I don't know about anyone else but I've had some problems with the
Spoonbill games under Vista and Windows 7. I've as yet not been able to
figure out what exactly the problem is so am unable to give suggestions
as to how to solve the issues I've had.
As far as voices goes Microsoft Sam, Mary, and Mike all were dropped in
favor of Microsoft Anna when Sapi 5.3 came out for Windows Vista. So in
short a brand new Windows 7 installation only comes with Microsoft Anna
installed. That's fine by me as she is a better voice than Microsoft's
older Sapi 5 voices.
As far as getting more voices goes that depends on how much you want to
spend and the quality of the voice you want. One place that makes Sapi 5
and there voices are decent and are fairly inexpensive as far as voices
goes. Generally, they are $30.00 USD per voice.
Another site that sells voices is
and they have several good voices for sale from AT&T, Cepstral,
Realspeak, etc. The only thing you need to be aware of is some are for
Sapi 5, which you want, and some are specifically designed for their own
products like Weather Aloud, Text Aloud, News Aloud, etc.
On Mon, 2010-01-18 at 15:38 -0700, Nancy (Loravara) wrote:
> Thanks to you and Jacob both. I just sent Ian an Email.
> Will these work under Windows 7? Do I need to do anything special to make
> them work?
> And ... on his Web site he talks about text to speech voices, and how Sam
> isn't the best of voices. What TTS voices does Windows 7 come with? How do
> I install others? How do I find out which voices I have?
> I apologize; I am a very new Windows 7 user. I tried to find a Speech tab
> under Control Panel, but the layout is definitely different for Control
> Panel now. If anyone can walk me through how to configure Windows 7 better
> for JAWS 11, I'd be delighted to learn (or point me at a link that can set
> me straight).
> Thanks again for your help.
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