Speakable Items...

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by Tiauguinho, Apr 5, 2002.

  1. Tiauguinho macrumors 6502a

    Tiauguinho

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    Dear Mac Users,


    I've got a question for all of you.

    Do you use speakable items??? Do you like to use it? Have you made your personal scripts?

    I ask you this because today I started to play with it in osx ( had time for it... heheheh) and I found it to be very usefull but very limited, since I don't know how to make scripts. Do you guys know a good source to get some? Or can you please teach me how to or show me some examples of yours. By the way... What's the best microphone for it?


    Thanks!


    P.S. just another simple question... How the hell can I make it tell dirty jokes?????????
     
  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    I played around with it, but never used it. I think it might eventually grow up into something bigger, but until then its more of a curiosity to me. If someone does have a good use for it, I'd love to hear about it.
     
  3. Taft macrumors 65816

    Taft

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    I used to use it under OS 9.

    But the appeal is short lived. Its cool, but it can be frustrating and it doesn't learn. If it worked as well as ViaVoice I might consider it more.

    Matthew
     
  4. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    never...

    to me...it was always just an extra extension to load and eat up memory in the OS... :rolleyes:
     
  5. MacLuver23 macrumors member

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    Scripts!? Piece of cake!!!

    I was watchin tv and flipin through the channels and there was a show called "The Internet Show" This was a while ago because I remeber I had either syatem 8.6 or 9 on my mac. Anyway they were showing PCs then they showed an iMac. They showed speakable items. The next day I downloaded it from Apple. I think it is great! It tells jokes and talks to you. Anyway check out the Speech help guide it tells you a little about making your own speakable item scripts. Maybe if you want to edit the jokes to something more "funny" maybe try snd find the files that tells the jokes (either its a apple script file or a sound file) Use ResEdit to open the file, maybe you can edit it through there. I don't use Speakable Items anymore though. I have the Key Lime iBook (FW and DVD) it dosen't have a microphone port so I can have a mic. I bought the iMic thing from Griffin but I lost it. When I find it I'll use it. Hope this helps a little!
     
  6. mac15 macrumors 68040

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    I mucked around with once or twice but no its just lazy
     
  7. Beej macrumors 68020

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    I used to use it for a while, but then I realised it took more energy to speak to it than it did to move my wrist and click. :)
     
  8. Tiauguinho thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Tiauguinho

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    Thanks for the reply's!!!!

    I agree, it's lazy, but can be helpfull and it's a kind of interface that we'll see more in the future. Thanks MacLuver23 for the tip on creating and editing scripts, I'll try to make them. But now I have a another question: Does anyone have ViaVoice? How does it perform? Is it a good investement? What do you think about it?


    Thanks for you all!!!!!
     
  9. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    ive learnt that the built-in mics work much much better than the external ones. also, on the new imac, the mic is on the screen, and since you can move the screen so close to you, speakable items works like a charm!

    also, you can make apps speakable by selecting that app, then saying "make application speakable"... this adds much more functionality.

    even more, if you want more functionality, like using speech commands to make it type certain letters or words, download "VoiceCommander" from versiontracker.com

    Hope this helps!




    irmongoose
     
  10. MacLuver23 macrumors member

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    Via Voice was rate dgood by Mac Addict but they say that it can't reconize words that well. And it sometimes gets words confused. It is the issuse with the Dual 1 ghz PowerMac G4 on it (it looks like the powermac is being abducted by a UFO) It rates Via Voice for OS X ( ithink it was the March or April 2002 issue). You might be able to look up the review at thier site (www.macaddict.com) Hope this helps!
     
  11. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

    rainman::|:|

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    Re: Speakable Items...

    When I upgraded to X, I decided to try it out again. I used to toy around with SI, back when it first came about, but I was *very* unimpressed. This time around, i have an Apple Lil' Boomer Mic (that's what the guy on ebay called it)... basically one of those cell-phone mics that hangs from your ear, but with an Apple logo on it. (BTW, does anyone else have/know of these??) It works great, 90% of my speech was accepted. It was that other 10% i didn't like. Stuck with it for a week, to see if it could make my life easier, and found that every time i turned on the TV, 10 apps would launch. great. So i promptly disabled SI.

    It's a nice concept, but I would prefer dictation software built-in, rather than speech driven commands. Having to go through 30 seconds of undoing commands every time I coughed wasn't fun. Would be nice to voice-dictate without buying that ViaVoice nonsense. Tho I hear Dragon is pretty good...

    :)
    pnw
     
  12. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    Re: Scripts!? Piece of cake!!!

    Sorry, any vocal output in Speakable Items is handled with Text-To-Speech engine, that's why it sounds like a computer saying it rather than a person's recorded voice. This is a good thing, uses a hell of a lot less disk space!

    Best bet is to find a script tutorial that includes speech in/out, try searching the net for one... then make a script named "tell me a dirty joke" and make it speakable... Who knows, you could make dirty lymerics too. "There once was an iMac from nantucket"...

    ;)
    pnw
     

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