OT MacinTalk

Peter T. Evensen pevensen at siboneylg.com
Tue Aug 10 13:26:43 CDT 2004


Actually MacInTalk was introduced with the very first Mac in 1984, so that 
at the unveiling it could introduce itself...

see http://developer.apple.com/technotes/pt/pdf/pt_22.pdf

Here's an excerpt:

For the introduction of the Macintosh computer, it was decided (by the 
powers formerly in charge) that such a computer
would need something very special to make it a unique event. To aid in this 
concept, a third-party company was contracted
to write a speech synthesizer which would allow the Macintosh computer to 
introduce itself. The contract was signed, and
the work begun.

The outcome of this work was MacinTalk. MacinTalk is a file that can be 
placed into the System Folder of an ordinary
Macintosh computer and allow text to be transformed into speech for the 
introduction in 1984. It was felt to be an
interesting piece of software, so Apple made it available to developers. 
Interfaces to MacinTalk were published and Apple
Software Licensing allowed it to be included with developers' products.


At 11:25 AM 8/10/2004, you wrote:
>3 sounds right. Mac plus time if im correct...
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: use-revolution-bounces at lists.runrev.com
> > [mailto:use-revolution-bounces at lists.runrev.com]On Behalf Of Marian
> > Petrides
> > Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 14:48
> > To: How to use Revolution
> > Subject: Re: OT MacinTalk
> >
> >
> > Historical note:  Macintalk came with the earliest Macs, so it was
> > around since System 3 (the earliest MacOS I remember)  if not even
> > earlier.
> >
> > M
> > On Aug 10, 2004, at 8:42 AM, Kurt Kaufman wrote:
> >
> > >>  It actually reminds
> > >> me of macintalk!
> > >>
> > >>
> > >
> > > Are you referring to the "original" MacinTalk of System 6 (or perhaps
> > > even earlier)?  My wife would joke that the (single) voice sounded
> > > like a "Roumanian diplomat".  The synthesizer and its rules all fit
> > > into 34 kb, if I remember correctly.....
> > >
> > > -Kurt
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