you saved in the last step.
The text will then be copied from the document and a dialog will ask you where you want to save the audio file that it will create. You can also specify a system voice to be used. If you are using Mac OS X Leopard, Alex is by-far the best voice for this job.
You can then sync your playlist to the iPod or iPhone of your choice. You will then be listening to your text in no time! You can also combine this with last weeks Mac Automation post to create audio version of websites!
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