Read_Text.0.7.30.oxt will now recreate a missing directory when saving audio files in Linux.
This release replaces a depreciated component function. It no longer uses ThisComponent.DocumentInfo function. Instead, it uses ThisComponent.DocumentProperties.
Read Text 0.7.28 works better with non-English versions of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Windows XP defaults to English for unknown languages. Newer Windows systems use W3 XML for unknown languages. Some Windows 8 language locales are silent if XML uses an unknown language, so we have reverted to looking up MS codes for most languages.
Read Text 0.7.26 includes improvements for non-English speech synthesis.
Read Text 0.7.25 includes updates for the Ubuntu 11.10 Unity desktop and adds features to the About... dialog.
Read Text 0.7.23 can detect more Asian and complex languages.
Read Text 0.7.22 has improvements for Windows users. In Windows, the Extension settings dialogue appears more quickly. Windows Vista and Windows 7 can use ISO codes to recognize more languages.
Read Text 0.7.21 corrects errors for the Japanese locale, improves multilingual support for OSX Lion, facilitates opening the system control panel, adds French and German support to on-line help and adds information to the help system.
Read Text 0.7.20 has Linux support for the Vorbis speex audio codec.
Read Text Extension 0.7.18 can use festival speech synthesizer's text2wave to create .wav .flac, .m4a, .mp3, and .ogg audio files. With Linux, it can also use text2wave to create.webm, .avi, .mpg, and mp4 video files.
Read Text 0.7.17 can use several free and open source applications in Windows to create .flac, .m4a, .mp3, and .ogg audio files. The free and open source programs listed below are distributed in .zip files. Microsoft recommends that you set a system restore point before installing audio conversion software, that you verify that the software is from a trusted source, and that you uninstall the software if you have performance issues. Download the programs for the formats you want to use. Place the decompressed applications in the C:\opt directory. The Read Text extension automatically detects the command line programs in this directory and puts a new item in the extension dialog. You may be able to use the command line programs with the extension as an open source alternative to Apple iTunes for file conversions or to create ogg and flac open source audio files. .
The extension also includes some other minor improvements.
Read Text 0.7.16 - This release permits the use of the new (ESPEAK_READ_TEXT_PY) token with Windows 32 bit systems using the version of Python included with the LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org application.
Read Text 0.7.15 - The Read Text Extension Apple OSX main dialogue now shows all the English Macintosh voices from Agnes to Zarvox. If you are using Linux, the (PICO_READ_TEXT_PY) and (ESPEAK_READ_TEXT_PY) Python scripts add the first few words of the text as a title meta-data tag to the audio and video files that support tagging.
Read Text 0.7.14 has a new (ESPEAK_READ_TEXT_PY) token. Read Text extension now supports creating static video with espeak. Use ffmpeg to create video files for web publishing. You can create avi, mpg, and webm video. You can now add your own picture to the video using a file dialog box.
Read Text 0.7.11 gives Linux users of SVOX Pico the ability to create compressed audio and video files for web publishing.
Read Text 0.7.10 includes several refinements to the high quality SVOX Pico speech synthesizer for Linux. The SVOX Pico speech synthesizer packages are available in Debian's non-free repository and in Ubuntu's multiverse repository. Use a package manager like Synaptic or apt-get to install the following packages: libttspico0, libttspico-utils, and libttspico-data.
Read Text Extension 0.7.7 includes interface improvements for Ubuntu Festival users.
Read Text 0.7.6 now has a help file for German. The dialog boxes have been revised by a native German speaker.
Read Text 0.7.5 has improvements to the main dialog and offers new functionality.
Read Text 0.7.4 improves the QR encode web application by explicitly replacing "&" with the escaped string.
Read Text 0.7.3 improves the QR encode web application by explicitly replacing "+" with the string "%2B"
Read Text 0.7.2 improves QR Code image creation. Icelandic language is available in the dialogs, menus and tool tips.
Read Text 0.6.12 adds the ability to use a web charting application to create QR code labels regardless of computer platform.
Read Text.0.6.9 improves how LibreOffice handles Read Text Extension's context sensitive help [F1] when LibreOffice Help is not installed.
Read Text Extension 0.6.8 includes sample python utilities, including a utilty to create QR code labels with the Linux platform.
Read Text 0.6.7 makes it easier to set up different speech synthesis options.
Read Text.0.6.6 adds support of the (SELECTION_LANGUAGE_CODE) token to Arabic and Hindi text.
Read Text.0.6.5 lets you use the (SELECTION_LANGUAGE_CODE) token with Chinese, Japanese and Korean text.
Read Text.0.6.3 adds support for Indonesian, Tagalog and Ukrainian. For Windows users, the tts_wscript.vbs table now indexes more countries with the appropriate Microsoft Windows locale code.
Read Text.0.6.2 has bug fixes, security and performance improvements.
Read Text 0.6.1 uses more sensible default settings for Macintosh computers.
Why use espeak? It is multilingual and can be set up to parse XML as speech commands. You can improve the quality of the voices by installing mbrola and mbrola voices.
Read Text 0.6.0 works better with LibreOffice 3.3.0.
Read Text 0.5.7 lets Apple OSX users save native speech as aif, wav, mp3 or m4a sound files. Windows users can now save items in aif format using iTunes.
Read Text 0.5.6 lets you use iTunes on your Windows computer to convert speech sound files to mp3 and m4a formats and to manage speech files on your portable music player.
The tts_wscript.vbs table includes Hindi and Indonesian. Windows performance and responsiveness is improved.
This release lets Windows correctly distinguish Norwegian Bokmal (Literary Norwegian) and Norwegian Nynorsk.
This release corrects an error message that may appear when using web tools.
Windows computers can now create an audio wave file as well as speaking aloud.
This release corrects a "String could not be analysed" error message that might have appeared the first time the extension was run on a Windows system. The Windows Wscript VBS file adds code to the table for South Africa English and Great Britain English.
If you have installed voices in different languages, this version of the Read Text Extension lets you read the selected text using different languages while editing writer, web writer, calc and impress documents. The selected voice tag uses the same language and country properties that the spell checker and thesaurus use.
When the selected text country value cannot be determined, the value defaults to the system's country instead of US (United States of America).
This update adds new and corrected language and country locales for the ISO code translation table in Windows. The tts_wscript.vbs script for Windows has additions or corrections of ISO codes for the following languages:
The word processor application can tell the language of the selected text and choose a voice with the same language. This is particularly useful if you are teaching or learning a language.
The menus and description for Spanish have been revised by a native speaker. ¡Muchas gracias ArielEnter!
Once you set up your speech preferences, the application reads in the document's language if the voice is installed. When you write or edit a multilingual document, you can change the language of selected text with Tools > Language > For Selection. The language you choose determines which language is used for the dictionary and thesaurus. It also can be used to tell an external program, script or web application the language of the selection.
Use with an external program
You may need to install applications or voices to use different languages.
Use with a web application
You can also use the codes with a web application. For example, use it with Google Translate to translate foreign text to your language:
See the Read Text Software Web Applications page for more ideas.
This release adds additional language support.
Windows SAPI users can choose any SAPI5 voice using a combobox. The About... dialog has new language resources. The fonts are consistent.
A path problem with some installations of Festival is corrected. Windows users get easier to use Wscript options. The About... dialog is improved.
This version lets you use different Windows voices, and lets you read the clipboard, even with text from an external program.
Select different Windows built in voices
If you are using Windows, and you have installed different SAPI voices, you can now select a different voice and voice rate than the default.
Normal usage: "(TTS_WSCRIPT_VBS)" "(TMP)"
Custom usage: "(TTS_WSCRIPT_VBS)" /voice:"Microsoft Anna" /rate:-3 "(TMP)"
/voice:"Microsoft Anna" - (optional) Uses Microsoft Anna.
/rate:-3 - (optional) The slowest rate is -10 and the fastest is 10.
"(TMP)" (required) - Path to text document to speak.
This is a minor update to improve the appearance and polish of the Read Text Extension.
This release supports Portuguese. An incorrect tool tip has been corrected. Some redundant code is removed. The packaging has new language and picture resources.