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Voice to text and Text to voice software

Postby Squiffy » Wed 23 Jul 2003 14:52 GMT

Hi everyone

I was wondering if anyone had had experience with, or know people who have had, with Voice to text and text to voice software for people with impaired eyesight.

If you can point me towards any suitable websites it would be greatly appreciated.

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Postby Terry » Wed 23 Jul 2003 15:32 GMT

Hi Squiffs,

Have I missed something here ref your eyesight?

In answer to your question though, I know two partially sighted people who I can ask. Once I get in contact I'll get back to you.
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Postby CustomStrat » Wed 23 Jul 2003 16:27 GMT

I don't know about voice to text but for text to voice there's one called Text Aloud MP3. You paste in your text and it reads it back in a Stephen Hawkings kinda voice (even though the application offers a variety of voices; American male, American female, English male, English female...) which can then be saved as MP3. You can download a fully functioning demo from ZDNet and then it's $25/US to buy. ZDNet also have a couple of others that seem to do the same things (one called Speakonia that's free) but I haven't tried any of the others; check 'em out:

http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/2001-20-0.html?legacy=cnet
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Postby Squiffy » Wed 23 Jul 2003 18:58 GMT

HI Terry and CS :P

Thanks for the info. I am just doing some research at present as I have been diagnosed with some optical problems including loss of peripheral vision - bummer, I know. :(

Am waiting to see a Specialist to find out what the prognosis is, and what exactly is wrong, and, more to th epoint, what they can do to arrest it/repair it etc.

I am just looking into things right now, incase, and wanted to see what people had used or knew about. Cannot see me ever giving up computers - it IS my job, so want to be for-armed just in case.

I have found a programme "Speaktomail" andone "Texttospeech" and have downloaded demos of both, they are quite impressive, but as you say Steven Hawkins it is :lol:

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Postby chabrenas » Wed 23 Jul 2003 20:15 GMT

Give me a couple of days, squiffs. I'll be speaking to wifie tomorrow evening - she may have some useful experiences from her Occupational Health days. Hope it won't be too long before the specialists start checking you out.

One consolation - if you're going to have eye problems, the computer industry is one of the better places to be working. I knew a systems support guy in a Scottish university who had to set up his X-terminal with fonts an inch high, and there was a programmer at IBM Hursley labs who'd been blind from birth, as well as a comptroller who kept his job after severe glaucoma hit him. However, when you've been able to see properly all your life, any reduction in that ability is pretty frustrating, not to mention stressful until you have adapted.

Even I am crossing my fingers that the floater that sits right in the centre of my right eye for months, before wandering off for a while and returning, isn't going to get joined by a few mates, 'cos I'm told its a ruggie thing I have to live with. It's not much consolation to have the optician say 'Oh, yes, I can see it. A bit of dried blood. looks like a little aeroplane, stuck to the back of the lens.'

Good luck with the tests. You've set me a web research challenge that should shut me up for a while - I'll tell you whenever I find anything useful - so far, CNET has produced some shareware but it seems to be aimed more at helping teach kids to read.
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Postby Kay » Wed 23 Jul 2003 21:03 GMT

I don't have any useful suggestions yet, Squiffs, although I hope you know that all your friends here are thinking of you and wishing you well. Sorry if it sounds cheesy - but we do all care, and I expect that everyone here agrees.

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Postby días-idílicos » Wed 23 Jul 2003 21:20 GMT

Sorry to hear of the problem Squiffs, I have a minor thing with eyesight being diabetes associated... wishing you the best.

I think Windows XP Pro has speak to text and vice versa as standard. It made one of Mike Clarks texts *nearly* comprhensible. I'll check it later if you haven't already... let me know.

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Postby Squiffy » Thu 24 Jul 2003 12:06 GMT

Hi everyone

Thanks for the good wishes and info.

I have an appointment with my GP tomorrow so that I can get referred to the specialist - hopefully the works private health plan will actually be worth something now, as I would have to wait for an NHS appointment!

Am using the inbuilt "accessibility" features in windoze, which after gettign used to does help a lot at present, tho my spelling hasn't improved :lol:

Will let you know how I get on

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Postby chabrenas » Thu 24 Jul 2003 18:56 GMT

Right. My oracle has spoken, so I'll pass on her wisdom and advice. (This advice applies to anyone dealing with the medical profession on serious matters).

1. To get the best value out of your visit to the specialist:
- Think of all your questions first, and write them on a Q&A sheet with space for you to jot down the answers.
- Take someone with you that is good at this kind of thing and that you'd feel happy discusing the answers with afterwards, and give him/her a copy of your Q&A sheet to take notes on. (This may be Mrs Squiffs, or a personal friend - you're the best judge of who would be most use in this role). If the consultant (or, more likely, the associated administrator) refuses to let you do this, insist, or see a different consultant. You have the right to take someone with you.

Phyll worked in both north and south of the UK, and got to know GPs and consultants who ranged from superb to the kind who thought they were God. She also successfully bullied a few of them on behalf of her patients - which endeared her to the patients rather more than it did to her immediate boss in more than one instance.

2. Once you have the full diagnosis and prognosis, search the web to find out who is the world's leading authority on your problem. That's where you should find information about everything that can help you.

Good luck.
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Postby Squiffy » Fri 25 Jul 2003 06:56 GMT

Hi Mike

Thanks for the valuable informtion, am off to the GP shortly so will elt you know how I get on, blew another blood vessel in my rigt eye last night, so hope we can get things moving swiftly.

Thank you everyone for being there! :P

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Postby Squiffy » Fri 25 Jul 2003 14:28 GMT

Hi all

Interesting morning!

Went to see GP, they had already referred me to the specialist via NHS.....so asked if it would speed things up if went private (of course it would) am going to see the same specialist but 10X quicker.........Good old Labour Britain, the NHS is safe in their hands :twisted:

Anyhow, appears I not only have the eye problems, but my blood pressure is up (could be related but Doc doesn't think so) so have to go back on Wednesday for full blood work up, ECG, BP etc etc.

Then had morning of phoning/faxing Private health care company/Doctors/Specialists secretary etc etc - really good for your blood pressure :lol:

Now awaiting an appointment for hopefully next week.

Eyes not too bad today, so hopefully they will not get any worse.

Thanks again for all your good wishes etc.

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Postby Kay » Fri 25 Jul 2003 14:41 GMT

Welcome back, Squiffs. Things just aren't the same without you - even though you were only gone for a few hours.

Take care

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Postby justajester » Fri 25 Jul 2003 16:29 GMT

Squiffy, oh Squiffy...please don't leave us alone again! We missed you. High blood pressure, too? You need a vacation...come to Canada for a visit. Seriously tho, take care of yourself, do EXACTLY what the doctors tell you, and try to relax. ( i know, i know) Remember, most of what we think is terribly important today won't matter a whit in a hundred years.

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Postby Squiffy » Fri 25 Jul 2003 18:33 GMT

Hi Nora

{{{{{{{{{Nora}}}}}}}}}}}}

Vacation sounds nice, How about November??? :wink:

I am ok, better not tell Spouse, you know what HE'LL be like! :shock:

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Postby Squiffy » Fri 25 Jul 2003 18:34 GMT

Kay wrote:Welcome back, Squiffs. Things just aren't the same without you - even though you were only gone for a few hours.

Aw shucks :oops:
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