What’s New in Version 2.0.1
- We included samples of all the text-to-speech voices (26 languages) in both ‘standard’ and ‘enhanced’ quality. (Check the ‘Info’ screen)
- Switching off ‘Also speak small text’ sometimes brought confusion when a card only had small text; it was like the speech function didn’t work. So we changed it to: ‘Speak all text’ which means: “When there’s big + small text: speak it all!”
- Squashed a few small bugs.
We don’t want to include a nagging ‘Rate me!’ dialog in the app. But if you like Vocab Ninja and are feeling generous with your time, please take a moment to leave a star rating or review. Thank you!
Why I added the text-to-speech samples.
This was the very first user review Vocab Ninja received, a few days after launch:
Apparently Probleempje007 (‘small problem 007’ in Dutch) didn’t get the ‘Vocab’ part of the app name. Yes, the app is for learning only vocabulary, which is obviously only a part of the whole language learning process.
But, more importantly, he didn’t notice that you can download text-to-speech voices of a much higher quality, and he or she is probably not the only person who didn’t notice the button in Speech Settings. (I must admit: It was a bit hidden.)
That’s why I included an extra page in the Introduction that is shown when you first use the app. It now lets you hear the difference in quality for a few voices (US English, Mexican Spanish & European Spanish).
And samples of all the 36 different voices (in both qualities) can now be found in the Info & Help part of the app.
BTW, these text-to-speech samples are also on this blog, as are the step-by-step instructions for downloading a high-quality voice.