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07 Dec 2008
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14 Aug 2007
05 Jul 2007
There are now News, Directions and Weather albums so you can easily organize and access that information by album (in addition to the existing albums for each RSS feed and document).
Document splitting has improved:
The feed button icon is now the standard RSS icon.
A number of minor bug fixes regarding splitting, editing replacement rules, deleting existing tracks from iTunes, RSS (atom) title extraction and Directions error handling.
13 Mar 2007
26 Jul 2006
Improved error handling when there are problems downloading Driving Directions and News.
There are a number of other minor changes and fixes — version 3.0 contains over 30 changes/additions.
Finally, a number of these changes make use of features unique to version 10.4 of OS X. As such, verion 3.0 of iSpeak It cannot run on earlier versions of OS X.
27 Apr 2006
03 Apr 2006
Break extending includes the ability to control the length of a break — anywhere from 1 to 10 second breaks between paragraphs.
Weather forecasts include the sun/moon rise/set for the current day.
Splitting documents now uses the first line of a section for the track name instead of simply numbering each section (which you get via the track numbering). This makes it easier to figure out where each track starts.
Improved direction download error handling and added the ability to save the From address for use in future downloads.
When automatically replacing text iSpeak It no longer displays the replaced text (which modifies the document unnecessarily). The replacements are made but are only used in the generation of the audio.
Fixed a number of minor bugs and made a few user interface enhancements.
25 Jul 2005
30 Apr 2005
26 Apr 2005
29 Mar 2005
Adds RSS history support to ensure you only get the entries you haven’t heard yet. Also used with podcast support to ensure you only download a podcast once. Note that the history is updated even if you don’t download podcasts — a great way to catch-up on a podcast without having to download every cast.
When adding a URL iSpeak It checks the clipboard and will automatically add any URL found there. It will also check to ensure that the URL isn’t already present (highlighting it if it is).
You can now select multiple URLs for downloading. The selection is saved for quickly downloading the same feeds in the future.
The Full Article option for RSS feeds is ignored if iSpeak It determines that the complete article is present in the feed text. If there is more than one paragraph it is assumed that the entire article is already present.
You can now have tracks placed in a playlist after they have been transferred into iTunes.
Adds standard find/replace functionality as an addition to the automatic and global replacement rules functionality.
When automatically transferring to iTunes iSpeak It no longer creates new windows but overwrites the contents of the current window with new content (when downloading multiple web feeds for example).
Fixed HTML processing when processing the contents of an RSS feed.
Fixed news processing (again).
A number of usability enhancements, such as the ability to quickly save settings without have to apply the changes and then close the dialog (it’s now a single operation).
24 Feb 2005
Fixed a problem with Word support under OS X 10.2.
Fixed a problem processing PDF files on certain Mac configurations.
16 Feb 2005
Web page processing has been greatly improved.
PDF processing now supports multi-column files (requires pdftotext — a free download).
Added batch transferring of all open windows to iTunes by holding down the control key while selecting Transfer to iTunes from the File menu.
Added the ability to load all URLs by holding down the control key while selecting Web Page from the Load menu.
Documents can be dragged onto an iSpeak It window for loading. You can also select multiple documents from the Load File dialog.
Extending breaks now uses speech directives to ensure more consistent and reliable breaks.
The Web Page dialog is now resizable so you can adjust it to see complete URLs.
iTunes isn’t launched until absolutely necessary.
When splitting you can now set the song name.
Weather and News downloads have been fixed.
17 May 2004
Added control of the iTunes encoder used when transferring a document into iTunes.
Splitting a document can now be done based on paragraphs separated by a single return (as is common with Word documents).
A number of minor bug fixes and usability enhancements.
01 Apr 2004
Documents encoded as AAC can be made bookmarkable, just like audiobooks. You can stop listening to a track and it will remember where you left off for the next time you want continue listening to it. Enable this feature via the iTunes settings dialog.
To support the splitting of documents iSpeak It now does the following. The file name is now used as the album name (instead of the song name), the track numbers are set to ensure correct ordering in iTunes (and your iPod), and all tracks of an album are deleted (instead of just the one song of previous versions).
Keyboard shortcut have been changed (sorry) so that you can apply the option key to initiate automatic processing, which could only be done via command-clicking in previous versions.
Replacement rules are now ordered alphabetically by the problem phrase (finally!).
Fixed some bugs with weather downloads, strange start-up errors and attempts to transfer an empty file into iTunes.
18 Feb 2004
Can now extend pauses between sections, paragraphs, etc via the replacement rules.
Added a help section detailing the use of speech directives in text to control speech volume, rate, emphasis and pauses.
Fixed problems with automated downloads under Panther.
Fixed a number of formatting problems with News.
Non-registered users now have access to all features. They are, however, limited in the size of document that will be converted to audio.
Fixed some minor bugs.
01 Oct 2003
Holding down the Option key on launch will override any automation preferences so you can have a “normal” launch.
Loading via the Services menu now supports the automatic iTunes transfer preference.
Fixed a problem with the replacement rules getting confused if iSpeak It isn’t the front most application.
Change URL completion to allow for domain names that don’t start with www.
Corrected the binding of the Load News menu item so that it now correctly opens the news window.
22 Aug 2003
You can now automate iSpeak It such that it will automatically transfer a document/web page to iTunes after it has been loaded and automatically load news, weather and web pages when iSpeak It launches (requires registration).
You can now control the artist, album and genre settings (in addition to the song name) applied to the document as it’s transferred to iTunes.
Added a Services menu item to take selected text from any application and load it into iSpeak It. Note that to have the menu item added iSpeak It must be within the Applications folder and you must log out and back in again.
You can now command-click the iTunes, Web Page, News and Weather buttons to automatically perform the action using the current defaults (e.g. the last entered artist, album and genre for iTunes).
The file name for loaded documents is now applied as the default iTunes song name. For web pages, the URL is used as the default song name.
Fixed potential problems with deleting old iTunes songs. The file is now moved to the trash, just like iTunes does when you delete a song from your library.
Added news regions to the news downloads.
Fixed problems with weather downloads and changed the update time to reflect the time the forecast was last updated, not when it was downloaded.
15 Jun 2003
If you download news or weather and then transfer it to iTunes the song name will default to an appropriate news or weather title.
You can now open the Speech preferences pane directly from the iSpeak It menu.
There are a number of improvements and fixes to the weather and news downloading features. Directions has been removed since the source is no longer available. If there’s enough interest I’ll look into finding an alternate source.
Note that PDF requires Acrobat (not Acrobat Reader) and Word and AppleWorks documents require their respective applications. If the applications are not present you won’t be able to load the files.