SmackTalk!

SmackTalk! Instructions
For iPhone & iPod Touch

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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!
  • 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 now 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:
TalkBack

  • Say something and SmackTalk! will repeat what you say in a munked voice.
  • 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 Speed" to make the Pitch and Speed sliders come up.  Make your character's voice go from Freaky to Squeaky!  Make him talk super slow, or super fast.  Tap again to make the sliders go away.
  • Hold "Record Now" to force SmackTalk! to immediately record you.  Let go to stop recording.  This is great if you're in a room with a lot of background noise.  It's also fun if you're singing or rapping.
  • Tap "Say Again" to play back the recording you made.
  • Tap "i" to bring up "Settings & Info"

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Settings & Info

From the TalkBack screen Tap "i" to bring up the "Settings & Info" page.

settings

Tap the button in the upper left to go back to TalkBack mode.

This page has
If your device is video enabled this page will also have your "Video Library".

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Trigger Actions

If your device is not video-enabled your "Trigger Actions" will look like this:
Trigger Actions

If your device is video-enabled your "Trigger Actions" will look like this:
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".
  • If you have a 4th generation iPod Touch, iPhone 4, or iPad you will be presented with a choice of a resolutions to render your video: "480 Medium", "640 Standard" Definition, or "1024 High Definition".
  • 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.
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Video Library
If your device is video-enabled you can render videos (see "Device Support").  When you render a video it is saved in your SmackTalk! Video Library.  On the "Settings & Info" page Tap "Video Library" to see all your saved videos:

Video Library

A table of all your videos appears.  This is the "Video Library":
Video Library Tableview

  • Select a video to see it in the "Video Browse View".
  • Tap "Settings" to return to the "Settings & Info" page.
  • 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 20.2 MB of space on the device.
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Video Browse View

If your device is video-enabled you can browse through your videos.  When you select a video it will appear in the "Video Browse View":
Video Browse View
  • Tap "Videos" to go back to your "Video Library".
  • Tap "Action!" to bring up a sheet of actions you can perform on this video (see "Video Browse Actions" below).
  • Tap "Play" to play the video.
  • Tap the left arrow to go to the previous video in your library.
  • Tap the right arrow to go to the next video in your library.

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Video Browse Actions

If your device is video-enabled you can perform the following actions on them by clicking on the "Action" button:
 
Video Browse 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

If your device is video-enabled, you have an internet connection, and you have a Facebook account you can upload videos from the "Video Browse View" to Facebook directly from your device.

facebook

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

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

If your device is video-enabled, you have an internet connection, and you have a YouTube account you can upload videos from your "Video Browse View" directly to YouTube from your device.

YouTube
  • 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

If your device is video-enabled, you have an internet connection, and you have an email account you can share videos by email from the "Video Browse View".


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.

email

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: 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.

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.

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Help

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.
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Customization

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 custom 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.
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Audio
audio
This feature is for all you 2nd and 3rd generation iPod Touch users, which require an external microphone to use SmackTalk!  For those of you who have an external microphone with no earbuds you can enable this feature to always route the audio to the external speakers.

4th generation iPod Touches have a built-in microphone, so this feature is unneccessary for users of that device.
 
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