A sneak peek of Narrator 2

Narrator version 2 is coming... a long time coming. It's been over four years since the last update, which is way too long.

Version 2 is a major upgrade, a complete rewrite. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" as it uses the latest technologies. Version 1.1.4 will remain available for people who aren't ready for Leopard.

At present it is incomplete, and in private alpha testing, but a public beta should be available in January, with a general release a little later.

The features are still being worked on, but here's a sneak peek at a couple of them.

Firstly, there's a new Character (voice) marker in the text, instead of using text colors:

Marker

Secondly, the Character configuration area is now in the window sidebar, and has a description of the Character and individual reset buttons for each of the voice sliders:

Detail area

This will be a paid upgrade (the price to be determined, but probably not much). But I'll offer a generous free upgrade period: everyone who purchased Narrator since October 1, 2007 will be eligible for a free upgrade. So, of course, if you purchase Narrator now, you will qualify for a version 2 license at no further cost -- and will likely save money, as I'm also thinking of increasing the price a little.

If you've purchased Narrator (or are about to), feel free to contact me to get access to the alpha release.

Stay tuned for more information about this new version.