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16th August 2007, 06:21 PM
is there a good text reading software out there like readplease. I can't get these two or three on fed 7 to work even decently. I tried to wine readplease but the speech engines didn't load. I think I found them loaded in the .wine folder but apparently readplease is referencing them elsewhere. I search where the loaded in xp and it was to a windows sub folder so I created a windows folder and all the subs and copied them there but that didn't fix it. I thought it might still be trying to reference it there.

any ideas.

16th August 2007, 09:01 PM
I believe that Fedora has festival reading software in the repositories..

yum install festival

16th August 2007, 09:25 PM
I have used festival with great result for english texts.

17th August 2007, 05:07 AM
I haven't been able to get festival to work. First I had to dig around and download some voices that I thought should have been preloaded and then when I loaded some text and hit play it acted like it was going to take two days to process it.

I got readplease to work. I had to open the winecfg file and add it to the list of programs. Then it was there and played but there was no sound. I went back into winecfg and changed the audio settings and now it works. For some reason everything with audio plays low on fedora. I need some kind of system amplifier.

17th August 2007, 04:29 PM
I'm surprised you can't get festival working, a simple 'yum install festival' should install it, then

festival --tts textfile.txt

echo "Hello, I'm Festival" | festival --tts
should speak to you.

The volume in gnome is sometimes set a bit low by default, you can increase it to max via system-config-soundcard

4th August 2008, 03:14 AM
To Sideways: Is there a GUI for festival? Also, gow do I configure voices and stuff?

Thank you very much!

5th August 2008, 09:51 PM
To Sideways: Is there a GUI for festival? Also, gow do I configure voices and stuff?

Thank you very much!

I haven't tried using a gui, but there is Carnival (http://carnival.sourceforge.net/), and funnily enough, this month's Linux Format (http://www.linuxformat.co.uk/) magazine has a code tutorial (in python and qt) which builds a gui for festival. (September edition #109)

For doing advanced stuff I don't have a clue, but you could browse the online site

for more info and links see

6th August 2008, 12:23 AM
Also, gow do I configure voices and stuff?
Voice packages are prefix "festvox". "yum list fest*" would show all festival-related packages.

Install voices by

$ su -
# yum install festvox-kal-diphone festvox-ked-diphone .....
To use voices in interactive mode:

$ festival -i
(SayText "Mary had a little lamb")
or place the codes (without Ctrl-D) in a file, say mary.tts and run in batch mode:

$ festival -b mary.tts
$ festival < mary.tts

Full manual is here: http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/festival/manual/

9th August 2008, 03:37 AM
Sideways and briantan, thank you very much for your help and sorry for a late response, I was out of town. All your info was useful and definitely got me going on text-to-speech.