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Short:New replacement for the C= speak-handler
Author:selco at t-online dot de (Alexander Fritsch)
Uploader:selco t-online de (Alexander Fritsch)
Type:util/sys
Version:39.1
Requires:translator.library, narrator.device and OS2.0
Architecture:m68k-amigaos
Distribution:Aminet
Kurz:Neuer Ersatz fuer den C= speak-handler
Date:2016-03-27
Download:http://aminet.net/util/sys/speak-handler.lha - View contents
Readme:http://aminet.net/util/sys/speak-handler.readme
Downloads:835

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This is a replacement for the Commodore speak-handler that was dropped 
when OS 2.1 was released. 
It has been created from scratch, i.e. it is not just a patch but a completely
new program.
All features of the original speak-handler are supported.
International characters are supported.

For a working speech synthesizer you need additionally any version of 
narrator.device and translator.library. A free translator.library can be found
on Aminet, narrator.device must be obtained from old Workbench disks or 
Cloantos Amiga Forever CD.

As a bonus this new speak-handler can be used in combination with different 
translator.libraries and narrator.devices. 
You can have a SPEAK: device that uses the latest narrator.device and 
translator.library and -at the same time- a SPEAK_WB134: that uses the 
("more retro-sounding") narrator from Workbench 1.3 disk.


Installation
------------
Copy speak-handler to L:
Copy the desired mount files (e.g. SPEAK, SPEAK_WB10, SPEAK_WB134,
SPEAK_Trans424) to DEVS:Dosdrivers/ or create a new file using these as
templates.
Copy needed narrator.device to Devs: and translator.library to Libs:

If you plan to use different versions simultanously then the devices/libraries
must be renamed and slightly patched.
For this purpose a special patch tool "speak_libdevpatcher" is provided.
The length of the new names must not be longer than the original names!

For instance narator.device from Workbench 1.3 has version 33.2, so a possible
new name is narra332.device or narrwb13.device. 
To patch your narrator.device version 33.2  from Workebench 1.3.4 disk in DF0:
you could call

speak_libdevpatcher FROM df0:devs/narrator.device TO sys:devs/narra332.device

And to patch translator.library version 34.3 from the same disk

speak_libdevpatcher FROM df0:libs/translator.library TO
sys:libs/transla343.library


For translator.library 42.4 from aminet you could call for instance

speak_libdevpatcher FROM ram:Translator/Libs/020_translator.library TO
Libs:transla424.library


The mountfiles (SPEAK, SPEAK_WB10, SPEAK_WB134, SPEAK_Trans424) contain a new
line "Startup=" where the new library and device names have to be entered.
If this line is commented or library or device is not specified, speak-handler
uses the default names narrator.device and translator.library.


SPEAK: Options
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m (male)
f (female)
r (robot)
n (natural)
s speed          The speaking rate in words/minute. Range is from 40 to 400 wpm.
p pitch          The baseline pitch of the speaking voice. Range is 65 to 320
Hertz.

The SPEAK: handler provides speech output for the Amiga. 
With SPEAK: you can have the Amiga literally read the contents of a file out
load. 
For instance, COPY DEVS:mountlist SPEAK:OPT/f/s160 will say the contents of the
mountlist in a female voice at a moderate speed. 
SPEAK: accepts all the options of the SAY command and also 
o0 and o1 (enables or disables processing of options in the input stream), 
a0 and a1 (toggled direct phoneme mode), and 
d0 and d1 (enables sentence pause on LF or CR). 

; say the contents of the startup-sequence in a female voice at a moderate
speed. 
copy s:startup-sequence SPEAK:OPT/f/s160

; speak with default settings
echo "This is Amiga speaking." >speak:

; use options r (robotic) and p65 (lowest pitch)
echo "This is Amiga speaking like a robot." >speak:opt/r/p65

; enable in-text options via opt/o1
; Remind that option parsing happens ONLY at the very beginning of a text line. 
; (With the echo command we use *N to insert a NEWLINE, i.e. starting a new
textline)
echo "This is Amiga speaking*Nopt/r/p65*NAnd this is Amiga speaking like a
robot." >speak:opt/o1

; use German umlauts with translator42 library from Aminet
echo "Es grünt so grün, wenn Spaniens Blüten blühen" >SPEAK_Trans424:


Acknowledgements
----------------
Speacial thanks go to Thor for patiently discussing implementation problems and
potential Amiga-OS compatibility issues with me.


  
Alexander Fritsch
selco at t-online.de





Contents of util/sys/speak-handler.lha
PERMISSION  UID  GID    PACKED    SIZE  RATIO METHOD CRC     STAMP     NAME
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[generic]                 8387   13260  63.3% -lh5- 1b60 Feb 16  1980 speak_libdevpatcher
[generic]                  297     588  50.5% -lh5- b96c Feb 16  1980 speak
[generic]                 2502    3828  65.4% -lh5- 94e6 Mar 27  1980 speak-handler
[generic]                 1909    4460  42.8% -lh5- a097 Feb 17  1980 speak-handler.readme
[generic]                  314     838  37.5% -lh5- d916 Jan 21  1980 speak-handler.readme.info
[generic]                  266     481  55.3% -lh5- 0d37 Jan 20  1980 speak.info
[generic]                  297     575  51.7% -lh5- 28d5 Feb 16  1980 SPEAK_Trans424
[generic]                  265     481  55.1% -lh5- 3133 Jan 21  1980 SPEAK_Trans424.info
[generic]                  299     616  48.5% -lh5- 8910 Feb 16  1980 speak_wb10
[generic]                  262     481  54.5% -lh5- 03fa Jan 20  1980 speak_wb10.info
[generic]                  334     633  52.8% -lh5- 65ad Feb 16  1980 speak_wb134
[generic]                  262     481  54.5% -lh5- 45b7 Jan 20  1980 speak_wb134.info
---------- ----------- ------- ------- ------ ---------- ------------ ----------
 Total        12 files   15394   26722  57.6%            Mar 27 21:50

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