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Written entirely in Java, the Humble Narrator uses no native-code (JNI) libraries. All the basic abstractions are platform-neutral, and can provide a uniform facade over other text-to-speech engines, including JSAPI (Java Speech API) or FreeTTS.
Includes ready-to-use implementations for Mac OS X 10.1 or higher, on PowerPC or Intel processors, using Mac OS X's built-in speech synthesizer.
2006-Jun-06 is the current release version.
The Suite/P Toolkit has a simpler API than the obsolete Easy Posix Toolkit below, and is also easier to reduce or expand in small increments of functionality.
Includes a ready-to-use JNI-based Mac OS X implementation.
03Jun2006 -- New preliminary update
Download a Universal Binary version, which includes both a compiled jnilib file and a replacement jar. You MUST REPLACE BOTH FILES in order to get the complete auto-sensing endian capability. If you only replace the JNI lib, the earlier Java code will malfunction. Read the included history and source for details.
2004-Mar-17 is the current release version.
Includes a ready-to-use JNI-based Mac OS X implementation based on Authorization Services. It provides a system-enforced authentication dialog before running another program, including a Java program, with an effective user-ID of root. Tested on Mac OS 10.1 through 10.2.3, using J2SE 1.3.1 or 1.4.1.
Has example tools that use AuthKit to perform privileged tasks. One tool locks down Mac OS X app-bundles, to improve their tamper-resistance. Another tool runs any task or command as root, after authentication.
08May2006 -- New preliminary update
Download a Universal Binary jnilib replacement file. Replace the existing jnilib with this one and AuthKit should work on Intel-based Macs. No changes to the jar or source are needed.
2003-Aug-10 is the current release version.
Provides a general-purpose mechanism to read and write Mac OS resource-forks, file meta-data, and Finder comments under MRJ 2.0 or later. Provides Unix-style access privileges on Mac OS X. Provides limited but extensible platform-neutral classes to do these things on non-Mac platforms.
Includes implementations and demo apps for Mac OS and Mac OS X. Now includes a JNI-based Mac OS X implementation.
30Jul2006 -- New beta-3 update
Download a Universal Binary public beta update, with other bug-fixes and improvements. Includes all source, pre-compiled jars and Universal Binary JNI-lib files, and revised "history.html" summarizing the changes. DOES NOT include overview and usage docs, pre-built demo apps, extracted API docs, etc.
2003-May-14 is the current release version.
Includes a simple but highly configurable AWT-based demo program that retrieves data from web-based sources. The Mac OS download includes double-clickable classic and X apps.
2001-Nov-10 is the current release version.
Provides settable Gadgets for X-10 modules driven by a CP290 controller connected to a serial-port using the Java-Comm 2.0 API. Supports direct control over dimmable and on/off modules, customized module-lists contained in text-files, customized schedules and actions, and a multi-threaded command queue.
Includes a locale-aware demo AWT program to manually control X-10 modules or define scheduled actions for them in a daily or weekly cycle.
1999-Sep-13 is the current release version.