About the Release Notes
Want to know what has changed since a previous version? This page lists those changes. You can alter the range of release notes to display if you wish.
Note: Narrator has been acquired by Mariner Software; these are just the release notes from when it was a Dejal product. See the Mariner Narrator page for the current version.
(Release 2013): released 2010-02-22; requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later; Universal Binary; Snow Leopard-ready
- Fixed an issue with looking up licenses in certain situations.
(Release 2012): released 2009-11-09; requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later; Universal Binary; Snow Leopard-ready
- 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.
(Release 2011): released 2009-09-17; requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later; Universal Binary; Snow Leopard-ready
- 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!
(Release 2010): released 2009-08-24; requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later
- 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.
(Release 2009): released 2008-09-15; requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later
- 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.
(Release 2008): released 2008-06-30; requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later
- 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.
(Release 2007): released 2008-04-14; requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later
- Fixed a bug that prevented the Rate and Pitch sliders from supporting a full range of options.
(Release 2006): released 2008-03-17; requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later
- 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 "Narrator" and "You" respectively, and added "Note" (for Silent (skip over)) as well.
- Added buttons to reset the Rate, Pitch, Inflection and Volume individually.
- A "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.
- 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.