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Jovie

Jovie

The Jovie text-to-speech system is a plugin based service that allows any KDE (or non-KDE) application to speak using the D-Bus interface. This software aims to become the standard subsystem for all KDE applications to provide speech output.

Jovie uses the speech-dispatcher daemon for the actual speech job; kmouth is a useful front-end for it.

This package is part of the KDE accessibility module.

†Jovie 0.6

Price
Free to download

Size
Part of KDE accessibility module
License

GNU GPL v2

Developer
Jeremy Whiting, Josť Pablo Ezequiel FernŠndez, and contributors

Website
techbase.kde.org

System Requirements
KDE 4.4 or higher
kmouth
speech-dispatcher 0.6.7 or higher
espeak, festival, or flite

Support Sites:
Handbook, Forums, Mailing List

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • User Features:
    • Speak any text from the KDE clipboard
    • Speak any plain text file
    • Speak all or any portion of a text file from Kate, including instances where Kate isembedded in another KDE application
    • Speak all or any portion of an HTML page from Konqueror
    • Use as the speech backend for KMouth and KSayIt
    • Speak KDE notifications (KNotify)
    • User-configurable filters for substituting misspoken words, choosing speech synthesizers, and transforming XHMTL/XML documents
  • Programmer Features:
  • Priority system for screen reader outputs, warnings and messages, while still playing regular texts
  • Permit generation of speech from the command line (or via shell scripts) using the qdbus utility
  • Provide a lightweight and easily usableinterface for applications to generate speech output
  • Applications need not be concerned about contention over the speech device
  • Asynchronous to prevent system blocking

Jovie in action

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