SAPI for Linux
What is it?
Project Sapi4Linux brings you possibility of using high-class SAPI voices (like Ivona or Acapela) on your Linux box.
What is done?
Not too much yet.
Currently we have:
- SAPI server (working on Wine).
- Simple client library
- Demo (but usable) applications:
- This application is provided to create audio materials for off-line listening (like audiobooks). It requires text divided into paragraphs, with possible marked dialog lists. It has very precise settings of speech rate, shortener for too long pauses between sentences generated by synthesizers and it also can differentiate pauses between paragraphs depending on their meaning. Paragraphs may be also created as one-line SSML 'speak' elements.
- You can treat is as 'talking echo' - it simply speaks text given in command line or SSML input file
- sapi speech-dispatcher module (written in Python)
- Simple Ivona voices downloader
- SubAloud (subtitles reader for mplayer) - uses different synthesis engines including SAPI
- For Polish language speakers there are also:
- Milena ABC
- Audiobook creator, using Milena libraries for text preprocessing. Firstly created for Mbrola synthesizer, now can work with Ivona SAPI voices and native Linux ivonacl server. Except audiobooks, it may also work as subtitle reader for movies.
- Milvona speech-dispatcher module
- Provided especially for visual impaired users. Module can speak with both Mbrola and Ivona synthesizers. Automatically falls back to Mbrola if Ivona server is temporary inaccessible, so you never will hear silence from your screenreader. Additionally, thanks to superior sonic library (author Bill Cox), it can change pitch of Ivona voices.
Where to get it?
You can download libsapilektor (library and applications) and sapi4linux (server) from my website. Download only latest versions. For ABC and Milvona you should get only sapi4linux (server), because these application uses different client library.
Milena ABC and Milvona can be downloaded from Milena web site. Ubuntu (and Vinux or Sonar) users can install it directly from ppa - instructions at top of Milena web site.