[ubuntu-uk] text to speech apps

Ian Pascoe softy.lofty.ilp at btinternet.com
Sun Aug 16 12:02:37 BST 2009

The eSpeek package is only the voice, not the entire TTS suite.  For the
audio book scenario suggested, I'm not even sure that the quality of the
voice would be sufficient.

The entire TTS package, through the Gnome (only) desktop at the moment is
through the Orca package.

If you want to try it out first before committing yourself, you might want
to try either the standard Ubuntu Live CD and use the Assistive Technologies
option, or ViLinux a Ubuntu derivitive that is aimed specifically at getting
Orca to work straight out of the box; the Assistive Technologies install is
a bit flaky on the standard Ubuntu install due to some conflicts that
weren't ironed out before release.

None of the other free desktops have anything, as yet, to match Orca,
although with the migration to D-Bus,  this is likely to change for KDE at
least over the next few years.

Oh, and don't expect much in the way of inflections in the TTS voice, it can
be quite monotonus!

*Unashamed plug*   If anyone out there wants to contribute, in any of the
normal FOS ways, please don't be backward in coming forward .... you don't
have to work on the core Assistive Technologies, just trying your favourite
apps with Orca, or the AT Test Engine, and filing bugs to the upstream
projects will help.



-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
[mailto:ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com]On Behalf Of Paul Sladen
Sent: 14 August 2009 12:43
To: British Ubuntu Talk
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] text to speech apps

On Thu, 13 Aug 2009, javadayaz wrote:
> I want to convert from text to speech. Does anyone know of any free apps

'espeak' is already pre-installed on any Ubuntu desktop.  You can run:

  $ espeak "Hello, I'm using Oobuntu! "

Or, if you to enable speech in the desktop environment, you can do:

  System->Preferences->Assistive Technologies->Enable assistive technologies

Why do one side of a triangle when you can do all three.  Somewhere, GB.

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