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[APP] AudiobookMark [R] 2011-01-13 [V]1.0

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By dbroome, Junior Member on 13th January 2011, 10:14 PM
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I was frustrated by the lack of built-in support for mp3-based audiobooks so I wrote this app. It lets you load as many audiobooks as you have memory for. It remembers where you are in each file of each book (and of course, which file you are listening to for each book).

It has standard transport keys plus the ability to enter HH:MM:SS to skip directly to.

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13th January 2011, 10:54 PM |#2  
Is this a free app?
13th January 2011, 11:47 PM |#3  
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Its a 0.99 app, with a free trial that basically let's you use it without limitation, but pops up a message box occasionally...
14th January 2011, 02:36 PM |#4  
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Can you add support for a sleep timer? So you need to shake the phone every 15 mins or it will pause the audio book.
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14th January 2011, 04:57 PM |#5  
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That sounds like a useful addition. Let me think through how best to implement it, and I'll try to add it in with "run under locked screen" update I'm working on...
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14th January 2011, 05:05 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by elmstrom

Can you add support for a sleep timer? So you need to shake the phone every 15 mins or it will pause the audio book.

I would also really like this.
17th January 2011, 09:39 AM |#7  
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Hey dbroome, this sounds like it has the potential to be an awesome app. I'm so used to the Mortplayer audiobook app on Android and really enjoy using it (great alternative to music btw).

So by mention of "remembers where you are" you mean bookmarks are automatically placed for us? I ask because a cool feature of the mortplayer app was the bookmark feature where you can tag certain spots on demand and go back to wherever you tagged. I hope you go far with this app, it really does sound promising.

The UI looks good too!
17th January 2011, 03:11 PM |#8  
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I had not heard of Mortplayer, I'll have to check it out, though I don't have an Android device to be able to get a good look at it.

You are correct in that the app places the bookmark for you. It basically remembers where you were in each file.

How do you use the "tag different places in a file" type feature in your audiobook listening? I generally am just listening to novels, and don't have any real need to jump to various spots in the same file.

The reason I ask is that I'd like to implement features users would use, but don't want to overly complicate it with feature bloat.

As an update, I have implemented and am testing three new features. Once I make sure it is working as expected, I'll submit the update to the marketplace:
1) Configurable port on the loader (8001 might not be convenient for everyone. Should have thought of this before)
2) Run under locked screen. Now you can lock the screen to save battery power
3) Configureable sleep timer (with optional shake to reset).

I hope to submit it in the next day or so...
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18th January 2011, 05:24 AM |#9  
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Question Thanks / Volume / File Corruption
First I love the app. I have been writing down my numbers until this app came along. Thank you dbroome.

Second, I noticed the volume is weaker than the default music player; has any one else notice this?

Third, I received a file corruption error message saying it couldn't determine the file lengths and displays all .MP3s as being 00:00:00 in running time. The files didn't play, but after a reboot they started too but still display the zero length; anyone have any thoughts?

18th January 2011, 10:56 AM |#10  
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Also needs skip forward/skip back button that just goes 30 sec back/fprward. The current skip to a location is not usable when driving.
Bonus points for a ui redesign with bigger buttons.
Additional bonus points for a fast play (i.e. play back at 150% speed with no pitch shift).

For me to purchase, I need:
Play under lock screen
Uploader program to work (changing ports might help)
18th January 2011, 02:45 PM |#11  
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In order to determine the length of the mp3, the player has to actually open the file and then close it. The Zune software interferes with the player opening the file after upload, and as such you have to unplug the phone from the computer after uploading before closing the "I'm done" pop up box. I'm guessing that the 0-length issue might have been due to that. Try deleting that book and re-loading it to the phone, making sure to unplug the phone before continuing (or, alternatively, using the SDK's WPConnect.exe which doesn't interfere with the media being opened).

It might be useful to add a "determine durations" type button on the load screen that would let you try to determine them again at a later time instead of re-loading them. What do you think?

30 second skip could definitely be useful. I'll see if I can find a good way to incorporate it in the next update.

I really want fast play as well. Unfortunately the MediaElement player I have to use to be able to set positions doesn't support it. I'll definitely be watching the updates as they come out for supporting that.

I'm dreadful at UI stuff, but I have a friend who I can probably rope into giving it some love.

Play under lock and the configureable port are in the next update, which I will finish testing and submit tonight...
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