Re: [Mobile Speak Pocket] New podcast uploaded tonight.

  • From: "Deanne Fernandez" <dcm2005@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'Shane Jackson'" <jack728@xxxxxxxxx>, <msp_mailing@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Geoff Stephens" <geoffslists@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 22:20:34 -0700

I agree that Eloquence is much easier to understand than the voices offered for 
MSP or MSS.  I am currently using Loquendo Dave for US English.  I'm still 
trying to learn how to put more than one voice on my phone without paying for 
more than one license.  I, too, can't understand certain words, even after 
reviewing them several times.  I haven't yet figured out how to spell words on 
my motorola Q.  I wouldn't mind a slightly slow response time with Eloquence if 
I could understand the speech better.  Sometimes, even when I know what 
Loquendo Dave is saying, the word still doesn't sound llike an actual word.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Geoff Stephens 
  To: 'Shane Jackson' ; msp_mailing@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Cc: blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 7:18 PM
  Subject: Re: [Mobile Speak Pocket] New podcast uploaded tonight.

  I have been showing my 8525 to various blind people since I'm a new MSP user 
and am anxious to let people know how usable and intuitive Code Factory has 
made these devices.  Veteran synthesized speech users as well as newbies agree 
that the speech makes MSP a less than appealing solution.  In fact, many seem 
to become completely disinterested in all the rest of the demonstration after 
they hear the Fonix speech.  It seems that everybody wants Eloquence.  I truly 
believe Code Factory could sell significantly more copies of MSP if Eloquence 
was available.

  I have tried to condition myself to Fonix but I have to admit that it is 
still difficult for me after a month and a half of use.  I'm not very 
productive with it.  I will live with it because I have to do so.  I generally 
use arate of 19.  I frequently have to go back and review words I did not 
understand.  I use eloquence at a much faster rate (75 percent of maximum with 
JAWS for example) and do not have any problem reading at that rate.

  I have seen arguments on this list about the responsiveness of Fonix.  I 
support those who contend that it is not very responsive.  It is difficult to 
provide support for that argument since there are many factors to consider 
including the device and the screen reader.  How are we to know how responsive 
Eloquence would be with MSP if we haven't used it?  I don't know how to qualify 
it except to say I suspect it would be bettter.

  I didn't listen to the entire podcast but skimmed through it and wanted to 
let you know that the keys above the QWERTY keyboard are the left and right 
soft keys in case you want to use them in the future.  I was forced to do  so a 
couple of weeks ago when the front keyboard on my 8525 stopped working.  I have 
since received a replacement and it is working fine.  I have continued the 
habit of using the soft keys on the QWERTY keyboard when it is open.  For a 
long time I did not realize that those keys were actually keys.  I thought they 
were part of the communication that must occur to let the device know when the 
keyboard is opened and closed.  They are a little awkward to press at first but 
they work very well.


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