[aprssig] next beta build #61 of YAAC ("Yet Another APRS Client")

Stephen black KB1CHU at AOL.COM
Mon May 4 23:08:04 CDT 2015


Thanks very much. I got it operating on one of my windows 7 machines 
tonight. I will try setting it up on a Raspberry Pi 2 with Raspbian in a 
couple days. I already have the program running with the sound plug in 
but need to direct it to the espeak program. This iS very much what I 
have wanted. Steve KB1CHU


On 5/4/2015 5:57 PM, Andrew P. wrote:
> Looks like I need to update the documentation for the next build of 
> the plugin. :-)
>
> If you don't already have espeak, you can download it from 
> http://espeak.sourceforge.net.
>
> The way YAAC expects to use espeak is as a subprocess that accepts 
> text to speak as carriage-return ended lines to its standard input. To 
> test the command needed to do this, open up a command window (this 
> applies to both Windows and Linux). Then find the command string 
> needed to launch espeak (or espeak.exe on Windows) where it waits for 
> text lines to speak, such as:
>
> C:\Users\kb1chu\espeak\espeak.exe
>
> or (for Linux)
>
> /usr/bin/espeak
>
> It is quite annoying that Microsoft put spaces in the Program Files 
> directory name. I'll add some bombproofing to the next plugin build so 
> you could quote such directory names, i.e.
>
> C:\"Program Files"\espeak\espeak.exe
>
> but quoting won't work yet. An alternative would be to put the espeak 
> installation directory on your PATH; then you could just specify the 
> command
> "espeak" and let the operating system handle path directories with 
> spaces in them.
>
> Once espeak is running, it should hang the command window (not 
> returning to the command prompt) because it is waiting for input. Type 
> an arbitrary string and press ENTER. If things are working correctly, 
> the string should be spoken, one line at a time. Send an end-of-file 
> (control-Z on Windows, control-D on Linux) to cause espeak to terminate.
>
> Once you have determined the correct command string for your 
> installation of espeak, put that same string in the "Specify string 
> for invoking speech synthesizer..." field.
>
> When you switch an event type to the SPEAK action, the plugin will 
> provide a default format string specific to that event type. You can 
> change it if you would like YAAC to say something else. The macro 
> fields for substituting parts of the APRS message or station into the 
> spoken text are documented in the built-in help for the plugin.
>
> Note that you don't have to use espeak as your synthesizer program. It 
> just happens to be a free program that runs on all platforms that YAAC 
> supports. There are others, such as festival for Linux, and the 
> paid-for Dragon programs from Nuance for Windows. As long as the 
> program supports text-to-speech where the text comes as lines from 
> standard input, it will work.
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> Andrew, KA2DDO
> author of YAAC
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 17:15:47 -0400
> From: KB1CHU at AOL.COM
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] next beta build #61 of YAAC ("Yet Another APRS 
> Client")
>
> I have added the plugin for sound and the sound tab is visible under 
> the settings. I can get the sounds to work using the beeps and wave 
> files but don't know how to include espeak. I downloaded it but I need 
> to know what line to add to  make it connect. I am using Win 7 but 
> will also need to know the line to use with a Raspberry Pi 2 with 
> raspbian. Thanks Steve KB1CHU
>
> On 4/30/2015 9:00 AM, Andrew P. wrote:
>
>     Greetings, all.
>
>     The next beta build of YAAC has been released, automatically
>     upgradeable the usual way or downloadable from the usual sources:
>
>     http://www.ka2ddo.org/ka2ddo/YAAC.html
>     http://sourceforge.net/projects/yetanotheraprsc
>
>     The changes to YAAC itself are fairly minor (a few bugfixes), but
>     the important change is support for the first draft of the new
>     soundsplugin, which allows YAAC to use your sound card to audibly
>     report various events occurring in the APRS network, such as:
>
>       * new stations and objects being heard
>       * stations reporting emergency and priority conditions
>       * locally-controlled objects being taken over by other stations
>
>
>     Events can be reported as simple beeps, user-chosen sound files
>     (WAV, etc.), or synthesized spoken speech (using the "espeak"
>     speech synthesizer or other compatible applications).
>
>     The soundsplugin is available for download from the same places as
>     YAAC itself can be downloaded.
>
>     Enjoy.
>
>     Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
>     author of YAAC
>
>
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