Cool Captivate

As you may not know, I am an old audio engineer and radio announcer, so I do know a bit about audio etc. But I remember reading  something about the Text to Speech Utility in Captivate. So, I was mucking around the other day with my copy of Adobe Captivate 4 to give it a go. Just for laughs. Now, admitedly, this tool includes a male voice and a female voice which provides a pretty accurate representation but occasionally it doesn’t pronounce words as I like. Then I found this “Text to Speech Dictionary” hidden.

1. Go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Captivate 4\VT\M16\bin

2. Open the file UserDicEng.exe

3. Click File ► Open and point it to the dictionary file. Mine is located at – C:\Program Files\adobe\Adobe Captivate 4\VT\\M16\data-common\userdict\

This directory will store the word/s you enter along with its new pronunciations

4. Click “Add word” and enter the ‘original word’. e.g ‘JoAnn’

5. Now you enter the ‘target word’, which is the corrected pronunciation using the alphabets or the Pronunciation Symbol.

Its pretty cool that at any point of time, you can click ‘Read Word’ and listen to your pronunciation of the new word (target word).

6. Then just click File ► Save and the new word along with its pronunciation is saved. Now it will be used by the particular speech Agent inside Captivate 4.

Hopefully that will help some of you Captivate guys out there that can’t be bothered with recording things in Soundbooth/Audacity/Soundforge/ProTools etc. then importing them in etc. To help with the accessibility side of things, I thought it was a good little tool. Good work Adobe.

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