Hi Edward,

Edward alonzo wrote:

> Wow what a great e-mail.
> One quick question is there a way to pause your recordings if you  
> start up in express mode?
> Edward Alonzo and SeeingEye dog Andre
Express mode just uses the quick start and stop of shaking, so I'd  
probably just take a series of separate recordings in Express mode and  
then join them together on my computer.  If I wanted to append to an  
Express mode recording -- say I needed to capture something quickly,  
like instructions from someone -- I'd make the recording in Express  
mode, then if I had time to add commentary I would move to the  
Recorder screen to add.  The sequence would go like this:
1. In Express mode shake to start and then shake again to stop recording
2. Touch the "Recordings" button at the bottom center and quickly  
double tap anywhere on the screen
3. Flick right 4 times to the "more info" button and double tap  
anywhere on the screen (this is now on the "All Recordings" screen,  
and the flicks take you from the "Categories" button to the "All  
Recordings" screen name, "Edit" button, name of the last Express  
recording, and then its "more info" button)
4. Flick right 4 times to the "Record" button and double tap anywhere  
on the screen to append to your original recording and double tap  
again to stop (these flicks take you from the name of the recording,  
e.g. "Express 1", to the time information fields "0:00 of 1:50", for  
example, to the "Record" button.)
5. Flick right 3 times to the "Title" button and double tap anywhere  
on the screen, then use the delete key of the virtual keyboard to  
delete the "Express 1" name and type in another name. Double tap the  
"Done" button at the bottom right of the virtual keyboard when you're  
6. Touch the "Categories" button and double tap. Touch the picker item  
and swipe up or down to select a category, then flick left to "Done"  
and double tap to commit changes.
7. Touch the "Actions" button at the bottom right and double tap.  
Double tap the "Save Recordings" button at the top of the list.
8.  You'll be back at the "All Recordings" page with focus on the  
"Categories" button.  Just double tap to go up a level to the "Select  
Category" page. Now if you go down the list view and choose the  
category you selected from the picker item, you'll find your newly  
named recording in this folder.  If the existing categories (e.g.  
"Great Ideas", "Lectures", "Meetings", "Reminders", "To Do", etc.)  
aren't enough for you, use the "Add" button at the top right (or two  
flicks right from where you enter the "Select Category" page) to  
custom create a new folder.

You can customize your preferences with the "Settings" button (at the  
bottom right). For example, you can set the app to open at the Express  
Mode page when the app is launched.  Or you could have recordings sent  
to yourself or a friend or contact after an Express recording is  
finished.  (I have my action set to "Save" here.)  You can also select  
the Audio quality of the recording at the Settings screen, but you  
probably want to leave it to the normal encoding setting for most  

If I needed to have the Express mode clips joined into a single  
recording, I'd probably transfer the tracks to my computer using the  
VoxieSync button on the Recordings page, and then open them up in  
sound editor like Amadeus Pro (for the Mac), which can join tracks,  
convert to mp3 or other format, and perform noise editng.  If these  
were separate meeting notes I'd probably keep them as snippets, edit  
the names of the tracks before transferring them, then add them all  
into iTune (where I would convert them to mp3), but then put them into  
the same "album" by using File > Get Info to edit tag entries of  
selected tracks.

A podcaster would probably make a lot more use of this app than I do,  
since there are other features for long recording described at the  
Bottle Rocket support site.




> On Dec 19, 2009, Esther wrote:
>> Hi Chris,
>> I posted the information about Voxie Pro. I'll interleave answers to
>> each point after your questions and comments.  I'm also cc'ing this  
>> to
>> the Macvisionaries list, which uses an easily searchable secondary
>> archive at the Mail Archive web site that supports access key
>> navigation, searching by poster, date range, wild cards and a whole
>> lot of options that make it easier to find and link to old posts, in
>> case these questions come up again, since this reply contains fairly
>> detailed instructions and recommendations for using Voxie Pro.
>> Chris Moore wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I was using voxie pro last evening.  In an earlier thread someone
>>> pointed out that you could send your recordings to your computer.  I
>>> didn't find this option under the "actions", but I did successfully
>>> email a recording to  myself.
>> You can transfer files directly to your computer from Voxie Pro
>> without mailing them, but you do this from the "Recordings" screen
>> after choosing "All Recordings" or a specific folder category for
>> recordings that you've selected and not by using the "Actions"  
>> buttons
>> from the "Recorder" screen.  This feature is nice, because it allows
>> you to make and access longer recordings that are too large to email.
>> It sounds as though you are making your recording from the "Recorder"
>> screen and double tapping the "Record" button to start or pause the
>> recording, then using the "Play" button to play or pause the  
>> recording
>> for review purposes, and possibly using the "Title" button to assign
>> the recording a name, or the "Categories" button to file it under a
>> folder category.  This is the normal way that Voxie Pro starts up,  
>> and
>> it's perfectly fine, but I've found I can work faster and skip
>> extraneous VoiceOver messages if I work in Express Mode, which is
>> designed to let you make your recordings quickly.
>> I suggest that you use Express Mode as your default mode for
>> recording.  If you are on the Recorder screen, double tap the  
>> "Cancel"
>> button to exit this screen.  Then find the "Express Mode" button,
>> which is the fourth of five buttons at the bottom of the page that
>> are, in sequence: "Recorder", "People", "Recordings", "Express", and
>> "Settings". In "Express Mode" you simply shake the iPhone or iPod
>> Touch to start recording, and you'll hear an ascending tone to tell
>> you when the recording starts and a descending tone when it stops.
>> Then, to play back the recording, I touch the "Recordings" button at
>> the bottom of the screen (at center, just left of "Express") and
>> double tap anywhere on the screen. This takes me to the "All
>> Recordings" screen with a list view of my recordings in time order
>> (most recently recorded or edited first.)  Note: if I do a quick and
>> light  double tap I go to "All Recordings".  If I'm slow about my
>> double tap I'll go to the "Select Category" screen and then I need to
>> select and double tap "All Recordings".
>> To review a recording, just select it from the list. If I want to  
>> play
>> back the latest Express recording, I'll flick right  in the "All
>> Recordings" screen to the first entry, which will have a name like
>> "Express 1" and flick right to the "More Info" button.  (Just flick
>> directly to the "More Info" button if you don't want to listen to
>> VoiceOver announce the name, date, time, and size of each listed
>> recording.)  Then double tap with focus on "More Info".  You'll be
>> taken to the general "Recorder" screen that you first used, but with
>> the title of the recording you just made (e.g. "Express 1") instead  
>> of
>> "Untitled" in the title field.  Also, if you flick right through the
>> time fields, instead of "0:00 of 0:00" you'll hear your current
>> playhead position and the total time of the recording, e.g. "0:00 of
>> 1:12".  To play the recording, flick right to the "Play" button and
>> double tap.  Now, if you want to review a specific part of your
>> recording, either touch or flick right to the slider bar near the
>> bottom of the screen, just after the six action buttons for  
>> recording,
>> playing, erasing, adding a title, choosing a category, or adding a
>> status flag. You'll hear "0 per cent, adjustable, swipe up to
>> increase, swipe down to decrease." If you have paused the recording
>> part way through playing it back, you'll hear it say some number like
>> "24 per cent" at the beginning. Swipe down until you hear "0 per  
>> cent"
>> if you want to move to the beginning of the recording.  If you want  
>> to
>> check a specific part of your recording, swipe to the estimated
>> location, then flick left to the play/pause button and double tap to
>> review.  If you need to check the time in minutes or seconds, double
>> tap to pause the recording and flick left to read off the current
>> playhead position (e.g. "0:45 of 1:12").  This doesn't update if you
>> simply change the slider for the playhead position, so just do two
>> fast double taps to play and then pause the recording if you want to
>> know what your slider "per cent" position corresponds to in terms of
>> minutes or seconds.
>> When you work from the recorder screen, you must use the "Actions"
>> button at the bottom of the screen to save your recording.  You can
>> only exit from this screen via the "Cancel" button or the "Actions"
>> button at the bottom.  If you want to rename your Express recording,
>> file it under a specific recording category, or add to the recording,
>> you would do it from this screen.  Incidentally, although the
>> recording title field is announced as "Text field, double tap to
>> edit", you'd have to do a double tap and hold pass-through gesture to
>> bring up the virtual keyboard here.  It's easier to flick right to  
>> the
>> "Title" button and double tap.  Then, with the insertion point at the
>> end, use the delete key to clear off the "Express 1" name, type in  
>> the
>> title you want, and double tap the "Done" button at the bottom right
>> corner of the virtual keyboard.  To file the recording in a specific
>> category,  flick to the "Categories" button and double tap, then  
>> swipe
>> up or down to choose the category from the picker items and flick  
>> left
>> to the "Done" button and double tap (or to the "Cancel" button if you
>> don't want to change the category).   After making all the changes  
>> you
>> want, flick to the "Actions" button at the bottom right of the
>> "Recorder" screen and double tap.  Select the "Save Recording" button
>> and double tap.  You can also Email the recording to yourself, or  
>> to a
>> friend or contact, or try out the transcription services.  (Some of
>> those options,  like transcribing to SMS text messages, only work for
>> an iPhone.)
>> To transfer files directly to your computer on the same wireless
>> network, go to the "Recordings" screen, which is where you will be
>> located once you have saved your recording. You can first choose a
>> folder that you want to sync, or just use "All Recordings".  From the
>> "Express Mode" screen you can get here by selecting the "Recordings"
>> button. Near the bottom of the screen, just above the five buttons  
>> for
>> "Recorder", "Friends", "Recordings", "Express", and "Settings" there
>> are two large buttons: "New" for starting a new recording and
>> "VoxieSync".  Double tap "VoxieSync".  This button brings up a screen
>> that tells you the IP address to use for your computer's browser.  It
>> will be the IP address for your iPhone or iPod Touch on the local
>> network, followed by a colon and the port number "8080", and might
>> look something like:
>> This same address (without the colon and the number "8080") is also
>> the IP Address listed in your Settings > Wi-FI menu if you navigate  
>> to
>> your selected network and flick right to the "more info" and double
>> tap. Just type the address numbers into the address bar of your
>> browser and press enter.  The web page of your browser will display a
>> list of the recordings in your selected category, along with
>> information on size and creation date. Just download the files you
>> want from the links on the page and save them any where on your
>> computer.  Even if you are not in a location with a wireless network,
>> you can probably create an ad hoc wireless network between your
>> computer and iPhone or iPod Touch using the wireless card of your
>> computer, and transfer the files.  (I'm not sure how to do this on a
>> PC, but on a Mac you select "Create network" from the Wireless menu  
>> on
>> your status bar instead of choosing an external Wi-Fi system, and
>> assign it a name like Chris's Computer.  Then you select Chris's
>> Computer as the network to join in the Settings > Wi-Fi menu of your
>> iPhone.)  Once you're done transferring files through your Computer's
>> web browser, double tap the "Finished" button on the VoxieSync  
>> screen.
>> Chris wrote:
>>> The recording comes across in a aif file format.  In order to play
>>> it on
>>> your pc you'll need a player which can handle this format or convert
>>> it
>>> to wav before playing.
>> Chris, since you're using iTunes to sync your music and apps to your
>> iPhone and iTunes plays AIF files, you can use it to either play or
>> convert the AIF files. Import them into iTunes by using the "Add to
>> Library" command (shortcut keys Control-O) in the iTunes File menu.
>> Or, you can use QuickTime Player, which was loaded with iTunes, to
>> play these files without importing them into iTunes.
>>> Now that many of us have access to Dragon Dictation, the voxie
>>> transcription service isn't  the first option.
>> Dragon Dictation is only currently available for U.S. users.  Voxie
>> Pro has other features that have not been mentioned here, in addition
>> to the convenience of the Express mode recording, that may make it
>> worthwhile even without use of the transcription service.  Some of
>> these features will be of most interest to podcasters.
>>>> Here are links that I found useful:
>>>> • Frequently asked questions / Voxie at the Bottle Rocket Support
>>>> Site:
>>>> http://bottlerocketapps.zendesk.com/forums/25424/entries
>>>> These are in time order, I think, so all the basic "FAQ's on
>>>> Recording", "FAQ's on Express Mode", etc. are links at the bottom,
>>>> and the "FAQ's on Voxie Wi-Fi Sync and Copying Files to Your
>>>> Computer" and questions about the Voxie transcription service are
>>>> at the top.  You can alternatively use the RSS feed link to the
>>>> same content:
>>>> http://bottlerocketapps.zendesk.com/forums/25424/posts.rss
>>>> There are various reviews of Voxie around, but I found that the
>>>> references to using this app for podcast recording  were of most
>>>> interest.  You can improve the recording quality with a small
>>>> portable mic from touchmic.com, and this works for both the iPod
>>>> Touch and the iPhone.
>>>> • Record Field Podcasts on your iPhone/iPod Touch
>>>> http://www.unexpectedidea.com/record-field-podcasts-on-your-iphone-ipod-touch/
>>>> Of more interest are the links to the related posts in this  
>>>> article:
>>>> * How to transfer Audio files from Voxie Pro to your PC
>>>> http://www.unexpectedidea.com/how-transfer-audio-files-from-voxie-pro-to-your-pc/
>> Take a look at links on that page about sample recordings from
>> different microphones if you are interested in podcasting.  The app  
>> is
>> also supposed to be able to keep recording when you device is in  
>> sleep
>> mode.  You can also check the description and web support address on
>> the app's iTunes URL:
>> http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voxie-pro-recorder-twitter-dictation/id294895817?mt=8
>> HTH
>> Cheers,
>> Esther
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