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Speak open sourced

By Chris Williams. Published: 28th Mar 2006, 20:42:43 | Permalink | Printable

Ported to Linux, remembers RISC OS [Updated]

Photo of a mouthJonathan Duddington has released his speech synthesis software as open source, and ported it to Linux. His software turns text into spoken voice, and offers a range of accents.

He told users: "eSpeak produces good quality English speech. It uses a different synthesis method from other open source text-to-speech engines, and sounds quite different.

"I regularly use it to listen to blogs and news sites."

Jonathan said his new open source software also attempts to speak in German and Esperanto as well as English.

He said: "For entertainment, it includes different accents and voices. I find it more intelligible and easier to listen to for long text passages than the commonly used Festival TTS engine, although it's not as natural or 'smooth' as some of those voices."

Speak was formerly available as a commercial product. Jonathan also authored popular email client Pluto.

Update at 22:59 9/4/2006
Jonathan has released a RISC OS build of his new open sourced speech software. Read more about it here.

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Speak is still better than some commerical synthetic voice TTS engines, and I partiuclarly like the accents it can do, it does make the speech more interesting to listen to.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 30/3/06 9:02AM
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I'm just trying to remember what apps Speak plugs into. Was Messenger one? What about any of the IRC clients? -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 30/3/06 12:49PM
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Spriteman> We added Speak support to the iXRC IRC client.

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 30/3/06 1:07PM
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!g0iRC also has speak support (as well as speech) :)

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 30/3/06 6:20PM
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Tina does as well.

StrongEd has speech support as well as Messenger Pro.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 30/3/06 10:13PM
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And Pluto, of course - Jonathan's own priceless mail and news reader

 is a RISC OS Userdelink on 31/3/06 8:33AM
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How easy would it be to add speak support in a Netsurf?

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 31/3/06 4:03PM
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ISTR I also added it to my IRCClient (0.24?) script, way back in the mists of temporal chaos.

Kevin: support is relatively easy to include in the sense that (IIRC), at the simplest level, the programmer just has to register with the speak module, then issue a SWI with a sentence to be spoken. In the case of a web browser, some thought would have to be put in about what gets said, and in what order - but (speaking, I stress, as someone who has no involvement in the development of Netsurf or any other browser, so take my comments with a pinch of salt), I would think it should be /relatively/ painless.

 is a RISC OS UserVinceH on 1/4/06 12:34PM
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Speak could also be used in Organizer and CallerID, and of course Pluto.

 is a RISC OS Usertamias on 1/4/06 4:07PM
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If I'm reading it correctly, the version that has been open-sourced is a later version for LINUX and written in C++. Which means that it can't be used on RISC OS unless it is ported back? Bah!

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 3/4/06 9:12PM
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TonyStill: But if you check the thread on csa.programmer you'l see that is exactly what Jonathan Duddington is doing :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhelpful on 4/4/06 1:08PM
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In reply to helpful: I take back 'bah' - pleased to hear that, thanks. I bought Speak several years ago and was pleasantly surprised to get a 32-bit update at no cost. Now there's another update coming, excellent!

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 4/4/06 9:27PM
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The RISC OS version has been updated and is on the site listed in this drobe article.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 7/4/06 7:50PM
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In reply to Revin Kevin

Just checked the Sourceforge site <[link] No RISC OS downloads yet...

I'll certainly be giving it a go when I get home from work ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserBrianH on 7/4/06 11:22PM
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It was their a couple of days ago I downloaded it and played with it.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 8/4/06 6:51PM
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I've now downloaded and had a play with the RO version, and the SourceForge site still shows no RO downloads. Obviously the counter is faulty...

Unfortunately, it crashed my Iyonix several times this morning trying to read emails in Messenger Pro. It may be HID that is causing the problem; eventually I have to resort to Ctrl/Break to restart the system - Alt/Break just takes down each running app in turn. When I have a spot more time I'll experiment some more and send some feedback to JSD via Sourceforge.

 is a RISC OS UserBrianH on 8/4/06 10:44PM
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Hi

You'll need to download both the RO version and the Linux version (for the speech data).

Doug

 is a RISC OS Usertweety on 9/4/06 1:00AM
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Yes, I've done that. I can get it to speak some words by typing in to a task window, but giving it anything over a few bytes causes it to crash. :(

 is a RISC OS UserBrianH on 9/4/06 11:08PM
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