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SpeechMaker Help 


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Creators of:
Speechmaker, iWatermark, iWatermark+ for iOS and
Speechmaker, iWatermark, iWatermark+ for Android.
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UPDATE 7/14/16

Android version available here.

iOS Speechmaker version 3.1 is now live.

IMPORTANT: PDF's can only be imported thru DropBox.


Overview

Create, Practice, Hear, Archive and Give Speeches - Speechmaker is software to make your iPhone/iPad or Android device into a mobile podium, notebook, archive of speeches and professional teleprompter for public speaking.

In addition to speeches use it to hold and read poems, lyrics, scripts, comedy, lectures, sermons, and/or plays.

SpeechMaker is very popular with students, teachers, politicians, directors, poets, lecturers, ministers, authors, playwrights, speechwriters, scriptwriters, toastmasters, comedians, singers and actors. SpeechMaker gives all kinds of orators everything needed to create, practice, hear and give speeches.

Now practice and hear how you sound before delivering that important speech. Get a feeling for the cadence and the flow of your speech, poem, lecture, etc.

It can archive thousands of speeches with additional info like title, author, date and audio recordings. SpeechMaker comes with a number of famous speeches built in.

SpeechMaker Features

  • Buy once to run on both iPhone/iPad or Android phone/tablet.
  • Buy once and your whole family can share it using Apple's Family Share.
  • Beautiful UI and flat graphics for iOS 7 and Android
  • Dictate your speech thru Siri to enter into Speechmaker.
  • Import text, rtf, and pdf via DropBox, Google Drive, and Copy and Paste and iTunes file sharing
  • Export speech text via Email
  • Import and export audio via Dropbox
  • Audio recording allows you to get feedback as you practice your speech
  • Like a teleprompter autoscroll your speech at the just the right speed
  • Hear it speak out loud the speech as it scrolls and highlights each line
  • Select from one of 36 different languages and Siri voices
  • With the flip of a button see verbs, nouns, adjectives and other parts of speech highlighted in different colors
  • Control the look of a document by changing, background color, fonts, scroll speed, font size
  • Buttons and gestures to start, stop and control scroll speed
  • Touch gestures:
    • pinch or zoom to change font size
    • grab and move instantly to any part of a speech
    • + tap the right side to speed scrolling. tap the left side to slow scrolling
  • At a glance timing for a speech shows, elapsed, remaining, estimated time
  • Display your iPhone or iPad on a larger Mac using X-Mirage
  • Display on AppleTV connected HD monitors for TV stations, studios, auditoriums, podcasters, lecture halls and plays.

Read, correct, give, play and record speeches anytime and anywhere. No need to rely on notes on napkins or index cards.

Keep your speeches with you at all time, secure and available to use at any moment. Easily change and give speeches at the last minute.

Getting Started

SpeechMaker is easy to use. Below is a screenshot of SpeechMaker. It works in portrait and landscape mode on both iPhone and iPad.

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When you choose Live mode you see:

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When you choose Edit mode you see the vertical menu (at right) and the bottom nav bar:side menu.png

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These two, Edit and Live mode, are key to working with SpeechMaker.

Hit the Live button to give a real or practice speech. In Live Mode see the timers and be able to Autoscroll, Record Audio or hear the speech spoken aloud by Siri. 

Click the Edit button to edit the speech and change default settings.

Lets start with the Live mode.

Live Mode

Here you can choose Speeches, Edit Speech and the i button (at bottom right) to go to this manual.

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Speeches

The Speeches panel is available the same in Live and Edit Mode. Here you can select a speech with a tap, create, import, export and delete a speech. Create, Import, Export and Delete are discussed more in Edit Mode below.

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Click on the blue i button to the right of each title to see and edit the author, orator, location, date and time details:

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Choose the blue i button to the right of Date/Time or Duration to edit those items.

Choose the blue i button to the right of SIRI to see the dialog below to change the language, speed, pitch and volume. These settings can be made for that one speech or the default for all speeches by setting the 'Default for all' button.

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Soundwave

Click the soundwave button to see this dialog. Select a file and hit play, stop or delete. Screenshot 2014-06-20 11.14.06.png

Import audio in mp3 or .caf format. 

Export your audio recording thru email select the audio and hit the export button. 

See the FAQ below for more details. 3 of the speeches that come with Speechmaker have audio included with them. 

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Siri

In the Live mode click Siri to get a 3, 2, 1, Go countdown whereupon Siri will read the speech in the language, speed, pitch and volume chosen in the Speech details panel.

Rec

Rec or the Record button in Live view will also do a countdown then start autoscroll and will record audio. When you hit stop it will save the file and put in the Soundwave dialog for you to play, export or delete. 

Click on the record audio button to start recording and autoscroll simultaneously. Speeches are titled:
01.11.10 ? 15-20-58.caf
This stands for the date and time of the start of recording. The extension .caf is an apple sound file format.

Autoscroll

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In the Live view if you hit the Autoscroll button the speech will start scrolling at the speed you chose. To increase the speed tap on the right. To decrease the speed tap on the left side of the screen. This icon will appear on the screen to give you scroll speed feedback.

Edit Mode

In 'Edit Mode' you see the side menu seen to the right. This menu can be moved up or down by dragging the top and bottom arrows.

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Each of the buttons to the right opens like a drawer. In order the button to the right control:

  1. Speed of scrolling - drag to set default scroll speed for speech in Live Mode. 
  2. Font size - drag to set font size
  3. BG - Color of background
  4. Font - Sets the font
  5. GM - For grammar. Make the parts of speech visible.
Try them. Click to open, click to close.
 
We do think the parts of speech is pretty cool so please make sure to try that feature. Great for students.
 
Lastly the green arrow at top and bottom allow you to drag those tools up and down on the page.
 
Also in Edit Mode you see this nav bar with these buttons at the bottom.

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Speeches

The Speeches panel is available the same in Live and Edit Mode. Here you can select a speech with a tap, create, import, export and delete a speech. Create, Import, Export and Delete are discussed more in Edit Mode below.

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Click on the blue i button to the right of each title to see and edit the author, orator, location, date and time details:

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Choose the blue i button to the right of Date/Time or Duration to edit those items.

Choose the blue i button to the right of SIRI to see the dialog below to change the language, speed, pitch and volume. These settings can be made for that one speech or the default for all speeches by setting the 'Default for all' button.

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Create

There are 3 ways to import content into Speechmaker. DropBox, Google Drive, and the iTunes App. 
There are 4 files that can be imported, text, RTF, PDF and HTML.

Import

There are 3 ways to import content into Speechmaker. DropBox, Google Drive, and the iTunes App. 

There are 4 files that can be imported, text, RTF, PDF and HTML.

Here in the speeches panel touch the Import button:

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Once you hit the Import button you will see the panel below. Click Dropbox and/or Google Docs to setup your credentials. 

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Import via Dropbox
Within Dropbox this creates a folder in:
Apps:SpeechMaker  
You can import and export files in this folder. Drag your text, PDF, RTF or HTML files into this folder.
Then go again to the panel below again click dropbox and select the files you want to import. 

Import via Google Drive
Once logged in it lists all the .rtf, .pdf, .htm/html and .txt files in google drive folders/subfolders. Select the files you want to import. 

Import via iTunes

Connect your iPad/iPhone to iTunes. Click on your iPad or iPhone on the left side of iTunes. Then at the top click on Apps. You will see a list of Apps that allow importing and exporting data. Select SpeechMaker and you will see the data that is in SpeechMaker. You can import simple text and HTML files. 

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By selecting SpeechMaker in iTunes like in the above screenshot and dragging text, RTF, HTML or PDF file into the app. This is also a way to export file and audio.

Export

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Select a speech then touch the Export button above to share the speech via email HTML.

Delete Button

Select and hit this button to delete a speech.

Edit Speech

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This opens the speech for editing using the keyboard and touch.

Another option to enter a new speech or edit and old one is to dictate into SpeechMaker using Siri by hitting the microphone button next to the spacebar on the virtual keyboard.

Gestures

In Live Mode:

  • Touch the right side to speed up autoscroll. See this icon.
  • Touch the left side to slow down autoscroll. See this icon.
  • Double touch the center area to pause or go.
  • Flick the speech up or down to move that direction quickly.
  • Pinch to reduce font size.
  • Zoom to expand font size.

Hot Keys

On attached bluetooth keyboard
Up/Down keys scrolling works while editing speech.

Suggestions

  • Scroll the script don't let it scroll you - Read naturally. Adjust the autoscroll to your reading speed.
  • Move, breathe and relax and enjoy speaking to people.
  • Practice your speech.
  • Passion and emotion are good. This is the energy that feeds your speech.
  • Posture is important. Stand up straight. 
  • Use your hands.
  • Place cues in your script to breath, point, relax, whatever you want to remind yourself of when giving the speech.

FAQ

Q: Teleprompters cost $750 and more. Is there a cheap way to use SpeechMaker as a teleprompter?
A: Excellent question! 
For those who don't know a teleprompter or cue is a device used in a television studio that allows a person to look directly at the camera and to read the scrolling text off a screen. This is what you see the president using so he can remember his speech and maintain eye contact with an audience without looking down at cue cards. USing a teleprompter can make your podcast, product or other video look much more professional. Now, anyone can buy a teleprompter or make it yourself for use with your smartphone or tablet. Click here for one of many do it yourself (DIY) videos on making your own teleprompter. 

Q: Do you have any suggestions for minimizing eye movement when using a teleprompter?
A: Yes, i
t's all about the distance from the reader's eyes to the camera. The greater the distance the less eye movement. The larger the distance the larger the screen and the font needs to be. Use a large typesize. 

Q: I see that the audio is saved in a .caf which is an apple sound file format. How do I transfer and play this on my Mac/Win computer?

A: That is talked about here:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=335683 
Also google caf to mp3 or mp3 to caf or whatever to find the latest free tool to do that conversion.

Version Changes

Support

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