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Scottish Voices are in Snap Core First for Windows

by Paul Nisbet

on Mon Feb 10, 2020

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Tobii DynaVox's Snap Core First for Windows communication app can now speak Scottish! 

We're very pleased that the latest version of Snap Core First for Windows can now use the free Scottish computer voices. Previously, we were limited to the Windows 10 voices within Snap Core, but this new version can speak with other voices that are installed on the device. 

Here's how to get going with Andrew, Mairi, Callum, Isla, Heather or Stuart (or even Ceitidh?):

  1. Download the voice(s) you want from the Scottish Voice web site and install them on your device.
  2. Open Snap Core First and go to Edit > User > Speaking voice, scroll down to Windows voices and click on the voice you want to use.
  3. Adjust the speed and pitch to your preference.

screen shot of Snap Core communication app

About Snap Core First for Windows

Snap Core First is a relatively inexpensive (£48.99) communication app/program for Windows. It can be installed on any Windows 10 device such as a Surface Go or Pro, and is also available in Tobii Dynavox's Indi and I series communication aids. There is an iPad version (which does not yet have the Scottish voices, unfortunately).

Snap Core is for children or adults who wish to use symbols to generate language although users can also type text with word prediction. The system is based on Core Word research which aims to help students communicate and develop literacy by developing skills using 'universal core' vocabulary. The vocabulary grid size can be easily changed to suit the learner's needs, and the latest version can be accessed by touch, pointing device, eye gaze or switches. Tobii DynaVox also provide Pathways for Core First, which is a free tool with lesson plans and materials for teaching users how to use Snap Core.

Tags: scottish voices, aac, communication aids

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