Amazon Polly text to speech
Amazon Polly is a cloud platform that converts text into speech. We have integrated it into Pugpig Bolt, allowing you to have an audio option for your articles, as a button in the timeline and in the article, which launches our native audio player.
Please note that there are costs involved with setting up and using Amazon Polly. These are:
- A small annual cost to cover the setup, maintenance and admin around the Polly integration
- We recharge the exact costs that Amazon charges us for the conversion - note that different voice types have very different costs. It is possible to only convert a subset of your articles if required.
Please get in contact with your Customer Success Manager to discuss before getting started.
Once you've spoken to your Customer Success Manager, our support team will configure text to speech for you and you'll be able to see it on all articles.
All you'll need to do is let us know which voice you'd like to use! You can see the full list here:
You can test them out here. We are happy to transcode a few articles of yours for you so that you can see just how good you think it is. If at any time you'd like to change the voice, you can. Old content will keep the voice it was configured with at the time of publishing, and new content will use the new voice.
Neural Text To Speech
Amazon also provides Neural Text-to-Speech (NTTS), which we support. This is about 4 times the cost - let us know if you want this enabled.
Long Form Voices
Amazon also provides Long Form Voices, which are in Beta for us. This is about 25 times the cost!
We support Polly Lexicons. These should be provided as complete Lexicon files to our support team, who can upload them for you.
SSML and Newscaster
Currently we do not support Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) which means we cannot enable domains such as Newscaster. If you are interested in using this, drop a mail to support and we will consider adding it to our roadmap.
You are able to exclude certain types of content from the audio version of articles. This is possible according to specific HTML tags, for example you could exclude all blockquotes, or all figures (or both!). This can currently only be done across all content, so if you were to exclude the blockquote content type, that would be excluded for all articles, in all timelines.
You can also send a specific category from origin to ensure specific articles are excluded.
In order to use text to speech, you cannot have strong security turned on. This is a feature that blocks sharing any app URLs (which would include the audio mp3 URLs used for text to speech) and won't be turned on unless you've asked us to do so.