If you are running Windows XP or using Window-Eyes for users of Microsoft Office in a language that the Microsoft Speech Platform doesn't support, eSpeak will be set as the default synthesizer. eSpeak is very responsive, has the ability to speak over 30 languages, and is understandable at very fast rates. Since it is built right in, eSpeak will be available on any computer that has Window-Eyes for users of Microsoft Office installed.
Some users might find that eSpeak sounds a bit too robotic for their liking. Other users would prefer a voice that is more familiar to them instead of the Microsoft Speech Platform. If that is the case, you might want to get additional voices to use with Window-Eyes for users of Microsoft Office.
Here is a list of the other speech synthesizer options available for purchase from Ai Squared:
- DECtalk Access32
- Vocalizer Expressive
You can learn more about each speech synthesizer and listen to samples of the available voices by visiting the Voices and Synthesizers webpage or by selecting Get More Voices from the Help menu in Window-Eyes for users of Microsoft Office. The voices and synthesizers page also includes additional Microsoft Speech Platform voices that you can download and use for free.
Please note that if you are using the Arabic or Hebrew version of Window-Eyes for users of Microsoft Office, you will need to purchase a license for Vocalizer Expressive because these languages are not supported by any other synthesizer.
DECtalk Access32, Eloquence, Vocalizer and Vocalizer Expressive are available for purchase from Ai Squared. For pricing information or to order speech synthesizers online, please visit the Speech Synthesizers section of our Online Catalog. You can also order speech synthesizers by calling the Ai Squared Orders Department at (802) 362-3612.
Installing voices that you purchase from Ai Squared and using them with Window-Eyes for users of Microsoft Office is a multi-step process. Here are the six steps needed to complete the process:
- Install a valid Window-Eyes for users of Microsoft Office serial number authorization
- Activate Window-Eyes for users of Microsoft Office
- Purchase a license for the speech synthesizer
- Download and install your speech synthesizer authorization
- Download and install the voice or voices you wish to use
- Configure Window-Eyes for users of Microsoft Office to use your preferred voice
Please check out the step-by-step Getting Additional Voices tutorial for a detailed explanation and demonstration of the entire process. If you need additional assistance, free installation support is available from the Ai Squared Technical Support Department by calling (802) 362-3612 or via email at email@example.com.