And here it is The newest testing release of our easy-to-use front end to MaryTTS. As a throat cancer survivor, part of my survival meant that I had to sacrifice my larynx to insure that this monster could not gain a new foothold. That being said, I spend a lot of time working with and trying to improve the desktop user experience of text to speech applications in Linux. It was as fruitless as it was frustrating. The number one thing I found to be nagging was the lack of an easy to operate front end for most of these applications.
When I discovered the open source application MaryTTS, I was excited until I discovered that it did not have an intuitive or easy to use front end. When I called for assistance to write this gui, we had a number of java programmers answer the call. This release is another indication of how well this is going. Not fast mind you. We all have jobs and/or families so time to develop an application can take a while. TypeTalk (formally "speechless") is the latest developer-release. Give it a try and let us know what you think. I think it's going in the right direction, as it works wonderfully well for me.
My personal thanks and gratitude to +Rijk Oosterhoff for his tireless efforts in bringing this project to the fore. We are also looking for people to package this great FOSS project.
.deb and .rpm folks are welcome to take this project on, and for what it's worth, you will have my deepest thanks. Also a significant mention on FOSS Force and Blog of helios.