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SmackTalk! Instructions
For iPad


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Introduction

Thank you for purchasing SmackTalk!, the original talkback app.  Your purchase and your great reviews have made SmackTalk! the most successful talkback app of all time.
 
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What's New in 1.4

1.4 is a MAJOR update.  There are many new features in this release, most of which were added based on your feedback:

  • Your favorite lovable characters have been animated in amazing HD, taking advantage of the iPad's large screen, and the iPhone 4 and 4th generation iPod Touch's Retina Displays.  Your characters are so detailed and appealing that they feel alive!
  • SmackTalk! is now a universal binary that supports all of Apple's devices.
  • SmackTalk! takes full advantage of the iPad's large screen by making the interface more intuitive and easy to navigate.
  • If your device is video enabled you can render your trigger recordings as super-high quality videos and share them with your friends on Facebook, YouTube, or by email.
  • You can customize which features you want available.  Got young kids?  Turn on "Kid Mode" to turn off the advanced features.
  • Do you have a 2nd or 3rd generation iPod Touch?  Now you can route the audio to the external speakers no matter which type of external microphone you have.
  • You have to hold a trigger down longer to start recording.  This will help prevent inadvertently recording over a trigger.
  • Did you record over the bundled triggers?  No problem--now you can reset them!
  • No more "pinching" to change the Pitch and Speed.  Now you use sliders!  And of course you can change the pitch and speed of your characters in real time as they talkback to you.
  • Do you like your guinea pig to always have a freaky voice?  Now you can choose "Sticky Pitch & Speed" to keep your characters' voice settings.
  • Analytics have been removed.
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Device Support

SmackTalk! is a universal binary that supports the following devices:

Device Type Talk-back Characters Video Enabled
2G YES NO
2nd Gen
iPod Touch*
YES NO
3G YES NO
3rd Gen
iPod Touch*
YES YES if on iOS4.0 and greater
3GS YES YES if on iOS4.0 and greater
4G YES YES, HD
4th Gen
iPod Touch
YES YES, HD
iPad YES YES, HD

* 2nd & 3rd Generation iPod Touches require an external microphone!
* SmackTalk! supports iOS 3.1.3 and 3.2, and greater.

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TalkBack

When SmackTalk! first starts up you are in "TalkBack" mode.  The "Talk!/Videos" toggle in the upper left has "Talk!" highlighted.

talkback mode TalkBack Mode
video mode Video Mode


talkback
  • Say something and SmackTalk! will repeat what you say in a munked voice.  Works in every language!
  • Tap the screen to make the buttons fade away.  The buttons are still active.
  • Tap again to make the buttons fade up.
  • Swipe left or right to go to the next character.
  • Tap a Trigger to play it.  It turns green.
  • Record Over a Trigger: 
  1. Hold a Trigger down.
  2. Wait for the beep to stop.
  3. Keep Holding down to record over the trigger  (The Trigger turns red while recording).  
  4. Release to stop recording.  
  5. Tap to play.
  • Tap "Pitch" to make the Pitch slider come up.  Make your character's voice go from Freaky to Squeaky in real time!  Tap anywhere outside the popover to make the slider go away.
  • Tap "Speed" to make the Speed slider come up.  Make him talk super slow, or super fast in real time.  Tap anywhere outside the popover to make the slider go away.
  • Hold "Record Now" to force SmackTalk! to record you.  Let go to stop recording.
  • Tap "Say Again" to play back the recording you made.
  • Tap "Settings" to bring up the Settings popover.  In it you will find "Help", "Customization", "Audio", and "More by Marcus Satellite".
  • Tap "Action!" to bring up Trigger actions.
  • Tap the "Talk!/Videos" toggle to switch back and forth between TalkBack and Video modes.
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Help

You can find the "Help" section in the Settings popover:

Help
  • Tap "Instructions" to read this help page.
  • Tap "SmackTalk! Website" to quit the app and open the SmackTalk! Website in Safari.
  • Tap "Email Support!" to bring up the Mail Composer.  For the best support please provide as much information as possible.
  • Tap anywhere outside the Settings popover to dismiss it.
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Customization

You can find the Customization section in the Settings popover.  Here you can customize which features you want enabled.
customization
  • "Kid Mode" is great for young children.  It turns off most features, leaving on only the triggers.  This way they can use the TalkBack and Trigger playback features without inadvertently recording over the Triggers.
  • "Say Again" will enable/disable the "Say Again" button.
  • "Record Now" will enable/disable the "Record Now" button.
  • "Pitch & Speed" will enable/disable the Pitch and Speed sliders.
  • "Sticky Pitch & Speed" will keep your Pitch and Speed settings for each character.  If you disable this feature then the character's pitch and speed settings are reset to the defaults each time you swipe from character to character.
  • "Triggers" enables/disables the Triggers.
  • "Trigger Recording" enables/disables recording over Triggers.  You can disable recording for small children for example.
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More By Marcus Satellite

more by marcus

Check this section for new apps and music by Marcus Satellite.

Thank you so much for all your support and great reviews.

Follow me on Twitter: @marcussatellite

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Trigger Actions

Tap on "Action!" to bring up the Trigger Action popover:
trigger actions

  • Tap a trigger to play it.
  • Tap "Reset" to erase your recording and reset the Trigger to the bundled sound.
  • Tap "Make Video" to render this trigger with the current character and current voice Pitch & Speed settings.  Your rendered video will be saved to your "Video Library".
  • iPad users are presented with a choice of resolutions to render video: "480 Medium", "640 Standard" Definition, or "1024 High Definition".  If you tap outside the render resolution popover it will cancel the render.
  • While your video is rendering you are presented with a status bar, a "Time Elapsed" counter, and an estimated "Time Remaining" counter.  
  • Tap "Cancel" to cancel rendering.
  • When your video is finished rendering you can Toggle the "Talk!/Videos" button to "Videos" to see your video.
  • Tap anywhere outside the popover to dismiss it.
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Video Browse Mode

When the "Talk!/Videos" toggle has "Videos" highlighted you are in Video Browse Mode.  In this mode you can play all your saved videos and share them with your friends.

videos
  • Tap the VCR controls on the bottom of the screen to Play, Scrub, and play Fullscreen.
  • Note the Title, Duration, and Size in MB information displayed in the upper left.  This information is not embedded in your video--it's just displayed for your convenience.
  • Tap "Library" to bring up a table of your Video Library.
  • Tap the left and right arrows to browse through the videos in your library.
  • Tap "Action!" to bring up a sheet of actions you can perform on your Videos.
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Video Library

While in Video Browse Mode Tap on the "Library" button.  A table of all your videos appears.  This is the "Video Library":

library
  • Select a video to see it.
  • Tap anywhere outside the popover to dismiss it.
  • Videos can be large files.  The header "Video Library Size" will tell you how much space you are using.  In this example the video library is using 3.0 MB of space on the device.
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Video Browse Actions

While in "Video Browse Mode" Tap the "Action!" button to bring up a sheet of actions you can perform on the current video:

video actions
  • Tap "Rename" to rename the current video.
  • Tap "Copy To Media Library" to copy the current video to your Media Library.
  • Tap "Upload To Facebook" to bring up the Facebook dialog.
  • Tap "Upload to YouTube" to bring up the YouTube dialog.
  • Tap "Share by Email" to export your video to our servers and email a link to the video to your friends.
  • Tap "Delete" to delete the video.
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Facebook Upload

When you are logged out of Facebook you can press the "Connect" button to log into Facebook:
facebook


Log in to give SmackTalk! permission to upload videos to your Facebook account.  This web view is provided by Facebook--it could look different in the future:
connect


When you are succesfully logged in you will see:
log in
  • Of course, instead of "Marcus" your own name will appear.
  • When you are successfully logged in you can Tap "Upload!" to upload your video to Facebook.
  • Videos are large files.  Uploading can take quite a bit of time depending on your internet connection.  WiFi is best, 3G is okay, and Edge is very slow.  If you get an error uploading, check your connection and try again later.  Another option is to email yourself your video and upload from your desktop computer.
  • Tap "Cancel" at anytime to go back to the Video Browse View.
  • For your convenience SmackTalk! keeps you logged in by default.  Tap "Logout" to log out and remove your login information.
  • SmackTalk! does not modify your Facebook privacy settings in anyway--your default privacy settings are in effect.  If you want to change your privacy settings for this video you must log into Facebook with your web browser to do so.
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YouTube Upload

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  • Enter your username and password to log in to YouTube.  You must fill out each field to submit your video to YouTube.  When you tap in a field a keyboard will appear.  Tap "Return" on the keyboard to dismiss it.
  • For your convenience SmackTalk! will keep your login information as defaults.  You can Tap "Logout" to completely remove this information from the app.
  • Tap "Cancel" to cancel the upload.
  • Tap "Upload!" to begin the upload.
  • Videos are large files.  Uploading can take quite a bit of time depending on your internet connection.  WiFi is best, 3G is okay, and Edge is very slow.  If you get an error uploading, check your connection and try again later.  Another option is to email yourself your video and upload from your desktop computer.
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Share By Email

When you select the "Share By Email" video action the video, a thumbnail of the video, and the email html form are first uploaded to our servers.  Then an email composition form is presented to you.  You can edit this form.  For example, you might want to type in a message to your friends, or modify the title.  Just tap anywhere inside the form to edit it.

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NOTE: SmackTalk! videos are encoded for high quality.  They are not encoded for internet streaming.  If your playback stutters you should download the file to your desktop computer and then play it.  If you want to encode the video for streaming you have these options:
  • Save the video to your Media Library, and then share it by email.  It will be first be compressed using Apple's technology.  You can also trim the video.
  • Upload the video to YouTube.
  • Upload the video to Facebook.
NOTE: If you have a 4th generation iPod Touch, an iPhone 4, or an iPad and you render any resolution besides 480 your friends with 2G, 3G, 3GS, and 2nd and 3rd generation iPod Touches will not be able to play the video in the email form.  If your friends tell you they can't play the video in your email form consider sharing it with them using YouTube or Facebook.

NOTE: Videos are large files.  Uploading can take quite a bit of time depending on your internet connection.  WiFi is best, 3G is okay, and Edge is very slow.  If you get an error uploading, check your connection and try again later.  Another option is to email yourself your video and upload from your desktop computer.
 
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