Version 2.2 is here. And why.

I just uploaded version 2.2 for approval to the app store. I expect this to be available for download in a few days. The key changes in this version are: 1. Added encoding quality option to the app. I received quite a few requests to add this option so you can say I caved under pressure. I always wanted to create the simplest app possible that people can use without thinking. However, I do think I might have underestimated my user's desire to deal with options. So here it is in version 2.2. You can choose CD Stereo, Enhanced and Standard encoding quality. The bit rates are 128 kbps stereo, 64 kbps mono and 32 kbps mono respectively. The default setting is Enhanced. Enhanced mode is actually similar to Audible audio's enhanced mode while Standard is equivalent to Audible Format 4.

2. Improved conversion speed. Up to 6X compared to version 2.0! It's kind crazy. I don't know whether to be proud or to kick myself for not making this improvement earlier. If you are in a hurry and can accept standard quality encoding (32 kbps mono), then this version can encode a 12.5 hours book in 8 minutes. Version 2.0 took almost 60 minutes. In CD Stereo mode, it is at least 3X faster then previous version. About 18 mins for the same book. Enhanced mode is about 4X faster.

With the availability of encoding quality option, the output file size becomes an consideration. Using the same example of a 12.5 hours book, in Standard mode the final file size is 200MB. For Enhanced mode it's 400MB. In CD Stereo it is 600MB. If file size is important to you, then do consider the quality vs size compromise.

The option also affects the maximum book length allowed for any one file (No worries. You can still create unlimited length audiobooks. Audiobook Wizard will just split it into multiple files for you once the maximum size limit has been reached). For CD Stereo and Enhanced, any volume of a multi volume book cannot exceed 13 hours. In Standard mode, the maximum length is an incredible 37 hours in about 600+ MB. Nice for archiving.

So you can see why I just had to release version 2.2. The combination of faster encode and much demanded bit rate option is irresistible. Please contact me directly if you find any issues and have any suggestions for future improvements.

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a happy new year and success in 2012. Reflecting, 2011 has been mostly kind to me. I read even more books than ever or rather I listened. Since discovering audiobooks, I find that I rarely read paper books or ebooks anymore. Audiobooks allow me to read when I otherwise won't have time like while driving or at the gym. I am always trying to convince friends to jump on the audiobook bandwagon but it's not easy and their first read will always be difficult. Listening to a book takes some getting use to. On Audiobook Wizard, it has been a good year. I released version 2.0 a couple of months back and so far sales has been steady. I am grateful for the support I am getting from my users. But if you are not ready to trade up from version 1.1 which is still completely free, that's ok too. If you used Audiobook Wizard and it has in some ways enrich your experience with a good book, I am happy.

See you in 2012!

Version 2.0 is now available

The latest version of Audiobook Wizard is on sales for $4.99 at the Mac Appstore! (goto download section to find download link). It has taken a while but it's finally here. Version 2.0 of Audiobook Wizard is simpler to use, twice as fast and fixes a lot of reported bugs from version 1.1. I hope current users will consider upgrading to the paid version to support my work on Audiobook Wizard. However, version 1.1 will continue to be available for free although I've discontinued support for it. For new users that have never converted audio files into audiobooks for their iDevices before, version 1.1 is a good way to get your feet wet.

New version is coming

It's been a while since I've updated this website. Sorry but I got a day job and it has been really busy. The good news is I managed to find some time recently to create a totally new version of Audiobook Wizard which is faster, with more features and at the same time less features (to make the process as error free and as painless as possible). More importantly, this is the only version that supports OS X Lion. It's complicated why the previous version wouldn't but it has to do with use of Rosetta which is no longer supported in OS X Lion. I plan to put this version up for sale on the Mac Appstore for a pittance to support my programming habit. The previous version will continue to be available free of charge and I encourage you to continue using it if you are using Snow Leopard and lower versions of OS X.  Thank you for the many emails I received and hope the new version will fill the need for Lion support.

I love to read

I do. Really. Then I got older. I started going blind from looking at computer screens. So i stopped reading and started listening. I found this great software called Audiobook Maker by Ben Gummer and use it to convert my mp3 audio files to audiobook format so I could listen to them on my ipod and iphone. But it has problems. Like programmers everywhere, I had too much time on hand and set about writing my own version of an audiobook maker. This is really my first Mac application having just learned objective c. Audiobook Wizard will have bugs and issues and problems and god knows what else. However, it will mostly work. I hope.

Do try it. Let me know if you like it. Only for Mac OS X. Oh's free.