Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2005, 17:30
Cepstral offers 18 voices in six languages. David, the newest voice, is optimized for reading news and browser content. The voices integrate 100 percent with Apple’s Speech Manager. Free to try, US$30 to purchase.
Cepstral LLC, a leader in high quality Text-to-Speech (TTS), announced the release of it’s Swift Text-to-Speech (TTS) software on Apple’s Mac OS X operating system. The advanced operating system has complete built-in support for speech technology, and can take advantage of Cepstral’s high quality, natural sounding voices.
Apple (AAPL) has built speech services directly into the OS X operating system and user interface. With Cepstral?s new 3.2 release, Cepstral voices integrate directly under the Apple Speech Manager, and are then available to all applications and services that use TTS. Integrated speech technology allows vocalization of all types of menus, system alerts, web browser, and text content anywhere without requiring a separate program.
“Apple has always been at the forefront of interface design, and we are pleased to announce that our latest voice technology integrates cleanly into the core of Apple’s operating system,” said Cepstral CEO and co-founder Kevin Lenzo. “Our voices bring a new level of consumer choice for voices on the Mac, with extremely high vocal quality.”
“For us to embrace speech technology, it must meet the expectations of our imagination. I’ve tried the Cepstral TTS voices and I’m impressed!” said RJ Sharp, President of Inquire4D. The company will incorporate the new Cepstral voices for use in their products.