Annotation Control Buttons

The annotation control buttons allow you to enter and modify text annotations that you attach to particular portions of a sound recording. By using the export button, you can save the audio recording with these annotations for later import into ACORNS or another program that can use them. The picture below shows a slider, a drop down menu for changing languages, a text field that you use to create and maintain your annotations, and three buttons. The annotation procedure described on this page is different than those described on the web page for annotations in editing mode. Those annotations go with the entire recording; they are not attached to a particular section of the recording.

Annotation Controls
Annotation SLider
You can attach up to ten sets of annotations to a recording. For example, the first set of annotations can be a translation to English. The second could be the properly spelled words in the native language. One annotation can be a very literal translation. Another can be more paraphrased. Different annotations could be translations into different indigenous languages. You use this slider to select which annotation set you are editing. The slider screen shot to the left shows the slider pointer on the first tick mark (first annotation set). With the mouse, drag this slider pointer to the other tick marks to work with a different set of annotations.
Indigenous keyboard font
You can select a different indigenous keyboard for each annotation set. To learn more about selecting an indigenous keyboard Click Here.
Enter Annotations
You use this text field to enter the annotations that you want to attach to a sound recording. First select the particular area of the recording to which the annotation applies. The way we select is to use the mouse dragging capability. To do this, first press the mouse at the starting position in a sound display window. Then holding the pressed down position, drag your mouse to the ending position. Then release. You should see the portion of a sound that you selected highlighted in the wave display window.

Once you enter the appropriate annotation text, click on one of the navigation buttons that we describe below.
Add an Annotation
To add an annotation select the desired area of a sound recording, enter the annotation using the text field. To add line breaks, type the characters \n and this will cause the display to skip lines when the text shows as the lesson executes. When you are finished typing, click the add button. If your annotation goes over other annotations previously entered, it will replace those. If it partially replaces an annotation on either one side or another, those annotations will be partially replaced.
Remove an Annotation
To remove one or more annotations, select the area to be removed and click the button that looks like a garbage can. If you partially remove an annotation to the right, that annotation will extend and fill up the area to the left. You can then insert a blank annotation if you wish to truncate the extended annotation. You can also use modify to clear the annotation (see below) and then insert an annotation over the desired area.
Modify an Annotation
If you wish to modify the text for an annotation, don't select it's area as you do with add and remove. Just click somewhere within the annotation. You will see a vertical line drawn from top to bottom of the panel and the original text will display in the text field at the bottom. Then modify the text as desired and click the modify button. You will see the text change in the annotation display.

As a final note, the annotations you enter show in the display area below the sound wave. The annotations display left to right using word wrapping. However, if a word is to long to fit within its prescribed area, it will be split vertically. You can use the zoom option to expand the sound wave. This can be helpful for entering annotations because they show up in the display in a more readable fashion. Check out the zoom controls for more information about using the zoom option.