We’re pleased to welcome the VI Talk channel to Audioboo, member of the team Jo Fishwisk has written a blog post giving a little info on the new channel.
VI Talk is a new channel, which you will find in the community section from 28th February 2014.
It has come about because of the work that Jo Fishwick and Michael Allen have done for Svopa (St. Vincent’s old pupils association.)
VI Talk is aimed at anyone with a visual impairment, anyone who knows someone visually impaired or anybody who has connections with an organisation or group that offers services or support to visually impaired people.
We want to create a place where people can share ideas, information and support. Where friendships can be made, questions asked and hopefully answers found.
We feel that communication is key and thanks to Audio Boo we can do this by using the spoken word.
Check out their channel here! – www.audioboo.com/channel/vitalk
AudioBoo is proud to announce that we are supporting Oxfam’s Mother Appeal this month, giving mothers across the globe the lift they need to use their power to change the future.
The appeal, which runs until the end of March, hopes to raise over £10 million for Oxfam’s vital work and, thanks to the UK government, every pound raised will be doubled (up to a total value raised of £5 million).
So, this year why not go the EXTRA mile to show your appreciation by sharing with everyone what makes YOUR own mum so great?
To get involved all you need to do is record an audio message explaining why your Mum is special and post it on the Oxfam channel here
You can also phone 0203 5159126 and leave a phone message – so no excuses.
Remember to spread the word and tell all your friends and family to do the same – mums will love it.
Oxfam will be featuring some of the best messages across their social media platforms on March 7th.
In the meantime check out an Audioboo from Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright, who is supporting the Oxfam appeal.
As we countdown to this year’s Radio 2 Folk Awards we’re delighted to be part of a special BBC project celebrating the life and work of folk collector Cecil Sharp - a legend who will soon be inducted into the Folk Awards Hall of Fame.
Sharp, who is often described at the godfather of English traditional music, helped to preserve much of the country’s folk heritage when it was in danger of dying out.
He wrote down more than 1600 tunes or lyrics and his work was a key part of the first 20th century folk ‘revival’.
To celebrate his induction Radio 2 is asking listeners and lovers of folk music to contribute their own recordings to a new 21st century folk collection.
They have handpicked three songs and three tunes from Sharp’s famous collection. You can download sheet music and lyrics for each song and tune on this page.
How do you do it?
Head to the Radio 2 Folk Awards Channel on AudioBoo and hit record and capture your song live, or simply press upload and submit your pre-recorded track. BBC Radio 2 will be embedding a selection of submissions so make sure they are safe for a family audience. Feel free to email a link to your recording to : firstname.lastname@example.org
And make sure you tweet your submission using #R2CecilSharp
Thanks and enjoy!
We’re doing SCIENCE again. In 2013, Apple brought out the new A7 64-bit core chip to help processor-hungry apps (such as Audioboo) run faster and more efficiently.
In order to make best use of it, we need to write some new code for the app that uses the turbocharged 64-bit architecture, while making sure anyone on regular 32-bit still gets the best and most efficient code we can deliver.
If you’re an Audioboo fan and own one of these:
- iPhone 5S
- iPad Air
- iPad Mini (2nd generation with Retina Display only – made after October 2013)
…please let us know and we’ll sign you up for the 64-bit beta. It’s a very easy process and you could earn extra recording minutes for any bugs you report.
Sign up by tweeting @AudiobooSupport (and follow us so we can DM you with details).
We’re always looking at new ways to help you work with Audioboo and help you put clips into your sites and projects.
So we’ve added ThingLink to the list of tools you can use on Audioboo. Put simply, you can now put an Audioboo into any picture you like – and embed it straight into your website, blog, Twitter feed, Facebook, Pinterest page or many, many more. Use it to tag your images, create interactive walkthroughs of an exhibition, or an interactive map, like these…
So here’s how to make your first ThingLinked image…
- Sign up/sign in to ThingLink, and click Create.
- Pick an image to use. You can upload one, grab one from the Web if you’ve got the URL, or select from your Facebook and Flickr streams.
- Click anywhere within your image to add your first tag.
- You can then choose an icon for it, add a description, and paste an Audioboo link into the Link box (use the full URL for the clip page).
- Save your new tag, and repeat for as many tags as you like.
- Save the image. It can now be shared and embedded as you wish.
- Handily enough, if you want to go back and change, remove or add any tags, the image will auto-update with the changes wherever it’s been posted.
Like it? Let us know how you’ve used it and we could feature it on Audioboo.
We’re now very happy to be working directly with ThingLink on some new features and integrations, so stand by for more goodness coming your way in the next few months.
We’ve also seen some great examples out there of people merging Audioboo and Thinglink…
For business – Converstations
For education: an emotional journey
For sports (and tourism): Around Trent Bridge with Audioboo
See what you can do with it – and let us know if you’ve seen any more great uses.
Audioboo are wishing you a warm Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
In light of this, check out some of our Christmas boos, ranging from songs to poems!
Shaf Mansour, Digital Media Officer at Action for Blind People tells us on how they used Audioboo for an innovative and accessible Christmas card campaign:
One of the challenges we face as a charity for people who are blind and partially sighted is ensuring that all the material we use, whether in print, or online, is accessible. This can be particularly difficult when dealing with media such as video content and images.
This year, for the second year running, we held a competition where young people from our Actionnaires clubs from around the country were invited to design a Christmas card. The top design is being printed and sent to our 50,000 donors as a thank you for their support.
As the designs started to arrive at our head office in London, we could tell that it was going to be a difficult competition to judge due to the quality and talent displayed through many of the drawings. We felt that it would be unfair and a shame if only the winning designs were to be made public. This inspired us to begin thinking about how we could display these designs somewhere everyone could access and appreciate them.
We already had an AudioBoo account that we’d used for a couple of bits here and there, but not in this way. As I investigated further I noticed that AudioBoo has a function to set up a board in a similar way to Pinterest. This meant that we could display the artwork as galleries on both platforms. AudioBoo had the added bonuses of being both tried and tested for accessibility, and from a user journey perspective, meant that there was a play button directly underneath each drawing – so there was no need to click from one website to another.
For us this was a significant breakthrough. For so long initiatives involving images have caused us headaches due to their nature of being inaccessible for people who are blind and partially sighted. We are now extremely excited about the opportunities this presents where we can display all the arts and crafts that children who are blind and partially sighted create at our Actionnaires events, all year round.
As Digital Media Officer at Action for Blind People, this presents exciting opportunities for us to be creative in the way we communicate with our supporters and beneficiaries, hopefully providing interesting and innovative ways in which we can engage in dialogue. I hope that this project will provide some inspiration for anyone else facing similar dilemmas on how to display images where accessibility has been an obstacle.
- Shaf Mansour, Digital Media Officer at Action for Blind People Visit the Action website: www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk
Here’s the board of Christmas Cards and a few of the wonderful Christmas Card designs:
To celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, we’ve pulled together some of the best boos on the Day of the Doctor – have a listen!
Today sees the launch of our new Audioboo app for iOS devices… all of them, in fact.
Our new app combines the reliability of Audioboo Classic with the new features of Audioboo 2, and wraps it all in an iOS7-friendly format.
It also has:
- recording quality tweaks
- simpler sharing and favouriting
- improved VoiceOver support
There’s a couple of things to note:
- This app works natively on iPhones/iPods AND iPads – so whatever you’re working with, you should get the full range of features.
- It works equally well under iOS6 (so while it’s much prettier on iOS7, if you’re sticking with 6 for a bit we’ll still support you).
- All channels you can record to now come with both Follow and Contribute (i.e.: Record) buttons.
- If you’re a Channel Admin or named Contributor,you can now jump straight to your Channels from the Drawer UI and hit Contribute, or use the drop down at the top of the Record screen.
- All users of Audioboo Classic should get an Update through the AppStore in the normal way.
- Audioboo 2 and Audioboo for iPad have now been retired. We’re going to send a notification to users of AB2 and iPad later this week so that they can change over. So as of now, we’ve got one app to rule them all. (If you want to change over now, click here. Make sure you upload any queued clips first.)
- We will be working on an equivalent Android upgrade when we can.
All the best – and hope you enjoy the new app.
Our Head of Content, Amanda Brown, was at the Digital Storytelling Conference organised by the Media Trust this week to run a workshop with NGOs.
We are platform for telling stories. It’s really that simple. Forget embeddable players, the UI and the UX, the social following features and the widgets.
Audioboo allows anyone and everyone to tell their story in their own voice.
The Digital Storytelling Conference held yesterday at Channel 4 sought to help charities and NGOs get their voices heard in the general mêlée of social media and in mainstream media through social.
My 3 top tips:
1) Listen before you talk
2) Re-read and re-listen twice before hitting the publish/send button
3) When you’ve done 1 and 2 don’t be shy – share like crazy.
With this is mind I put together a few slides that talk you through it. If you were there at the workshop and you want to do exercise 2 (it’s fun pretending to be Jeremy Paxman – I promise, although don’t let it turn into a pathology) then now you can.
I would very much like to thank everyone for attending and such positive