Activator Beta 2

As usual, Ryan Petrich has been on quite the tear with updates to the Activator beta. The latest update, which comes in at version 1.8.4 beta 11, adds a new speech synthesis feature to the fray.

What does speech synthesis do? We’ve created a video that shows you step-by-step how to use this new feature. Check it out after the break.

Speech synthesis basically allows you to create an action—the end result of a gesture—that makes your iPhone speak any text that you assign. All you need to do is select an Activator gesture—I always use the double tap on the status bar—and tap the Edit button in the upper right-hand corner to create a new custom action.

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Once you choose to create a new action, you should see one labeled Synthesize Speech under the build new actions section. Tap the Synthesize Speech action and type a custom phrase. Once your custom phrase has been successfully entered, tap the Save button in the upper right-hand corner, and then tap Done.

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Next, you’ll need to scroll down until you find your custom speech action, which should reside above the Switches actions. You can also use the search box at the top of the page to search for key words in your phrase. Once you find you custom speech action, select it to add it to your gesture.

After you’re all configured, use the Activator gesture that you assigned to the action, and you should hear your custom speech via the iPhone’s speakers. It’s yet another cool feature that adds additional depth to an already incredibly deep jailbreak staple.

You can find the Activator beta by adding Ryan’s beta repo to your list of Cydia sources. His repo is as follows:

Let me know what you think about the new speech synthesis feature. How do you plan on using it?

  • Chris Gilmore

    Haha very nice video. I really think an ultimate guide for Activator would be the…well, ultimate guide. 😀

    • That would be like 3 ultimate guides in one, because Activator is massive.

      • Chris Gilmore

        lol exactly why I need the guide. I don’t even know where to begin with using it. I know I’d benefit greatly from it but it just so massive it intimidates me. haha

      • thecrack101

        Maybe because you are new to Activator. (no pun intended)
        I have been using it since the iOS 3.0
        The possibilites are endless.

        I find this new feature helpful

      • Chris Gilmore

        Trust me, I’m the farthest thing from new.

      • Pablo

        Hey Jeff I watched both your voice synth video and profiles video (I also read so many comments on the first one on youtube saying voice synth is not useful) and I got an idea: use voice synth when you leave wi-fi network to say “Car profile is now active” so you will know when the profiles have changed without having to check the notification of profile activated

      • Yep, great idea.

      • ARX8

        Subtle as well

    • Joshfei

      I can’t agree more. Maybe Ryan himself could chime in with how he uses it on his phone.

  • James

    yeah i’m gonna need to see some use cases.

    • I set it up just to have my phone beg me for power when batter drops below 20%.

      Should really have a speech speed slider though..

  • Scope

    I would like for Actovator to have a new area:

    •Home Screen
    • Video

    • lemonhead

      video pane is what you got so far, but that really is a good idea !

      maybe pitch the idea to Ryan on twitter 🙂

    • ARX8

      What about a special section for fullscreen apps? Also specific actions for events in different apps. Those would be very relevant

  • Huntz

    Does this work for iPhone 4?

  • FrankensteinBlack

    Accelerometer, “put me down u bleeping but wipe” .

  • James Gunaca

    Jeff – don’t you use auto-expand shortcuts for things like “iDB” to auto-expand to iDownloadBlog?

  • Conanap

    it talks too fast. LOL

  • Anonymous Commenter

    You could use this as an anti-theft alarm. When you receive a specific text message from you (after you phone gets stolen), you could set Activator to turn off message notifications, set volume to 100 and disable mute, then blast “THIS PHONE IS STOLEN.”

    • ARX8

      Also turn mobile data and location service ON so that it can be traced down easily. More actions like playing a ringtone and locking the device can also be assigned. I don’t get why apple doesn’t have these features on a costly phone like iPhone by default

  • Donato Bearint

    Yea android has had this forever

  • cardenaso10

    I am totally going to steal everyone’s iPhones while their not looking and make them say “SkyNet knows” every time they google something.

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