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Talking AutoCAD...

A - answer If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Win7/8/10 (and higher) and a PC with a sound card, you can easily make your AutoCAD talk.

For speech-output you can use the SAPI interface in Windows and call it from AutoCAD e.g. through VisualLISP:

(setq sapi (vlax-create-object "Sapi.SpVoice"))  
(vlax-invoke sapi "Speak" "Here is your AutoCAD" 0)  
(vlax-release-object sapi)  
As an example of speech functions - e.g. for loud reading of the layer list, for audio warning when attempting to draw on a locked layer (reactor) or for definition of the general-use SAY command you can use the LISP utility Speak - for download on Download (source code on request).

You can use SAY e.g. for audio-notification of a completed long task (from a menu macro or a script).

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See also:
Tip 7503:Autodesk 3ds Max keyboard shortcuts.
Tip 5010:Attaching a voice message to a DWG drawing.
Tip 4921:How to disable the sound when creating a mate.
Tip 1818:How to make a multicolored line entity in AutoCAD?

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