Update to Dictator for UWP

An exciting update is coming to Dictator for UWP!

OneDrive

We are adding support for OneDrive to store dictations.  Now you can have universal access to your dictations from any device you have it installed.  Soon you can literally “dictate to the cloud and back!”

The Rest

We enhanced Audio Help navigation for the keyboard-less.

We are finishing up Shake support.  It becomes another event trigger.

Get it!

You can find Dictator for UWP in the Windows Store.

Minor Change

With the upcoming release of our first Windows Store application, we have dropped the “mobile” from our moniker.

Internet Archive Un-kills OPDS!

Oh Happy Days!

For whatever reason, the Internet Archive has resumed serving OPDS on their catalog endpoint. Reader Feeder continues to work for that very important entry.

Everyone may resume their downloading…

Meanwhile, we are working on a Windows Universal Platform edition of Reader Feeder. If you are using Windows 10, stay tuned here, and on Windows Store.

Internet Archive Kills OPDS

More Bad Luck!

We have some sad news: the Internet Archive site is shutting down their OPDS endpoint!  This impacts Reader Feeder, so we’re bringing it to your attention.  There is not an issue with the application.

All is not lost, however.  Archive.org has a pretty big RSS footprint, so we are working on supporting them through that format, which in case anyone is reading and interested, uses Media RSS specifically, and is a close cousin to the Atom format underlying OPDS itself.

Out of the Ashes…

We’re also using this occasion to expand support in Reader Feeder, so you can add “traditional” feeds to it and download the enclosures that way also, similar to Feed Farmer.

With that said, please watch this space for an update announcement.

Reader Feeder Update

We are pushing this one out-the-door soon, and it was a wild ride!

To recap, Reader Feeder is a tool for downloading e-books.  It has a special feature: extract the audio file links embedded in Librivox‘s audio book EPUB files for you to download and listen to.

Good, Bad, Ugly

The good news is you have full access to the “chapter” markers embedded in the MP4 files from Librivox and others.  Big thanks to our open-source project IsoSax for making this possible!

The (not-so) bad news is we built in audio playback, providing the transport controls for seeking to “chapters”.  The detours associated with this, and storing publicly-accessible media files on-device, caused some undue delays in release.

Latest Android

We made an effort this time to use features from newer versions of Android.  In particular, the we completely rewrote the HTTP stack, because Google deprecated that part of the system .  The rewrite also ties into the system better, for usage reporting etc.

Google also changed access to external storage and run-time permissions.  On newer devices, RF asks you to enable this, so you can save downloaded content and access it from your other apps (Media Player, e-book Reader).

Permissions are minimal:  Internet, Wake Lock, and Write External Storage.

Coming Soon!

Watch the event calendar for the release announcement, so you can start enjoying the tons of free audio books on The Internet Archive!

Move Complete

If you are reading this post, welcome to our new home!

We also updated our site’s home page, which if you direct-link to this site, you probably never noticed in the first place.