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Old 01-08-2017, 07:32 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by julianvb View Post
Thanks very much for your interesting input. Please let me know when you come across a reasonably priced natural-sounding TTS for Linux.

I am happy to report that I recently came across Cepstral's Swift TTS, a commercial TTS compatible with WIndows, OSX and Linux. I've tested its Linux David voice briefly, which sounds quite natural and I found the syntax very user-friendly.
In the meantime I came accross a solution that is based on Wine and Google Open SAPI server. It is compatible with voices from Ivona or Infovox.

Google Open SAPI can be installed on any ubuntu-compatible machine but there were some issues related to wine versions. Therefore I made a vitrual box machine which is ready to use, with all required libraries/versions on board.

In case you are still interested.

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Old 08-04-2017, 09:41 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by frankbell View Post
According to Jonathan Nadeau, a blind Linux user and maintainer or Sonar Linux, an improved screenreader is sorely needed for Linux. One of his hopes is to help provide one.

He uses Orca in Sonar.
I'm looking for a speech-to-text program for Linux for convenience, not necessity. I'd like it for reading long articles and terms of service, though speech-to-text is also great for multitasking - i.e. having it read an article to you while you work on something tedious like renaming files. Do either Sonar or Orca do that? Or are they just for helping the visually impaired use a computer?
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Hi, ardvark,

I wish I had known Cepstral's purchase policy before I decided to buy its Swift TTS. Unless a huge fee in addition to the purchase price has been paid in advance, the Cepstral software automatically stops the purchaser from using any voice files he/she has created with the TTS. I learned too late about this unacceptable and disappointing restriction and therefore would like to warn any potential buyers of this matter. I think I do understand the reason behind their policy, which they should have clearly declared to me at the outset.



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