OT MacinTalk

Marian Petrides mpetrides at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 11 20:15:38 EDT 2004

I'd LOVE to have a copy--I had it on my Mac 512--but it's long gone 
now.  I still remember the opening phrases:  "In olden days not many 
people used computers because not very many people knew how. Then one 
bright day in Cupertino...."


On Aug 11, 2004, at 8:05 PM, rodney tamblyn wrote:

> I've got a copy which runs on my Newton :-)
> ~ Rodney
> On 11/08/2004, at 6:26 AM, Peter T. Evensen wrote:
>> Actually MacInTalk was introduced with the very first Mac in 1984, so 
>> that at the unveiling it could introduce itself...
>> see http://developer.apple.com/technotes/pt/pdf/pt_22.pdf
>> Here's an excerpt:
>> For the introduction of the Macintosh computer, it was decided (by 
>> the powers formerly in charge) that such a computer
>> would need something very special to make it a unique event. To aid 
>> in this concept, a third-party company was contracted
>> to write a speech synthesizer which would allow the Macintosh 
>> computer to introduce itself. The contract was signed, and
>> the work begun.
>> The outcome of this work was MacinTalk. MacinTalk is a file that can 
>> be placed into the System Folder of an ordinary
>> Macintosh computer and allow text to be transformed into speech for 
>> the introduction in 1984. It was felt to be an
>> interesting piece of software, so Apple made it available to 
>> developers. Interfaces to MacinTalk were published and Apple
>> Software Licensing allowed it to be included with developers' 
>> products.
> --
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