Step by step creation guide 1. On start up, Audiobook Wizard shows an empty window.
2. You can add files by clicking on the Add toolbar icon or using the File | Add items menu. Or you can simply drag and drop a bunch of files on the open window. Remember Audiobook Wizard only supports mp3 source files for now.
3. Files can be sorted in ascending or descending order by clicking on the Sort toolbar icon. You can also sort manually by selecting rows and moving it. Personally I find this too difficult as any typical audio book ripped from CD is going to generate a ton of mp3 files. Best if you could have your ripper name these files in proper order.
4. To remove individual file, select the correct row and hit command-delete. To clear entire list and start over, click the clear toolbar icon.
5. Select any row and click the play button if you want to listen to a preview. Once you have everything in the proper order, you might see the following.
6. If you want to provide iTunes friendly tags for your audiobook, click on the tag toolbar icon. You can choose to provide as much as as little information as you want. In fact, it is ok not to provide tags at all. Although, a cover artwork does make finding items easier on your ipod. For artwork, you can paste from clipboard by selecting the artwork box or by drag and drop. Click Ok when done.
6. Now we are ready to build the audiobook. Click on the build toolbar icon to get started. Audiobook Wizard will suggest a file name for the output based on the title tag if one was provided. Otherwise you must provide a file name to proceed. You can select AAC Bookmarked (.m4b), AAC Normal (.m4a) or MP3 (.mp3) encoding. Normally we would select AAC Bookmarked for audiobooks unless you have other uses for the output file. For audiobooks, it is rarely beneficial to choose bitrates greater than 64kbps. Higher bitrates generates larger files with no discernible quality difference. If you have control over your mp3 source files ripping process, choose a high bitrate when you rip from CD. Depending on what you have, you can experiment by encoding a small portion of your book. As for other settings, generally we choose the output frequency to be "Same as source" and output channels as "Mono". Click on make audiobook button when ready.
7. The encoding process can take a long time depending on the length of your audiobook. By long, I mean it can be hours. Be patient.
8. On completion, the output file will be copied to your Desktop. if you double click the file, iTunes will automatically add it to its library. Sync to your ipod and enjoy!
1. For macs that do not have Rosetta installed, the first time you use Audiobook Wizard and add a file you will see the following. No worries, just say yes and let Apple Update do its magic. Rosetta is an Apple supplied software to run ppc applications.