Mariner Software ( has launched Narrator under its brand after recently acquiring it from Dejal Systems. It’s Mac OS X software that allows the user to read stories out loud using speech synthesis.

Narrator is now up to version 2.1. The latest rev lets you export to iTunes and, listen to your own texts like audiobooks. It supports multiple voice characters and multiple chapters in a single document and can export AAC sound files.

Narrator costs US$39.95 for a downloadable version; a boxed/CD version will be offered soon. Version 2.1 is a free upgrade for registered users and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.