Inspired by the tips on creating sound files at celsius1414 , Carla has written an excellent step-by-step tutorial on setting up spoken notifications in Mail.app using one of Mac OS X’s built-in speech capabilities.
She walks through creating the aiff files using the say command, where to store them and how to attach them to rules to pick out the emails that you especially need to know about.
For her it’s all about staying attentive to the important things at work:
I need to be hyperaware of instant activity in Jabber, email, and in many different web locations. If Iâ€™m not, Iâ€™m not helping our customers to their full due, nor immediately attentive of co-workersâ€™ needs and questions.
The main issue is email â€” I need to know when emailâ€™s work-related, and when such email is from supervisors.
Tags: aiff, alerts, Apple Mail, Apple Mail Tips, email, mail.app, notification, speech, spoken word