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Offline spudmiga

Talking Amiga!
« on: July 16, 2019, 11:19:34 PM »
Hi guys.

I wonder if any of you could possibly help.
After copying all the neccessary files from the Workbench 1.3 disk to my 3.1 flash drive installation, I now have Say working on my A1200. Good times!  ;D

A long time ago on a previous install I had a few lines in my startup-sequence which made my Amiga talk to me when Workbench had finished loading, using the Say program in the background which I thought was really cool.
Unfortunately I cannot remember how to do this and can't seem to find any threads here on how to do it.

Does anybody know? I would be ever so grateful  ;D

Spud.  8)
 

Offline SACC-guy

Re: Talking Amiga!
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2019, 01:46:11 AM »
I don't remember the syntax, but

for your peace of mind, At the least use the user-startup
 

Offline Matt_H

Re: Talking Amiga!
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2019, 03:23:42 AM »
Say is one of the first things I install on a new system! I usually grab the files from OS2.04, but the 1.3 versions do have that more "classic" sound :)

Lots of options for what you're looking to do, although User-Startup is probably easiest. You can use Say from the command line without invoking the UI. Adding the line
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Say booting complete should do it. You might want to put a Run >NIL: in front of it so that the boot process doesn't pause while it's talking. You can include the usual Say switches for pitch/speed/etc. as command-line arguments.

If you want to get complicated, you could also invoke Say's -x switch to speak the contents of a text file (so that you can change what the machine says without having to edit the entire User-Startup). If you installed the files for the SPEAK: DOS device, you could also
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Copy yourtextfile SPEAK: for the same result.

Finally, instead of User-Startup, you could put the commands into a separate script, give it a Project icon (set the default tool to IconX, add the tooltype DONOTWAIT) and put that in WBStartup.
 
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Offline SACC-guy

Re: Talking Amiga!
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2019, 04:14:21 AM »
Wasn't there also a talking word processor?
 

Offline Matt_H

Re: Talking Amiga!
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2019, 05:39:39 AM »
Wasn't there also a talking word processor?

Yeah, I have a recollection of an advertisement or article in Amazing Computing or Amiga World about something like that. Can't remember the name, though   :-\

I think either Final Writer or Wordworth can also read back what you've written, but I don't think they pitched that feature as a key selling point.
 

Offline vince_6

Re: Talking Amiga!
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2019, 05:05:39 PM »
Yes, prowrite.

This is what I have in my user-startup:

say -r -p65 Welcome to Workbench

 ;D
« Last Edit: July 19, 2019, 10:10:40 AM by vince_6 »
http://partsfromthepast.blogspot.gr/ A1200 Black Project
To blit, or not to blit?
 

Offline SACC-guy

Re: Talking Amiga!
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2019, 11:44:59 PM »
Yes, I found it..

It was call "Talker"

big smile

 

Offline spudmiga

Re: Talking Amiga!
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2019, 06:17:57 PM »
Say is one of the first things I install on a new system! I usually grab the files from OS2.04, but the 1.3 versions do have that more "classic" sound :)

I did not realise that the 1.3 voice is different to the 2.x voice.
That is interesting, I do have 2.04 and 2.05 disks at my disposal, for whatever reason I took it from 1.3.

What is the difference?
 

Offline spudmiga

Re: Talking Amiga!
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2019, 06:19:22 PM »
Wasn't there also a talking word processor?

Yeah, I have a recollection of an advertisement or article in Amazing Computing or Amiga World about something like that. Can't remember the name, though   :-\

I think either Final Writer or Wordworth can also read back what you've written, but I don't think they pitched that feature as a key selling point.

Excellence can do this too  ;D

Spud  8)
 

Offline Matt_H

Re: Talking Amiga!
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2019, 08:46:43 PM »
I did not realise that the 1.3 voice is different to the 2.x voice.
That is interesting, I do have 2.04 and 2.05 disks at my disposal, for whatever reason I took it from 1.3.

What is the difference?

2.04 is ever-so-slightly more natural sounding. I’m not sure if it’s due to improvements in narrator.device or translator.library, but I suspect the latter. There’s an unofficial patch on Aminet for a v43 of translator.library that offers even more options, although the UI is a little clunky.