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KG

As a poor speller I find a talking dictionary very handy. I have used Softkey's American Heritage
Talking Dictionary since Windows 2 through XP with some tweaks needed to run them, but alas it's a
no go with Windows Home 64 bit. Yes I have tried to contact Softkey to no avail. Any suggestions
appreciated. Thank you ALL
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R. C. White

Hi, KG.

You HAVE searched Bing and/or Google for "dictionary", right?

Several of the online dictionaries will pronounce a word - if you have your
audio (onboard or add-on) installed correctly.

But it can get tricky sometimes. For example, I just now told Bing to
"define:didactic". It quickly produced 162 hits; the first was the
Merriam-Webster dictionary:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/didactic . When I clicked the
link, it took me to the page and showed the definition and the
pronunciation: di·dac·tic adj \dī-ˈdak-tik, də-\

And there is a (non-copying) graphic of a speaker in that line. When I
click the speaker, I get a pop-up screen with another speaker graphic (and
an ad). Clicking the speaker gets me nothing. And then I notice the "fine
print" at the bottom:
Having trouble hearing a pronunciation?
* Click here to listen with your default audio player.

Clicking that line popped up the Windows Media Player, which pronounced the
word for me.

Many other dictionary websites are more straightforward and will pronounce
the word with less hassle. On this M-W site, clicking randomly on the page
will pop up advertising! :>( We can dismiss each ad by clicking the "X",
of course, but security experts tell us it is safer to use <Alt>+<F4> to
close that pop-up.

I hope this - or something like it - works for you. Please post back and
let us know.

RC
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R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
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Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3538.0513) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1


"KG" wrote in message
As a poor speller I find a talking dictionary very handy. I have used
Softkey's American Heritage
Talking Dictionary since Windows 2 through XP with some tweaks needed to run
them, but alas it's a
no go with Windows Home 64 bit. Yes I have tried to contact Softkey to no
avail. Any suggestions
appreciated. Thank you ALL
*****************
Thank You (e-mail address removed)
 
S

Stan Brown

Many other dictionary websites are more straightforward and will pronounce
the word with less hassle. On this M-W site, clicking randomly on the page
will pop up advertising! :>( We can dismiss each ad by clicking the "X",
of course, but security experts tell us it is safer to use <Alt>+<F4> to
close that pop-up.
Or to use Firefox with the AdBlock add-in, which should prevent them
fro popping up in the first place.
 
P

Paul

KG said:
As a poor speller I find a talking dictionary very handy. I have used Softkey's American Heritage
Talking Dictionary since Windows 2 through XP with some tweaks needed to run them, but alas it's a
no go with Windows Home 64 bit. Yes I have tried to contact Softkey to no avail. Any suggestions
appreciated. Thank you ALL
*****************
Thank You (e-mail address removed)

It's easy to think outside the box, when you have a cutting torch.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP_Mode#Windows_XP_Mode

"Applications running in Windows XP Mode do not have compatibility
issues, as they are actually running inside a Windows XP virtual
machine and redirected using RDP to the Windows 7 host. For 64-bit
editions of Windows 7, XP Mode may be used to run 16-bit applications;
it includes NTVDM."

Windows XP Mode is available free of charge to users of

Windows 7 Professional,
Enterprise,
Ultimate.

Users of other editions of Windows 7 are not eligible to download
and use it. This restriction does not apply to Windows Virtual PC
itself.

Windows XP Mode can also be run with the VMware Player and
VMware Workstation. However, VMware products only import
Windows XP Mode on Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate
to adhere with Microsoft licensing requirements."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Anytime_Upgrade

So there are ways to do it, but at a price. In dollars and
cents, it amounts to running a copy of WinXP, at roughly the
price of purchasing WinXP. The Anytime Upgrades would be
priced like buying a copy of WinXP.

If you already own a retail copy of WinXP which you can legitimately
reinstall or re-purpose, then that would be a way of doing something
similar. (You'd want a 32 bit version of WinXP, most of the time, as virtual
machines are not all known to support 64 bit guest OSes. You'd want
to check that aspect before beginning the install.) You could use
the free Windows Virtual PC. Or, you could use some other virtual machine
(VirtualBox, VMWare etc). As long as a virtual machine supports sound,
there would likely be a way to get it to run.

With Windows XP Mode, the virtual machine running it, uses RDP, and
it is possible to make an application look like it's integrated
into the Windows 7 desktop. With the older Virtual PC (the one I
use), there is a "box" drawn around the desktop window of the
guest OS. Windows XP Mode allows the virtual machine to draw
just the application window, within the Windows 7 desktop instead,
so you can actually do things in a way that looks like the
executable is running in Windows 7. When in fact, it is only
displaying in Windows 7 x64, while the code is actually
executing in a WinXP x32 environment. The WinXP x32 environment
is what helps support 16 bit programs.

Paul
 
H

havant

As a poor speller I find a talking dictionary very handy. I have used Softkey's American Heritage
Talking Dictionary since Windows 2 through XP with some tweaks needed to run them, but alas it's a
no go with Windows Home 64 bit. Yes I have tried to contact Softkey to no avail. Any suggestions
appreciated. Thank you ALL
*****************
Thank You (e-mail address removed)

It's easy to think outside the box, when you have a cutting torch.

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I am not sure what you mean by a "talking dictionary" but I've been
using Word Web Pro for a long time both with XP and now with Win 7. If
you load up the add-ins it uses a human voice to pronounce the words.

Harry
 
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Sir_George

KG said:
As a poor speller I find a talking dictionary very handy. I have
used Softkey's American Heritage Talking Dictionary since Windows 2
through XP with some tweaks needed to run them, but alas it's a no go
with Windows Home 64 bit. Yes I have tried to contact Softkey to no
avail. Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you ALL *****************
Thank You (e-mail address removed)

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Dictionary.com provides the pronunciation of the word you select, if
that's what you are seeking.
 
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K

KG

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Dictionary.com provides the pronunciation of the word you select, if
that's what you are seeking.
Thank you all for your suggestions.
I have been using Dictionary.com as a stand in, but I need something that runs both on and off
line.
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KG

I thank you all for your very useful suggestions. But what I'm looking for is software that works
both on line and off line, that will also pronounce the word and automatically takes the word at
the top of the clipboard. Something hopefully very similar to the early "Softkey's American
Heritage
Talking Dictionary", which apparently is no longer in busness. I will let you all know if & when I find it. Thanks again
As a poor speller I find a talking dictionary very handy. I have used Softkey's American Heritage
Talking Dictionary since Windows 2 through XP with some tweaks needed to run them, but alas it's a
no go with Windows Home 64 bit. Yes I have tried to contact Softkey to no avail. Any suggestions
appreciated. Thank you ALL
*****************
Thank You (e-mail address removed)

It's easy to think outside the box, when you have a cutting torch.

To reply to this email please remove the AT
after the kgs in the reply to address as shown above.
*****************
Thank You (e-mail address removed)

It's easy to think outside the box, when you have a cutting torch.

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