SayMore at the ICLDC 2013

I recently had a stimulating time at the 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation at the University of Hawaii. There are so many warm, friendly, and energetic people working in this space.

Here’s the presentation I gave:

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Things SayMore Does Not Do

We want to save you time if SayMore isn’t for you, so we’ll try to keep this page up to date with things folks have asked about that they can’t do with SayMore.

SayMore Does Not…

  • …run on Mac or Linux, except through a Virtual Machine running windows
  • …have any kind of media editing
  • …handle multiple custom tiers. Instead, SayMore borrows ELAN’s file format, so that you can do the basics in SayMore (transcription and translation) and then just double-click on the file to do further work in ELAN.
  • …handle multiple speaker transcription. You can use a different tool (Transcriber or ELAN) for your transcription, and just drop the files into SayMore.
  • …have a place to enter project information: who funded the work? Where was it held? Etc.
  • …do interlinearization. It does have an “Export to FLEx” command for sending your transcriptions out.
  • …aim to be easy for people new to computers, with the exception of the transcription & oral annotation tools. (Yes, we would love to go build a similar tool aimed at “Rice Farmers”).

Something Else?

Leave a comment on this page and we’ll add your item.


Make a suggestion or vote on other people’s. Want something expensive like a Mac version? Get a grant so we can hire more help 🙂

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SayMore 0.5 Now Available

We’ve just released version 0.5 of SayMore. 2010-11-12_14-58-45-679

As with all odd-valued releases, we assume this is beta-quality.  Please download it here let us know your experiences with it, good or bad.

Here are major changes:

  • When you correct the spelling of a person’s name, the name is also updated in all events where he/she is listed as a participant.
  • The People list now gives an indication of the Informed Consent status of each person.  You get a warning icon if there is no consent file, and different icons for photograph, audio and video consent files.
  • Events now have a “Status” value, which you set. Currently, the choices are “Incoming”, “In Progress”, “Finished”, and “Skip”.  The later is for events which you don’t plan to work with or publish.
  • The list of Events now displays information about the workflow status in the “Stages” column.  As you add files to the event and name them appropriately (using the Rename menu), SayMore detects them and indicates their presence in the stages icon.
  • You can now select participants for an event by ticking the boxes next to their names.
  • You can now set the mug shot of a person by dragging the photo file onto the mug shot place-holder.
  • Videos are now shown with a preview image, rather than a black rectangle, when not playing.
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SayMore 0.3 Now Available

SayMore 0.3 is now available for Download.  The major changes are:

  • Custom Fields, with auto-type ahead.
  • You can now add new Genres
  • In 0.1 we called a recording and its associated files a “Session”, in 0.3 we call this an “Event”.  A Session/Event includes recordings which are comments/annotations on the original.  The problem with the “Session” label was that people doing Basic Oral Language Documentation refer to each recording (original, careful speech, translation) as a “Session”, and the whole collection they call an “Event”.  We think we can afford to use the BOLD terminology without confusing everybody else.
  • David has managed to switch the video player to the open-source “mplayer”.  Doing that dealt with several problems we were having with the Windows player holding onto files and folders, making it difficult to rename them.
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Preview Now Available

We’re pleased to announce the beginning of the “preview” phase of SayMore. To get it, head over to the Downloads page. Expect to see new versions coming out regularly from now on.

This stage is all about hearing from you. We need to know:

  • What do you like
  • What is confusing?
  • What would you need to see before you made SayMore part of your Language Documentation tool kit?

It’d be great if you could leave your feedback in the comments of this post.

Note: At this stage, please contact me personally (hattonjohn on gmail) before doing more than just testing SayMore.

Note: Please do not post notifications about SayMore to any lists just yet. We need to start small, so we can deal with any problems quickly.

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