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StationPlaylist JAWS Script Donations

Hi everyone

During any part of your week, if you do make use of the StationPlaylist scripts for JAWS, please consider donating to the project if you can, even a small amount would be very worthwhile.

For the past three years, I have written the code for, and provided technical support for, the StationPlaylist scripts. This has taken many many hours of time. There has been no charge for the project over the years. A new set of scripts is on the way and of course I intend to maintain the existing set.

In addition, scripts for StationPlaylist Creator are in development, again at no cost to the user.

If you would like to donate to the project, I would be extremely grateful and thank you very much indeed. Please use the Button on this page in order to do so.

Thank you so much for reading.

StationPlaylist Studio scripts have been updated!

Hi everyone

I am very pleased to release the next update to the StationPlaylist Studio scripts for version 4.33.

I did not plan to produce any further script updates for this version of SPL. But given we are still running Creator and Studio V4.33 on two of our machines, and given I had completely rewritten the scripts for V5, it made sense to port them to 4.33 as well.

To say again, these scripts were completely rewritten to accommodate the upcoming SPL V5. While every effort has been made to test them as widely as possible, problems may occur. If you experience a problem, please email
jaws@hartgen.org
and I will attempt to resolve it in an update within the next two weeks.
Please explain clearly how to reproduce the problem you are having, giving step by step examples.

If you are using the existing scripts, the fastest way to update is to download the zipped archive from the page at
www.hartgen.org/studio
and extract its contents to the Settings/ENU folder of the version of JAWS you are using relative to your Windows account. Go to the Start Menu, All Programs, JAWS X (where X is the JAWS version number you are using), Explore JAWS, Explore My Settings. When prompted by Windows whether you wish to overwrite the files, select "Yes to All" (or similar). You then must restart JAWS for the changes to take effect.

If you are using an existing version of the scripts, and you wish to use the installer, no harm will be done. It is quite OK to do that.

I would like to thank you for all your suggestions for script improvements. You will find many of them included in the next script update for SPL V5. Ross (from StationPlaylist.com) has been extremely helpful in assisting me trying to implement some of them, and so they are only available in version 5.

Regarding support, I will only be supporting this release of the scripts and the upcoming V5 set. The scripts are free, so there is no reason I can think of why you shouldn't be updating. In addition, I will now only support versions of JAWS as far back as V10. I think that four years worth of JAWS upgrades is enough to work with.

That said, I hope very much you get a lot of use out of the V4.33 scripts. Please find below a list of the changes.

Very best wishes to everyone!

  • The Script Internet Update facility is back, so you can always obtain the latest updates containing new features and fixes.
  • The User Guide for the scripts is now available through a link within Hotkey Help, activated by pressing Insert+H. It has been considerably updated and is in HTML format. The Hotkey Help, activated with Insert+H, is also in HTML format so you can read it in a browser window while keeping StationPlaylist Studio open at the same time.
  • Changed the keystroke for Cart Learn Mode from Control and the StationPlaylist Key to StationPlaylist Key then C.
  • Added a function, controlled with StationPlaylist Key then X, to read the status of Check Boxes appearing in a Playlist first instead of last.
  • Added a keystroke, Control and the StationPlaylist Key, to provide a new function entitled Enhanced Arrow Keys. When activated, you can move through columns in a Playlist with the Left/Right Arrow Keys, such as artist, title etc. When the desired column is reached, simply arrow down to hear only the information in the column. Home equals move to first column, End equaals move to last column, Control+Home equals move to top of list and speak desired column, Control+End equals move to bottom of list and speak desired column.
  • When setting a bookmark in a Playlist, it is retained when the computer is restarted.
  • Changed a keystroke from StationPlaylist Key then Y to ALT+Windows+8, to announce the playing status of StationPlaylist Studio, whether the playback has stopped, is in Live Assist, Automation or Paused.
  • Added a keystroke, StationPlaylist Key then Control+Shift+R, to toggle the Request Notification Status through each of its three modes. This was previously only available through the Adjust JAWS Options Dialog Box.
  • A new feature allows you to be notified of the progress of scanning a music library, either when the scan has concluded or periodically. You do not need to be focused within StationPlaylist Studio to hear the progress indicator, nor does the Insert Tracks Dialog need to be opened. In addition, from within any application press the StationPlaylist Key then ALT+T to hear the total number of tracks scanned.

We're Team-FM, and we're on our way back!

Hi everyone!

As the subject of this blog post outlines, there is what I think is some extremely good news on the way! However, with a lot of good news often comes bad, and so it is with regret that Lulu and I have decided to resign from the Global Voice internet radio station.

Often when this kind of thing happens, people jump to conclusions and wonder what went wrong. The truth is, absolutely nothing at all. You could not work with nicer people than can be found among the Management and Presenters on the Global Voice. They were very accommodating to us and we would like to thank them for all the help they gave to us. The Global Voice is a station which has just dcelebrated its third birthday and they do have such a lot to offer in terms of music and also speech-based radio. We both wish them so much luck for the future.

So, why are we leaving?

When you have created a radio station yourself, and for whatever reason you have to close down temporarily quite suddenly, you just long to get back to doing it. It wasn't just the broadcasting I missed on Team-FM with our jingles, sweepers, innovative promos etc, but it was the work that went on behind the station too. I loved developing the website particularly, finding out about new ways we could attract listeners through it, and plenty more besides. To me, owning a radio station is so much more than the broadcasting. I have to work at something very hard, that is how I am made and I cannot change that. I love it! Apart from all that, we invested a lot of money in Team-FM and would like to continue to get something from it. I know too that Lulu loves audio production and she needs a vehicle where she can put that talent to good use.

We've taken a very hard long look at Team-FM and I have to say we did achieve a great deal. But we also found a lot of things we could do better, and that's fine, life is a learning process.

As we stated originally in the summer of 2011, we will only ever be a small station, and that will very much continue. But, Lulu and I both love (and know a lot about) music. We do have an exceptionally large music library, and we want to share the good music, (and our love of it), with other people. There are so many internet radio stations on the air now, especially in this community. So many people are giving internet broadcasting a try, even if (like us) they are a small station, and that is to be very much encouraged. You don't have to be a large station to be good at what you do. What we hope is that, from time to time, you will come over to our station, Team-FM, and find out what we are offering. Maybe stay for a while, hear some good music and have a chat with us. There's absolutely no pressure at all, just come along if you want to.

So, when we launch in a few weeks time, what exactly will we be offering?

1. There will not be an official launch. One launch day is enough for anyone. When you wake up one day, we'll be there. We'll tell you about upcoming shows and what we're doing, but we will just be there!

2. We are extremely proud to be operating legally! A number of presenters at the time, (and listeners to some extent), really wanted to be able to download Team-FM shows, and of course that was high testimony to what we were achieving. But it doesn't matter how much people want it. Certainly in the UK and US, making downloadable podcasts of music which is under copyright is illegal. We cannot get away from that. Having said that, we are very proud not to be offering downloadable content and to be staying within our licencing regulations. For anyone interested, our licencing details will be available on our new website, of which more in a moment.

We do recognise the need however for shows to be available for people who cannot listen live, so we have spent a long time finding a legal solution to the problem. You will be glad to know we have. In addition to being able to hear shows repeated on the station during the week, you will be able to listen again to programmes directly from the Team-FM website, on demand. Please see our new website for details when the station has relaunched.

3. As far as possible, you will not hear any explicit content, bad language or sexual innuendo on our station. That is just not what we are about. We do not like it. There are places for that, but when you tune into Team-FM, you won't hear it.

4. When there are no live shows (or repeated programme replays), we will provide automated music content. While lots of stations offer this, I would ask please that you give us a listen. I personally think we have the best automated music available. I certainly haven't heard anything like it. Using the very latest technology, we have put together a carefully planned and sophisticated automated music service which we hope you will really enjoy, spanning music from the past 90 years. We've spent a long time preparing it, so do give it a try if you are interested. It really is awesome!

5. Our earlier website has been completely removed and a new one constructed. You will see many of the same features as before, but definitely some new ones too! As with the station, the website will always continue to develop.

6. In addition to our regular programming, do be prepared for unscheduled content too. It wouldn't be at all unusual for a presenter to produce a spontaneous show for you to enjoy! On Sundays incidentally, there will be a slight emphasis on praise and worship.

In addition to that, we are looking at the possibility of sharing some shows with one or two other internet radio stations. We can then help each other.

So in summary, we are both so very excited about the return of Team-FM. We've had help from some amazing people who really want Team-FM to succeed. We've made sure that any presenter who does join us has the very best technical environment to work in, much better and completely different to how it was before, and that too has cost a lot in terms of additional time and money to set up. But best of all, we look forward to being with anyone who would like to hear us, and we'll certainly keep you updated as to how things progress.

What's new in the upcoming StationPlaylist scripts for SPL 4.33

Hi

A new version of the StationPlaylist Studio scripts will be released within the next week I would expect. These will be for JAWS and SPL V4.33.

While it is true to say that there are more features in a separate set of scripts to support SPL V5, I cannot tell you about those yet. But for those who are interested, these are the new features compatible with 4.33. Note that in addition to these features, there are considerable revisions to ensure JAWS speaks data more accurately.

  • The Script Internet Update facility is back, so you can always obtain the latest updates containing new features and fixes.
  • The User Guide for the scripts is now available through a link within Hotkey Help, activated by pressing Insert+H. It has been considerably updated and is in HTML format.
  • Changed the keystroke for Cart Learn Mode from Control and the StationPlaylist Key to StationPlaylist Key then C.
  • Added a function, controlled with StationPlaylist Key then X, to read the status of Check Boxes appearing in a Playlist first instead of last.
  • Added a keystroke, Control and the StationPlaylist Key, to provide a new function entitled Enhanced Arrow Keys. When activated, you can move through columns in a Playlist with the Left/Right Arrow Keys, such as artist, title etc. When the desired column is reached, simply arrow down to hear only the information in the column. Home equals move to first column, End equaals move to last column, Control+Home equals move to top of list and speak desired column, Control+End equals move to bottom of list and speak desired column.
  • When setting a bookmark in a Playlist, it is retained when the computer is restarted.
  • Changed a keystroke from StationPlaylist Key then Y to ALT+Windows+8, to announce the playing status of StationPlaylist Studio, whether the playback has stopped, is in Live Assist, Automation or Paused.
  • Added a keystroke, StationPlaylist Key then Control+Shift+R, to toggle the Request Notification Status through each of its three modes. This was previously only available through the Adjust JAWS Options Dialog Box.
  • A new feature allows you to be notified of the progress of scanning a music library, either when the scan has concluded or periodically. You do not need to be focused within StationPlaylist Studio to hear the progress indicator, nor does the Insert Tracks Dialog need to be opened.

Down for Double Later Today!

Hi everyone!

We hope you'll be able to join us for 2 crazy hours as we once again go Down for Double!

Great music, friendly chat and more than a giggle or two we'll be sure to have on the Global Voice, later today at 1800 UTC, 7 PM UK, 2 PM Eastern. Do come along and be with us if you would like!

To join in the fun, you can email YourVoice@TheGlobalVoice.Info or tweet @lulu_bear. Any song requests are of course welcome!

The website to listen is at
www.theglobalvoice.info

We look forward to being with you later on!

Brian and Lulu

My Bolthole Book

I wonder if you have a book which, once read, has stayed with you all through your life.
You may have read it once, and it may have made such a lasting impression on you that,
although you felt no need to read it again, you will never forget it. Or it maybe a book
that you read as a child, and although you are now long grown up, you remember it with
fondness because it was so special and good. Or it may be, as in my case, a book which you
read once, and it became part of your life, and it is something you can always pick up and
escape into, shutting the door of the world behind you.

I am writing this in the middle of the night. Sleep is completely eluding me, as it has for
the past three nights. I am in that state of tiredness which goes beyond being tired, and
yet sleep just will not come. Relax every muscle, count all the sheep on Caerphilly
mountain, it makes no difference. On these kinds of night, the escape book is a must.
Reality has to be left totally behind, so there is only one place I want to go: to Watership
Down.

I first tried to read this book at the age of nine. The librarian at my school gave it to
me, he was a quiet, grave creature who shared my liking for books, and he thought I would
get on well with it, but the story really was not what I wanted then. I was much more into
Enid Blyton and E Nesbitt, fairies and schoolgirls, my rabbits were bunnies who lived in
cosy burrows, they did not have epic adventures like this. The braille book had been well
read, and was faded in places, but I only got halfway through volume 1, then gave up in
disgust.

I came back to it in audio form some three years later, one Wednesday afternoon. The school
I attended had a room stocked with cassette players and many racks of abridged audio books
on tape. I was bored and homesick, and used to while away many an hour in there. This
particular audio version of Watership down, beautifully narated by Roy Dotrice and
orchestrated with music by George Butterworth, although abridged, was a lovely thing, and I
became so absorbed in it that I was late for supper. I do not know how many times, during
the remainder of my time at school, I played that book! It must have been at least a
hundred, I should think.

Everyone's life has ups and downs, mine is no exception. I tried to find that particular
copy of the audiobook so I could buy it and keep it, but I could not. I borrowed the book
from the library at times, when I needed to refresh myself by re-reading it. Yes, I can
hear you thinking, this is all very interesting, not! What is this thing, a book about
rabbits? Come on! How can a book be so good that you would want to read it over and over
and over?
Well, maybe you have read it, it is a classic, after all, but in case you have not, let me
give you a brief plot summary. Here are two brothers, Hazel and Fiver. Fiver has the gift
of second sight, and he senses a bad danger coming upon the warren where they live at the
start of the story. In order to survive, they have to leave, and they take anyone with them
who believes them and is willing to go. It is a story of adventure, team-work, the power of
good leadership and friendship. The thing I love most, apart from the wonderful language,
frequent humour and descriptions of the scenery, is that although the rabbits talk and
think, apart from that they never do anything that real rabbits don't do.

I always go to Watership when I need a bolthole. I love it so much because it makes me
forget everything. I have gone there when I have been desperately unhappy, when my health
has been at its most annoying, when things have happened to frustrate me, or when I've been
generally totally unlivable with. If I can once get into the story I forget my troubles,
immerse myself in a different world, laugh, cry or get excited, even though I know what is
going to happen next, it is that kind of book. Thanks to the wonderful audible.co.uk I now have an unabridged copy, lovingly
narated by Ralphe Cocham, and you had better believe it is on every book reading device I
own!

So, you may be asking, why are you here boring our ears off about it, instead of lying on
your sleepless bed reading it? Well, I was just starting to, you see, but the Audible book
has this little quirk. It is beautifully divided so that I can skip to whatever chapter I
want...except chapter one. If I start from the beginning of the book I have to read the
introduction, written by the author, Richard Adams, first. Usually I skim through it, but I
did not want to do that for fear of waking my long-suffering partner. So I lay and
listened, and heard about how Mr Adams made up the story for his two small daughters, to
amuse them on a long car journey; of how he wrote it at their request, and tried many
publishers before it was finally accepted. He says at the end of the introduction that he
receives much fanmail, at which I am not surprised, and does his best to answer as much as
he can.

Hearing that made me wish I could tell him exactly how much his story means to me, so I got
up to look him up in Wicky, to see if he was even still with us. He is. He is ninety-two,
and trying to stop houses being built all over his beloved Watership Down, according to the
most recent articles I could find on him.
I am not going to bother him with my idiotic fanmail, even if I could find a way of
contacting him, which I can't, but I have a head full of thoughts, and a heart full of
thanks, so hey! I am writing them here. Maybe, what I'd most like to say is just this.

Dear Mr Adams! The story you made up for your two little girls has touched the lives of so
many people. It's been a good friend to me for thirty-two years and counting. Thank you so
much for telling it to us.

Book I am reading: Watership Down by Richard Adams.
What I am looking forward to: going to sleep.

Today, at The Bear's Lair

Hi, Everyone.

I'd like to invite you to join me today at 13:00 UTC, 9 AM Eastern, 8 AM Central, 6 AM Pacific, or 2 PM in the UK, for your weekly visit to the Bear's Lair.

Take your seat on the big squashy sofa, let Bert, my little leprechaun helper, pour you your favourite drink, and prepare for two hours of friendly chat, fun and, of course, fantastic music.

This week, in the crank it up corner, a twin spin from one of my favourite pop groups of all time. In the love zone, two beautiful songs from two great female vocalists. Plus lots more great tunes and plenty of room for your requests.

To contact the show, Email yourvoice@theglovalvoice.info or tweet @lulu_bear. I look forward to seeing you later.

happy bert day

The Music Machine presents same title, different song!

Hi everyone!

There are only so many unique song titles that can be invented before groups and artists recycle them. There's nothing wrong with that, it is quite OK to write a song with the same title as something which has already been composed, and in this edition of the Music Machine, if you care to tune in you will hear some of the best!

The Music Machine of course airs later today, Sunday, 16:00 UTC, that's 5 PM UK, 12 PM Eastern. In order that you can suggest song titles for this feature, let me give you an example. "The Power of Love" title was used for at least three different songs in the 1980's, recorded by Jennifer Rush, Huey Lewis and the News and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The artists did not record three versions of the same songs, but they were completely different pieces of music in style.

Your suggestions for this theme are of course very welcome, and please tune into the show to hear them together with the tracks I've chosen.

You can e-mail during the show YourVoice@TheGlobalVoice.Info or tweet @brianhartgen

I look forward to being with you later today, only on the Global Voice,
www.theglobalvoice.info

Brian Hartgen

Double the fun, a new time and Eurovision!

Hi, Everyone.

What do you do when you get together with friends? Do you like to have a chat, a few laughs, maybe talk over the events of the week, and, of course, hear
some great music? If so, please do join us both today at 18:00 UTC, 2 PM Eastern, or 7 PM in the
UK for our show Down for Double on The Global voice!

We will have all the things we've just mentioned, plus our own particular brand of fun, and maybe a little bit of mayhem, who knows! Correction, definitely a lot of mayhem! After last week, anything could happen, we'll recap that for you at the start of the show if you missed it!

This week celebrates the eurovision song contest, so in the first hour, we'll talk about our Eurovision memories and we do have a lot of them to share! We hope you'll join in with yours too!

We have a huge music library, so the music is sure to be great, and there is always plenty of room for your requests. To contact the show, please feel free to Email
yourvoice@theglobalvoice.info
or send a tweet to @lulu_bear.

We hope to see you later today as we go Down for Double, only on The Global Voice.

Brian and Lulu

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