Text-to-Speech is awesome but has one serious flow.
I am very impressed with the Text-to-Speech engine now included in Storyline 360. I previously had to use a voice-over artist and this was costly and frustrating when you wanted to make minor changes to the dialogue.
Recording and modifying dialogue is a breeze with Text-to-Speech - except for one major flaw! It is not possible to include any "control" variables in your Text-to-Speech dialogue. By this I mean something like [Pause 5] or [emphasis]. I have read the discussions around getting the best out of Text-to-Speech and can manipulate "emphasis" to a certain degree using comma, etc.
The big frustration comes with inserting pauses. For this, I need to edit the Text-to-Speech sound track and insert the pauses using the Silence function. This is fine until you need to make any modification to the Text-to-Speech (such as adding a comma to improve emphasis), in which case all the silences I have inserted are deleted and I have to start over again.
As much as Text-to-Speech is saving me time and money, it is also wasting a huge amount of time with the rework of the Silences. It would be great if Articulate include the use of control variables i.e. [Pause 5] and [Emphasis] in the Text-to-Speech engine. I could include these variables directly into the Text-to-Speech dialogue.