Feature Request: Option to disable Audio output

Discussion in 'Future Products' started by Wan, Sep 8, 2015.

  1. Wan

    Wan 榜眼

    As the title suggests. I work in a library a lot, and sometimes accidentally hit the speaker button next to the headword pinyin.
    I never ever use the audio function (on purpose, that is).
    Could a setting be implemented to completely disable audio playback? Or that basic audio functionality has to be installed as an addon, like those available for purchase?
     
  2. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Switch Pleco's "Text to speech engine" in Settings / Audio to something that doesn't support Chinese - the Svox one built into many/most Android devices qualifies, I believe, as do a number of free ones on Play (IVONA for example). Assuming you've also deleted the audio database files in Add-ons / Installed, that will give you a setup with no audio.
     
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  3. Wan

    Wan 榜眼

    When I go to Settings / Audio, the only options I see are Hardware Audio (Preferred Gender and Preferred Gender Cantonese) and Speech-to-Text. There is no option for text to speech, neither on my phone nor in arc welder.
     
  4. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Ah, in that case just go into Add-ons / Installed and delete the audio modules and that should get rid of the icons.
     
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  5. Wan

    Wan 榜眼

    That worked. I could have sworn I had not even installed these addons, and yet there they were, on both devices. Weird.
     
  6. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    They come in the basic files package, actually - some parts of that are revealed in Add-ons so that people can delete or update them.
     
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  7. Shuan

    Shuan Member

    Hello Mike,

    I think I am using the latest version of Pleco on my iPad. Version 3.2.14. As I understand it, this dictionary works perfectly as a Mandarin (Audio) dictionary. ie. you press those Audio symbols that looks like a speaker or a handheld loud speaker symbol, next to Words or phrases , even sentences, and you get the Mandarin Audio. If a speaker is present after the Cantonese Yuet Ping, the audio or speaker also works. No problems, you get the equivalent Cantonese sounds. Thanks a lot!

    I have noticed that you can change a switch in SETTINGS under AUDIO, and the default readings in the READER changes to Cantonese sounds instead of the Mandarin sounds. While this is kind of nice why can't a similar switch be found in the READER itself, to turn the sounds to Cantonese, and then reversing the same switch turns it back to the default Mandarin sounds without going to Settings again.

    I mean since you have taken the trouble to add Yuet Ping transliteration speakers, to the already plenty of Mandarin Pinyin speakers, and the former produces pretty good Cantonese sounds, the "final upgrade" would be to provide both types of sounds in the Reader after just highlighting or selection.

    But the working of the switch in the Settings under audio is rather confusing. Sometimes after changing to Cantonese for Audio, it is not possible to get back to the default Mandarin sounds ! ! I have to RESET ALL, before getting back to the "normal " Mandarin Audio Dictionary default. Maybe I don't really understand this switch.

    Well hope I haven't bore you. This Pleco started off as an excellent CE-EC Mandarin sounds Dictionary. Then you started adding Yuet Ping. I was just too amazed I could make it read out in Cantonese! But the switch is a bit awkward. Anyway this is not important. Just a suggestion for the future perhaps. You can make it read out in either Mandarin or Cantonese!

    Thanks.

    Shuan
     
  8. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    You can toggle between Cantonese and Mandarin audio in the reader by long-pressing the audio button - no need to go into settings.
     
  9. Shuan

    Shuan Member

    Oh ! That is truly remarkable. Wouldn't have thought holding longer changes the reading to Cantonese sounds.
    Just to confirm here, no need to change any variable in the settings. Just hold the loud- speaker symbol longer.
    In that case I would suggest you add a 'status' button indicating either putong/canton, to make it obvious.
    After all you've made so much effort to be BI-lingual and this is a dictionary even for the uninitiated.

    I am buying another copy on the Android platform. I really like the READER.
    Thanks again.
     
  10. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Thank you very much!
     

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