Amazing feature in MS Office 2008 for Mac!

11 12 2009

I can’t take credit for this, but it’s so cool that I had to share it.  Jason, our IT Services Director,  showed me how to, in essence, convert text from a word document into an MP3 (audio) file, which can be downloaded to an MP3 Player such as an iPod! How COOL is that?! Sometimes the greatest discoveries are happy accidents!

Below are the steps:

Click on "sample automator workflows". Another menu pops up.

Click on "Convert text to audio to download to an iPod"

It will ask you to name the file and save it to the desktop.

You will then be asked to add the file to a playlist, Before converting, I created a playlist in iTunes called "books".

Make sure the file is in iTunes in the specified playlist. Clickon the file to play the audio. You can then upload this file to an iPod.

Here’s a sample of a text file  that has been converted to an audio (MP3) file:

This is the text file I used.

Click on the “play” button to hear the text conversion to audio file!

This is a quick and easy feature that all MLTI and  all new Mac machines have in district. Try it with your students. I guarantee you’ll amaze them.

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