|The KDE Text-To-Speech System, Jovie|
|The name of this application has changed!|
|Prior to KDE SC 3.5, this application was known as KTTS. The name has changed to Jovie. Depending on your distribution, you may still see KTTS installed on your system or in your distributions package repositories.|
The KDE Text-To-Speech System Jovie is an application that can run in the background to provide speech output of text throughout the desktop. It integrates with many applications and is simple to use.
jovie. Jovie is not initially setup and you will need to do this before using its speaking abilities.
|You can also access the configuration from System Settings|
The first step is to make sure you have a compatible speech engine installed. The following synthesizers are compatible with Jovie: Festival, Festival Lite (flite), Hadifix, Epos, and FreeTTS. Any engine that can be run from commandline can also be used with Jovie.
Now you can continue on and create a Talker. Select the tabfrom the and click .
Select which language and synthesizer to use. You will need to have a voice installed to use Festival, you can configure this afterwards by selecting thebutton. Jovie should now be setup and you can test it by selecting and then .
To configure the speaker's voice, volume, speed, and pitch go to thetab and click on the speaker. A window such as the one in the above screenshot will popup and allow you to configure it. To change the voice you will need to have other voices installed.
If enabled in the configuration, Jovie will be availabe to you in the System Tray. Right-clicking it will reveal the menu which is straight forward and allows for control of the speech output.
Notice thein the menu, if the application isn't integrated with Jovie (Read more about the applications with Jovie built-in in the next section) you can copy the text you want spoken, and click to hear it read.
Jovie allows you to speak the text on a web page. In the menu go to. However you may not want to do this because it will also read the HTML headers on the page. Instead highlight the text you want spoken and then select .
Also note this feature is built into Okular as well. In themenu you will be give two choices or .
Jovie works with any application that uses notifications. To set this up start an application such as Konversation that uses notifications. In the menu go to
As you can see you can have various notifications for different events, such as when someone triggers a highlight. By selecting it to speak for this event it will notify you through audio output each time this event happens. Of course you can also have more than one notification.
|If an application doesn't include the ability to speak text remember that you can always highlight and copy text and then use Jovie to speak your clipboard contents.|
If Jovie is silent despite having added a voice, try running the speech-dispatcher configuration tool on the command line.
For more information check out the Jovie Handbook included with Jovie or the Jovie handbook.