Now you can use PayPal to donate to help with cost of distribution of CHIPSpeaking
and CHIPSpeech, just click the button above! Donations are not required, but they
Chip Mood died peacefully in his home in July 2001.
George McF. Mood, III
He never gave up, his body gave out.
May he rest in peace.
What It Means
CHIPSpeaking stands for: Conversational Help for Individuals with Problems Speaking
When contacting me for support requests, YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST INCLUDE THE version
of Windows you are running so I can be sure you have the right drivers. Without this
information I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU!
If you get the Error 76 from CHIPSpeech, the install directory is incorrect. You
have to use
C:\Program Files\CHIPSpeaking as the install directory in all current CHIPSpeaking
Error 91 happens when you fail to load a character when trying to generate speech
You MUST use SAPI 4.0 drivers to make CHIPSpeaking work in the Windows XP and Windows
There are new versions of both CHIPSpeaking (2.7.00) and CHIPSpeech (2.5.10) These
were posted on 1/19/2001. I've also re-done the web page with a new style to make
it easier to read and hopefully more interesting I am pleased to announce a brand
new addition to the CHIPSpeaking family of products, "CHIPSpeech?" Unlike the flagship
product, CHIPSpeaking? , CHIPSpeech? actually is written to assist PALS to record
their voice as it is now, and preserve the phrases and sentences that are needed
in everyday life, and recall them in their own voice, and save that speech indefinitely.
The recordings are made and saved to disk in small files, which can be saved on diskette
or backup media for use on other computers. CHIPSpeech currently supports 99 common
phrases, and one emergency button for an alert. The file is posted below, near CHIPSpeaking.zip.
It's filename is CHIPSpeech.zip. Each is roughly 3.5 megabytes in size. (If you are
in a hurry to download it, these links will start the download for you.) NOTICE:
CHIPSpeaking does NOT support WinNT 3.51, 4.0 or Windows 2000! If you want to attempt
to make it work on these platforms, please advise me if they work. I have no way
to support them because I only have one computer to test with. The will be no support
(e-mail or otherwise) for these platforms.
I'm sorry, but due to space constraints on the server this page is now hosted on,
I cannot support downloads of more then the essentials for these two programs. Check
the Microsoft site listed above for more characters. Also, most of the Agent 2.0
\Webring sites have more characters. You will find them on the referenced pages.
Any idea you have could become a part of the next release of CHIPSpeaking Software.
Most of the features now in the software are as a result of suggestions by PALS or
by caregivers, physicians, and speech therapists.
Thanks for taking to the time to write!
CHIP WAS A GENTLEMAN, WE WILL MISS HIM.
The Legal Stuff:
CHIPSpeaking™ Software is properly licensed to redistribute Microsoft Agent Components.
CHIPSpeaking™ Software makes no warranty concerning Microsoft's components. Microsoft
makes no warranty about CHIPSpeaking components.
My brother George McF. Mood, III, P.A. was a pretty darned good guy. He enjoys gardening
and computers. He also had A.L.S. His speech was affected by the disease, along with
part of his motor skills. He could, with great effort, use his arms, but fine motor
skills were exceptionally difficult for him. He was known as Chip since he was a
chip off the old block, according to our parents. Since this was originally written,
Chip could no longer use his hands or sit up without support. He enjoyed watching
golf on TV. When Chip was healthy, he was one heck of a good golfer. He succumbed
to the disease in 2001.
I named this software after Chip, who has been losing the capacity to speak due to
A.L.S. (Amyeotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Motor Neuron Disease) commonly known as
Lou Gehrig's Disease, after the great baseball player.
When my brother George McFarlane Mood, III was diagnosed with A.L.S., he was beginning
to speak poorly, but could be understood. In the space of the last two years, it
has become more and more difficult for him to be understood.
Chip asked me while ago to seek out speech synthesis software. I found that 'name
brand' programs ran $800.00 and up for the software. Some of these programs require
additional proprietary software to work. The cheapest I found was a total of almost
$ 2,000.00. I see that as an affront to the humanity of the victims of this and
Chip used the CB handle
Lou Gehrig held the consecutive games played record for over 50 years. The only thing
that stopped him was this insidious neuromuscular disease.
PROGRAMMING IT ALL . . .
other diseases that steal vocal abilities.
To be robbed twice would be heartbreaking. I am determined to keep this software
free for many reasons, but mostly because I have seen firsthand the anguish felt
by A.L.S. victims.
So, I decided to write some software using the free text to speech software that
Microsoft supplies for free. We're on the right track with free. Next I had to get
the Agent™ software from Microsoft. Thanks Bill and Co.!
So then came the fun part. Writing the software. It took about three weeks of fiddling
with Visual Basic™ until I re-learned BASIC within the Windows environment. Once
I get the hang of it, it took quite a number of hours of programming and testing
time to come up with a test version.
A.L.S. is a progressive neuromuscular disease which slowly robs the patient of his
or her ability to move voluntary muscles. Eventually, it affects involuntary muscles
and their nerves, which makes it impossible for the patient to breathe and live.
Cal Ripken, Jr. and the Baltimore Orioles team were wonderful the day Mr. Ripken
passed Lou Gehrig's record. They sold box seats to that game with the proceeds going
to the Lou Gehrig ALS research center. The ticket sales totaled 2.3 million. Cal
Ripken and his teammates rounded the figure up to a full 3 million OUT OF THEIR OWN
POCKETS AND BANK BOOKS! Go Orioles!
Not long ago, another famous baseball player died from the disease, Catfish Hunter
- a great pitcher and a hero since my youth. The disease is a slowly advancing neuromuscular
disease. This means that the simple tasks that many of us take for granted are gone
for many ALS patients - as well as victim of other similar diseases. There is no
known cure and eventually, the stricken person's lungs stop breathing because the
nerves and muscles required atrophy and waste away. It is usually fatal within 2
½ to 4 years of the patient's diagnosis
CHIPSpeaking and CHIPSpeech are fairly simple, and quite easily used. The buttons
are easy and fairly large to accommodate persons with motor skill difficulties. CHIPSpeaking
has an area to type what you want the computer to say. It also can let you paste
text into the speech entry area. This allows you to read your email without looking
at it, which will allow persons with difficulty seeing small text on the screen to
hear their messages.
The software requires a multimedia equipped IBM or compatible computer. In short,
it is a pure 32 bit program, and even though you
GETTING THE SOFTWARE
may have a Windows 3.1 operating system, you don't have enough hardware to run this.
Windows 95 and up can run it without any problems. It has been tested under Windows
95, Windows 98 (revision 1 and 2), and Windows M.E. . Anyone who tries it on any
platform, please make notes of error messages and any other programs running concurrently
if problems occur and let me know please).
I could use the help, and so could our vocally disabled friends and relatives. Even
someone with laryngitis can use this program for free. ANYONE can use it for free!
Some of my co-workers enjoy it because they can read their mail with it and work
with their hands on other projects while they listen to the mail.
To get a copy, you can either download the files from this site or get a CD from
me by mail. The files total about 3.5 megabytes, and should take only a few minutes
with a 56K modem. It may stretch your patience to the limits to try to download this
with any modem slower than 33.6. There is one file, and in contains the installation
files. You must install the software on your computer before CHIPSpeaking will work.
You also need to look over the README.ZIP and LICENSE.ZIP files included in the install
C:\Program Files\CHIPSpeaking. You can also download them directly.
CHIPSpeaking™ is a software product that is FREE for anyone, so long as no commercial
purpose is served and no fee is charged for it's use. The program starts out with
a gray text entry screen. This will change white once you have opened the File/Open
dialog. Then you pick a character. Once you have done this, you can see the white
text entry screen.
Just type, and when you hit the ENTER or RETURN key, it will process your words into
speech and the character's lips will move and animate it's expression. Speech comes
out of the sound card and speakers, hence the requirement of a multimedia equipped
Please check the Help menu and look over the information there. If you need help
with the program, feel free to send me an e-mail with the details of the problem.
I will get back to you as soon as possible. If it requires phone support, I may have
to call you collect, but I will call. Just state a good time during the evening and
I will call the number you leave collect. Have your notes handy so we can get to
the heart of your problem fast.
CHIPSpeaking™ is a software product that is FREE for anyone, so long as no commercial
purpose is served and no fee is charged for it's use. Commercial users can contact
me by e-mail. at firstname.lastname@example.org for commercial licensing terms.
This software was written for A.L.S. patients as well as victims of other neuromuscular
diseases, as well as for the use of folks who may have had a tracheotomy. Also those
who have severe laryngitis and are told to keep silent so their voice will heal are
welcome to have this free. Everyone can have and use this software, provided that
no commercial purpose is served and no money is charged to anyone for it's use. People
who want to have fun making their computer say things are free to use it too. The
only caution is that this software is not to be used for any professional activity
or for any unlawful purpose. I will not be liable for misuse of this software. Legal
action will be taken against those who violate these terms and the terms of the license
The software works by using text input and converting it to speech by translating
the text into the the smallest part of speech called a phoneme. The phonemes are
then put together and sent to your sound card as speech. There is very little lag
time, so it is close to real time. Best of all it works and it's free. I checked
out some of the retail products that can function like this and they do not seem
to speak as clearly as you need them to be to allow average folks to hear it.
For more information, you can click on the links at the bottom of the first page
to find the Agent Webring.
A.L.S. patients, as well as those who have lost the ability to speak for whatever
reason will benefit from your support of this software. Your support can take several
Donations are encouraged
(See Above PayPaL Button!)
First, you could send me some supplies (CD's mostly are needed to publish this program)
to help me defray the cost of sending CD's and diskettes to people who need the program.
I have several contacts in the medical community who are trying to help spread the
word of this program. I want to keep this program completely free and with your help
I can. Donations of any kind are completely voluntary. The program is and always
will be free.
My Address is:
C/O John T. McF. Mood 112 Dean Court
Lexington, SC 29073-7567
Also, you can spread the word of this program to those who might need it. Even someone
who has a temporary condition like laryngitis can benefit from this, since it will
speak for them. it would be pointless to produce this program if nobody was able
to take advantage of it. You may have a friend who can be helped by it. Tell them.