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    Text to speech?

    Are there any text to speech programs, kind of like Microsoft sam for windows?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Text to speech?

    Try espeak. It's in the repositories.
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    Re: Text to speech?

    orca is installed by default.

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    Re: Text to speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Xm3buX View Post
    Are there any text to speech programs, kind of like Microsoft sam for windows?

    Thanks.
    xxxxx@xxxxx:~$ apt-cache search text speech
    espeak - A multi-lingual software speech synthesizer
    ksayit - a frontend for the KDE Text-to-Speech system
    kttsd - a Text-to-Speech system for KDE
    libgnome-speech-dev - GNOME text-to-speech library (development headers)
    libgnome-speech7 - GNOME text-to-speech library
    brltty-flite - Access software for a blind person using a braille display
    cowsay - A configurable talking cow
    eflite - Festival-Lite based emacspeak speech server
    epos - Text-to-speech system
    festival - General multi-lingual speech synthesis system
    festival-freebsoft-utils - Festival extensions and utilities
    festival-hi - Festival text to speech synthesizer for Hindi
    festival-mr - Festival text to speech synthesizer for Marathi
    festival-te - Festival text to speech synthesizer for Telugu (te) language
    festlex-ifd - Italian support for Festival
    festvox-kallpc16k - American English male speaker for festival, 16khz sample rate
    festvox-kallpc8k - American English male speaker for festival, 8khz sample rate
    festvox-kdlpc16k - American English male speaker for festival, 16khz sample rate
    festvox-kdlpc8k - American English male speaker for festival, 8khz sample rate
    ihu - Qt VoIP softphone with an own, encrypted protocol
    jbofihe - A parser for the lojban language
    kttsd-contrib-plugins - the KDE Text-to-Speech system
    libtime-human-perl - convert localtime() format to "speaking clock" time
    lsr - The Linux Screen Reader for GNOME
    recite - English text speech synthesizer
    screader - Screen reader using software or hardware speech synthesizer
    festvox-rablpc16k - British English male speaker for festival, 16khz sample rate
    festvox-rablpc8k - British English male speaker for festival, 8khz sample rate
    gnome-speech-dectalk - GNOME text-to-speech library (Fonix DECtalk engine support)
    gnome-speech-swift - GNOME text-to-speech library (Cepstral swift engine support)
    w3-recs - Recommendations of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
    libmythes-dev - simple thesaurus library (development files)

    I have used some, but I don't remember wich...

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    Re: Text to speech?

    If I run a search for text to speech in synaptic, I find:

    epos
    espeak
    fesatival
    kttsd

    Plus another three screen readers. Take your pick.

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    Re: Text to speech?

    Right, it seems espeak is already installed. How do I access it?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Text to speech?

    Open a termnial and type in espeak.
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    Re: Text to speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Xm3buX View Post
    Right, it seems espeak is already installed. How do I access it?
    espeak is a command line utility, very easy to use. Just open a terminal and type espeak followed by required options...

    From the man page:
    -f <text file>
    Text file to speak

    --stdin
    Read text input from stdin instead of a file
    So, the command

    Code:
    espeak -f words.txt
    would cause espeak to "read" the textfile words.txt.
    Last edited by t0p; September 15th, 2008 at 07:27 PM.
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