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Mac OS X 10.5.7 expected to bring improved speech

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Mon March 23, 2009

Mac OS X 10.5.7 speech

The next update to Mac OS X, v10.5.7, should bring with it updated speech support, developer sources say. The newly-seeded 9J34 build of the OS is said to contain enhancements to Leopard's speech dictionary, though specific details have not been disclosed. The changes may reflect an increased emphasis on synthesis, as evidenced by recent changes to iTunes needed to support the third-generation iPod shuffle.

The 9J34 release is additionally said to fix eight significant bugs, relating to issues such as color corruption, sleep problems, and difficulty syncing Mail signatures. Some 22 components of the software are said to require further testing, which may balloon the size of the update past its current 440MB. Apple is also said to be preparing a comprehensive version of the patch applicable to all owners of Leopard, measuring 730MB.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The 9J34 release is additionally said to fix eight significant bugs, relating to issues such as color corruption, sleep problems, and difficulty syncing Mail signatures.

    Wow, I never knew that problems with syncing mail signatures constituted a 'significant' issue.

    I'd be more interested if they could finally get the finder to update the freaking file size and disk space available values without having to change directories and go back.

  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That and...

    How about that stupid Mail bug, where no matter if you check or uncheck hide at login Mail continues to come upfront when you have it set to open at login.

    That's freaking annoying

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    what about garageband not obeying spaces, so that if you're in one space, and switch to garageband, it doesn't move to that space, it just makes the app active. THAT'S bug that has me cursing every day.

  1. gambit-7

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Don't forget the bug in which the Dock springs up only minutes after playing a full-screen Quicktime movie, despite the fact that full-screen should auto-hide it!!

  1. Barry Rabin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    and don't forget...

    the bug that's been around since 10.5.3 that prevents the Finder from uploading files when connected to a WebDav server.

  1. LeoNobilis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3 & QuickLook, unfortunately, does not scale a picture to 100% properly: when enlarged to 100%, most picture files appear either significantly pixelated (e.g., they show at well over 100% - mostly somewhere between 200 and 300), or merely go to about 60-70% of their original size! That is a bug (and not a new one, but ever present)!

    There's an elementary functionality missing as well in the Finder: neither sRAW files (small .CR2), nor DMGs converted therefrom show as previews. That makes it very difficult to manage picture databases or find a picture sought in the Finder.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That dock one with full size movies is the one that bugs me.

  1. Mr. Fartleberry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Oh, now there's really a sleep bug. It's not just me???

    And the annoying Mail synch bug??

    Dear Apple I don't care about Speech capability or foreign language font ligatures. Just fix the couple of existing ones that PO everyone.

    BTW 10.50.6 was the worst upgrade I've ever installed. It caused far more problems than it solved.

  1. Mr. Fartleberry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Forgot the dock bugs 10.5.6 also introduced. How about no icons, no indication of open pgms?

  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tail wags the dog

    And I actually mean that in a good way. Speech under Mac OS languished for years and years until "Alex" was developed, and then despite its great accomplishments, threatened to be forgotten about and left for another decade. Then along comes the almost-buttonless iPod shuffle, which now that it MUST generate spoken bits, actualy pushes the Speech team to continually improve (and maybe expand? please? more voices?) the technology for years to come.

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