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Simon 0.4.90 beta released

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 20:08
KDE Project:

The second version (0.4.90) towards Simon 0.5.0 is out in the wilds. Please download the source code, test it and send us feedback.

What we changed since the alpha release:

  • Bugfix: The download of Simon Base Models work again flawlessly (bug: 377968)
  • Fix detection of utterid APIs in Pocketsphinx

You can get it here:
https://download.kde.org/unstable/simon/0.4.90/simon-0.4.90.tar.xz.mirrorlist

In the work is also an AppImage version of Simon for easy testing. We hope to deliver one for the Beta release coming soon.

Known issues with Simon 0.4.90 are:

  • Some Scenarios available for download don't work anymore (BUG: 375819)
  • Simon can't add Arabic or Hebrew words (BUG: 356452)

We hope to fix these bugs and look forward to your feedback and bug reports and maybe to see you at the next Simon IRC meeting: Tuesday, 23rd of May, at 10pm (UTC+2) in #kde-accessibility on freenode.net.

About Simon
Simon is an open source speech recognition program that can replace your mouse and keyboard. The system is designed to be as flexible as possible and will work with any language or dialect. For more information take a look at the Simon homepage.

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Simon 0.4.80 alpha released

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:07
KDE Project:

The first version (0.4.80) towards Simon 0.5.0 is out in the wilds. Please download the source code, test it and send us feedback.

Some new features are:

  • MPRIS Support (Media Player control)
  • MacOS port (thanks to RenĂ© there is a first Macports script
  • A series of bug fixes.

You can get it here:
https://download.kde.org/unstable/simon/0.4.80/src/simon-0.4.80.tar.xz.mirrorlist

In the work is also an AppImage version of Simon for easy testing. We hope to deliver one for the Beta release coming soon.

Known issues with Simon 0.4.80 are:

  • Base model download doesn't work as expected. You can search for some base models though (BUG: 377968)
  • Some Scenarios available for download don't work anymore (BUG: 375819)
  • Simon can't add Arabic or Hebrew words (BUG: 356452)

We hope to fix these bugs and look forward to your feedback and bug reports and maybe to see you at the next Simon IRC meeting: Tuesday, 4th of April, at 10pm (UTC+2) in #kde-accessibility on freenode.net.

About Simon
Simon is an open source speech recognition program that can replace your mouse and keyboard. The system is designed to be as flexible as possible and will work with any language or dialect. For more information take a look at the Simon homepage.

Categories: Developer Blogs

New life in Simon speech recognition

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 19:14
KDE Project:

As my blog as FSFE Fellow No. 1 is temporarily not aggregated on planet.kde.org and my private blog about woodwork (German only) currently only tells about a wooden staircase (but soon again about wooden jewelry) I'm building I found a new place for my KDE (non-Randa) related stuff: KDE Blogs. Thanks to the KDE Sysadmin team for the quick setup!

Since the beginning of this year there is some new activity about and around the Simon speech recogition. We had several weekly IRC meeting (Logs: W02, W03, W04, W05, W06, W07 and W08) and there is a workboard with tasks. Our plan for the near future is it to release a last Kdelibs4 and Qt4 based version of Simon. Afterwards we focus on the KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt5 port and then we might have time and work power to look at new feature development like e.g. Lera or the integration of the Kaldi speech recognition framework. But there is parallel work as well like creating Scenarios, working on speech (acustic) and language models and document all this.

So to reach this first goal of a last kdelibs4/Qt4 based version of Simon (the last stable release of Simon happened back in 2013 and there are some commits waiting to be released) we need your help. Would you like to work on documentation checking, compiling first Alpha versions of the new release or just writing about Simon or showcasing it in videos then please get in contact with is via email, IRC (#kde-accessibility on freenode.net) or the KDE Forums

And if you'd like to start right away you'll find us tomorrow (Tuesday, 14th of March) at 10pm (CEST) in #kde-accessibility on freenode.net. Looking forward to meeting you!

PS: Something different and how times change: Just bought a dishwasher and got a printed copy of the GNU GPL ;-).

Categories: Developer Blogs