Monday, April 2, 2012

Pdf-To-Speech 9.5

As we continue to practice fast release cycles on Pdf-to-Speech, version 9.5 adds support for Microsoft Word (.doc). I used code from the Apache POI project to parse the .doc documents. The library works seamlessly and the feature is now part of the app.

There is an Apache POI library on code.google.com. However, the project does not seem to have too much activity. If other fellow developers are interested in the version we forked for Pdf-to-Speech, let us know and we will release the code under Apache 2.0 License.

Also, development on an Intent API to allow developer's apps to use Pdf-to-Speech is still an open proposition. However, we first need to see interest from fellow developers.

We are now focusing on providing features to increase user's access to their data, no matter where it is. And the addition of Google Docs-to-speech is still on the pipeline.


5 comments:

Maker said...

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Calvin Delicious said...

Hi there,

I recently bought PDF to Speech and it's great except that it doesn't recognize contractions such as "you're" and instead pronounces them "you" "ar" "ee". Any idea on when a fix for this will happen?

thanks

Carl Piaf said...

Great app! Any chance you can fix the wrap around issue with wo-
rds that are hyphen-
ated across lines? And the contractions issue is a bit of a pain as Calvin Delicious noted.

jeremy said...

Thanks for all the feedback. Your suggestions will taken into account for future updates.

Hyphenated words at the end of a line are taken care off, but I will double-check this is the case. Hyphenated words not at the end of a line are read as two words with no pause (upcoming update)

For words like your're, the proper reader may be dependent on the text-to-speech engine. Which engine are you using ? Pico, Svox, Ivona ? You can see this on Android setting, voice input and output, text-to-speech settings.