Software · Mac OS X · Narrator
New in 2.2.1:
- Narrator requires Mac OS X v10.7 or higher (Narrator 2.2.1 is not supported on Mac OS X v10.6 or earlier)
- Made a change to prevent Mac OS X 10.8 Gatekeeper settings from warning that the app is from an unidentified developer
New in 2.2.0:
- Allows users to assign the new higher-quality voices that are included with Mac OS X 10.7.
New in 2.1.0:
- Narrator is now a product of Mariner Software.
- Current registered Narrator users can upgrade to the Mariner-branded version for free.
New in 2.0.7:
(2010-02-22, R 2013)
- Fixed an issue with looking up licenses in certain situations.
New in 2.0.6:
(2009-11-09, R 2012)
- Fixed a bug where the age, gender, and sliders might not update when changing actors or characters.
- Fixed a bug that could occasionally cause the Play button to stop working when playing/pausing or changing voice attributes quickly.
New in 2.0.5:
(2009-09-27, R 2011)
- Worked around a bug in Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) that prevented Narrator documents from opening, thanks to help from Apple's Developer Technical Support engineers. Sorry for any inconvenience!
New in 2.0.4:
(2009-08-24, R 2010)
- Fixed an issue with the Preferences window, where edits might not be saved when quitting with the window still open (specifically when an edit is still active).
- Fixed an issue that could prevent finding licenses in very rare circumstances.
- Updated the built-in Kagi purchasing tool to the latest version, which fixes some issues with Leopard.
New in 2.0.3:
(2008-09-15, R 2009)
- Fixed an issue with the Export to iTunes feature, where the importing-into-iTunes phase could fail with a
parameter error if exporting a lot of text.
- The lyrics value in the Export to iTunes is now limited to a length of 20,000 characters, to avoid overloading the export mechanism.
- Fixed an occasional crasher if the word highlighting is out-of-sync with the spoken text for some reason.
- Disabled automatic emphasis in speech for non-Apple voices, to work around a bug in the Cepstral voices, where it gives a spurious exception regarding an unexpected emphasis close tag, when there is nothing wrong with the text.
New in 2.0.2:
(2008-06-30, R 2008)
- Fixed an occasional crasher when saving a document immediately after making text or ruler changes.
- Fixed a bug where the license reminder in the window title would appear even when licensed, when launching the application by opening a document instead of launching the app directly.
- Fixed a cosmetic bug with the
Check for Updates feature when using a general release and wanting only general releases, and a beta release is available.
New in 2.0.1:
(2008-04-14, R 2007)
- Fixed a bug that prevented the Rate and Pitch sliders from supporting a full range of options.
New in 2.0.0:
(2008-03-17, R 2006)
- A major redesign of the Narrator document window, in keeping with Leopard standards.
- Replaced the Characters drawer with a source list on the left of the window, with details below.
- Added a Chapters source list above the Characters one. Multiple chapters are now supported, as a way of breaking up long documents, if desired.
- Changed the way speech changes are indicated: instead of using text colors, you now insert markers in the text. You can insert them by selecting a Character and clicking Assign, by double-clicking a Character (not on the text; that will rename it), or by dragging a Character into the text.
- Characters still have colors associated with them, but are only displayed in the marker backgrounds to make them easier to tell apart.
- If text is selected when you Assign, the indicated Character is inserted before the text, and the original Character is inserted after it – useful for marking up quoted dialogue etc.
- You can now select discontinuous blocks of text by holding down the Cmd key when selecting. This is useful to assign several blocks to a Character.
- Bold or italic text is emphasized when speaking, if 15 characters or less, to give more natural and flexible speech.
- The Silent (skip over) Actor now has a Duration option, allowing it to remain on that Character for a brief interval if desired.
- Changed the default Character names from
Default (for Victoria) and
Karaoke (for Silent (read along)) to
You respectively, and added
Note (for Silent (skip over)) as well.
- Added buttons to reset the Rate, Pitch, Inflection and Volume individually.
Welcome to Narrator! document opens automatically the first time you run Narrator, as a demo and explanation of the features.
- Narrator documents now support searches via Spotlight, plus Leopard's new Quick Look thumbnails and previews.
- Now manages the documents using Apple's advanced Core Data framework, allowing fast access, much larger documents, and better Undo support.
- Narrator 2 documents have a file extension of
.narrative. Narrator 2 can open Narrator 1 documents (with an extension of
.narrator), and many other formats.
- Major new features: export as AAC and export to iTunes.
- The Export as AAC function allows saving the speech of the current chapter (or just the selected text, if any is selected) to an AAC-encoded
.m4a sound file, which can be played in the Finder, manually imported to iTunes, or another player. The voices of the various Characters are merged into one sound file, just like listening to them in Narrator.
- The Export to iTunes function is similar to the AAC export, but exports to a location specified in the preferences, and imports that file to iTunes, complete with track attributes, including a transcript of the text as the track's lyrics. This is great for listening to Narrator stories on an iPod or iPhone.
- Added options for the default state of the spelling and grammar checking, and smart copy/paste, quotes and links.
- Added an option to start reading opened documents automatically.
- Added checkboxes to disable or re-enable confirmation sheets when deleting Chapters or Characters.
- Added the ability to set the default font.
- Added preferences to re-open the documents that were open last time you quit, and to create a new document if nothing else opened.
- Added a Dictionary preference page, where you can specify a list of words or phrases to replace with others, to help fine-tune the pronunciation.
- Added an Export preference page, with options for the new export functions.
- Now sets the default preferred release type for the Check for Updates feature based on the type of release used. If you ever use a beta release, it's safe to assume you are comfortable with beta releases, so you are notified of new ones. You can of course override this in the Updates preference pane.
- Added a Restore Factory Settings button to the Updates preferences pane, that changes the preferences in this pane back to the recommended values.
- Now removes the show/hide toolbar button in the Preferences window, as per Apple's Human Interface Guidelines.
- German localization added.
- French localization added.
- The speech is now stopped when the document window is closed.
- Added several features available in Leopard, including grammar checking, smart link detection, smart quotes substitution, Link, List and Table features, style sheets, and more.
- The user guide is now available using Apple Help, so you can read about Narrator without needing to use a web browser. It is still available online, too.
- Enhanced the Licenses window to include more information, support finding lost licenses, support the new upgrade licenses, and more.
- Now offers TrialPay as an option for people who show no interest in purchasing the app (you can choose this at any time via the website).
- Changed the trial reminders to count downwards instead of upwards.
- Added a nifty trial reminder in the window titlebar.
- Removed the random daily license reminders; redundant now that the window title has a reminder.
- Now forces the OS to notice the Services menu command without having to log out.
- Replaced the feedback and e-mail options in the Help menu with Narrator Support Forum and Dejal Blog items.
- Added VersionTracker, MacUpdate and iusethis to the Help menu, along with the Narrator Voice Talent page (where you can get more voices).
- Changed the way the version and release numbers are updated internally.
- The Dejal logo was professionally redesigned by Emily Pfeifer, so all places it occurred have been updated.
- Upgraded to the latest development tools under Mac OS X Leopard, and many behind-the-scenes improvements.
- Switched the distribution method to ZIP archives instead of disk images, as it's simpler for everyone. Feedback welcome!
- Built as a Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel architectures.
- Now requires a minimum of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). Version 1.1.4 is still available and still works back to Mac OS X 10.1.5.
- Narrator 2 is a paid upgrade from Narrator 1. Everyone who purchased Narrator since October 1, 2007 is eligible for a free upgrade; contact me to get your license.
New in 1.1.4:
(2003-05-17, R 1009)
- Enhanced the Casting Assistant to better support the format used by IRC (with the name between angle brackets), e.g. as archived in the bash quote database, and also to improve the handling of some other situations.
- Fixed a minor encoding issue with the list of jokes for the
Tell Me a Joke function.
- The Help > Dejal Orders menu item and the Buy... button in the Licenses window now display the Dejal Orders page with the appropriate application already selected.
- Fixed issue where certain valid serial numbers could be rejected.
- Clarified a wording inconsistency in the Software Update mechanism, where running a Beta release with the preferences set to indicate you are only interested in General releases would report the previous General release as a newer version.
New in 1.1.3:
(2002-11-29, R 1008)
- Fixed a minor issue where the license agreement panel would be displayed when downgrading as well as upgrading.
- Fixed some issues with the license serial number algorithm.
- Fixed a bug where the Licenses window would only automatically add a license from the pasteboard if it was the first time the window was opened after launch.
- Altered the content of the Licenses window: removed the optional Organization field, as it just caused confusion.
- Improved the About window content.
New in 1.1.2:
(2002-10-11, R 1007)
- Now only reports errors when checking for software updates if the check was initiated manually. If an automatic check fails, it'll just try again later, so there's no need to bother you.
- Added a software license agreement panel that appears when starting a new version, to cover our butts. :)
- When automatically adding a license from the pasteboard, now uses the logged-on user's name for the Name field if the license is a Household or Site license.
- Fixed a bug where the License window could cause a crash if there was other data on the pasteboard.
- Plus some other minor improvements to the Check for Updates feature.
New in 1.1.1:
(2002-09-17, R 1006)
- Added the ability to automatically add a license from the pasteboard.
- Added support for a Household license, where multiple users in the same household can share a license.
- Added the new standard keyboard equivalent for Hide Others, and changed the Font and Text sub-menu keyboard equivalents to conform to the Mac OS X 10.2 standard.
- Fixed some minor bugs to improve 10.2 compatibility.
New in 1.1:
(2002-08-05, R 1005)
- Enhanced the Casting Assistant so that it ignores text between brackets when finding names. This allows Narrator to be used to read back a Fire or Adium instant messenger conversation.
- Added a service for the Services menu. It enables you to select some text in another application (that supports the Services menu) and easily open a new document in Narrator with it. Note that you need to log out and in before the operating system will notice the new service.
- If the Characters drawer is closed, the
Director > Apply Character and Director > Delete Character menu commands are now dimmed.
- If the
Director > Add Character menu command is chosen when the Characters drawer is closed, it is opened.
New in 1.0:
(2002-07-19, R 1004)
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New in 2.2.1:
- Narrator requires Mac OS X v10.7 or higher (Narrator 2.2.1 is not ...
- Made a change to prevent Mac OS X 10.8 Gatekeeper settings from ...
New in 2.2.0:
- Allows users to assign the new higher-quality voices that are ...
New in 2.1.0:
- Narrator is now a product of Mariner Software.
- Current registered Narrator users can upgrade to the Mariner-branded version ...
Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or higher.