my feedback to apple about speach synthisizers
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 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.
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 just not practical to include every single voice that everyone likes on all these devices.
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 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.