Smarter Alarm - Wake up to info being read to you

Lothaen

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reading the label is a good idea - I have my alarms set up as early, late, weekend - set up for my shift patterns - it'd be useful for my alarm to tell me that I am on the early shift for the day :)

also love the idea of quote of the day and the 'what happened on this day' features :) keep up the great work - this is fast becoming one of my best apps!
 

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Edward,

amazing your work, keep going!

I completed the PT-BRA translation on crowdin and changed some others to get better!

Suggestion1:

I also liked the reading label idea and I was thinking if you could add a option to set different languages for each label. So I could set my first alarm to be spoken in portuguese with all my brasilians feeds/news and then other alarm to spoke in english my international feeds/news. That would be cool. :)

Suggestion2:

When Smarter Alarm is speaking my time in portuguese is reading '0' as 'o'. Like 18 : o2. I know that in english this is normal but in portugues is not. Also would be better if you could add "and" ("e" in portuguese) between hour and minutes and add "minutes" ("minutos" in portuguese) word after spoke the minutes. That way will sound much better for brasilians. :eek:

I just bought the full version! ;)
 

edawerd

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Hey guys,

last plea for votes... Well it doesnt look like Smarter Alarm is gonna make it as the winner, but my other app (Car Locator) is also in the final rounds. Unfortunately, its behind by 9 votes.

Contest ends in 4 hours, and I need to pick up 10 votes quickly.

SO: If you have a DROID INCREDIBLE, GALAXY TAB, or LG VORTEX, please open up the VCAST app store and vote for "CAR LOCATOR".

Thanks and sorry for asking so many times!!
 

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Hey guys,

last plea for votes... Well it doesnt look like Smarter Alarm is gonna make it as the winner, but my other app (Car Locator) is also in the final rounds. Unfortunately, its behind by 9 votes.

Contest ends in 4 hours, and I need to pick up 10 votes quickly.

SO: If you have a DROID INCREDIBLE, GALAXY TAB, or LG VORTEX, please open up the VCAST app store and vote for "CAR LOCATOR".

Thanks and sorry for asking so many times!!
Does car locator work for all devices or only Verizon? It seriously bugs me that Google Maps doesn't have a pin drop feature so I can mark where I parked.
 

edawerd

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Does car locator work for all devices or only Verizon? It seriously bugs me that Google Maps doesn't have a pin drop feature so I can mark where I parked.
It works for all devices, not just Verizon.

However, voting for this particular Verizon contest can only be done in the VCAST app store for Verizon phones. So if you have a phone with access to the vcast store, I'd strongly prefer if you get the app through there and rate it :)
 

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@edawerd: I have some kind of bug where an existing alarm starts playing everytime I open the app, even after I've dismissed it (and even after I've deleted it!). Other than that, all is working fine. Good luck on the contest, shame I can't vote.

@bernabap: I think your second issue is related to the text-to-speech software you're using. If I'm not mistaken, Smarter Alarm just sends a string to the TTS interpreter that contains the time in the format "18:02", and it's up to the interpreter to read it correctly. My Dutch SVOX voice, for example, reads it exactly like it should ("18 uur 2").

So the problem is in the way the Portuguese voice is programmed to read time. Maybe you could try a different TTS program?
 

edawerd

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@edawerd: I have some kind of bug where an existing alarm starts playing everytime I open the app, even after I've dismissed it (and even after I've deleted it!). Other than that, all is working fine. Good luck on the contest, shame I can't vote.
interesting.... if possible, can you send me a set of steps so I can try to reproduce the bug on my phone
 

Lothaen

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edawerd, is the 'skipping bad news headlines' feature purely just skipping the headlines completely? i.e. if two of three headlines are less than three words will I just get one headline for that category?

I found that I was getting a lot less headlines in a morning than I expected and wondered if this was the cause... would it be possible to skip and read the next headline perhaps instead of skip all together? :)

Many thanks
 

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I've tried reinstalling it numerous times on my Unrooted Captivate, but still no luck. The first time it worked 2 times then stopped working. The second and third time, the screen displays, but the wake-up sound and voice never come on.

When I press the, "Hear Alarm", it does work as advertised, but not when the scheduled alarm is suppose to wake.

Yes, it would be nice to have all the features mentioned in this thread, but at moment, I would just like for it to work.

Specs:

Samsung Captivate
Svox and Loquendo
Un-rooted
Froyo
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edawerd

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Hey guys,

I'm going on vacation in Vietnam. Will be back in a week on the 21st of February. Just wanted to let everyone know because I probably won't have access to much internet there. Feel free to post any issues/feature requests and I'll take a look at them all when I get back.

Thanks everyone for your support!
 

sonof

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Hey edawerd! Smarter Alarm is the coolest alarm-software I have ever used. I really like the idea that I wake up every morning while nice women voice tells me everything I need to hear. Finnish language support is also great, thanks sonof! But new gmail support needs to be translated.

I have also one bugreport. The RSS reader don't work. It just tells me in finnish, that "next your rss-feeds" and nothing more. I have tried two feeds: "feeds.feedburner.com/ampparit-uutiset" and "hs.fi/uutiset/rss/", and eather one aren't working. Can this be fixed?

Keep up nice work! I will vote Smarter Alarm to victory!
I translated the new Gmail feature. Wait for edawerd to update the strings.

Also, please let me know if you think something should be translated some other way. A couple of shortcuts had to be made due to the differences in English and Finnish word order. There's also this annoyance that minus degrees in weather report are told as plus degrees (i.e. -28 degrees is told as 28 degrees) because the TTS engine says nothing with - that is pulled from the weather service. Unfortunately, there's nothing I can do about it.

Edit: The RSS is working fine for me. Try this feed for example: http://yle.fi/uutiset/rss/paauutiset.rss
 
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Lothaen

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I noticed that the people/contacts birthdays that you add in don't hit the calender - is it possible to get these read too?

Else I'll have to go put them in the google calender...
thanks
 

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Yeah, saw it too. Great! Congrats on winning that contest with Car Locator, by the way!

I haven't been able to check yet: does the new update include all the latest language files? I made some very small improvements to my Dutch translation a long time ago (shortly after the previous version was released).
 

edawerd

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Yeah, saw it too. Great! Congrats on winning that contest with Car Locator, by the way!

I haven't been able to check yet: does the new update include all the latest language files? I made some very small improvements to my Dutch translation a long time ago (shortly after the previous version was released).
Yup I'm back! Car Locator took first place, and Smarter Alarm took a finalist spot, thanks to you. Thank you everyone for your support.

I included Italian in the latest update, but didnt update the Dutch translations (I forgot about that, sorry!). I'll put in the latest dutch translation files right now and have it ready for the next update.

Thanks!