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#1 2016-09-22 11:20:43

89c51
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[Solved] Firefox Narrate.

FF 49 has a new feature called narrate which reads the content of a page. However to all the pages i clicked the reader mode i didn't see the option.

Am i missing a dep or this feature is Win only. 

Thanks in advance.

Last edited by 89c51 (2016-09-26 22:11:06)

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#2 2016-09-24 14:34:51

alive4ever
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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

The feature is available. Just click the wave button (below reader mode font configuration) and FF will narrate the text for you.

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#3 2016-09-24 18:58:38

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

Have the same issue. After some searching found this -
"Narrate seems to rely on installed voice packages on the underlying operating system to function which means that it does not require online access for its functionality but may not be available on all systems Firefox is compatible with." In this article.

So I presume that it needs a TTS. Here is a link to Arch wiki on TTS.
I honestly don't need this feature so don't want to try setting up any of the TTS applications. But hope this helps.

@alive4ever: Do you have any TTS installed?

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#4 2016-09-25 10:46:30

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

I've read that it depends on speech-dispatcher running, but didn't test.

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#5 2016-09-25 11:14:09

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

empty

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#6 2016-09-26 22:12:09

89c51
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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

infinarchy wrote:
~ $ sudo pacman -S speech-dispatcher espeak

Thanks. It "solves" the problem.

However the voice used to narrate makes the whole experience unbearable.

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#7 2016-09-27 07:57:17

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

Best voices i found are with festival.
Yesterday i managed to make festival (festival-us) + speech-dispatcher + firefox working togheter, it was not a fun procedure, but in the end it worked.
Unfortunately the quality voices for festival take ages to "render"; and so they are pretty much useless for using with big text.

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#8 2016-09-27 13:34:19

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

kokoko3k wrote:

Best voices i found are with festival.
Yesterday i managed to make festival (festival-us) + speech-dispatcher + firefox working togheter, it was not a fun procedure, but in the end it worked.
Unfortunately the quality voices for festival take ages to "render"; and so they are pretty much useless for using with big text.

Care to describe the procedure?

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#9 2016-09-28 08:33:52

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

empty

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#10 2016-09-29 09:55:20

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

89c51 wrote:
kokoko3k wrote:

Best voices i found are with festival.
Yesterday i managed to make festival (festival-us) + speech-dispatcher + firefox working togheter, it was not a fun procedure, but in the end it worked.
Unfortunately the quality voices for festival take ages to "render"; and so they are pretty much useless for using with big text.

Care to describe the procedure?

Basically:
* you install festival and festival-us
* have the festival server running (festival --server)
* edit /etc/speech-dispatcher/speechd.conf:
...... decomment: "#AddModule "festival"     "sd_festival"  "festival.conf"
...... set DefaultModule festival
* systemctl restart speech-dispatcherd
* restart firefox

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#11 2016-09-29 10:09:34

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

empty

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#12 2016-09-29 10:48:59

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

If you find some better voice that renders fast, please share smile

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#13 2016-09-29 19:05:19

89c51
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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

I don't think there is anything FOSS that reaches the quality or something like Siri or what is used in translate.google.com. hmm

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#14 2016-09-29 19:41:07

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

89c51 wrote:

I don't think there is anything FOSS that reaches the quality or something like Siri or what is used in translate.google.com. hmm

Is there a decent non-FOSS TTS for Linux?


bing different

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#15 2016-09-29 21:27:33

89c51
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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

nbd wrote:
89c51 wrote:

I don't think there is anything FOSS that reaches the quality or something like Siri or what is used in translate.google.com. hmm

Is there a decent non-FOSS TTS for Linux?

No idea TBH. Would also like to know.

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#16 2016-09-30 09:51:58

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

There is picoTTS (svox-pico-bin in aur) which is resonably fast and offers decent quality (used in android and, i think, opensource).
speech-dispatcher claims to support it via sd_pico module; but:
aur build comes with it disabled
After i managed to compile it in, it unfortunately just produced noise.

It would be possible to use the sd_generic module that comes from speech-dispatcher, but with it the daemon does not list available voices, and firefox narrator will not work.

Non free quality tools are available of course:
http://www.cepstral.com/en/personal/download
sapi4linux claims to support Ivona voices, which are the best, imho
ibmTTS (don't know if it is only online)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compariso … al_details

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#17 2016-09-30 10:00:04

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

Cepstral Personal Linux products are no longer available for purchase from our online store. If you are interested in using Cepstral voices on your Linux desktop system, please contact us by phone or open a support ticket. https://www.cepstral.com/en/personal/linux

Greate opportunity for someone to initiate a crowd-funding project.


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#18 2018-06-05 08:16:49

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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

This problem should not have been marked solved. I can use TTS on my phone but not on ArchLinux/Manjaro. I installed speech-dispatcher and espeak as suggested but there is no wave icon:
narrate

Last edited by jamesray1 (2018-06-05 08:28:22)

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#19 2018-06-05 08:28:52

V1del
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Re: [Solved] Firefox Narrate.

The thread is also 2 years old, a lot can change in 2 years in this regard. It was solved at the time, if you have an issue right now it's likely to be of different nature, open your own thread if you want this discussed.

Don't necrobump: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Co … bumping.22

Closing.

Last edited by V1del (2018-06-05 08:29:36)

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