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Frequently Asked Questions about Voice Reader Studio 15

FAQ Voice Reader Studio

System requirements:

  1. System requirements, supported applications and file formats
  2. Installation:

  3. I cannot install Linguatec Voice Reader Studio
  4. The installation does not start automatically
  5. Tips for installing the download version of Voice Reader Studio 15
  6. Message during the installation of the download version: ChilkatLog: UnzipToFile: Failed to read compressed data.
  7. Activation:

  8. Important information concerning product activation
  9. The license key
  10. During the automatic activation process you obtain the message: Error Code 3001
  11. In the activation window the button "next" shows no reaction and the activation can't be executed:
  12. How to activate the software after changing the installation device
  13. Usability:

  14. The pronunciation of a word can be different if it is standing alone or in a sentence context
  15. Distortions and interruptions occur when using the voice output
  16. Automatically reading of multi-lingual vocabulary lists with the help of Voice Reader Studio 15
  17. End of line is end of sentence
  18. How can line breaks be removed automatically in a text document?
  19. Phonetic Alphabet:

  20. Tips & tricks for creating lexicon entries by using orthographic or phonetic transcriptions
  21. Phonetic Alphabet overview for all Voice Reader Studio 15 languages
  22. Office Integration:

  23. Which office-versions are supported
  24. The MS Office-integration of Voice Reader Studio 15 is not available in MS Word, MS Outlook or MS Power Point
  25. Video Tutorials:

  26. Change Pronunciation with orthographic transcription
  27. Change Pronunciation with phonetic transcription
  28. Use of multilingual voices in Voice Reader Studio 15 French, Italian and German
  29. Use Voice Markups
  30. Create and use Speaker Profiles
  31. Modifying the voices of Voice Reader Studio 15 in Audacity



    Answers to the system requirements

  1. 1. System requirements, supported applications and file formats
    • Operating system: Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit)
    • Available disk space: Up to 2 GB for each language
    • 2 GB RAM
    • Internet access for product activation

    Plugins are available for the following MS Office programs:
    • Microsoft Word (Version 2007, 2010 and 2013)
    • Microsoft Outlook (Version 2007, 2010 and 2013)
    • Microsoft PowerPoint (Version 2007, 2010 and 2013)

    The following file formats are supported by Voice Reader Studio 15 and can be opened directly in the editor via File - Open:
    • Text files (*.txt )
    • RTF files (*.rtf )
    • Word files (*.docx, *.doc )
    • HTML files (*.htm, *.html )
    • MHT files (*.mht )
    • Epub files (*.epub )
    • PDF files (*.pdf )
    • ODT files (*.odt )

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    Answers to Installation

  2. I cannot install Voice Reader Studio 15
    Please check whether your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Linguatec Voice Reader Studio 15:
    OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (32- or 64-bit)
    Available disk space: Up to 2 GB for each language.
    2 GB RAM
    Ensure you have administrator rights for your computer. To receive full administrator rights please start the installation by right clicking setup.exe and selecting "Run as administrator".
    Please close all applications before installing Voice Reader Studio.
    Ensure that Antivirus or Firewall doesn't block any installation process.

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  4. The installation does not start automatically

    Ensure that you have administrator rights for your computer. To receive full administrator rights please start the installation by right clicking setup.exe and selecting "Run as administrator". Ensure that Antivirus or Firewall doesn't block any installation process. Save your opened documents and close all applications.

    Installation via DVD:
    Insert the Installation DVD into the drive. If the installation does not start automatically, start the setup.exe manually. To do this, open the DVD file folder and run the file setup.exe by right mouse click and choosing "run as administrator" from the context menu. Follow the instructions on your screen.

    Installation via Download:
    If you bought Voice Reader Studio 15 via Download, please download the installation file via the link which you received from your online store after the purchase and save it on your PC. Start the installation via right mouse click on the setup.exe and choose "run as administrator" from the context menu. Follow the instructions on your screen.

    If the file setup.exe isn't shown, please ensure that in the file format field the entry "programs" is selected.


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  6. Tips for installing the download version of Voice Reader Studio 15

    Depending on the security settings (firewall, antivirus ...) of your computer the download of Voice Reader Studio 15 from our online shop and the following installation can be restricted or blocked. Therefore, please disable all applications, which may restrict the download or installation, or allow the download and installation of the original installation of Voice Reader Studio 15 if you get the following messages.
    Examples:

    • Message "The download file has no valid signature", "Unknown publisher" or "Because of the low number of downloads it is a security risk" please select nevertheless "Download".
    • When getting the message "... not often downloaded and may cause damage to your computer" click on "Run" or "Download".
    • Under Windows 8 a further error message may appear, that "the start of an unknown app has been prevented." In this case please do not click "OK" but "More information" and then click "Run anyway".

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  8. Message during the installation of the download version: ChilkatLog: UnzipToFile: Failed to read compressed data.
    It seems that the downloaded file is not complete. Please compare the size of your download with the size shown in your receipt. If the download wasn't successful, please delete the corrupted or incomplete file and restart the download. Please use the option "save under" and save the downloaded file on your PC. Please choose a directory where you have full rights for writing and reading. Please ensure that the connection to the internet isn't interrupted during the whole download process. Ensure that there is enough free memory on your hard disk and that your security options have no size limitation for downloads. Please pay attention to the hints of Element 5.

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    Answers to activation problems

  10. Important information concerning product activation

    Product activation is bound to the PC on which Voice Reader Studio 15 is installed by means of a hardware code. Thus the Voice Reader Studio 15 activation codes you receive from Linguatec can only be used on the PC on which you perform the product activation and generate the hardware code.

    When you install an additional Voice Reader Studio 15 language, a new product activation for this language is necessary. Please start Voice Reader Studio for the activation with full admin rights (right click onto the desktop icon and choose "run as administrator" in the context menu)


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  12. The license key:

    You will find your Voice Reader Studio 15 license key on the DVD ROM case or on the disc itself. If you bought the product online, the license key should have been sent to you by the store.

    The license key is made up of a total of 25 capital letters and figures. The license key is split into five blocks of five figures/letters, with dividers appearing between them.


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  14. During the automatic activation process you obtain the message: Error Code 3001
    This message can appear if the internet connection got lost during the activation process.
    Please have a look if the activation dialog in Voice Reader 15 shows "activated" behind the license key. If yes, the activation was nevertheless successful.
    If there is shown "locked until activation" please retry the automatic activation, close the activation dialog by hand and restart Voice Reader Studio 15.

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  16. In the activation window the button "next" shows no reaction and the activation can't be executed:
    Please ensure that all the necessary entries in the activation windows are filled out. These are: Title, first name, last name, email address and country.

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  18. How to activate the software after changing the installation device
    Voice Reader Studio 15 is a single user license. Your are allowed to use it on one PC. If you change your device, please uninstall Voice Reader Studio 15 via the Windows uninstall routine (Control panel – programs). Then proceed the installation on your new device.

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    Answers to usability

  20. The pronunciation of a word can be different if it is standing alone or in a sentence context.

    It can occur in particular cases that the pronunciation of a word is different if it is read out alone as a single word or on the other hand in a sentence context. This is related to the Voice Reader Studio text to speech technology. We have specified it under: http://www.linguatec.de/products/tts/information/technology In general it may help to create a dictionary entry for the word with an orthographic or phonetic transcription


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  22. Distortions and interruptions occur when using the voice output

    If distortions or interruptions occur during voice output, the processing speed of the hard disk is not fast enough. The voice output implemented in Voice Reader Studio 15 is based on dynamic processing. No more than 200 MB can be loaded into the memory at once. No more than this can be processed dynamically. The data for voice output are however very large. If the hard disk does not have the corresponding resources to be able to process the data fast enough, a possible consequence is "stuttering" of the voice output. This behavior is rectified by a faster hard disk.


    1. This can often be achieved by regular defragmentation of the hard disk. Fragmented areas of memory are then put back together. This makes data processing faster again.
    2. Please ensure that the Voice Reader Studio 15 program directory has been selected as a trusted directory in your antivirus software. Otherwise antivirus processes will regularly access it and also slow down data processing.
    3. As a test, close all other applications apart from Voice Reader Studio 15 and compare the behavior.
    4. Ensure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Voice Reader Studio 15.

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  24. Automatically reading of multi-lingual vocabulary lists with the help of Voice Reader Studio 15

    What you need: Voice Reader Studio 15 German with the multi-lingual voice Anna-ML.
    (Or: Voice Reader Studio 15 French with the multi-language voice Audrey-ML or Voice Reader Studio 15 Italian with the voice Alice-ML)
    The multi-language voices have knowledge in German, British English, French, Spanish and Italian. )

    Follow these instructions:

    Please open Voice Reader Studio 15 and enter a term in the required language, e.g. English. Then select the German multi-language voice Anna-ML. Mark the English term and select "Insert Voice Markup " > "Language (only for ML- voice ) " > "English ( British ) " > "OK" .
    The voice markup consists of two parts. There is a start tag, which is followed by the term and it ends with an end tag behind it.
    Example: <Lang=eng/>English vocabulary<Lang=END_eng/>

    Please open your multi-lingual vocabulary spreadsheet in Microsoft Word. We assume you have a two-column table with column 1 (= English text) and column 2 (= German Text).

    first course Vorspeise
    aromatic fish chowder Fischsuppe mit Gewürzen
    asparagus omelette Omelette mit Spargelspitzen
    assorted cheese gemischte Käseplatte

    Now insert in Word
    1. a new, blank column on the left (right mouse button > insert > insert left) and
    2. a new, empty column on the right (right mouse button > insert > insert right) of the desired column (in this case the column with the English terms).
    3. Select and mark the entire column on the left and paste into it automatically the start tag of the voice markup – which you created previously in the editor of Voice Reader Studio 15. (e.g. for British English: <Lang=eng/> )
    4. Select and mark the column on the right and paste into it automatically the end tag of the voice markup (e.g. for British English: <Lang=END_eng/>)

    The table now might look like this:
    <Lang=eng/> first course <Lang=END_eng/> Vorspeise
    <Lang=eng/> aromatic fish chowder <Lang=END_eng/> Fischsuppe mit Gewürzen
    <Lang=eng/> asparagus omelette <Lang=END_eng/> Omelette mit Spargelspitzen
    <Lang=eng/> assorted cheese <Lang=END_eng/> gemischte Käseplatte

    Copy and paste the table from Word into the editor of Voice Reader Studio 15 and let it be read out for you. Make sure to have selected a multi-language voice.



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  26. End of line is end of sentence

    Voice Reader Studio 15 has a versatile editor with formatting options and therefore the use of line brakes has influence on the reading segmentation of Voice Reader Studio 15.
    A line break can be initiated by a hard line return or a soft return / line feed. .

    1. A soft return / line feed is generated when pressing the Shift key simultaneously with the Enter key. If the displaying of the formatting characters in the text is active, the soft return is visualized by the symbol ¬ .
      A soft return will be interpreted as end of sentence (and will therefore cause a pause) when the reading segmentation is set to: "by sentence" ("Reading" tab – group "Settings" – button "Options " – Section "Reading Options" - Read and highlight text: by sentence)
      Soft returns / line feeds won't influence the reading, when the reading option "by paragraph" is active.

    2. A hard line return is generated when pressing simply the Enter key. It is displayed as: ¶
      A hard line return is interpreted in Voice Reader Studio 15 generally as end of sentence.


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  28. How can line breaks be removed automatically in a text document?

    If you want to have read out a text document in which hard line returns are used at the end of the lines and you want to avoid that the end of the line is interpreted as end of sentence (see also FAQ "end of line is end of sentence") you can remove them automatically with the following steps.
    Please select the whole text (CTRL+A), copy it with CTRL+C into the clipboard and paste it into the Editor of Windows (Start - All Programs - Accessories - Notepad) via Ctrl+V.
    Please save your text as HTML document (File - Save As - Save as type: All Files - File Name:. <*Filename>.html). Now open the HTML document in Voice Reader Studio 15 ("File" tab – button: "Open") and let it be read out to you.


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    Phonetic Alphabet

  30. Tips & tricks for creating lexicon entries by using orthographic or phonetic transcriptions:

    Please click here, to download the pdf.

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  32. Phonetic Alphabet overview for all Voice Reader Studio 15 languages

    Click onto the desired language and open the related Phonetic Alphabet for this language as PDF.
    Detailed information concerning the creation of dictionary entries via phonetic transcription can be found in the manual, chapter 2.7.2
    Detailed information how to insert a phonetic transcription in the text editor via Voice Markups can be found in the manual, chapter 2.6.6

    Danish Greek Swedish
    German Italian Spanish
    English (American) Catalan Spanish (Argentine))
    English (Australian) Dutch Spanish (Mexican)
    English (British) Norwegian Czech
    English (Scottish) Polish Turkish
    Finnish Portuguese Hungarian
    French Portuguese (Brazilian)  
    French (Canadian) Russian  


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    Answers to MS Office Integration

  34. Which office-versions are supported?
    Voice Reader Studio 15 contains plugins for the following MS-Office Applications:

    • Microsoft Word (2007, 2010 and 2013)
    • Microsoft Outlook (2007, 2010 and 2013)
    • Microsoft PowerPoint (2007, 2010 and 2013)


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  36. The MS Office-integration of Voice Reader Studio 15 is not available in MS Word, MS Outlook or MS Power Point
    Please be sure that the desired Office application is activated in the Integration Manager. Please start the Integration Manager with full administrative rights (right click on its icon and choose "run as administrator" from the context menu) and activate either "for current user" or "for all users" (depends on the setting which you have chosen during the installation), or activate both. Then restart the Office application.

    Please be sure that the processes of Voice Reader Studio 15 are not blocked from Firewall or Antivirus or any other security setting. E.g.
    • Be sure that your firewall settings allow the access to Voice Reader Studio 15 and its processes.
    • Does your Antivirus contain an Office-Macro-Protection? Be sure that it doesn't block the loading of the Voice Reader Studio 15 Plug-in.
    • Please be sure that the Voice Reader Studio 15 program folders are set free in your Antivirus.
    In the event that the add-in has been deactivated in the respective Office application (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint), you can activate it as follows:
    Go to the Options section of the File tab in Word, Outlook or PowerPoint. Please select the display of deactivated elements in the Add-Ins area. This is done by selecting the option Deactivated Elements in the Manage section and then clicking Go to...
    In the Deactivated Elements window, select the deactivated Voice Reader Studio 15 add-in (if available) and click on Activate.
    Afterwards, restart Word, or Outlook, or PowerPoint.


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