Power Toy v2.6

** Updated Dec 11, 2002

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Just right for the child in your family, or the child in you. Make your favorite MS Agent character (available free, below) talk, sleep, fly, and more. Speech feature requires free text-to-speech software (available below).

News: Visit the new Power Toy Script Gallery for sample Power Toy scripts contributed by readers of "Karen's Power Tools Newsletter"!

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Download Visual Basic Runtime v6.0SHA-1
Required to install and run Power Toy 1 MB
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Download and run to install Power Toy 907,640 bytes
Download VB6 Source CodeSHA-1
Programmers only 72,568 bytes

Free Microsoft Agent Software (required for animation feature). Note: You do not need to install this if you are using Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows Me operating systems. 392 KB
Free Microsoft Agent Characters (at least one required for animation feature).

Download Microsoft Agent Peedy 3.3 MB

Download Microsoft Agent Genie 1.6 MB

Download Microsoft Agent Robby 2.2 MB

Download Microsoft Agent Merlin 1.8 MB

Free Lernout & Hauspie TruVoice Text-to-Speech Engine (required for speech feature). 1 MB
Free Microsoft SAPI (Speech API) 4.0 runtime support (required for speech-recognition feature). Note: Install the SAPI 4.0 runtime support if you are using Windows XP. Also, install this if your characters cannot speak after installing other necessary software. 824 KB

Free Microsoft Speech Recognition software (required for speech-recognition feature). 6 MB
Free Microsoft Speech Control Panel Applet (requires Microsoft Speech Recognition software) (optional for speech feature). 927 KB

Enhancements/Bugs Fixed

  • Version 2.6: Modified the Replay feature, to make it work better when character mentioned in Toy Script isn't installed on user's computer. This improves the program's ability to replay scripts created by others.
  • Version 2.5.2: Improved script replay error reporting, added welcome message.
  • Version 2.5.1: Improved parsing of Toy Scripts (.toy files), allowing comments to be added (lines beginning with "#" or ";"
  • Version 2.5: Added buttons for commands that were previously only available via voice-recognition. Also added "Tell A Joke" command.
  • Version 2.4.1: Fixed bug that prevented \chr= tags from being saved to a .toy file.
  • Version 2.4.1: Now doesn't offer to "Save Actions" to file if actions are replayed from .toy disk file.
  • Version 2.4: Fixes a problem that caused the program to not speak text on certain computers.
  • Version 2.3.1: Fixes a problem that causes the program to stop after the first spoken phrase, when executed by double-clicking a .toy file's icon.
  • Version 2.3: Introduces speech tags, strings such as {date}, {time} and {dow} which can be embedded in text the Agent will speak. You can also cause the Agent to speak the entire contents of text files by including a tag like {full file name}.
  • Version 2.2: Allows you to associate the program with .toy files, files containing previously saved series of actions, and spoken text.
  • Version 2.0: Adds the ability to record Agent actions, and play them back at a later time.
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