Re: Q Read alternative

Isaac Porat

Hi Gene

This is Isaac the developer of both SpeakOn and SpeechHub

Yes, I developed both add-ons for SpeakOn and SpeechHub for the latest NVDA version 2019.3.1

I operate both here on my computer and a couple of testers found no problem with these.

I want to do a bit more testing, as you have tested for me before both SpeechHub and SpeakOn you are welcome to write to me off list and I shall let you know how to obtain these add-ons for testing.



On 22/03/2020 20:26, hurrikennyandopo ... wrote:

Do you know if he is going to update the speech hub add on? so it works with nvda 2019.3

When I tried it  the last version was nvda 2019.2.1 I think it was I would have to check.

Gene nz

On 23/03/2020 8:01 am, David Griffith wrote:

Speak On supports Daisy through its Audio Books app but I don’t know about XML 5 but if somebody sent me a sample I could try it and see.

Speak On is self-voicing much like Kurzweil so you would not use a Screenreader with it as it is controlled just as if you were using a screenreader.

Isaac told me that he has updated the NVDA and Speech Player addons to be compatible with the latest version of NVDA but I don’t think they have been published yet.

As I understand it the NVDA addon simply mutes NVDA whilst Speak On is in Focus

David Griffith

*From:* <> *On Behalf Of *john s
*Sent:* 22 March 2020 18:23
*Subject:* Re: [nvda] Q Read alternative

David, the NFB content is Daisy, which xml files.

Can my screen reader be used in this program?

At 12:10 PM 3/22/2020, David Griffith, wrote:

    Speak On was developed in the UK so the only direct connections it
    has to download is content from the RNIB eText and Audio Newsagent
    service and it also connects directly to TuneIn Radio if you have
    an  account with them.
    However it does have a “Virtual Readerâ€�function which
    interacts with the automatic eText digital content generated by
    for Newspapers and Magazines in the UK which makes for a more
    pleasant reading experience.
    If Newsline produces material in ePub2 format then it may be worth
    importing the content into Speak On and try reading it with the
    RNIB eText Newsagent app anyway to see if this provides a good
    If you wanted to do this you would need to first of all add the
    RNIB eText app from the add plugins section of the Tools menu and
    then place your Newsline content, assuming it is epPub2 Â into Â
    the Current Reading directory under the RNIB etect directory under
    My Speak On media folder.

    Of course you can also read the ePub also using Speak On’s eBook
    function – oone of the worst decisions Isaac took was to name this
    app Text Publications which disguises it utility as an eBook reader.

    David Griffith

    So it cannot, as far as I am aware connect
    Sent from Mail <>
    for Windows 10

    *From: *john s <mailto:jschwery@...>
    *Sent: *22 March 2020 14:59
    *To: * <>
    *Subject: *Re: [nvda] Q Read alternative

    David, does  speak on handle NFB Newsline content?

    Also, can the program use my screen reader?

    At 09:56 AM 3/22/2020, David Griffith, wrote:


    My actual Podcasts on Speak On are being distributed by Talking
    Computers on a monthly basis and will appear on the Speak On
    website a month later but you can find all the recordings below on
    SendSpace links which will hopefully not be an issue. If there is
    an issue then I will try and put them also on Open  drive.

    The main Speak On app is being continuously maintained by Isaac
    the Program developer though he has no intentions to do major
    revisions of the app.

    The series is not complete as there will be further Podcasts on
    the RNIB Daisy magazine Service, using the Podcasts app and the
    Music app to follow.

    I actually intend to replace and re-record the eBook Podcasts as
    half - way through the volume increases which is a little

    Speak On Resources

    You can download Speak On media Suite from

    Speak On Media Podcast

    01 Introduction Speak on Media Suite.mp3

    This Podcast covers setting up Speak On Media, changing the
    default synthesiser to a more friendly voice and introduces you to
    the range of apps available

    by default, and then the further apps available through additional
    optional plugins.

    02 Getting an Audio Books into Speak On Media Suite.mp3

    This Podcast describes how shortcuts and the send to menu in File
    Explorer can be utilised to make it much easier to import books
    and other content into

    Speak On Media.

    03 Playing Daisy and Audio Books in Speak On.mp3

    This Podcast covers loading and reading of Daisy and Audio Books.
    It explains Speak On navigation options, bookmarking, and varying
    the speed and volume

    of playback. It also introduces Speak On’s context sensitive
    help feature.

    04 Reading eBooks on Speak On

    This covers.

    -Loading an eBook into the Speak On Directory through the Send To

    -changing the Reading Voice.

    - Navigation levels available in the eBook.

    - Managing Bookmarks and getting book size information.

    -Tabbing through the Player Bookmark list and Library view.

    - Adjusting the speed and volume of book playback on the fly.

    - Copying and pasting text from an eBook into Notepad.

    - Saving Sections of the book as text files.

    - Creating a "virtual eBook" based upon a search term.

    05 Speak On and Internet Radio

    This Podcast covers

    - Using a free or paid Tunein account to access Radio in Speak On.

    - Using the optional VI Radio app.

    - Importing Radio Streams into the Other Media app to create a 3rd
    Customised Internet Radio app.

    Link to a Radio Streams folder to import into Speak On.

    06 Using Speak On and the RNIB Reading Service.

    This Podcasts covers downloading a daisy Book from the new RNIB
    Reading Service and playing it in Speak On.

    07 Speak On and the RNIB Newsagent Service Part 1 - Newspapers.

    This Podcasts covers.

    1. Advantages of using Speak On to easily access the eText
    Newspaper service, including its Virtual Reader function to
    streamline reading.

    Installing the task and logging into the eText service.

    Loading of Newspapers, navigation and adjustment of speed and
    volume of playback.

    Setting up favourite papers.

    Bookmarking and extracting articles into text files.

    08 Speak On and the RNIB magazine Service

    As unfortunately the RNIB have broken links to some of the
    Magazines and not updated information to Speak ON, there is a need
    in some cases to download

    and import Magazines manually . This Podcasts describes this
    workaround and explains why you would still want to use Speak On
    to read your magazines in

    this use case.

    From: <>
    < <>> On Behalf Of
    David Griffith via Groups.Io

    Sent: 22 March 2020 13:41

    To: <>

    Subject: Re: [nvda] Q Read alternative

    It is  not a media player rather than a book reader but both and a
    lot lot more.

    I will send a list of my Podcasts on it in a minute,

    David Griffith

    Sent from Mail <>
    for Windows 10

    From: Robert Kingett <mailto:kingettr@...>

    Sent: 22 March 2020 01:44

    To: <>

    Subject: Re: [nvda] Q Read alternative

    The only thing I could find about speak on is the below website?
    The last update was 2016. Is there a newer version I'm missing? It
    seems like it's a media player rather than a book reader so if
    anybody has an updated link, put it in the thread.



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