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FoxVox will speak any text you highlight in a web page. FoxVox can also create audiobooks in mp3, ogg, and wav formats. You can now easily turn your blogs and articles into podcasts.
About this Add-on
Tip: Press either F9 or F12 to start speech, and Shift+F9 or Shift+F12 to stop speech.
FoxVox runs on Windows XP and Linux -- Windows Vista may require certain settings, but many users have said FoxVox runs on Vista. May run on other *nixes, Windows 2000 and 98, but has not been tested on those systems yet, please report. Anybody testing on Windows 7 please report back.
1) Windows Users: If you hear no speech, make sure your anti-virus or firewall is not blocking the visual basic scripts: speaknow.vbs, stopspeech.vbs, delmarkerfile.vbs. See version notes/history for details, if interested why.
2) The error saying Firefox cannot install an extension "because invalid file hash" is NOT a FoxVox or a Firefox bug. It is your cookie settings that are blocking the installer. Visit the following page on how to change your settings:
For bug reports, feature requests and support please use the forum:
Due to a change in Firefox 3.5 for Windows, FoxVox requires the Windows Hosting Service (WHS) which is included by default anyway. WHS is installed with Internet Explorer 6+.
PLEASE use the contact page http://www.wordit.com to report bugs, or the contact link on the FoxVox homepage. See above.
- Linux version is back. Tested on Ubuntu 11.04
- Increased max version to 12.*
This add-on is not compatible with your version of Firefox because of the following:
To create your own collections, you must have a Mozilla Add-ons account.
End-User License Agreement
Non-commercial and non-military use of FoxVox ONLY. The restriction is due to the third-party Mbrola Project's license. See 2) below.
For business use FoxVox Pro is offered as an alternative with support for high-quality voices by Cepstral. For details see:
1) FoxVox and some other included softwares are licensed under the GNU General Public License versions 2 and/or 3 (GPL vers. 2 or 3). Visit the following links for details:
2) Use of the MBROLA text-to-speech engine and voices may ONLY be non-commercial, and non-military. Read the full license at:
Here is the excerpt regarding usage:
"Permission is granted to use this Program for non-commercial, non-military purposes, with and only with the voice and language databases made available by the Author from the MBROLA project www homepage :
In return, the Author asks you to mention the MBROLA reference paper :
T. DUTOIT, V. PAGEL, N. PIERRET, F. BATAILLE, O. VAN DER VREKEN, "The MBROLA Project: Towards a Set of High-Quality Speech Synthesizers Free of Use for Non-Commercial Purposes" Proc. ICSLP'96, Philadelphia, vol. 3, pp. 1393-1396 .
or the book :
An Introduction to Text-To-Speech Synthesis,
T. DUTOIT, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht
Hardbound, ISBN 0-7923-4498-7 April 1997, 312 pp.
in any scientific publication referring to work for which this Program has been used."
3) The included wave player for Windows, wv_player, is freeware and distributed with written permission from the author. If you want to distribute it separately from FoxVox then you need to contact the author for permission. Run the wv_player for author information.