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    Smile I Have Voices!

    G'Day all.

    I've been hunting around for some voices and have stumbled accross a whole selection of entertaining voices for TOM TOM.

    Does anyone know of anyway or any means of turning these files into something we can use with Destinator?

    I have the following Tom Tom Voices,

    John Cleese
    Sharron Osborn
    Ozzy Osborn Bleeped and swearing
    Mr Evil
    Marilyn Monroe
    Michael Caine
    Tony Blaair
    George 'Dubya' Bush
    Knight Rider
    HRH Queen
    Arnie
    Darth Vader
    Homer
    Sean Connery

    and more...... would be so cool to have them on Destinator!
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    what format are they in??

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    The files are

    .chk and .vif.
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    gotta find out if they can be converted to windows format (.wav especially).

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    I assume they are in some TOM TOM format which will make it impossible to change!

    Interestingly there is only 3 files for each voice so I imagine it'll mean separating as well, I dunno, its all beyond me. I can supply the TOM TOM files to anyone who thinks they may be able to though.
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    I have all these in D3 format, they are on a server at present, I will post the links to them later tonight.

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    Any chance of porting these to iGuidance?

    I'd love to get my directions from John Cleese.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Looking forward to the link gobby! I'm over the current voice - but then again I use it all day every day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gobby
    I have all these in D3 format, they are on a server at present, I will post the links to them later tonight.

    You little gem you! Can't wait for John Cleese!
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    After some searching I found a thread on a Dutch site explaining how to extract seperate files from the TomTom files. (I'm not 100% if this works, haven't tested it myself.)



    'Idiots guide to TomTom Voices'
    There are 59 seperate voice command files in each voice skin.

    The definitive listing is below.

    These commands are OGG Vorbis encoded and then compacted into a single CHK files.

    Voices come in 2 parts. Each CHK file has corresponding .VIF file.

    The *.VIF file contains the description of the voice and the related *.CHK file.

    For Example the "null" voice skin I created is made up of two files, one called null.vif and one called data71.chk. The null.vif file contains the following text

    null
    data71.chk

    Creating your own voice skin simply involves the following steps.

    1) Download OggDropXPd from here .
    This utility allows you to convert .WAV files to .OGG files simply by dragging them onto the box that says "Drop Files Here"

    2) Download VIFTOOL from here
    This is a command line utility that either expands a .VIF files into it's component .OGG files, or re-combines these .OGG files into a .VIF file.

    Now decide what you want to do next. If you want to change one of the existing 59 voice commands follow steps. (3 - 11)

    If you want to create your own voice commands from scratch and build your own voice skin, follow step in Idiots Guide part 2.

    3) Copy the .VIF the .CHK files that make up the voice you have chosen to modify into a new directory on your PC. DO NOT TRY THIS ON THE SD CARD WHILE IT IS IN THE GO. Copy the VIFTOOLS.zip file into this directory and extract all of the files.

    You should have the following files.

    library.zip
    python23.dll
    viftool.exe
    w9xpopen.exe
    zlib.pyd
    _sre.pyd

    and for example.

    data05.chk
    engf.vif

    4) Expand the voice using the following command from the command line

    viftool split engf.vif

    This will give you the following 59 .OGG files.

    After.ogg
    50.ogg
    80.ogg
    100.ogg
    200.ogg
    300.ogg
    400.ogg
    500.ogg
    600.ogg
    700.ogg
    800.ogg
    Meters.ogg
    Arrive.ogg
    TurnRight.ogg
    2ndLeft.ogg
    2ndRight.ogg
    3rdLeft.ogg
    3rdRight.ogg
    AhExit.ogg
    AhExitLeft.ogg
    AhExitRight.ogg
    AhFerry.ogg
    AhKeepLeft.ogg
    AhKeepRight.ogg
    AhLefturn.ogg
    AhRightTurn.ogg
    AhUTurn.ogg
    BearLeft.ogg
    BearRight.ogg
    Charge.ogg
    Depart.ogg
    KeepLeft.ogg
    KeepRight.ogg
    LnLeft.ogg
    LnRight.ogg
    MwEnter.ogg
    MwExit.ogg
    MwExitLeft.ogg
    MwExitRight.ogg
    RbBack.ogg
    RbCross.ogg
    RbExit1.ogg
    RbExit2.ogg
    RbExit3.ogg
    RbExit4.ogg
    RbExit5.ogg
    RbExit6.ogg
    RbLeft.ogg
    RbRight.ogg
    RoadEnd.ogg
    SharpLeft.ogg
    SharpRight.ogg
    Straight.ogg
    TakeFerry.ogg
    Then.ogg
    TryUTurn.ogg
    TurnLeft.ogg
    UTurn.ogg
    Yards.ogg

    4) Select the voice command you want to alter, and delete it. for example "ARRIVE.OGG" is "You have reached your destination"

    5) Using any windows based sound recorder (usually found under Acessories, Entertainment) record a WAV file and call it the same name as the file you want to replace, but leave it with a WAV extension. In the above example I record and save "ARRIVE.WAV"

    7) Copy OggDropXPd.exe into the directory you are working from. Run OggDropXPd.exe

    8) Drap the .WAV file onto the box where it says "Drop Files Here" This will create a new file called "ARRIVE.OGG"

    9) Delete the original .VIF and .CHK files from this working directory.

    10) Re-compile the new .VIF and .CHK files using the following command.

    viftool join 05 "English - Jane (GB)" engf.vif

    Copy these two files data05.chk and engf.vif back to your SD card. Job Done.

    If you want to totally recreate your own voiceskin the process is essentially the same but a little easier, as you don't have to split the original voicefile.

    11) Creating 59 .WAV files with names that correspond to the list below. Most of the names are fairly self explanatory.

    After.wav
    50.wav
    80.wav
    100.wav
    200.wav
    300.wav
    400.wav
    500.wav
    600.wav
    700.wav
    800.wav
    Meters.wav
    Arrive.wav
    TurnRight.wav
    2ndLeft.wav
    2ndRight.wav
    3rdLeft.wav
    3rdRight.wav
    AhExit.wav
    AhExitLeft.wav
    AhExitRight.wav
    AhFerry.wav
    AhKeepLeft.wav
    AhKeepRight.wav
    AhLeftTurn.wav
    AhRightTurn.wav
    AhUTurn.wav
    BearLeft.wav
    BearRight.wav
    Charge.wav
    Depart.wav
    KeepLeft.wav
    KeepRight.wav
    LnLeft.wav
    LnRight.wav
    MwEnter.wav
    MwExit.wav
    MwExitLeft.wav
    MwExitRight.wav
    RbBack.wav
    RbCross.wav
    RbExit1.wav
    RbExit2.wav
    RbExit3.wav
    RbExit4.wav
    RbExit5.wav
    RbExit6.wav
    RbLeft.wav
    RbRight.wav
    RoadEnd.wav
    SharpLeft.wav
    SharpRight.wav
    Straight.wav
    TakeFerry.wav
    Then.wav
    TryUTurn.wav
    TurnLeft.wav
    UTurn.wav
    Yards.wav


    12) Converting these WAV files into OGG files using OggDropXPd.exe

    13) Compile these into a new voice using the following command

    viftool join 71 new new.vif

    14) copy the data71.CHK and new.VIF file to your GO.

    15) Under Change Preferences, Change Voice, choose "Special 1", which will dispay a ? instead of a country flag


    References.

    http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/tomtom-go-usa.php.

    http://www.mytomtomgo.com/forum/view...ht=voice+files

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