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. Audiobook Wizard supports mp3 and AAC source files (with m4a or aac extension). In version 3.0, you can also drag and drop files directly from iTunes Music library or Playlist.
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 or aac 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 iphone or 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. Enter the book name. In version 3.0, there is no need to provide a file location.
7. Unlike version 2.0, version 2.2 onwards added the option of selecting encoding quality. You can choose CD Stereo, Enhanced or Standard quality. CD Stereo is encoded at 128kbps in stereo mode. Use this option if you have an unusual use case e.g. music mash ups, audio dramatization in stereo, stereo podcast etc. For most books, Enhanced encoding at 64kbps mono is suitable. Standard mode is encoded in mono at 32kbps. Enhanced mode is equivalent to Audible's enhanced mode while Standard mode is equivalent to Audible Format 4.
8. Maximum size for an Enhanced mode file is about 400MB and contains about 13 hours of audio. In CD Stereo mode the file size is roughly 50% larger than Enhanced mode for the same length. In Standard mode, you can have a 37 hours book in a single file contained in 540MB. However, it's ok to choose as high a quality as you want, Audiobook Wizard will split books into multiple files if the size of any one part exceeds the maximum allowed. On the other hand, standard mode encodes at least twice as fast as CD Stereo mode. Always try creating an audiobook with a small sample of your source files. Depending on the original file's encoding & sampling rate, the outcome may not be right for you. Try first, listen and make adjustments. Default setting is Enhanced mode. For most people, the default is fine so you won't have to do anything.
9. In version 3.0, there is an option to add the completed files to iTunes library automatically. Select this option if needed. Select play immediately if you want playback to start once the book has been completed. Finally click on the Build button when ready.
10. Audiobook Wizard is very fast but it will still take time for the conversion to happen. As performance benchmark; a 12 hours book takes only 8 minutes in standard mode, 13 min in enhanced mode and 18 min in CD stereo mode to convert. I tested this on an i5 MacMini so your actual time taken may vary depending on your hardware.
11. On completion, the output file will be place in the user's Music folder under the "Audiobook Wizard" subfolder. For books larger than what iTunes could use, Audiobook Wizard will split the book into multiple parts. For example, the name is specified as "robopocalypse" and there are 2 parts, the output files will be named "robopocalypse.0.m4b" and "robopocalypse.1.m4b". If you choose to add the book to iTunes automatically, proceed to iTunes and sync to your iDevice and enjoy. Otherwise, you will need to open the Music folder and manage these files yourself.