Are there any desktop chat applications (for Mac) that can read out messages as they arrive, suitable for occasionally communicating with someone in a library with someone who is wearing earphones and doesn't wanting to look at their screen?

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The built-in Messages.app has support for AppleScript, and includes an example script that will use the OS speech system to notify you about events (message received, new chat invitation etc) - a little editing (to comment out unneeded parts and add message speaking) should do the trick.


In fact, it seems like the default "Speak Events" script does exactly what you want, without any changes.

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