It's already available on Android as a free, built-in feature, basically because Google supports it as an integrated Android function which took us all of 10 minutes to implement.kip said:What is Pleco's plans to offer a English Speech-to-Text and Mandarin Speech-to-Character add-on?
Thanks! Offline would be nice, but unless we can find a system that works almost as well as online does (difficult given that they've got terabytes worth of voice templates and huge server farms) it's going to be tough to get enough people to pay for it to justify the license.pprendeville said:only problem is you have to be online for the speech to text feature to work. not always possible if coverage isn't great. i was surprised actually when I sw it on Android. great feature.
Thanks!kip said:*** For what Pleco CAN do, I give kudos to the designer(s) and programmer(s), an excellent job peppered with pleasant surprises. Many "Nice!", "Sweet!", "Slick!", etc moments. ***
None, at the moment - that really does need to be done online, but Google Translate charges third-party apps a per-character fee to run translations through their service, and since they offer the exact same service in their own dedicated Google Translate app for free, we don't really think enough people are likely to be interested in our version to pay for it.kip said:What are Pleco's plans to offer full sentence/paragraph translation? (including back translation for better translation confidence)
Does iOS let you hook into the system and change the language you want to do speech-to-text with? For instance, if my language settings are english, would an app be able to do speech to text in japanese?mikelove said:It's already available on Android as a free, built-in feature, basically because Google supports it as an integrated Android function which took us all of 10 minutes to implement.kip said:What is Pleco's plans to offer a English Speech-to-Text and Mandarin Speech-to-Character add-on?
We expect that Apple will be doing the same thing as they expand Siri support to Mandarin - already just added it for Japanese - and once they do we'll be happy to hook into that system as well. But licensing a separate system and offering it as a paid add-on doesn't really make sense given the likelihood that Apple will soon make it possible for any app to offer speech recognition of at least as good quality for free.
Not at the moment, but I suspect they'll be adding it in OS 6 - would have been tough to do it in OS 5 since they kept Siri officially secret until right before its release.numble said:Does iOS let you hook into the system and change the language you want to do speech-to-text with? For instance, if my language settings are english, would an app be able to do speech to text in japanese?
We licensed a very good one that generates natural-sounding voice and does so offline - should work fine on any Pleco-compatible iPhone.pprendeville said:I'm a bit confused as to what you plan to use for your TTS. Will you use someone else's license, develop your own or use SIRI? Hopefully the one you implement will have speech that sounds natural. I think this is a priority with TTS. Also, will you need a minimum of an iPhone 4S if it's SIRI based? I've just come up with a few points which I deem are NB for good TTS.
That should be supported, yes.pprendeville said:1. You can commence reading at any point in your text.
We weren't planning to do that - having the cursor follow along in the main text seems more natural and fits better with our popup reader UI.pprendeville said:2. The text being read is shown in a sub-bar underneath the main text and can be shown in character form or pinyin.
.txt certainly, but .doc and .pdf we don't have any good way to parse - I think you'd have to clip text from those to a separate window.pprendeville said:3. Can open local files in Pleco and read them and offers support for .doc & .pdf along with .txt if possible.
Remote control from where? Not quite following this one.pprendeville said:4. Offers Remote Control Support.
We're currently only planning to support female - their male voice isn't all that good and we feel like we already cover that through our regular audio system.pprendeville said:5. Multiple voice support (male and female).