Speech Dispatcher 0.6.2 Released
hanke at brailcom.org
Wed Feb 28 03:20:03 EST 2007
The Brailcom organization is happy to announce the availability of
Speech Dispatcher 0.6.2 developed as a part of the Free(b)Soft project.
This is a minor release, it contains mostly bugfixes and minor
improvements. Please read `What is new' and `NOTES' bellow.
* What is Speech Dispatcher?
Speech Dispatcher is a device independent layer for speech
synthesis, developed with the goal of making the usage of speech
synthesis easier for application programmers. It takes care of most
of the tasks necessary to solve in speech enabled applications. What
is a very high level GUI library to graphics, Speech Dispatcher is
to speech synthesis.
The architecture of Speech Dispatcher is based on a proven
client/server model. The basic means of client communication
with Speech Dispatcher is through a TCP connection using the Speech
Synthesis Interface Protocol (SSIP).
Key Speech Dispatcher features are:
- Message priority model that allows multiple simultaneous
connections to Speech Dispatcher from one or more clients
and tries to provide the user with the most important messages.
- Different output modules that talk to different synthesizers
so that the programmer doesn't need to care which particular
synthesizer is being used. Currently Festival, Flite, Epos, Espeak
and (non-free) Dectalk software, IBM TTS are supported. Festival
is an advanced Free Software synthesizer supporting various
languages. Espeak is a very fast multi-lingual synthesizer.
- Client-based configuration allows users to configure different
settings for different clients that connect to Speech Dispatcher.
- Simple interface for programs written in C, C++ provided through a
shared library. Python, Common Lisp and Guile interface. An Elisp
library is developed as a sperate project speechd-el. Possibly an
interface to any other language can be developed.
* What is new in 0.6.2?
- Bug fixes.
- Generic output module for eSpeak includes definitions for all
- Python interface now supports callbacks.
NOTES (0.6, 0.6.1 and 0.6.2)
- A Gnome Speech output module was developed which allows you to use
Gnopernicus with Speech Dispatcher and is available in Gnome Speech
- An experimental module for Orca provides support of
(this version of Speech Dispatcher 0.6.2 is required)
- ALSA audio output is not turned on by default. If you like,
go to etc/speech-dispatcher/modules and turn it on for your
- If you are using speechd-up, you likely need to upgrade to
speechd-up-0.3 and later due to a bug in speechd-up. Speechd-up 0.3
also brings new capabilities, notably support for the ``Read all''
function in Speakup.
- Although not necessary, we highly recommend you to install the
festival-freebsoft-utils 0.6 available on
* Where to get it?
You can get the distribution tarball of the released version from
We recommend you to fetch the sound icons for use with Speech
Dispatcher. They are available at
Corresponding Debian, Gentoo and Ubuntu packages will soon be
available at your distribution mirror.
The home page of the project is http://www.freebsoft.org/speechd
* How to report bugs?
Please report bugs at <speechd at bugs.freebsoft.org>. For other
contact please use <speechd at lists.freebsoft.org>
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