Installing the 'hot fix' requires administrator privileges in most cases and involves renaming a library file and installing a replacement for it in the Apache OpenOffice program directory. The hot fix only works with Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2.
Download hot fix
Depending on your situation, it might be simpler to download and install LibreOffice. LibreOffice is an office program that is based on OpenOffice. It is managed by the Document Foundation.
The Read Text extension download pages have been edited to make them easier to use.
Obsolete versions of the Read Text extension are no longer shown on the Apache OpenOffice extensions page or on the LibreOffice extensions download page. The links that remain allow you to download a version of the extension that works with your office suite. Check the compatibility column of the download links table to choose the version that works for your office suite.
You can access the release history of the extension using the project's GitHub source repository.
The updates to Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS make LibreOffice more compatible with current versions available on MacOS and Windows. If you share documents between LibreOffice on a different platforms, you can install several resources to make sure that the appearance and format of documents match and that you have the same tools.
LibreOffice for MacOS and Windows include several specific fonts with open licenses. You can embed these fonts in exported documents without additional licensing.
The repository includes some of the fonts that are included with the MacOS and Windows versions of LibreOffice. You can install these fonts using the package manager. Anyone who has an account on the computer can use these fonts.
You can install fonts locally by downloading a font set and double-clicking each font, then clicking Install.
If you have administrator rights, you can also manually install the fonts for all
users. Restart or open a terminal and enter
MacOS and Windows versions of LibreOffice include an extension to export MediaWiki files.
Install the extension using
Installing the extension using apt-get automatically installs a compatible Java run-time. If you need a developer version of Java for developing programs using Android Studio or Eclipse, you can install the developer version before installing the extension to avoid downloading extra packages.
Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS does not include a speech synthesis package by default.
Web Speech API (synthesis) shipped August 2, 2016 with EdgeHTML14, as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary update. Windows Edge joins Chrome and Firefox in supporting browser powered speech synthesis. Edge's support of standard speech application program interface makes it possible for web developers to support accessibility technology for all Windows 10 users in the Edge browser.
Read more about the web speech synthesis API on the MDN developer site.
WriteType is a simple word processor available on the Ubuntu Linux platform. According to the description in the Ubuntu software centre,
WriteType includes a sidebar that dynamically fills with correctly spelled words as you type each word in the main window. You can press a function key or click a word to automatically complete each word you type. It works a lot like the Android Google keyboard or the most recent version of the iPhone keyboard. This function of WriteType is useful as an accessibility tool for people who use wands, joysticks or other adaptive keyboards to type.
If you select some text, then using the Speak Text button or using Tools – Speak reads the selected text. If no text is selected, then it reads the whole document. Reading text aloud is available using pytts, Festival or eSpeak. In the default configuration, it does not use Pico speech synthesis. You can adjust the rate of speech output to make spoken text easier to understand using File – Settings… – Other.
The application can save files in three formats:
WriteType and Formatted text are essentially identical, the only difference being that the file is saved with a
Plain text files use the
To save as a PDF file in Ubuntu, choose File – Print – Print to File (PDF).
In Ubuntu, the program stores language translations in
The Microsoft Accessibility Blog states that the deadline of July 30, 2016 for a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 to Windows 10 does not apply to assistive technology users.
The August 2016 update to Windows 10 includes improved accessibility features including improved screen reading with Narrator as well as new languages and regions for speech synthesis voices.
About Read Text
Read text is an extension for Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice that lets an external program or web application read selected text from Writer, Calc, Draw, Impress, Web Writer or the system clipboard. Windows users can use it with installed speech synthesis voices to read text aloud or use it with external programs or services that provide a variety of assistive technology solutions.
Bjoern Michaelsen announced the release of an Ubuntu Snap package of LibreOffice 5.2.0 beta. Snap is a new optional distribution format for Ubuntu programs. Read Text Extension does not work with the beta snap package of LibreOffice.
With Ubuntu 16.04, you can install the package using a command in the terminal.
The installer installs the application in
Snap packages allow distributors to distribute self-contained Ubuntu applications with less risk of interfering with applications and libraries that users have already installed. Thus development versions or major revisions of applications can be made to work on system versions that are years old.
Snap applications work in a sandboxed environment. Therefore, system-wide tools are normally available to programs are not available unless they are packaged in the snap archive. For example, in the Ubuntu LibreOffice Beta snap, clicking a hyperlink does not activate a web browser because the
Simple self contained extensions like those that package templates and dictionaries, modify text files or add functions to spreadsheet documents should work. However, Read text extension (Read_Text.0.8.30.oxt) does not work with the beta snap release because the extension relies on external programs and scripts to activate text to speech or external web based tools.
Comment peut-on réduire la cadence du parler ? Les méthodes peuvent varier selon le système d’exploitation. Vous pouvez trouver les informations en anglais sur les options dans le dialogue À propos... dans le champ Script.
Premièrement, assurez-vous que l’extension Read Text est la version actuelle. Redémarrer LibreOffice ou Apache OpenOffice.
Il faut installer une application de synthèse vocale française. Par exemple:
Ubuntu has a new Software Centre in version 16.04. It's quick, but it does not include programs that do not have a graphical user interface.
If you have installation permission, you can still install speech synthesis programs that use a command line by opening a terminal shell and using the
Make sure you are on-line. Click the Ubuntu icon and type
Enter your password.
Synaptic is a graphical package manager that can list all the available programs, language resources, sources and help files. You can install it from the store or by using the apt command. Type:
Enter your password.
You can also download software by using an
Linux-specific sites can include
Sorry for the delay, Anonymous...
Generally, questions of this sort should include your platform, language, version and application name as shown in the About dialogue.
Try shutting off your computer and restarting it. It often solves minor glitches. If you tried installing an extension by double clicking it in the downloads folder, try uninstalling it, then installing it using the application's Tools - Extension Manager... menu.
There are two current releases of the extension; an oddly numbered one for the most recent version of OpenOffice, and an evenly numbered one for legacy versions and most forks. You might have a version that is not compatible with your installation. Try the next older version of Read Text Extension than the one you currently have installed.
If you have updated your office suite, it is possible that the migration tools failed to migrate all the settings correctly. You might need to delete the local or global settings files and let your office suite reconstruct them as if it were running for the first time. Use the application's Tools - Options - Paths to view the to view the actual settings paths. Deleting the local settings will delete the file history, so you will need to reinstall any custom templates and extensions.
You can also check if local settings are the problem by trying to install the extension as a different user. If the other user's installation has no problem, then there is something that is not right with your local settings.
If you are using a school or library computer, it is possible that the technical staff installed a restricted version of the office suite that does not support this extension. As well, local security settings might be preventing any extensions from running. A python based speech extension might work for you.
It might help to delete and reinstall the application, if all else fails.