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    @mlapl1

    Hello Everyone, it’s been a while…

    Is there a way of connecting Lectora to a good quality text to speech converter? I would like to be able to display a page and then play the contents of selected text fields.

    If such a converter does exist, would you kindly tell me where to find it and (if possible) how to connect to it?

    Thank you for your help as ever.

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    DragonSpeakingNaturally… from Nuance ( https://www.nuance.com ) is one of the best voice recognition tools and with it you can literally control your computer by voice…but its pricey.

    Google voice recognition is cheaper…and works well too…
    https://cloud.google.com/speech-to-text/

    Ah wait you want it the other way around… text2speech…
    https://cloud.google.com/text-to-speech/

    Easiest to implement would be a javascript library…well try these…

    ResponsiveVoice Text To Speech


    https://github.com/Hagsten/Talkify
    https://www.npmjs.com/package/text-to-speech-js
    https://www.masswerk.at/mespeak/

    Quite interesting options… gonna mockup a sample 🙂

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    Thank you, Math. As usual, you are a mine of information and help. I had identified responsivevoice as a possibility but not the others. Any mockup would be hugely helpful.

     

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    Hello again

    I have managed to get the responsivevoice API to work quite well although the quality of the English voices bothers me a bit and I still cannot do everything I want.

    BTW…  I am cleary getting rusty with Lectora. Is there a Lectora variable associated with the contents of a textblock? I thought there was but cannot seem to find one.

    Thank you!

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    No variable thats specifically linked to the contents of a textfield. However you can use actions to set the content of a textfield to some variables value…or use Javascript to get the content of a specific textfield… jQuery / Vanilla javascript or GSAP solutions for that allover my posts…

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    Just a quick update to let you know Lectora 18.1 includes a new Text to Speech feature which allows you to choose from a variety of language accents/pronunciations, voices, and you can use SSML markup to add pauses, breaks, and more. Hopefully this will help you in your future TTS endeavors!

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    Hi all…sorry to piggy back on this thread, but I got so excited about the new Text-To-Speech feature I downloaded 18.1 as soon as I got the email.

    However, the drop-downs for ‘Language’ and ‘Voice’ are blank.

    What am I missing?

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    @steven: I suspect you are now a beta tester. Not on purpose, just that Trivantis clearly didn’t finish testing 18.1 before pushing it out.

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    We are looking into that issue. We can not reproduce it

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    Hi @struitt

    It appears you have internet because the TTS dialog loads. Do you have an anti-virus or firewall which could be blocking the requests we are doing to get the data to populate the drop lists? Can you try temporarily disabling these to see if it is the issue?

    Thanks
    – Joe

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    @struitt

    It appears a post I thought I made after the one above didn’t actually post.  That post was “Aaaaaand now it works.”

    That being said, I closed Lectora and opened it back up and the lists were there.  My coworker had to do the same thing.

    And I must say…I like this new feature!

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