By jay, 18 March, 2013
iOS and iPadOS
Hello. I wrote some feedback to apple reguarding new ideas for speach synthisizers for the iphone. Please read this, and let me know if sounds like some good ideas. to apple feedback Hello. I was wondering if its possible to add a few speach synthisizers to voice over in the next ios release. The first speach synthisizer I would like to bring to your attention is Alex for the mac. I have used a mac, and really love the Alex voice that comes standard with voice over for the mac. It is verry easy to understand, and it works well with voice over. The other speach synthisizer I would like to mention is E T I Eliquence. E T I Eliquence is used on many windows screen readers, such as Jaws for windows, System Access, Window-eyes, andit can be used with an open source screen reader called NVDA. ETI Eliquence is easy to understand, and should work well with voice over. Also, it is my understanding that you have the licences to the vocalizer voices from nuance comunications. Adding some more of the voices like Tom, and some of the other voices would be great. Thanks for reading this, and have a good day. Please let me know what you think. Thanks. Jay
This whole topic is very subjective
A few considerations here.
possibility to have more then one hq voice
that's sound's great
a few more points
Ivona text to speech
How do you replace the voices
Implementing any of the
i can agree that we can
Another TTS and what I prefer
Add Voice Download / Delete Capabilities.
Maybe th next Applevis Campain?
It all comes down to the code
Sending the request to apple
My opinion on alternate voices
yes we should send a request
What are some of the voices that Android supports?
Voices on Android
The voice I chose for Android
Re: A Few Considerations Here
Apple won't be able to add
So how can you tell Alex's file size?
my 2 sents
Things I don't like about "real sounding' voices.
A Humorous Suggestion
Amid all the arguments about synth preferences and discussion of why this or that synth is not likely to be implemented in the iOS world, I have a tongue-in-cheek suggestion: all this discussion misses the mark! Apple should develop a Lauren Bacall synthesizer! Talk about one's phone making one, er, salivate! :-) :-)
I think apple's point is to make their devices as accessible as they can with the best possible voices they can license. This makes it easier to control what the voices can do over a long time. It makes no sense to develop a single killer voice that can only do a few things. In the accessibility realm of software and services development, novelty voices have no place.
I agree. I want to get my
I agree. I want to get my stuff done I don't want to play with voices. hence why I removed the novelty voices from my computer. I have no use fo them. My computer is for me to do actual work not to have fun and play with.
Have to Disagree Slightly
Hi. I'm revisiting this topic now that I've had my Mac for almost a year. I sort of disagree about the novelty voices. While some of them can get a bit annoying at times, I am one of those people who likes to switch to them a lot. So is my sister. Perhaps Apple meant for those voices to be used mainly when gaming? We both tend to switch back to a more normal-sounding voice whenever a sighted person uses our computers for whatever reason. For instance, my sister likes to switch back to Alex whenever she is with her life-skills tutor and they are at a training session at the Apple store. I do agree though that a lot of the more human-sounding voices tend to lack expression. Not all of them though. But like I mentioned in my first reply here, personal preference is what it boils down to. If you can still get work done while listening to the Good News voice, for instance, then you have every right to stick with that one for however long you want.
Sorry to revive this thread, but I am extremely curious. Now over a year had past. And we know alex is available in newer devices.
To those who had written to apple, do you guys got any response?
It's not gonna happen
It's not gonna happen. It's just not practical to include every single voice that everyone likes on all these devices.
re: It's not gonna happen
But at least the voices that many (most?) people want.
I think it boils down to storage. It's fine to have a few 500 mb voices on a computer but on an IOS device where storage is limited and has a huge premium for the larger capacities... They're just trying to squeeze the optimum into this package, unfortunately, from this thread I gather that 'optimum' is very subjective indeed.
Alex is already here
Alex is already in IOS 9 for the IOS devices. It was brought on when uiOS 8 came out.
See the above posts. Yes it was brought on in iOS8. This is about bringing it to older devices.