Category Archives: Tutorials

Audio book format best for listening to long recordings

Today I was talking to a member of the site on the phone who was using mp3 files to distribute recordings he had created.

Mp3 is a great format but if your intended audience has access to an Apple device like an iPhone, iPod or iPad or even a computer running iTunes then it might be better to send your intended audience our Audio Book formatted files.

This type of file when used in iTunes or any iOS device like an iPhone,iPad or iPod will remember the last position the recording was at and start from that point when you next listen to the recording.

This is the format I use to listen to all of the long format recordings I use SpokenText to create. One other option is to download the recording from your SpokenText podcast URL and then access it via the podcast section of your device or iTunes. When accessed this way the recording will remember its last position.

I have found that either of these two options are best when listening to long format recordings.

Happy listening :-)

Mark

Adding a pause to your recording

If you want to add a pause add <BREAK/ > into your text.

Example: What is 3 + 3 <Break /> 6

Or you can use <Break time="3s" /> to add a 3 second break.

Example: What is 3 + 3 <Break time="3s" /> 6

Note: Recording of Voice tags optional. Just check the box for Respond to voice tags? if you want SpokenText to respond to voice tags you have placed into your text content. Note that if your voice tags are not well formed or you have text within your content which looks like a voice tag your recording will fail to be recorded.

Mark

How to submit text files for recording by email

Spokentext.net now supports email submission of text files for recording. Which means that you don’t have to visit to site to record a file. Just attach it to an email add a subject and you will be notified by email when it is ready for download.

Spokentext.net allows you to just copy and paste text in to the site. Or type the text in direclty. This way you can quickly record small chunks of text.

To get started:

  1. Login to to your Spokentext.net account
  2. Click on the My Account link in the left hand menu
  3. Locate your Private SpokenText email address
  4. Once you have the address open up your email program
  5. Create a new email
  6. Enter a subject for the email. This mandatory for SpokenText to record your email
  7. Enter the text you want recorded in to the body of the email or attach a file to record
  8. Press Send.

That’s it!

You will be notified by email when your recording is ready. Or you can check the View Recordings page to see the status of your recording.

You can now record RSS 2 news feeds

I just added support for recording RSS 2 news feeds.

To record a News Feed.

  1. Login to your account
  2. Click the New Recording button
  3. Click the Record News Feed tab
  4. Enter the URL for the RSS 2 feed you want to record
  5. Set a limit for how many of the articles in the feed you want to record. The default is the first 5 articles
  6. Click Record

As always if you have any issues, comments or suggestions for how to improve this feature send us an email.

Mark

Tips for recording PDF files

If you ever have issues recording a PDF it maybe for the following reasons.

1. You tried to record a PDF encrypted with Digital Rights Management (DRM). SpokenText cannot record files protected with DRM. As all text contained within the document is encrypted. And not available for recording.

2. There maybe an error in your PDF file. If possible try using Adobe Acrobat to convert the PDF file to a text file. To do this in Acrobat click File -> Save as Text and then uploaded the text file to your account for recording.

3. You tried to record a PDF which contained only images. At present SpokenText cannot read text embedded in images.

As a general rule when ever possible convert your PDF file to text files (.txt). This will insure that they will be recorded.

Using your Personal Podcast URL with iTunes

Using iTunes and your personal Podcast URL it is quick and easy to download your recordings on to your computer or iPod.

Follow these simple steps to add your Podcast URL to iTunes

  1. Login to your Spokentext account
  2. Click on Podcast in the left hand menu
  3. Click on your Personal Podcast URL
  4. If you are using FireFox, you might be asked if you would like to launch iTuens if so click Launch Application
  5. iTunes will open
  6. Click on Podcasts in iTuens to see your personal SpokenText podcast. It wil be named — SpokenTexT Podcast —

Note: You only have to do this once. iTunes will automatically find your new recordings if you right click the SpokenText Podcast and select “Update Podcasts”

Don’t have iTunes? No problem, you can download a free copy for Windows or Mac from Apples website. Download iTunes

How to record text you enter yourself

Spokentext.net allows you to just copy and paste text in to the site. Or type the text in direclty. This way you can quickly record small chunks of text.

To get started:

  1. Login to to your Spokentext.net account
  2. Click on the Creat a new recording button
  3. Select a the Enter text to recorde tab
  4. Enter a Recording Name
  5. Type or copy and paste the text you want recorded into the Text to Convert text field.
  6. Click the Recordbutton

That’s it!

You can now watch the status of your recording on the View Recordigns page as it is being created. And you will receive an email when your recording is ready for download.

To record more text just hit the back button in your browsers or click on New Recording in the left hand menu.

How to record a web page

To record a web pagee follow these simple steps:

  1. Login to to your Spokentext.net account
  2. Click on the Creat a new recording button
  3. Select a the Record a Web Page tab
  4. Enter a Recording Name
  5. Enter thefull URL for the web page you want to convert
  6. Click the Recordbutton

That’s it!

You can now watch the status of your recording on the View Recordigns page as it is being created. And you will receive an email when your recording is ready for download.

To record another web site just hit the back button in your browsers or click on New Recording in the left hand menu.