Required Microsoft Agent Components for Talking Caller ID

REQUIRED COMPONENTS FOR TALKING CALLER ID

Install Core Components (0.4 MB) 

Install English Speech Engine (1.0 MB)

Install the Microsoft SAPI 4.0a runtime binaries (824 KB exe)

Install the Speech Control Panel (927 KB exe)

Also install at least one character from the choices below (Genie, Peedy, Merlin or Robby).  You can install one, two, three or all of them.

For Windows Vista and Windows 7 you also need to request a hotfix from Microsoft for the Microsoft Agent at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969168.  The will then send you a link for the hotfix to your email address along with the password to run it.  Install this and then everything should work fine.


   GENIEREST.GIF (4551 bytes)Genie [(c) 1996-1998 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

For a nice chart showing exactly what you need based on your operating system, click here.

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS FOR MICROSOFT AGENT

To install additional animated character for use with Talking Caller ID 32, you can download them here.  After you download a file, run it to install that character.  Then in Talking Caller ID, you can right click on the character and select Select Character.

To download the following characters, click on the picture of the character.

  PEEDYREST.gif (3424 bytes)Peedy [(c) 1996-1998 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.] is a parrot and is cool!


    MERLINREST.GIF (5340 bytes)Merlin [(c) 1996-1998 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.]is a wizard and is very good.

   ROBBYREST.GIF (5077 bytes)Robby [(c) 1996-1998 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.] is a robot who is hard to understand.

To select different voices and/or languages, you will also need install the runtime binaries and Speech Control Panel below:

RUNTIME BINARIES

Download Install the Microsoft SAPI 4.0a runtime binaries (824 KB exe)

SPEECH CONTROL PANEL

I also recommend that you download speech control panel so you can train your voice and also change the pronunciation of words in the dictionary for text-to-speech output.   Download it by clicking on the link below and then run the downloaded file to install it.  You will then access this by going to the windows control panel and click in the icon.

Download Download the Speech Control Panel (927 KB exe)

GET A LOT OF NEAT NEW VOICES USING THE ORIGINAL MICROSOFT SPEECH ENGINE

You can get  a lot more voices for your Talking Caller ID by installing the original Microsoft™ Speech Engine. These voices (male and female) sound very natural but they are not as accurate in pronunciation as the MSAgent text to speech engine. To take advantage of the additional voices you must do the following:

1. Download and install Version 6 of Talking Caller ID.
2. Download and Install the Microsoft™ Speech Engine. You can download it from here.

When you are finished, run Talking Caller ID, go to Tools > Settings > Audio tab. There is a drop down box called "Select Language and Voice". This is where you can select from the various voices.

SPEECH RECOGNITION ENGINE

To enable the speech recognition feature of the program, you will need to download the speech recognition engine.  You can click on the following link to download it.  Then run the downloaded file to install it.

Download Download the Microsoft® Speech Recognition Engine (.exe file, 6 MB).

FOREIGN LANGUAGES NOW SUPPORTED

 You need both the Microsoft Agent language support file for your language, the Text-to-speech engine for your language and the runtime binaries shown above.

Microsoft Agent language files:

Dutch = AgtX0413
French = AgtX040C
German = AgtX0407
Italian = AgtX0410
Japanese AgtX0411
Korean = AgtX0412
Portuguses (Brazil) = AgtX0416
Russian = AgtX0419
Spanish = AgtX0C0A

Test-to-speech engines:

British English = lhttseng.exe
Dutch = lhttsdun.exe
French = lhttsfrf.exe
German = lhttsged.exe
Italian = lhttsiti.exe
Japanese = lhttsjpj.exe
Korean = lhttskok.exe
Portuguese (Brazil) = lhttsptb.exe
Russian = lhttsrur.exe
Spanish = lhttsspe.exe


Here are some more links where you can get more characters and/or information about Microsoft Agent.

The Microsoft Agent Web Ring

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