Re: SoftVoice information request - NVDA

Josh Kennedy

yes we now have a new tts synthesizer that we can use and the proof is below giving us permission. I will put the link for soft-voice in a new message.

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Subject: Re: SoftVoice information request - NVDA
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 01:47:59 -0700
From: info@...
To: Joshua Kennedy <joshknnd1982@...>


Hello Joshua,

You can pass on my e-mail regarding permission for personal use of the
SoftVoice TTS engine add-on to the NVDA group.

I am not familiar with ESpeak but creating languages for a formant based
system is quite complex and requires a great deal of effort.  Right now we
do not have the resources to support this effort for NVDA but, as I
mentioned, if we could acquire access to the source code for the add-on I
would be glad to look into providing official support.

As to talkBack on Android (or other platforms) I will take a look at this
but cannot promise anything at this point in time.

Hope this helps somewhat, please do not hesitate to contact me again if
you have more questions.


On Tue, May 30, 2017 7:33 am, Joshua Kennedy wrote:
> also if its possible could you make a soft-voice for personal use that
> runs on android and works with the free open source talkBack screen
> reader?
> On 5/30/2017 1:52 AM, info@... wrote:
>> 5/29/17
>> Hello Mr. Kennedy,
>> Thank you for contacting us regarding the use of the SoftVoice TTS
>> engine with the NVDA reader.
>> The situation is a bit complex.  We did not license the use of our TTS
>> engine as an add-on to NVDA and, consequently, the GNU license is not
>> applicable and the use of our TTS engine as an add-on with the NVDA
>> reader is not authorized.  That being said, we have no problem in
>> granting individuals permission to use the TTS engine add-on on a case
>> by case basis.  If you are asking about personal use of the SoftVoice
>> NVDA add-on then I can give you permission to do so - so long as you
>> are not planning to use it in a commercial product or expect support from
>> us (I have tried to find the source code so that we could maintain and
>> update the add-on but have been unable to locate it or the author).
>> Hope this helps; if you have any questions please feel free to ask.
>> Regards,
>> Joseph Katz
>> SoftVoice, Inc.
>>>> From: Joshua Kennedy <joshknnd1982@...>
>>>> Subject: SoftVoice information request
>>>> To: info@...
>>>> Cc: econfirm@...
>>>> Date: Monday, May 29, 2017, 1:52 PM
>>>> I found an addon for the free and open source
>>>> NVDA screen reader that
>>>> under the GNU general public license that lets people use the
>>>> softVoice tts from back in windows98 and windows xp time period as a
>>>> tts voice in the NVDA screen reader. Is this legal or illegal to use
>>>> this free softVoice NVDA-addon? Someone made it and put it up for
>>>> free.

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