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03-01-2012, 08:23 PM #1
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Price: 99¢ (limited time)
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
Last edited by Kyle Matthews; 03-01-2012 at 09:50 PM.
03-01-2012, 09:59 PM #2
really excited for this product hope i win! thanks again modmyi!
03-01-2012, 10:03 PM #3
This looks amazing! Hope I can get a chance to try it out!
03-01-2012, 10:03 PM #4
I was simply amazed when I first saw the video for this app. I had a hard time deciding whether to buy it on sale or not, but I think I'll try for the giveaway first. Definitely worth purchasing, though!
03-01-2012, 10:10 PM #5
I'll shout out ALOUD thats for me
03-01-2012, 10:14 PM #6
I bought this app and it works fine for what I want- calendar announcements- until I actually try to use it. Then my alert reverts to my custom sound. That is to say, it will speak when I create an event, but when the event happens, it will not. (-: Tried it using Calendar app and Week Cal, my app store calendar app. No matter how I turned everything/something on and off in Settings/Aloud settings I kept getting my standard alert. Unless I turned off the calendar sound entirely in Settings, in which case I got silence. I want to like this app, I really do, but so far it's a brick. I've contacted the dev, am waiting for a response to see if I've missed something simple. But having spent an hour trying all variations, I'm not so sure I did. Note that ALL I want this for is calendar alerts, everything else is already customized via placing cafs in apps or using Apple's individual ringtones for calls and texts (biteSMS). Hopefully I'm an idiot and missed something, but...
03-01-2012, 10:15 PM #7
Cool tweak hopefully I win it
03-01-2012, 10:19 PM #8
This looked cool, unfortunately didn't have any money on paypal but hopefully I win (:
03-01-2012, 10:52 PM #9
I would love to have this tweak it looks so great but I have no money right now. I don't have many notification center addons but this would go so good with my notification center. I would like it that when I'm listening to music that my notification would actually tell way the notification is about especially when I don't have my iPod on hand. I'm willing to give as much feedback as possible in exchange for the tweak, I'm just really impressed by its potential. So please giveaway this incredible tweak to me.
Cydia Account #: 1237512
Last edited by Supermario20; 03-02-2012 at 10:35 PM.
03-01-2012, 11:18 PM #10
This seems really nice!
03-01-2012, 11:23 PM #11
03-01-2012, 11:27 PM #12
Dude this has already been out for a while now, its called "applocker".... It runs smoother looks better and the animations are even cooler
03-01-2012, 11:58 PM #13
Update- Dev emailed me back, thinks he knows why I'm having an issue, is working on it. Good response. Hope he can fix it.
03-02-2012, 12:08 AM #14
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.
03-02-2012, 12:11 AM #15
This one looks great! I like when developers try to do something new and great, instead of just doing what everybody does and we start getting tons of screenshots and sliders tweaks.
03-02-2012, 12:14 AM #16
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?
03-02-2012, 12:25 AM #17
This would be useful for when I'm driving. Thanks guys.
03-02-2012, 12:57 AM #18
I recently installed a Google Chrome extension that does the same with my Gmail. I would love to be able to have the same on my iDevices.
Cydia account #2112335
03-02-2012, 01:35 AM #19
Looking good, even if I don't win I will purchase this tweak.
03-02-2012, 02:22 AM #20
hi i would like to win a copy plz.
twitter name @DrKhaledSoliman
cydia number 3543904