Hi there, I am a film and video editor and I want to make Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro and so on, speakable. I want to be able to open, switch and close documents with ease. Anybody got a script for this, I am new to AppleScripting so I wouldn’t know how too.
Using speech to control an application is still largely a hit-or-miss affair. You’ll have to play with it some to find out how well it works for you.
The basic process is that you write a script to do whatever you want. Consider the following simple example:
You then save the script as a compiled script in ~/Library/Speech/Speakable Items/Application Speakable Items// (where is the name of the application you want the script to be active in, e.g. “Final Cut Pro”.
Then, whenever that application is frontmost, the speech engine will try to recognize spoken words that match the name of the script. So, for example if you named this script ‘beep’, any time you say ‘beep’ (or, more precisely, any time the speech engine thinks you say ‘beep’, the script will run.
In this way it’s fairly easy to write a series of scripts that perform specific actions. It’s harder to get them to be flexible (e.g. it’s easy to tell it to open a specific file on disk, but it’s harder to get it to open an arbitrary file name you speak), so you’ll usually find you use some kind of hybrid speech/keyboard interface (e.g. a script that opens the ‘Open File’ dialog but that you use the keyboard and mouse to select the specific file).
Then, of course, there’s the issue with the reliability of the recognition engine. There are only so many times you feel like saying “open, dammit” before you give up and hit Command-O