[access-uk] Re: New voices for the next apple operating system

Well Andy, I still use JAWS primarily because I'm used to it, sort of in a
comfort zone if you like.  I don't like Freedom Scientific, I think
everybody knows that.  I hate the way they operate, but that's my opinion
and I'm sticking to it.  I hope the day comes when Microsoft, for all its
faults and flaws, will do as Apple have, and bring out a built-in screen
reader.  And the reason?  Because Apple's operating system works with
VoiceOver.  You don't have to buy scripts or add-ons, and when the software
has an upgrade, so does VoiceOver, and it works with everything on the Mac
that is part of that operating system.  That is not to say that VoiceOver
works with everything you can buy for the Mac, and therein is the
difference.  There is software out there that doesn't work with VoiceOver.

It is also a steep learning curve, but I now have an iMac, and I like
leaving Windows for a bit to learn something on it.  I also don't have
iTunes on my PC, but use it on the Mac, and have my music collection on it
so I can transfer what I want to my iPod Nano and the iTouch.  The Alex
voice on the Mac is very good too.

I don't think I would ever swap my PC for the Mac full-time, I don't feel
confident enough to do that, and there are apps on the PC that don't cut it
on the Mac like Office.  But to play with and learn, it's an interesting
concept.


Kind Regards,

Jackie Cairns
J&M Work-Ability

jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
www.work-ability.co.uk
-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
ANDY COLLINS
Sent: 18 May 2011 16:59
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: New voices for the next apple operating system

Well you know Jackie, I've been considering a mac for when the time comes to
buy a new laptop, if I haven't gone the IPad route by then.

I guess there's quite a steep learning curve if going from Windows to Mac,
but any improvement over JAWS and eloquence has to be a big plus for me -

Andy


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jackie Cairns" <jackie.cairnsplace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 8:27 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: New voices for the next apple operating system


> Yep Andy with you completely, and they are slower on a device too.  I
> wouldn't touch them with a barge pole unless they are built into something
> that doesn't allow you to change them.  Alex on the Mac is very good
> quality.  You even hear him take breaths when he is reading.  It's 
> personal
> preference, but I agree those voices are dreadful, apart from Sangita, who
> is really quite realistic in her own way.
>
>
> Kind Regards,
>
> Jackie Cairns
> J&M Work-Ability
>
> jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> www.work-ability.co.uk
> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf 
> Of
> ANDY COLLINS
> Sent: 17 May 2011 13:51
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: New voices for the next apple operating system
>
> Well, I hope, but doubt that they would sound better under Voice Over. I
> hate them. Still too mechanical. Why do these voices always sound as 
> though
> they're gargling as they speak? I'd hoped by now we'd be having a more
> naturally flowing voice -
>
> Andy
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Gordon Keen <mailto:gordonkeen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 10:01 AM
> Subject: [access-uk] New voices for the next apple operating system
>
> Hi
> Thought some of you might want a listen to these, what do you think
> of them...
>
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>
> Hello
>
> Here are samples of a couple of the new voices in Lion which
> have been doing the rounds. These aren't generated through Apple's speech
> engine, they're the same voices used by another service so the samples are
> generated from that. They may or may not sound better when used in
> VoiceOver:
>
> English American Accent - Samantha
> <http://nextupdownloads.com/scansamples/samantha.wav>
>
> English British Accent - Serena
> <http://nextupdownloads.com/scansamples/serena.wav>
>
> Cheers
>
>
>
> G
>
> From Bridgerule in glorious Devon, England.
> Catch the buzz at http://www.bridgerule.co.uk
>
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