2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 16, 2013 5:33 PM by Lee4Law
Lee4Law Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am a law student who is legally blind.


I have OCDed PDF documents that are hundreds of pages in length. Every single one of my books are broken down into documents that are each at least a hundred pages in length. I need VoiceOver to read all of these pages, not just the first 20-30. But that is all the program is able to recegnize. VoiceOver simply quits reading PDF documents after the first 20-30 pages.



I bought my Mac to help me in law school, but if this VoiceOver problem cannot get fixed, I need to sell my computer ASAP and swap to PC. Can anyone help me?

MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011), iOS 6.1.4, Problem w/VoiceOver and Preview
  • Simon Slavin Level 4 Level 4 (1,400 points)

    It might make sense to use system services on a Mac to add the text to iTunes as a spoken track.  Then sync with your iPad to get the tracks onto the iPad.  Then you could rewind or fast forward the track as you wish just like any music track.  You should be able to select all the text from the PDF then use the menu option


    Preview --> Services --> Add to iTunes as a Spoken Track

  • Lee4Law Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    Thank you for reading my problem and writing back. But this is actually not helpful at all.


    If I told you my 2008 Subaru was not starting, you would not tell me to just use my 1984 Jeep. iTunes is the Jeep in this analogy.


    Putting text to speech into iTunes is an ugly and awful thing. The voices are worse than the ones on voiceover. And users cannot control the speech rate. It would take me thousands of extra hours to read my law books using the iTunes feature.


    I need to use VoiceOver. Or a text to speech program on PC.