Release - Kodi Screen Reader (Text to speech)

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kalen Offline
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Hello, the kodi just crashed and now when I re-open it the screen reader doesn't re-open with it. Is their a reason for this, and how do I fix it?
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Kawalski Offline
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Post: #512
hello, I just want to say a huge thanks first of all. I've been using this addon for quite a long time now. It's really cool that I can get access to such a powerful media centre. However, with the release of kodi 17 the addon is effectively nuked for newcomers. What I think is happening is the following:

kodi 17 launched with an option that you need to toggle to enable third party sources, this setting is off by default.
The kodi screen reader installer installs the addon and repo with no issue.
When you toggle unknown sources, the addon shows up as being installed but disabled.
when you enable the addon, it uses SAPI by default this causes the addon to completely crash the program.
At this point,, relaunching causes the addon to speak through sapi and immediatly crash again.

The solution to this problem is to download and install kodi 16 from:
http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/win32/ko...Jarvis.exe
Install kodi first, then run the kodi screen reader installer. Running the screenreader installer before the installation of kodi results in the installer getting stuck on a 404 error.
When you've done that, launch kodi and head over to and click on system, find AddOns, and click on that. If a dialog box pops up here, click ok and then find and click on my AddOns. Head down to services and click it. Find kodi screen reader in here, click it and find the configure option. Select configure and set the default TTS to your screen reader of choice by clicking the default tts engine option and selecting from the list that appears. Finally, go down to the OK button. You can now go ahead and install kodi 17 if you like, just make sure the installer is set to keep your user data. After the installer for version 17 finishes, you can launch the program and kodi will come up with the screen reader active.
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blindndangerous Offline
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Post: #513
hey Ruuk,
A friend of mine is trying to get kodi screenreader running on his mac. He's downloaded the latest version of the screenreader from the advanced link of your site, and pasted services.xbmc.tts into ~/library/Application Support/Kodi/addons and now has packages temp and your addon. He's running osx 10.12.3. Anything hhe could do try and fix this? It looks the same as on my windows computer, but he's not getting any speech when he opens up kodi. The only thing he doesn't have is all of the default addons like I do, only those two folders and your addon. Mine has a bunch of default addons that comes with Kodi.
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blindndangerous Offline
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Post: #514
Two other things that I wanted to mention. Your github page is the first thing that I find when googling for kodi screenreader, however, the version in the releases link is 0.0.83 while the advanced link on your site is 1.0.6b2. Not sure if you wanna update your github page so that things match. I've also heard, but not tested, that the kodi screenreader installer that you put on your site is giving a 404 error when trying to run it. Does that need to be updated for kodi 17? Guessing that it's not possible as well to make a mac installer for Kodi with kodi screenreader ready to go like you did with the Windows one?
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