Windows Release 2016.10.18.00

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Changes:

- Remove StartVoice() from prompt builder since it overwrote SetVoice() as per PTP's email suggestion (http://www.ez-robot.com/Community/Forum/Thread?threadId=9743)

- SetVolume() allows ez-b index (http://www.ez-robot.com/Community/Forum/Thread?threadId=9698)

- display the battery voltage and temperature of the ez-b when connection occurs in status window

- updated error message when importing Auto Position that doesn't match current configuration
#45  
@BHouston,

What kind of OS you have ?
#46  
Well, the voices come from Microsoft, not EZR. One correction to my previous. Cepstral is the voice that I have Cereproc is another voice company, and I confused them and called it Cerproc, which doesn't exist:)

One of my Windows machines, which was upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit instead of Windows 8 home 64 like the other ones has a 3rd voice, Microsoft Mark. I'll test it after work tomorrow (actually, might be Thursday depending on when I get home. Taking my wife to a concert tomorrow night) and see if it supports the rate property, and research if it can be downloaded or activated on Windows 10 Home.

I also have a different voice app that I think has the rate setting. I'll confirm if it also fails on the David voice.

Alan
#48  
Bob,

I just tried and the David voice supports different rates.

David voice with different rates:
DavidVoices.zip


Zira voice with different rates:
Zira.zip
#49  
@ptp That zip file works on my system. How do I install it into ARC or onto my OS?
#50  
both zip files contain recorded samples from my computer (windows 10).

Is not a fix.

I tried Emphasis - None, and different Rates.
#51  
Do they work in your ARC Speech Settings Control?
#53  
I'm thinking that it's a setting in my system somewhere. I have my system set to EN-US. Any suggestions where to look/adjust the settings on my computer?
Is anyone else from Canada having this problem?
#54  
Bob,

I just checked some old SAPI code.

open RegEdit on your computer and go to the following Registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech\Voices

check if exists a DefaultTTSRate property
if exists, check if is 0 (zero), if not change to 0.

Let me know if it worked.
#56  
so is not that.

Can you try the following:

change your regional settings (system too) to EN-CA. The speech settings will reset.
Try ARC

If you want to return to EN-US, change it again to EN-US (System too with Reboot)
Try ARC
#57  
I changed everything back to EN-CA and regional settings to Canada - no change.
I have Microsoft David Mobile voice selected there and can change the rate but not in ARC.
#58  
I was incorrect. Microsoft David Desktop does support the "Rate" property outside of ARC. I am able to control it using Roboblather http://zetacentauri.com/software_roboblather.htm but not ARC, so there is still something wrong in the ARC speech settings control.

The Roboblather page also has a link to a forum where you can download 3 additional Microsoft voices originally from Windows XP, Mike, Sam, and Mary (http://www.eightforums.com/customization/23916-microsoft-anna-windows-8-a-6.html post 56). All support the rate setting in ARC, so it is something unusual with how David is being accessed. (none of these voices sound as smooth and natural a the newer David and Zira, but might meet your needs in the short term until this issue is resolved. Mike doesn't sound too bad.

Alan
United Kingdom
#59  
Thanks, DJ it now all works as it should - I now can select my Cereproc voices in English-UK.
I would also like to give a special thanks to PTP for all his great input that helped to solve this issue.

Tony
#60  
@bhouston,

Sorry to insist did you tried David's voice with Emphasis:Not Set ?

with Rate: Slow or Rate:Extra Slow ?

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still not working ?
#61  
I did not test with emphasis not set. It was set to Moderate (the default) for all of my rate tests.

I can't try changing to Not Set until I get home from work, and maybe not until very late.

Hopefully Bob can try that today.

Alan
#62  
Only to be clear Emphasis, Rate are handled by the voice provider.

You can have a voice supporting both attributes, only one or having trouble mixing them together.

Is not a Windows Speech API bug.

David, Zira, Hazel all come with windows, but are implemented by different providers, it's possible to find differences between them.

To help troubleshoot i always start with one Attribute off: e.g. Emphasis: Not set, than i test the Rate attribute, then i swap, and only after i try to combine both.
#63  
@ptp. That worked! I had tried that before and it didn't make a difference but now it does. I can now adjust the rate of both David and Hazel voices in ARC. Thanks for all your help.
#64  

Quote:

@ptp. That worked! I had tried that before and it didn't make a difference but now it does. I can now adjust the rate of both David and Hazel voices in ARC. Thanks for all your help.


Yup, that fixed David's rate issue for me too.

Thanks @PTP for helping @DJ fix this longstanding issue.

Alan