Snow Leopard compatible Infovox iVox voices in public beta

August 28, 2009 in Mac OSX (E)

[] Amsterdam - Acapela Group and AssistiveWare today announced a public beta of Infovox iVox 2.0. Infovox iVox 2.0 brings Snow Leopard compatibility, significantly improves performance and responsiveness and adds a number of new voices for the following languages: Arabic, French, German, Flemish, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Turkish. These voices work with virtually any Speech Manager compliant Mac OS X application, including VoiceOver, Preview, TextEdit, AssistiveWare VisioVoice, ConvenienceWare GhostReader, and Adobe Acrobat.

Infovox iVox 1.3, the currently shipping version, is not compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard". A complete rewrite of the core iVox speech engine was necessary to make Infovox iVox 64-bit compatible and ready for Snow Leopard. Despite the major engineering efforts, Infovox iVox 2.0 is offered as a free update in order to facilitate the migration to Snow Leopard for those people who rely on these natural sounding voices to use their computer.

Because of the large number of languages available in Infovox iVox, not all languages will be available immediately as part of the public beta. The first languages to be released will be American English, British English, French, German, Italian, Canadian French, Spanish, American Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian. More languages will follow in the coming weeks. Languages are made available in public beta step by step to allow for basic internal tests before a language is made available as part of the public beta.

Infovox iVox is Universal Binary and can be used on PowerPC and Intel Macs. The product includes all voices available for a language of choice. The following languages are available on Mac OS X 10.4 and later: American English, British English, American Spanish, Canadian French, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish. The following languages require Mac OS X 10.5 and later: Arabic, Turkish, Czech, Greek, Russian and Polish. Due to the changes required for Snow Leopard, Icelandic is no longer supported.

For more information, a fully-functional downloadable demo and to listen to samples of the voices please consult the product page. For more information contact AssistiveWare directly or one of our distributors such as Origin Instruments Corporation for North America or Kallysta for France.

AssistiveWare is the worldwide leader in innovative assistive technology software for Mac OS X and the iPhone. This includes award-winning assistive technology software for the Mac as well as the ground breaking Proloquo2Go communication solution for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Entirely dedicated to developing and deploying natural language interfaces, Acapela Group is the European leader in speech solutions. Acapela Group speech solutions have already been deployed in many services and applications: voice portals, unified messaging services, CRM and contact centers, talking web, interactive games, edutainment software, e-learning tools, public address, assistive tools for the disabled, navigation aid, embedded systems, and much more.

AssistiveWare and ConvenienceWare are trade names of AssistiveWare BV and trademarks or registered trademarks of Niemeijer Consult. VisioVoice, SwitchXS, KeyStrokes, TouchStrokes, LayoutKitchen, GhostReader, Proloquo, and Proloquo2Go are trademarks or registered trademarks of Niemeijer Consult. Infovox iVox is a trademark of Acapela Group. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.


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