Changes and new features in the 4.0 update:
iQPrompter 4.0 is a major upgrade in that it now includes video recording/playback and a multitude of import/export options. By including import capabilities, we also bring video to the original iPad, besides the new iPad2. Video of a presentation, or any other releated video, can be captured on an iPhone or other device, imported, and then stored with the script of the presentation.
We just can't stop messing with the interface. We decided that the titles and timing information popover should be dircctly accessible from the table entries being changed, especially now that we display all those parameters in the table itself. Some of the new features in the 4.0 update are:
- All title and time settings ane now displayed in the scripts table. The script modification date is also displayed.
- Title and time settings for each script can be set directly, using a convenient popover, without changing the selected script.
- An optional settable-height guide has been added to the prompter screen.
- Full DropBox and iTunes support for import/export of .txt files.
- Full DropBox and iTunes support for import/export of audio files.
- Video recording/playback with gesture-based size/position setting.
- AirPlay Support for viewing videos via AppleTV.
- Full control of video displays, camera selection, mirroring, playback.
- Full DropBox, iTunes, and camera roll support for import/export of video files.
- A file browser is included for accessing iTunes and DropBox, including "delete" and "add folder", plus image thumbnails for camera roll video.
- Full support for all audio codecs and settings available within the iPad.
- Direct eMail capability for audio/video recordings.
- Direct pre-addressed eMail for bug reports and comments/requests.
- AirPrint formatting for margins, header, footer. (We plan to add more options in the future.)
- AirTurn (Bluetooth) footpedal control and Bluetooth keyboard presentation controls.
- A new "Lock" feature for Planned Duration, which precisely sets the scroll speed to finish exactly at the specifie duration.
- Files imported from iTunes are no longer automatically deleted. The file browser allows you to manually delete files if desired.
- File export to YouTube and FaceBook.
- Status, Notes, and Links can also be uploaded to FaceBook.
- Fixed some crash bugs.
- Fixed a bug where entered text was not being saved if the program exited before the user returned to the prompter screen.
Note that import/export of audio/video recordings via DropBox can take some time, because the app has to download/upload the file to the DropBox web site. (DropBox just doesn't work the same way in iOS as it does on a desktop/portable machine, and it doesn't matter whether or not you have the DropBox app installed.) We hope to add background caching and uploading in a future update to aleviate this delay.
Changes and new features in the 3.0 update:
iQPrompter 3.0 is a major update with a completely new user interface. We also had to make a few changes in the internal database and Preferences file to accomodate new features. The result is a versioned database, which should update automatically the first time you launch the app. Our own testing indicates that this works properly. There are also other changes. We have fixed some old bugs, but it is inevitible that some new bugs may surface in changes this extensive. Please let us know promptly if you run into any difficulties with the app, and we will get out a maintence update ASAP.
Updated for iOS 4.2.
- An entirely new interface using more convenient popovers for presentation list and settings.
- Settable and temporarily viewable default settings.
- Live link to suppport page on website for latest news and issues.
- Remote control. Using an iPhone/iPod/iPad app, iQPrompter Remote, you can remotely control basic presentation functions, like start/stop, pause, speed, text size (no need to change your glasses), and selection of cue points. And it all synchronizes between the iPad and the remote. (For now, be sure to inhibit sleep when you use it. Otherwise you may have to force quit iQPrompter to get it back. We'll try to improve that in a maintence release.)
- 1331 choices of colors for text and background, plus color palettes.
- Presentation text can be printed via AirPrint. (Elementary at this point. We'll get some page formatting into a maintence release.)
- Speed control range is now 0-10.0 instead of 0-5.0.
- +/- now step in whole speed units instead of half.
- Fine-grained (0.1 step) speed control is now available using a swipe control.
- Locking of word speed to Planned Duration (optional).
- Focal Indicator is now (optionally) draggable.
- The Presentations tab-view has been replaced by a Presentations popover, accessible in the main Prompter screen.
- The Settings tab-view has been replaced by the info (circle "i" button) popover, with three tabs containing Text, Presentationm, and Global settings.
- Settings are more convenient and allow immediate viewing of changes.
- Individual presentation text settings.
- Settable default text settings.
- Apply default text settings to presentation.
- Temporarily view effect of default settings.
- The usual cadre of bug fixes, when we find them, or when they are reported by users. (Please, users. Send us reports!)
- Fixed a bug where text that included "<>" sometimes would not totally display.
- A crash bug was fixed when returning from edit screen to Prompter screen with an empty presentation.
- Fixed memory leaks. (Really important because iOS 4 apps never actually quits, unless you force them to. And it is our experience that users generally don't know how to do this.)
Comments on the 2.1 update:
2.0 and 2.1 provide major feature/performance upgrades of iQPrompter. We have incorporated many new features, including audio recording and file import/export, and have completely overhauled the internal storage, text engine, and workings of the program. Prior (earlier version) files can be imported.
Futher improvements will continue to ensue. You will be automatically notified when updates are available, and you should do so at the earliest possible time. Please send any bug reports, feature requests, praise or damnation, to prompterSupport@ed4u.tv. All emails will be acknowledged.
Note that in v. 2.0, we had sporadic reports of text edits not being saved when switching to other tabs or quiting the app. The problem may have fixed itself when we fixed some other bugs, as we have not been able to duplicate it. However, if you do experience this, please notify us as soon as possible and with as much information, about exactly when and how, as you can provide. Also mention if this is a new purchase or an upgrade from a pre-2.0 version.
Changes and new features in the 2.1 update:
- 216 choices of colors for text and background.
- Added "Export All" button.
- Added numerous alerts and information messages.
- Changed the means of importing files from old versions.
- Fixed bug (actually, more of an irritation) where adding/deleting a cue point caused text to scroll to end.
- Fixed bug where some .txt files (mostly, MS files) would not import.
- Fixed bug where settings were not saved.
Changes and new features in the 2.0 update:
- Audio recording/playback (multiple) for each presentation.
- AutoRecord option. (Automatically records when Prompter is run.)
- File import/export via iTunes for speech text and export for audio.
- Text and background colors can be set.
- Convenient settings popover in main prompter screen.
- Info tab reorganized and expanded. Now uses popover selection.
- Internal storage uses database engine.
- The text engine has been re-written and optimized for improved performance and stability.
- Line and paragraph spacing is settable.
- Estimated duration time is provided.
- Fonts can be twice as large (up to 192 pt).
- Earlier presentations are automatically imported and converted.
- Settings can be saved for Famous Presentations.
- Various bug fixes.
There is still an issue where the external screen may not reappear if disconnected/reconnected while operating. This may require restarting the application. This appears to be an Apple, Inc. bug, which hopefully will be fixed in a later system update. Likewise if the iPad goes to sleep, which is another reason why we provided the sleep inhibit setting.