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I'm running MyScrib on Apple. The only way we could figure out to get it to 'read' the words was to use the curser to highlight the words and then use a key combination (Command S) to get it to read. This has worked until now. I must think I'm printing with these commands. I'm getting a pop up window that says "you have exceeded the copy limit for this book". It no longer reads after this pop up. I know there is a 30% limitation to printing but I'm not printing. When I say 'highlight' it's not the highlighter from the MyScrib program. It's the temporary hightlighting with the curser. Once it's read the highlight goes away. By the way, this Apple 'reads' every other screen but not in MyScrib! Your help is appreciated.

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MyScribe. You're saving. Not reading at the cursor. Command-S always means 'save'...though you'd think you would get a requester for where to save it, and it's common enough an activity that it shouldn't be a show-stopper straightaway. Command-X; always cut. Command-C; always copy. Command-V, always paste.
I have this Dell keyboard (on an iMac) that sinks the nail with print on the front of the keys Microsoft finally understands have set reservations for select-all, save, redo (Y), underline, italics, open, print, those mentioned, plus new. Your memory works for that though, too!

It sounds like you want to read up on Apple Speech-To-Text, which shows up under all programs' Program(MyScribe, on the case)/Services/Speech menu...but that's not the convenient way to use it! Go to preferences and pick out speech, read there; and set a hotkey like a spare mousebutton or command-alt-L to get the selection or page read to you. Hit F1 or click for help on that Speech page; or even pore through Apple's pages for speech, or try hitting the magnifying glass for Spotlight and type Speech! Those are just some of the ways to get fixed up. Especially since MyScribe has its own way of doing things just to be precious:

Per the FAQ for MyScribe; looks like you just use the Voice menu to pick a voice, hit F2 (or pick out Enable Speech Help from the same menu,) and hit spacebar to get it reading (or pause.)

If you don't like the way MyScribe acts, it has a lot to do with how the program was written with limited Mac and other sensibilities. Clearly it's trying to be Adobe Acrobat (and Distiller and stuff) or a groupware program for sharing class notes and markup, and is not. You probably want EndNote or a TeX frontend, or one of the outboard brain apps reviewed in About This Particular Macintosh at some point if MyScribe doesn't play well with Mac OS X Accessibility or suit you otherwise.

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