[mac4theblind] Re: It would be nice to have Alex on IOS devices. Does anyone know why Apple hasn't done this yet?

If you want to get an idea of what it is like to have lion voices or at least 
some of them on your ios device, alex speaks for ann free app called chime 
which can be found here:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chime/id414830146?mt=8
Here's one that was just released on march 10 and is free.  I'm going to get 
this one too as I have the others and more:
chimeo'clock
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chimeoclock/id497262531?mt=8
Voice brief
You'll have to pay for this but it is well worth it as is the next app in the 
list.  They both feature high quality large download voices which essentially 
blows the alex download theory out of the water.  It could be done as these and 
some other apps demonstrate.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-brief-text-to-speech/id423322440?mt=8
My favorite self voicing news app is Vocalyze
which self voices content.  When you have this app, drop them a note and let 
them know where you heard about it.
They also produce a similar free app:
voknow
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voknow/id414021672?mt=8
read2go
is a must have self voicing daisy reading app if you use bookshare and it reads 
other daisy books as well.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/read2go/id425585903?mt=8

My last example is InDaisy
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/indaisy/id377597460?mt=8
This is a well crafted app which self voices daisy text and allows for 
listening of audio daisy books.

I'm sure you'll find more apps with built-in voices and maybe we should start a 
compendium but when I saw the question, It put me in mind of all these apps 
I've seen and have.

Enjoy.  I provide no endorsement, just info.

On Mar 29, 2012, at 4:43 AM, Daniel McGee wrote:

Fair enough. I think it comes down to the individual user at the end of the 
day. 
I think it would be cool if there was a download feature where one can download 
the voices they want to use. You know like what happened in Lion. That way the 
user can decide yeah I want to fill up 500MB of my IOS device for one voice or 
just use the ones that come by default on it. 
Just my opinion. What do others think? Are you really not that boverd or do you 
like the idea? 
I'd be interested to know. 

Thanks 

Daniel   
On 28 Mar 2012, at 21:40, Marcy Weinberg wrote:

> That depends on what and how much you want to put on your device.
> 
> A lot of apps and/or a lot of music can be put on an iphone or ipod with 300 
> to 500 megabites of space.
> 
> So, as much as I like Alex, I'm quite happy with some of the other voices 
> such as Australian and British English.
> 
> Marcy
> 
> On Mar 28, 2012, at 12:52 PM, Justin Harford wrote:
> 
> There is enough space on the i devices that 300 to 500 mb lost would not 
> matter.
> On Mar 28, 2012, at 1:05 AM, Daniel McGee wrote:
> 
>> Hi Justine, when you say negligible, are you basically saying that it won't 
>> be worth Alex being put on IOS even though the storage goes up to 64GB. 
>> I understood your post apart from that word "negligible" I look it up but am 
>> still none the wiser. Could you explain what you mean in context. I think I 
>> know what you mean but want to make sure. 
>> Thanks 
>> Daniel  
>> On 28 Mar 2012, at 02:16, Sarah Alawami wrote:
>> 
>>> Yes they do. the iphone 4 8 gig is 99 dollars.. I can't remember how much 
>>> the 8 gig 3gs is.
>>> 
>>> Take care.
>>> On Mar 27, 2012, at 5:20 PM, Justin Harford <blindstein@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Do they still sell 8 g devices? Seriously? 
>>>> On Mar 27, 2012, at 4:35 PM, Sarah Alawami wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> Not for the 8 gig devices.  The os takes about 1 or 2 gigs so now you 
>>>>> have 6 gigs to work with and wiht apps and music on it you will not have 
>>>>> any room for alex.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Take care.
>>>>> On Mar 27, 2012, at 3:22 PM, Justin Harford <blindstein@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>>> Yeah I don't know about the processor, but I think an extra 200 mb would 
>>>>>> be pretty negligible considering the amount of storage available in i 
>>>>>> devices today.
>>>>>> On Mar 27, 2012, at 2:02 PM, Tracy Duffy wrote:
>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> If I had the choice. I'd ditch the other voices in exchange for having 
>>>>>>> Alex on my iphone. 
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> On Mar 27, 2012, at 2:10 PM, David Hilbert Poehlman wrote:
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> I've got some apps with hardwired alex audio in them.
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> On Mar 27, 2012, at 2:07 PM, Christohper-Mark Gilland wrote:
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> I think it has to do with the processor, and the fact that the Alex 
>>>>>>>> voice is absolutely huge!
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> Having said that though, if they could fit all the other voices, then 
>>>>>>>> I agree, why couldn't they fit Alex.  I see why they didn't do it, 
>>>>>>>> although I agree their reasoning isn't very logical.
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> Chris.
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Daniel McGee" 
>>>>>>>> <venables134@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>>>> To: <mac4theblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>>>> Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 1:00 PM
>>>>>>>> Subject: [mac4theblind] It would be nice to have Alex on IOS devices. 
>>>>>>>> Does anyone know why Apple hasn't done this yet?
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> Hi all, subject line says it all. Wouldn't mind this in the future but 
>>>>>>>> just thought I throw it out there why we don't have him on any of 
>>>>>>>> Apple's IOS devices.
>>>>>>>> Can anyone come up with a logical reason because I can't. LOL
>>>>>>>> So with that I'll open up the floor to you guys and listen and learn 
>>>>>>>> from your comments!
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> Thanks
>>>>>>>> 
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