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. Audiobook Wizard supports multiple file formats including mp3 and aac encoded source files (with m4a or aac extension), wave files as well as mp4 and 3gp encoded video files (only audio will be extracted). You can also drag and drop files directly from iTunes Music library or Playlist. To drop an entire playlist, select all items in the playlist using command+A then drag and drop the files to Audiobook Wizard.
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. If no title is provided, the book will be be named after the filename given. 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 title. This is actually the file name as well as the book title if you did not provide a title in the tag window.
*While OS X only disallow use of ":" as part of a file name but if you ever want to transfer this file to Windows, do not use characters disallowed in Windows such as "/ \ : * ? " < > |" as well.
**From version 3.0, there is no need to provide a file location, all audiobooks encoded by Audiobook Wizard will be saved in ~/Music/Audiobook Wizard folder.
7. The default encoding quality is enhanced. You can choose CD Quality, Enhanced or Standard quality. CD Quality is encoded at rate of 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 in mono is suitable. Enhanced mode is about equivalent to Audible's enhanced mode.Standard mode is encoded in mono at 48kbps.
8. File size is dependent on length of audio files as well as encoding quality. Higher quality results in larger output file. 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 about 3 minutes in standard mode. I tested this on my own iMac 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. 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.