Re: An Alternative to Pitch Change to Indicate Capitalization

Dale Heltzer

Thanks for the reminder, Ed.

For those of us with imperfect recall and/or attention, this is helpful.



From: [] On Behalf Of Marquette, Ed
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:32 AM
Subject: An Alternative to Pitch Change to Indicate Capitalization


Sometimes when I’m distracted (I like to think of that as multitasking), I don’t always catch a pitch change to indicate a capital letter.  Often, that’s just fine.

In a complex agreement with 25 or 30 precisely defined terms, terms that, when used in the specifically defined sense, are capitalized, close enough won’t work.

Whether a term is or is not capitalized can be crucial, and an error can cost a client thousands of dollars.

For those on the list new to JAWS who similarly MUST be certain when a word is capitalized (or in bold or italics), therefore, it might be helpful to know that JAWS has a wonderful proofreading tool called “Sound Scheme.”

These “Schemes” may be reached with JawsKey + Alt + S.  An array of previously defined schemes are available, and you can modify or add your own.  There are two proofreading schemes that I use frequently and they are named fittingly, “Proof Reading.” .

Instead of changing pitch, they say “Cap.”  Pitch changes are used to indicate bold, italics, underlining and so on.

Window-Eyes allowed one fairly easily to change capitalization indication in settings, something that is a challenge in Jaws, but I don’t think Window-Eyes had the equivalent of these sound schemes (though my Window-Eyes knowledge is about 7 years old), which can be invoked with just about 3 keystrokes.

Happy proofing. <SMILE>




From: [] On Behalf Of Carol Smith via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:13 AM
Subject: Re: voices and pitch


Believe me, I did not figure this out on my own, grin.  I had lots of helpful information from others on the group.  Just trying to pay it forward a little, grin.

I like Samantha compact with my own pitch level.  She reminds me of my iPod now.


On 5/23/2017 8:59 AM, Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS) wrote:

Carol, guess you just contradicted what I said  in another post, and thank you.  I use vocalizer now and again, and will bare that in mind.




From: [] On Behalf Of Carol Smith via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 8:26 PM
Subject: Re: voices and pitch


Thanks Mike,

With the instructions you provided plus the clarification from Sieghard, excuse me if I didn't spell it correctly, I was able to make the pitch changes.  Yes, you can change pitch for other synthes, too.  I am using the Vocalizer compact voices and they work quite well with the pitch changes. 

Thanks again, and take care.



On 5/22/2017 6:25 PM, Mike B. wrote:

Hi Carol,


The steps I provided are for Eloquence.  I don't use any other voices, so I'm sorry I didn't mention that.  Now with that being said, if you follow the steps, & when you tab to, Voice Adjust / All Contexts, arrow down to, PC, Jaws, Keyboard, or Tutor & Message cursor options, tab through each of these, & you will find the Voice Pitch Slider.  If you make a change in 1 of these cursors, tab to Apply, & spacebar it to save the change for that cursor.  After you make changes to each cursor Apply them, & when you are working with the last cursor after applying your change, now tab to Okay & press enter to save all your changes & close.

Take care, Mike.
Sennt from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 3:01 PM

Subject: Re: voices and pitch


Hi Mike,

OK, this time, I have already gone through all of those steps.  The only pitch change option I can find is for capital letters.  I want to actually adjust the speaking pitch of the selected voice.  I did look through the settings and there is no pitch change for any of the ones I selected.  I have NeoSpeech, Vocalizer, Vocalizer HQ, Eloquence and sapi5.  If I am missing something, I don't know where it is because I did exactly what you suggested.  Thanks for trying, and if you have any other ideas, I will be glad to try them, too.



On 5/22/2017 5:51 PM, Mike B. wrote:

Hi Carol,


Try the following:

1. Press, Insert / Jaws key + J, to open the Jaws context menu.

2. Press the letter, O, to open Options.

3. Press the letter, V, to open Voices, or arrow down to it & press enter.           

4. Press enter on, Voice Adjustment, & tab down to, Voice Adjust.  Here you can make the pitch change amongst many other setting adjustments.  Make sure to Apply & Okay your changes.

Take care, Mike.
Sennt from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 2:27 PM

Subject: voices and pitch



Although I am getting used to playing around with voices and their
settings, I have not been able to change the pitch for any of them.  Is
this possible?  For example, the Reid voice would be reasonable except
it is a bit too bassy.  On the other hand, Glenn sounds better, but this
voice is too high to suite me.  Is there a way I can change the
settings?  Also, does pitch work for other synthes?  Thanks.





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