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10.3: Use speech recognition with the Address Book Apps
Not well explained is some new speech recognition functionality in Panther. Address Book entries are part of a set of actions that can be spoken. If you use the Address Book, turn on speech recognition from the speech prefs panel in system preferences. Make sure it is working, then say something like "Mail to Jane Doe." If Jane is in your address book with an email address, a new message is created in Mail and addressed to her.

But ask for her phone number for something cool - "Phone for Jane Doe". To dismiss the window just say OK. Also, if you want to send Jane a file(s), select it in the Finder and say "Send this to Jane Doe." This command is context sensitive - try it by selecting some text or a picture in iPhoto or while in a web page.

To see all the speech commands associated with the address book just say "Open speech commands window" and look under the Address Book heading.

[robg adds: For some reason, I cannot get speech recognition working with the iSight (my only mic). It looks like it should work (input level is varying with speech), but nothing happens ... so I can't say I've tested this one.]
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10.3: Use speech recognition with the Address Book
Authored by: voodootikigod on Nov 02, '03 11:49:21PM

I tried this hint, and then got addicted to speakable items. I ran into a problem however that I was wondering if any knew of a fix for. I try to use some of the older commands (What time is it, page down, etc) and it loads the file in the property list editor. I have no clue what is going on here, and if anyone has a suggest I would appreciate.



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10.3: Use speech recognition with the Address Book
Authored by: QBit on Nov 05, '03 05:13:22PM

That's because the creator and type of your command files is "" for some reason. When you speak one of the commands like "what time is it" the command file (which is a plist) is opened in the plist editor instead of doing the right thing.

To fix this do the following in Terminal:

To set the type:

> /Developer/Tools/SetFile -t "sicf" /Users/YourName/Library/Speech/Speakable\ Items/What\ time\ is\ it

and to set the creator:

>/Developer/Tools/SetFile -c "siax" /Users/YourName/Library/Speech/Speakable\ Items/What\ time\ is\ it

Do this for all the command files that you find are opened in the plist editor. Then start speech recognition and they will work correctly.



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10.3: Use speech recognition with the Address Book
Authored by: swpalmer@mac.com on Mar 09, '04 10:42:34AM

I tried this and now those commands do nothing at all instead of opening in the property list editor. :(



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10.3: Use speech recognition with the Address Book
Authored by: terceiro on Nov 03, '03 12:44:31AM

OK, this is cool. I can't really see myself using this very much (seeing as how I spend a lot of time with other people in the room), but the concept really rocks. Especially the Address Book integration.

And, perhaps most cool of that, is the "send this file to XYZ". I'd love to add this functionality as an applescript (or something) in a contextual menu, rather like the "Send to..." in That Other Operating System. Is this doable? Already done? Is this something I should do as a learning exercise?



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10.3: Use speech recognition with the Address Book
Authored by: tinb on Nov 04, '03 09:47:11AM

Use Services!

- Select the file in the Finder
- Go to the menu "Finder->Services->Mail"
- Select "Send File"
- Off you go!
You'll have to fill in the address manually, though.

Services are still the most underestimated feature of OS X!



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10.3: Use speech recognition with the Address Book
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Nov 03, '03 07:35:12PM

i havent had a chance to check. but, a more important byproduct of this change would be if iSync can manage voice commands on the phone itself.

for example--on my t68i i can set up voice commands to 'call jim':'home' to call jim at his home number. but, each time i'd iSync my phone with my powerbook in 10.2, my phone's voice commands got munged. it'd be nice if i didnt have to set those back up each time.

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if it aint broke, break it!



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Can't use iSight for speech recognition
Authored by: dierauer on Nov 15, '03 03:08:46PM

From an article in Apple's Knowledge Base:

iSight's built-in microphone works great for iChat AV or any application that can record sound, but it cannot be used for speech recognition


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Can't use iSight for speech recognition
Authored by: Flashingblade on Nov 07, '04 06:34:21AM

I had the same problem even though previously, it had worked consistently well for me when I had a seperate mic plugged into line-in.

After much frustration and fiddling with Sound and Speech settings I managed to get it working reliably (ish). Meaning, each time I switch on I have to change the one same setting and after that it works perfectly.

Try this:

In Speech/Speech Recognition/Listening, go to the Microphone setting and change it to Line in (instead of iSight). Then click the Volume button and just change it. It doesn't seem to matter what you change it to, just making a change seems to give the software a kick in the pants. Then change back to iSight as the Microphone.

Bizarre, I know but it's the only thing that has worked for me so far.

Hopefully, you should now find that the animation in the speech recognition circle/icon will change to the two inward pointing triangles when you you speak, rather than the red/amber/green volume meter.

I hope that works for you too.



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