SpeechHub and SpeakOn
resources for NVDA
There is an add-on for the SpeechHub synthesiser
package that must be installed, so that NVDA can see the
synthesiser packages in SpeechHub. Once this add-on is
installed, you will be able to see and use the SpeechHub
synth/voices available to NVDA. You can get to the SpeechHub
synth/voices under the synthesiser/voice settings in NVDA.
If you want NVDA to stop talking when you go into the SpeakOn
Media suite, you will need to install the SpeakOn media suite
add-on. When you come back out of the SpeakOn Media Suite
programme, NVDA will start up again.
SpeechHub is an internal server that runs
automatically on your computer. The hub provides text and audio
processing augmenting as necessary or providing an alternative to
the processing provided by the synthesizers themselves. By default
SpeechHub comes with three open source synthesizers and two SAPI 5
The SAPI 5 connector uses unconventional interface processing
audio allow better response for utterances produced frequently and
higher speeds with some slow voices. This connector works well
with some synthesizers but less well with others.
A guide as to why you might want to use SpeechHub is available at
A guide for installing SpeechHub and its NVDA add-on is available
The SpeechHub homepage is available at
MediaSuite programme and resources
The SpeakOn homepage is available at http://www.speakon.org.uk/SpeakOn.html
You will find information on the media types it supports, links to
the docs and mailing list.
SpeakOn supports English only and does not support Braille.
It does not support PDF either.
It does not support DRM as used mostly in the US
SpeakOn Media Podcasts by David
01 Introduction SpeakOn Media
This Podcast covers setting up SpeakOn Media,
changing the default synthesizer to a more friendly voice and
introduces you to the range of apps available
by default, and then the further apps available through additional
02 Getting an Audio Book into
SpeakOn Media Suite.mp3
This Podcast describes how shortcuts and the send
to menu in File Explorer can be utilised to make it much easier to
import books and other content into
SpeakOn Media centre.
03 Playing Daisy and Audio Books
This Podcast covers loading and reading of Daisy
and Audio Books. It explains Speak On navigation options,
bookmarking, and varying the speed and volume
of playback. It also introduces SpeakOn’s context sensitive help
04 Reading eBooks on SpeakOn
- Loading an eBook into the SpeakOn Directory through the Send To
- Changing the reading voice.
- Navigation levels available in the eBook.
- Managing Bookmarks and getting book size information.
- Tabbing through the Player Bookmark list and Library view.
- Adjusting the speed and volume of book playback on the fly.
- Copying and pasting text from an eBook into Notepad.
- Saving sections of the book as text files.
- Creating a "virtual eBook" based upon a search term.
05 SpeakOn and Internet Radio
This Podcast covers...
- Using a free or paid Tunein account to access Radio in SpeakOn.
- Using the optional VI Radio app.
- Importing Radio Streams into the Other Media app to create a 3rd
Customised Internet Radio app.
Link to a Radio Streams folder
to import into SpeakOn
06 Using Speak On and the RNIB
This Podcast covers downloading a Daisy book from
the new RNIB Reading Service and playing it in SpeakOn.
07 Speak On and the RNIB
Newsagent Service Part 1 - Newspapers
This Podcasts covers...
1. Advantages of using SpeakOn to easily access the eText
Newspaper service, including its Virtual Reader function to
Installing the task and logging into the eText service.
Loading of Newspapers, navigation and adjustment of speed and
volume of playback.
Setting up favourite papers.
Bookmarking and extracting articles into text files.
08 Speak On and the RNIB
As unfortunately the RNIB have broken links to
some of the Magazines and not updated information to SpeakOn,
there is a need in some cases to download
and import Magazines manually. This Podcast describes this
workaround and explains why you would still want to use SpeakOn to
read your magazines in
09 SpeakOn and podcasts
covers searching for a Podcast, subscribing to a Podcast by
adding to Favorites, downloading a Podcast, and browsing the
Category Online directory Service. As part of this it shows how
SpeakOn acts as a virtual BBC Sounds app. It also covers
importing OPML files from another Podcast Reader and briefly
covers the optional VI Podcast app which provides access to
selected Podcasts of interest to Blind and Partially Sighted
People. Note: For a demonstration of the third Podcast facility
in SpeakOn, via the tunein Radio app ( to download Podcasts and
Radio shows from that service), please refer back to Podcast 5
on Internet Radio and Speak On.
10 Speak On in the Cloud Part 1
In this Podcast we see how to create a Portable
version of Speak On which, when applied to DropBox and OneDrive,
allows the synchronisation of reading of media across multiple
Speak On Portable Install - With TTS change to Sapi 5 and media
folders created ready to receive content.
11 Speak On in the Cloud Part 2
In this Podcast we demonstrate how our cloud
version of Speak On can perform on both DropBox and OneDrive from
another Windows device. It shows how reading is synchronised
across devices. The podcast covers the particular
settings needed in OneDrive for the cloud based version of Speak
On to work.