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Re: [school-discuss] KSayit

Bill and Max,

Thanks!  I will test both espeak-gui and WriteType.  

Actually I want to use this in conjunction with TuxPaint for writing song lyrics.  Originally I looked at FreeMind for organizing ideas, but that is pretty worthless for  a dyslexic kid.  Then it occurred to me that all of the stamps, tools, magic, etc. in TuxPaint would be a good place to start.  Draw the song first.  Then I want to put the words in a program that reads it back.

We'll see how it goes.

Marilyn  :)


On Wed, 25 May 2011 12:07:02 -0700, Bill Kendrick wrote:

On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 01:50:56PM -0500, marilyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxwrote:
Hi! In the past I have used KSayit for students to type a composition and listen to it read back to them. In my current OS I can't get it to work - or kttsmgr either. Any hints? Marilyn
Hi Marilyn - I'm guessing you've gone from KDE 3.5 to KDE 4.x or GNOME.
Looking at Ubuntu's Software Center on my Kubuntu 10.10 system, I searched
for "tts" and found "eSpeak Speech Synthesizer" (package: "espeak-gui")

It provides a window where you can type (or paste) text, and hit "Play"
to have it read aloud.  I played with it for all of 5 seconds.  I certainly
would prefer kttsmgr's more tightly-integrated approach (e.g., ask the
browser, word processor, etc. to read text directly), but it might be
suitable for your needs.

Good luck!