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  • [GIVEAWAY] Aloud - Notifications Announced Out Loud


    If you remember this week's release of SpeakEvents, then you know where this is going. Aloud is an awesome new jailbreak tweak by iOS developer Ori Kadosh that will speak your notifications when you get them using Samantha’s voice (The voice that powers Siri). If you are hard at seeing or you have been searching for an easy way to know what notifications you are getting when you are away from your screen, then you will love Aloud. Additionally, it comes with more preferences than SpeakEvents and costs half as much (for a limited time that is)!



    Once we have installed Aloud from Cydia, there is a long list of preferences from the Settings application that we can dig into. First and foremost, we have the ability to enable and disable the tweak at our leisure. Under that are some settings for adjusting the voice, picking the applications that Aloud will announce, rules for how the notifications will be heard, rules for activation, custom read formats, and activator actions that you can use for a variety of actions for Aloud. As just a brief summary, we will now show you each of the features in depth.

    Voice Settings


    The voice settings give you the capability to change the language of the speaking voice from a list of over 30 different languages, change the rate at which the voice speaks, change the volume of the voice when it speaks, and the ability to suppress the notification tri-tone sound that will fire off when you get a notification from applications. Apart from being able to customize each and every one of these features, you can also enable or disable their influence via an on and off switch for each section, which gives you a wide variety of control for how you will hear Aloud.

    Applications


    From the applications settings you can pick which applications will have their notifications announced by Aloud. By default, all applications are announced when you get a notification, although selecting applications from the list will exclude them from being announced. If you want to exclude all of them and only select the applications that will have their notifications announced, then you can invert your selection and this way only the applications that you have selected will have their notifications announced.

    Notifications Rules


    From the notifications rules, we can pick how the notifications will be performed. The first pane allows you to have the notifications play either immediately or after you perform an Activator action – immediately is the default setting. The next pane lets you choose to have voice notifications only fire off when the device is locked, unlocked, or both. Below those panes are switches for overriding the mute switch, only hearing voice notifications when you have your headphones plugged in, only hearing notifications when the device is charging, and keeping the notifications from firing off when you’re in the middle of a call. The last pane lets you choose during what days and hours you don’t want to have any voice alerts – this is extremely useful for students who want to keep these notifications turned off during class.

    Activation Rules


    From the activation rules part of the preferences for Aloud, you can choose for Activator actions to be forced to listen to the settings that you set for notifications rules, or you can have any action invoked by Activator override those settings. By default, if you invoke Aloud by Activator, it will override the settings you set for the notifications rules.

    Custom Formatting


    Aloud’s custom-formatting section of the preferences allows you to choose how your notifications are spoken. By default, ‘dynamic’ is selected, but you can have it set to always read just the title, or just the message, or both.

    Activator Actions


    The last preference pane of Aloud, Activator actions, will let you select Activator actions for all of the following functions: re-speaking the last notification that was spoken in case you didn’t hear it the first item, stopping a current spoken notification in case you’re in a location where you want to remain quiet, and the ability to speak the system state – this includes the Wi-Fi information, battery percentage, and whether your device is charging or not. The last option that you can assign an activator action to is for Aloud to declare the date and time.

    For what you’re getting with Aloud, the price is well worth it. Compared to SpeakEvents, I would have to say that Aloud is better in almost every single aspect. There is more customization, better functionality, and the voice notifications aren’t as long-winded. Aloud is a feature that should be embedded in every iPhone from the start. Voice notifications are very cool and help us to interact with our devices.

    Trying Aloud out on our own, it works great! There are no flaws in the design, and it just works – the way that we would expect Apple to have implemented it. The tight functionality allowing you to use Activator as a powerful invoking tool for Aloud makes it even more awesome. My personal favorite part is being able to choose between having the notifications override the mute switch or not, which allows me to keep my ringer off while still being able to hear a voice notification.

    Aloud will only be 99¢ for the first three days of its release. After those days are over, Aloud will cost the same amount as SpeakEvents ($1.99). Aloud requires iOS 5 and has Hands-Free Control integration. It works great with MusicBanners by iOS hacker and developer Ryan Petrich so you can hear when your songs change and what is starting to play.

    Name: Aloud
    Price: 99¢ (limited time)
    Version: 1.0
    Repo: ModMyi
    Developer: Ori Kadosh
    Editor's Rating:  5/5

    Don't want to pay for Aloud? – No problem. Ori Kadosh was generous enough to offer to give away FIVE copies of Aloud. If you want to win, leave a comment below and complete the widget below and get the most points:



    Sources: Ori Kadosh
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [GIVEAWAY] Aloud - Notifications Announced Out Loud started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. cjori's Avatar
      cjori -
      Quote Originally Posted by slayorktc View Post
      Just installed it.. Set date to be swipe right, wifi status to swipe left, and set a sleeping time. Tried to send a test text to myself then mobile substrate froze, went to safemode, respring, and right back into safemode. I do have intelliscreenX installed, which it seemed like it was trying to load when it froze... Tried reinstall, but would still freeze and get me back into safemode. Now uninstalled it and everything is working again.. Ill be installing it again in a week. Hopefully it is more stable.
      Please email me from Cydia so I can get a crash log, look into the issue and fix it. Thanks and sorry for the trouble.

      Quote Originally Posted by CrucialCrew View Post
      I can't seem get my device to vibrate for incoming texts while I have Aloud turned on unless I have the notification sound suppression set to off in which case I hear both Aloud and my normal notification sound at the same time. Any ideas?
      This is a known bug and will be fixed quickly in an update, sorry for the trouble.
    1. Blomsterstyrke's Avatar
      Blomsterstyrke -
      The tweek looked nice! Would love winning one of these!
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      I'd love a copy!
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      Loving this tweak, but all I think it needs is a way to toggle it on & off, so I can use it when say playing BF3 & disable it afterwards.

      The activator command to read the message will do for now, but something to just toggle it on off would be better.

      Not sure if you can do stuff like that with activator. I recently got rid of SBSettings as I now use IntelliescreenX toggles.
    1. Edbertin's Avatar
      Edbertin -
      I saw the YouTube video, and it looks really cool!

      Cheers
    1. ord6's Avatar
      ord6 -
      Wow looks amazing.

      Thanks!
    1. ijaxter's Avatar
      ijaxter -
      Speak to me babeeeee!
    1. rhmjr's Avatar
      rhmjr -
      Sounds like excellent app. Would happily pay for, but winning free would be even better.
    1. gotzaiPhone's Avatar
      gotzaiPhone -
      I'm sorry, but I got to go with speak events over this one. I've tried both and the biggest issue is the "all or none" of aloud, meaning with aloud if I use dynamic it reads EVERYTHING, sorry, I don't want others hearing my work emails or texts from my jerk friends who use foul language. But if I put it to title only, when I get mail or texts, it only says the person's name, so what, is it a message from that person, an email, a voicemail?

      Now with speak events, it'll say "you have a message from xxx" without reading the message or "you have a mail from xxx" in the same fashion. I do realize that speak events is not as customizable as aloud, but it has better announcements that don't include reading the whole message.

      I'm not knocking the tweak, it does what it does well, but for those of us reciveing info that doesn't need to be heard by everyone, speak events does a better job.
    1. ToddN's Avatar
      ToddN -
      Looks great, I've wanted a good program like this, so I can actually tell what my notifications are while I'm on my motorcycle.

      I hope I win this one, but I'll probably buy it if I don't.
      Looks like a great, worthwhile tweak.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by gotzaiPhone View Post
      I'm sorry, but I got to go with speak events over this one. I've tried both and the biggest issue is the "all or none" of aloud, meaning with aloud if I use dynamic it reads EVERYTHING, sorry, I don't want others hearing my work emails or texts from my jerk friends who use foul language. But if I put it to title only, when I get mail or texts, it only says the person's name, so what, is it a message from that person, an email, a voicemail?

      Now with speak events, it'll say "you have a message from xxx" without reading the message or "you have a mail from xxx" in the same fashion. I do realize that speak events is not as customizable as aloud, but it has better announcements that don't include reading the whole message.

      I'm not knocking the tweak, it does what it does well, but for those of us reciveing info that doesn't need to be heard by everyone, speak events does a better job.
      Then go into the settings and customize what you want to hear; not that hard at all. No problems here.
    1. joliano24's Avatar
      joliano24 -
      cool I so my friend have it he like it a lot ,,, me too
    1. gotzaiPhone's Avatar
      gotzaiPhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Then go into the settings and customize what you want to hear; not that hard at all. No problems here.
      That's what I was talking about, between dynamic and title/title&message. If set on title only, it will then not tell you what type of message it is. It only speaks the sender's name. That's great and all to hear a name, but I want to know what that name is sending me. The only way aloud tell's you what type of message it is, is to set to dynamic, but then it reads the body of the message too. So again, goes to my previous issue.

      If there is a way for aloud to say "message from xxx" or email from xxx" without also reading the body of the message, I must have missed something. However, I did try all available settings and sent different types of messages to my phone and could not get aloud to do what I wanted.

      Again, I am in no way knocking this tweak and if the developer changes it in the future to have the ability to specifically tell the user what type of message is coming in and from whom, without reading the body of the message, I'll try aloud again. So to anyone not getting that I'm just pointing out a need/desire for a slightly different function with this type of tweak, my difference of opinion from everyone else here is not meant to be an attack on the dev or any offense to anyone.
    1. cjori's Avatar
      cjori -
      Quote Originally Posted by gotzaiPhone View Post
      That's what I was talking about, between dynamic and title/title&message. If set on title only, it will then not tell you what type of message it is. It only speaks the sender's name. That's great and all to hear a name, but I want to know what that name is sending me. The only way aloud tell's you what type of message it is, is to set to dynamic, but then it reads the body of the message too. So again, goes to my previous issue.

      If there is a way for aloud to say "message from xxx" or email from xxx" without also reading the body of the message, I must have missed something. However, I did try all available settings and sent different types of messages to my phone and could not get aloud to do what I wanted.

      Again, I am in no way knocking this tweak and if the developer changes it in the future to have the ability to specifically tell the user what type of message is coming in and from whom, without reading the body of the message, I'll try aloud again. So to anyone not getting that I'm just pointing out a need/desire for a slightly different function with this type of tweak, my difference of opinion from everyone else here is not meant to be an attack on the dev or any offense to anyone.
      I will add more text formats soon , if you know me you probably know I like to keep my tweaks updated and add new features all the time. Aloud /just/ got released. Try comparing my Applocker tweak when it first was released and what it is today.
      If you'd like to keep yourself posted in Aloud's updates you should follow me on twitter: here.
    1. satandumpling's Avatar
      satandumpling -
      Looks handy for speaking incoming texts ...
    1. morbidpete's Avatar
      morbidpete -
      Purchased Thursday, Just for the .99 price before it went up. yet to install it. Using speakevents right now and liking it, Ill install and test it out this weekend
    1. ktmunited's Avatar
      ktmunited -
      Need a help.Cant make it work.Is there a video instructions or something
    1. BOYD's Avatar
      BOYD -
      Dont know if id purchase this
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by BOYD View Post
      Dont know if id purchase this
      I think you should.
    1. zeezos's Avatar
      zeezos -
      Looks like another great tweak from cjori
      I hope I win.