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Subject: Re: voice UI step 4 now has talkbox, and more
From: Brian Wolven (brian.wolven_at_verizon.net)
Date: 2004-03-27


ruiner wrote:
> Firstly much thanks to [IDC]Dragon for all the amazing improvements and
> features to his credit. Who'd have thought this lil box could boot so
> quickly, play a video and speak?
>
> Now that I've buttered 'em up, time to complain! I promptly flashed the
> latest daily build and found it quite satisfying, but for one thing:
> .dirname.mp3 is counted as a numbered file when it's set to speak numbered
> files, so the actual content is numbered one too high. Not too annoying to
> me, as I doubt I'd use the numbered files approach anyway, but I felt it
> should be called to your attention.

This is only true if you have 'Show Files' set to all, as far as I can
tell. Any other option (music/playlists/supported) will not show them -
or count them.

> I also have a suggestion/question, would it be possible to use a
> voicefont type system to name the tracks? Such as a .tracklist.voice file
> in each directory with the titles of each tune. I realise this wouldn't
> work too well for those people with massive file counts in each directory,
> but it seems that the /artist/album/ etc is a fairly common method of
> organising ones mp3s. Automating the process of generating the files would
> probably be challenging though, I know my MP3s would be okay relying on the
> ID3 tags, or a wildcard system, but that's far from universally true.

It could be automated in the same way that the .dirname.mp3 files are
created, but it'd take a lot of time to process what is typically
thousands of files. Aren't numbers good enough? =)

I can see cases where it'd be nice to be able to speak *some* file
names, however; in particular it'd be nice if it could read playlist
names (.m3u) and config files (.cfg). Maybe after Jörg wakes up... =P

> Anyway, thanks to *everyone* for the great work on Rockbox, it was the
> factor that sold me on getting an archos! And now I'll go back to lurking.

I'm loving the VoiceUI right now - can't wait to try it while driving
tomorrow, erm, today...

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