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    Re: Text to Speech

    sapi voices work fine on wine. I'm using next-up voices over wine. They are commercial though. I didn't manage to install acapela voices, its license manager won't see the trial license so I couldn't try it, but people report it is better.
    I spent a day trying to debug the stupid licman with strace to see why it doesn't see the files, but still no luck.
    I didn't find a way to read web pages with text aloud so I removed the stupid thing . I use coolreader2 to read books I download.

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    Re: Text to Speech

    Can people list the voices they have working with wine please just out of intrest and those that don't.

    I have the basic MS voices:
    Sam
    Mike
    Mary
    The newer MS Vista/7 voice Anna

    VoiceWare Kate16k
    VoiceWare Paul16k
    VoiceWare Julie

    Can people add to the list as they try good and bad ones please.

    NL
    Open SAPI - MS Speech in Linux: http://code.google.com/p/open-sapi/

    RockboxPlayer - Open Source MP3/4 Player: http://code.google.com/p/rockboxplayer/

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    Re: Text to Speech

    I've tried Loquendo voices, all work fine, NextUP voices (Katerina), no problem as well.
    I failed to install (not run) Acapela due to the stupid license manager which doesn't see the license.
    IMHO as long as you can install a voice engine, you will have it working OK.

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    Re: Text to Speech

    Do these voices sound as crappy as this?
    The intonation is just so terrible.
    The pitch goes up and down where its not supposed to go up or down.

    http://www.innoetics.com/media/tts_iandemo_en.mp3

    here is an online demo which allows you to input your own words:
    http://www.acapela-group.com/text-to...tive-demo.html
    Last edited by wesselvanpersie; August 4th, 2010 at 01:19 PM.

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    Re: Text to Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Talorgan View Post
    Is there such a thing as text-to-dialogue software?

    The idea would be that the computer would give the different characters of a play different voices so that you could hear the conversation.
    The "festival" suite that was started by Prof Alan Black and many others over in Edinburgh is worth looking at. If you google up "festival, tts"
    you'll find truckloads of material. It is the most complete TTS around.

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    Re: Text to Speech

    I was too optimistic saying that SAPI installs just fine. If you install it with default settings, the voices might be messed up/not registered properly.
    Found some workarounds and tried to outline it http://ubuntu-answers.blogspot.com/2...ux-ubuntu.html

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    Re: Text to Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by kline View Post
    The "festival" suite that was started by Prof Alan Black and many others over in Edinburgh is worth looking at.
    Thanks!

    I'll take a look.

    Presumably seeking "text-to-play" software is just a bit optimistic at the moment?!

    ("Play" as in "theatre production")

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    Re: Text to Speech

    Yes I have been using/developing using comercial windows TTS engines under linux. Things have growned to a halt due to a new very demanding job and no other help on the project. The key to getting it all to work is in wine setting the default OS to windows 2000 and then installing the SAPI installer. You can find a quick way to do all thing here: http://code.google.com/p/open-sapi/w...perEnvironment

    This will get you up and running using the Neospeech voices at least. I can not speak for others but generally you can get them working with a bit of work.

    Drop me a message if you need further help.
    Open SAPI - MS Speech in Linux: http://code.google.com/p/open-sapi/

    RockboxPlayer - Open Source MP3/4 Player: http://code.google.com/p/rockboxplayer/

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    Re: Text to Speech

    NextUp and Loquendo both work fine in Wine. And both sound great. Under NextUp you can install the Ivona voice.* You'll have to google around a bit for the exact procedure on the NextUp as it is a bit tricky. If I recall you install it in Wine emulating one variety of windows and run it under another variety or something like that. I've done it and it worked fine and Ivona is a great voice. But that was a natty installation I've since junked for other reasons and it was a free trial on the NextUp anyway. A friend of mine has the Loquendo running under wine and several voices and he can make it do tricks. Sounds good.

    *I wasn't quite right about that. See later post in this thread.
    Last edited by LewRockwellFAN; April 4th, 2011 at 09:05 PM.
    Please don't remove the forum archives!
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...1#post10640901

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    Re: Text to Speech

    One more thought, xzcallaway, I truly mean no offense and your site looks interesting, but why should anyone install a deb from someone they know nothing about? It's not like getting it straight from some well known project or compiling source you have written yourself. It seems to be a major security breach potentially. If you can explain why I am wrong about this I would be glad to hear it. Seriously, I'm sure your debs are fine, but isn't this a pretty bad practice? I may be totally offbase on this and if so, I'd appreciate being educated. But it seems contrary to what I understand as the common perception of secure procedure. Maybe it's acceptable to just scan them with clam or something. I'd appreciate informed comment on this point.
    Last edited by LewRockwellFAN; January 25th, 2011 at 08:47 AM.
    Please don't remove the forum archives!
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...1#post10640901

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