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Postby curious_sb » 27 Nov 2006, 19:26

Long Posts.

I mean no disrespects to anyone when I say this, it's just my day job really makes me loathe sitting at a computer longer than I have to.

Basically I have a cool tip for anyone else who "in their hearts" really want to read the long posts, but really cant be bothered to stare at a screen for that long.

I mean, don't get me wrong, the long posts are really great, I just find after an 8 hour shift in front of a terminal I really hate having to trawl through a massive post, to get all the juicy gossip.

I feel guilty saying that, because I am a Moderator, so its kind of my job to read all the posts. But I love hearing the stories you guys have, so heres what I do to get round it.

Download this cool (and FREE) text to speech engine from READPLEASE. Its really good, and unlike windows text to speech that can only take a few lines of text. This bad boy can take whole books if you wanted to. So you have more than enough space to copy and paste long posts into the speech engine, then click play, and you can do whatever you want while you are listening to the posts.

http://www.readplease.com/english/downloads/

Please let me know what you think.

And sorry if I upset anyone, please keep posting the long stories, I love them, really.

EDIT, I have been using this tool for a while and know some issues and fixes so if anyone has tech issues getting it up and running, please PM me. It should be straightforward to install, but have been some known problems with Windows XP.
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Postby curious_sb » 27 Nov 2006, 19:46

Also, yes text to speech is not brilliant, but this readplease does have some good voices with it that sound more human.
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Postby jake » 27 Nov 2006, 22:09

I love text to speech, this is just what I need, thank's a lot!!! I'm sure to use this a lot :)
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Postby curious_sb » 29 Nov 2006, 20:15

I may have exaggerated the amount of text the readplease engine can take, if anyone has read the fictional story "Loree takes the credit for this one" it takes about half to three quarters of that post, still, thats an awful lot of text!!
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Postby jake » 29 Nov 2006, 21:39

I tried it, to read LoRee's story, I couldn't get into it, the voice was too robotic, so I ended up just reading it :(
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Postby curious_sb » 29 Nov 2006, 23:38

Have you tried some of the other voices?
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Postby jake » 30 Nov 2006, 08:18

HOw do you do that? I tried and I couldn't find where to do it.
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Postby curious_sb » 30 Nov 2006, 20:51

xatm092 wrote:HOw do you do that? I tried and I couldn't find where to do it.


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Postby jake » 30 Nov 2006, 22:33

Okay I get it :oops:
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Postby curious_sb » 01 Dec 2006, 23:21

hahah no worries
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Postby Venom » 01 Dec 2006, 23:27

why dont you just use narrator built into windowsXP if you use that OS?
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Postby curious_sb » 01 Dec 2006, 23:38

Never used narrator. This has load of voices and you can vary the speed and stuff. And its free. (ok so narrators built into XP.....) :oops:
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Postby Venom » 01 Dec 2006, 23:40

so is narrator, and it has 3 voices and you can vary speed :P
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Postby curious_sb » 01 Dec 2006, 23:41

Venom wrote:so is narrator, and it has 3 voices and you can vary speed :P


I'll have to have a look, cheers.
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Postby Venom » 01 Dec 2006, 23:41

if you ever use the voice chat program called ventrilo, it uses the voices from narrator to do the text to speech engine :)
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