RE: [Mobile Speak Pocket] Picky Picky!

  • From: "Debbie Hazelton" <debbiehazelton@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 18:13:42 -0400

The Votrax was my first synthesizer, and it wouldn't cuss.  Hysterical.  I
used to spell words differently to get it to do that, over 20 years ago!
 


All the best!
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-----Original Message-----
From: blindcasting-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcasting-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rick Alfaro
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2007 5:04 PM
To: 'Marquette, Ed'; 'Vincent Mistretta'; 'Victor Tsaran'; 'Deanne
Fernandez'; 'Shane Jackson'; msp_mailing@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx; 'Geoff Stephens'
Cc: blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [Mobile Speak Pocket] Picky Picky!

Ed,

Yes, I sure do remember the Echo, the Cricket, and that horrible Votrax.
Despite their sound, I used to use the Echo cranked up to its fastest speed
and had no trouble understanding it.

Today, many many many years later (grin) I can't stand running speech at
full speed because it makes me nervous.  (lol)  Like you said, even the
Fonix Dectalk sounds like heaven compared to what we had back then.

In fact, I remember your name from the Apple days.  I think you had written
a couple of list programs.  I used to write the Prokey macros for
ScreenTalk.  (smile)

 
 
--Warmest regards,
 
--Rick Alfaro
--rick.alfaro@xxxxxxxxxxx

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:msp_mailing-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Marquette, Ed
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2007 11:04 AM
To: Vincent Mistretta; Victor Tsaran; Deanne Fernandez; Shane Jackson;
msp_mailing@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Geoff Stephens
Cc: blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [Mobile Speak Pocket] Picky Picky!


Hello all:
Was following the thread about the Fonix voices.  This is clearly a
generational thing.
I'm sure most of you are way too young to remember the Echo (for the Apple
II) or the Echo-PC (for the 8088 version of the IBM PC).
These, of course, came from the early 80's, and sounded like a robot in an
early 50's science fiction movie with a tracheotomy.
So, when you get used to that, Fonix sounds like heavenly music.
<SMILE>
Just thought I'd add perspective.
  

-----Original Message-----
From: msp_mailing-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:msp_mailing-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Vincent Mistretta
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2007 6:15 AM
To: 'Victor Tsaran'; 'Deanne Fernandez'; 'Shane Jackson';
msp_mailing@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx; 'Geoff Stephens'
Cc: blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [Mobile Speak Pocket] New podcast uploaded tonight.

Just to make a lighter note to this discussion...

Has anyone using the Fonix version for US noticed a hint of a Spanish accent
to the male voices?  I've only tried a couple, but noticed each had a very
slight accent not noticed on any other Fonix implementation I have used
prior. 


Vince Mistretta
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-----Original Message-----
From: msp_mailing-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:msp_mailing-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Victor Tsaran
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2007 2:32 AM
To: Deanne Fernandez; 'Shane Jackson'; msp_mailing@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Geoff
Stephens
Cc: blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [Mobile Speak Pocket] New podcast uploaded tonight.

Funny that you say that... I am just trying a 30-day license of Mobilespeak
on my Nokia N95, since it's the only player in town, and find that all those
Akoppelas do not compare to Eloquence.
First of all, they are slower, in my opinion, and second, they exagerate
speech to much, thus making it difficult to operate the phone.
I wonder why Code Factory decided to abandon Eloquence TTS.
Regards,
Vic

--- Deanne Fernandez <dcm2005@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 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.
> Deanne
>   ----- 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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