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espeak text to speech - mini edition
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Oct 2011, 03:23    Post_subject:  espeak text to speech - mini edition  

I compiled this a while back, but just got around to finding a use for it ... I am too lazy to read _all_ the books on project Gutenberg with my kids. Anyhow, it is a really stripped down version of espeak. If you like it and want more voices, languages, etc... you can install the full espeak (I renamed the binary to speak so they can coexist)

I wrote a few little scripts to go with it:
reader - will speak and read a file one line at a time (so you can read along)
------- if the file is html, it will remove the html <tags>
------- if no file is passed, you'll get a file select dialog
------- GUI works on both console and X
------- or just right click on any plain text or html file
------- this is the only one with a menu entry (Documents)
speak_clipboard - a real PITA app that most people will get annoyed with
speak_files - just speaks the text from a list of files
speak_input - you can pipe text to this and get audio out
------- Puppy dialogs could use this to improve accessibility in notifications etc...
txt2wav - converts a txt file to a spoken wav file

it is fairly extendable to other formats if you have a converter that will convert to txt (abiword used to do this, however in wary didn't seem to work with pdf, b/c I think Barry may have disabled pdf, because the rendering was pretty bad - pity, it would probably have done ok with just outputting the text)
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Oct 2011, 11:19    Post_subject: Re: espeak text to speech - mini edition  

technosaurus wrote:
I compiled this a while back


I quickly found a use for the old version. I will explain it here so that others can apply and adapt the idea.

It is fairly common when doing optics or electronics to have a measurement system that tells you when something is too high or too low and an adjustment for getting the thing set just right. Unfortunately, often the measurement happens over there [points off to the left] and the adjustment is here [points to the right]. A quick little script can turn the measurement into a voice so that you don't need to look at it.

My version of the script allowed the person to set the target value. The voice then shifted gears when you got close.

Code:

# echo "( $X - $TARGET ) < 0.5" | bc -l


Will do the math and comparison for you.
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PostPosted: Sat 01 Dec 2012, 17:17    Post_subject: Oh yes ! further info needed
Sub_title: How to select the text to read ?
 

How to select the text to read ?
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PostPosted: Thu 15 Aug 2013, 11:08    Post_subject:  

BUMP so I can find this later... Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue 12 Nov 2013, 20:49    Post_subject: Text to speech
Sub_title: La suite ?
 

I enjoy that TTS. Could you provide us with the described scripts because that wonderfull tool read everything it sees. Merci Monsieur.
Its for improving earing english accent, ours is very bad !
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