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Use speakable items to control Exposé System
Did you know that you can use speech to activate Exposé in Windows, Apps, and Desktop modes? You can even use speech to switch to Applications in Exposé for "all windows" and "Application windows" mode.
  1. Disable the Exposé activation keys (F9, F10, and F11 by default) in the Exposé section of System Preferences.
  2. Turn on Apple Speakable Items on the On/Off sub-tab of the Speech Recognition tab on the Speech panel of System Preferences.
  3. Simply say "Define a keyboard command." When you do this, a drop-down box will open, where you will then put F9, F10, or F11 for windows, apps, desktop commands, etc. When you put in the command, click OK and type in the phrase that you want to use, such as Show Windows, for Exposé All Windows; or Show Apps, for Exposé Application window. Click on the 'Use command in Any application' radio button, then click Save.
  4. Re-enable the commands (F9, F10, F11) for Exposé in System Preferences.
Say your phrase and now will be be able to speak Exposé. In Exposé windows and application mode, you can switch applications through speech. For example, try saying something like the following (the assumption here is that you have the TextEdit application open). Try opening up several windows to use the examples below:
  • show windows -- this will Exposé all windows
  • switch to Text Edit -- this will switch to Text Edit application in Exposé mode
  • show windows -- this will bring Text Edit to the front.
Another example, try saying something like the following:
  • show apps -- this will Exposé "Applications windows"
  • switch to Text Edit -- this will switch to Text Edit application in Exposé mode
  • show apps -- this will bring Text Edit to the front
Pretty cool when you want to give your fingers a rest.
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Use speakable items to control Exposé
Authored by: jon wilson on Aug 17, '04 12:30:38PM

Awesome hint, i practically forgot about speakable items, thanks.

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Authored by: tonyinsf on Aug 17, '04 01:09:14PM

I tried saying "define a keyboard command" about 20 times and it would not listen to me. I have a english accent, though I have been living in the US for 26 years. So I tried my 'american accent' and on the second try, it worked.

So, is there a British version of Apple's Speech Recognition?


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Authored by: Arif on Aug 17, '04 12:55:15PM

do you find speakable items reaiable enough to use? for me, almost always the action will take place upon the 2nd or 3rd call. Which, if all i'm replacing is whacking the F9 F10 or F11 keys may seem like more of a hinderance than a hint. instead, i'll be more likely doing this: (and you'd probably wan't to use a key command to signal the start of regognition)...

• Hit button to activate recognition
• "Show windows" (hooray, first time luck)
• Hit button to activate recognition
• "Switch to text edit" (nope)
• Hit button to activate recognition
• "Switch to text edit" (hmm... maybe if i say it a little slower)
• Hit button to activate recognition
• "Switch to text edit"
• Hit button to activate recognition
• "Show windows" (*censored* sake!)
• Hit button to activate recognition
• "Show windows".

When instead the same thing can be done using:

• F9 (or whatever it is)
• Tab
• F9



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Authored by: asher on Aug 17, '04 01:15:54PM

You can adjust Speakable to not require the activation key for each spoken command. Of course key strokes are easier, if you have fingers that work, much harder with a mouth stick.
And if you have a camera attached to a laptop in a blind next to the eagle's nest and you are a ways off with another laptop, the two connected via airport wireless, while holding binoculars watching the nest, it's nice to be able to speak into a boom mike on a headset and say, 'take the picture.'



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Authored by: roncross@cox.net on Aug 17, '04 01:38:31PM

I do find it reliable. There is a way to adjust the input controls so that you get a reliable outcome. What I find is that some words work better than others.

For example, the computer will recognize the word "dictionary" a lot easier than it will recognize the word "dict".

It will recognize the phrase "Swith windows" a lot easier than "Expose windows". That is why the switch command is used so often in the command preference window.

If you find that a word is unreliable, then play around with some other words. The computer seems to like words that begin and end in s. But depending on your speech, it may prefer one sound over the other. All I can say is to test it and find the sounds your computer likes best.

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RLC

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Authored by: PancakeMan on Aug 17, '04 01:47:37PM
It will recognize the phrase "Swith windows" a lot easier than "Expose windows".

Ohhhhh! Faking a lisp! Hadn't thought of that. Lethee here... :-)

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Authored by: ibroughton on Aug 18, '04 07:04:21AM

I find that Apple Speakable Items is totally unusable. I'm British (as you know) and have NEVER got it to recognise a single command. I don't have an accent (Even though I'm a Manc lad) and it just does not work. Please Apple, save the disk space and REMOVE this USELESS feature! Yes I agree that there is a place for this sort of thing, but only if it works!!!!

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Authored by: EddEdmondson on Aug 18, '04 11:13:39AM

I've got it to work a few times, and can just about manage to play a game of chess (with plenty of 'take back moves') but I can't get it to tell me 'Who's there' if I ask it to tell me a joke.

It isn't anywhere near useable for me either (also British).



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Authored by: mastige on Aug 18, '04 07:00:05PM

Well lad, it works perfectly for me as described, and I'm a Mancunian. Now, if only I could feel a bit less daft talking to this computer!



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Authored by: osxpounder on Aug 18, '04 07:27:20PM

Everyone has an accent. There is no such thing as unaccented speech, period. People who say "He doesn't have an accent" really mean "his accent matches the one widely regarded as the most acceptable accent". Acceptable accents are fads that change with time.

BBC announcers have an accent [all of them, even the ones from 30-50 years ago]. The Queen has an accent. I have an accent, and you have one.

Now, it IS fair to say "my accent is fairly standard" or "there's nothing unusual about my accent".

Any British accent is likely to be remarkably different, for some words, than any American accent, and Mac OSX, I strongly suspect, was made with only, or chiefly, American pronunciations in mind. So it's reasonable to expect that Apple, or someone, might offer an adaptation of Speakable Items that suits a certain accent, or at least, in your case, a "posh" accent, so that at least you could make the thing work without having to imitate an American.

I wonder if Hank Hill's iMac would recognize his accent? [Of course, Hank would never really own an iMac -- that must have been his wife's. Hank would have a Dell.]

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Authored by: 5chm31din6 on Aug 18, '04 05:54:40PM

Oh wait. This isn't /.

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Authored by: pheel on Aug 18, '04 09:31:00PM

By any chance are you (even the British) who have experienced problems with speakable items using an iSight as your mic? This hint intrigued me, but, despite my ultra-standard Midwestern U.S. news anchor accent, I gave up after several minutes of shouting obscenities at my iSight.

Finally I searched Apple's support site to find that the iSight was not supported for speech recognition at all until 10.3. I am running 10.3.5 on a Sawtooth G4, but I still can't get it to recognize any command more than 0.0000000003% of the time (yes, it does work intermittently, making it all the more aggravating).

Has anyone out there gotten an iSight to do what they tell it?



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Authored by: Flashingblade on Nov 07, '04 06:23:59AM

As far as using iSight is concerned, there still does seem to be a bug.

Even after upgrading to 10.3.6 Speech recognition won't work with my iSight from startup. (Dual 2gig G5)

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. Hope this works for you too.

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. 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.

The mic on the iSight camera is excellent I find, once you get this little irritation sorted.



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