“Alex” is quite nice! I’ve never used the computer to read my writing before, because the voices were all so horrifically robotic. Alex definitely does still sound like a computer talking, but there are subtle improvements in how it speaks which make the entire thing of much more use to me. I think I shall make listening part of my writing process from now on. It is, like Leigh said, very useful for finding weak spots.
Yes, still an American voice, but nicely so. It actually takes breaths between paragraphs, other pauses, and employs a reasonable degree of grammar based intonation. He will change pitch and cadence when switching to the parenthetical, for example, or when speaking a quotation. I’ve even noticed it will place emphasis on syllables and words based on writing style, in the manner that a public speaker might do to accentuate a point. I have no idea how it is doing this, and it might just be selective reasoning on my part, but it does seem to be doing some level of heuristics on the text and attempting to read it in a pleasing way, rather than just trudging through phonemes like Mac voices did in the past.
The number of errors is way down. A big problem with the older voices is that often they would pronounce a word so awfully, I would pitch into laughter. Every once in a while it slips up (‘epiphanous’ became ‘epy-fey-nus’ somehow, ha), but actually I think that was the only word it got wretchedly wrong.
whats wrong with epiphanous? I have epiphanous experiences almost on a daily basis.
Only the other-day, I said to my wife( and not for the first time I may add), “Y know something! After all this time, its just dawned on me, that…” To which she sarcastically replied, “Yeah- yeah! I`ll have to start calling you Paul if it continues to happen.”
It was only the other-day, that I suddenly realised how to get Emoticonsinto a post.