Text to Speech Project — Help Needed

Many years ago (at least two computers) I wrote a program using Python and Cepstral (a TTS engine) to convert text to mp3 files. I made a good start at “recording” all of Simplified Functional Edition 2, but didn’t finish it, and planned to offer the service to anyone with text files. Then I found…

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Using Graphic Arts Software for Shorthand

I’m curious if anyone has tried to use any kind of graphic arts or drawing software for shorthand (like CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator, or any of the freeware programs).   If so, what do you recommend?  What kind of results did you get?  Could you easily create the Gregg outlines using such software?  Did you use…

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Business Penmanship in the early 1900s

When I first attempted to write Gregg shorthand outlines, I realized I didn’t have the same longhand proportions and principles in my 1950s Zaner-Bloser cursive as the business longhand which gave the movement and form Dr. Gregg used in the outlines. In the book on penmanship which he wrote, with Mary Champion, Dr. Gregg states:…

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Paper / Pen / Ink Combos for Shorthand

I’m curious what everyone’s favorite shorthand-writing tools are?  I’ve always enjoyed fountain pens (especially  with Noodler’s permanent inks) but I don’t always find them speed-oriented. Lately I’ve been playing with gel pens, to see how I like those for note-taking.  I’ve been trying out a Uni-Ball #207, which came highly recommended for its permanence and…

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Thinking in shorthand?

Some years back, I recall reading in one of the Gregg texts about a phenomenon that long-time shorthand writers experience: thinking in shorthand. I believe it was in one of the older (pre-Anni) texts, but am not sure after so long. Does anyone recollect this reference? Thanks! -Joel

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Programmed Shorthand Laboratory for Skill Development

Here’s another interesting find:  The Programmed Shorthand Laboratory for Skill Development from Ohio in 1965.  I’ve always been curious about these shorthand laboratories, and now here’s an entire document about them.  This is available on Internet Archive.  I posted a few photos a while back of shorthand laboratories from by-gone days here.

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Son of Scoville’s Shortcuts

It would appear that the son of the creator of Scoville’s Phonography *may* have been interested in other types of less savory shortcuts: google book link (The Shorthand Writer) I say *may*, as I am not entirely sure the proprietor of Scoville’s Stenografy referred to in the article is actually the same Scoville that created…

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