This page covers new features in major releases. A more complete version history is also available.
InqScribe 2.2 is a free upgrade.
Improvements and Fixes
- InqScribe is now a signed app to improve compatibility with OS X 10.8 (569).
- More robust support for shared license files (937, 1130).
- OS X: Text cursor no longer disappears when using arrow keys (290).
- Support for the 48fps frame rate (658).
- Time code track detection should now work better for 29.97, 23.976, and 59.94 frame rates. (515).
- Duration may now be exported as part of the tab-delimited, HTML, and XML export formats. Tab-delimited exports now include a row of headers (576).
- Font lists are now explicitly ordered alphabetically, instead of relying on the system. This primarily affects Windows users (302).
- Removed exception that could occur when searching for media files (297).
- Documentation has been updated for 2.2.
Changes for version 2.1.1 are documented on the version history page.
InqScribe 2.1 is a free upgrade.
- InqScribe can now insert time code series, e.g. "lay down a time code every 30 seconds" (9777).
- InqScribe can now export a time code series, or all time codes in a transcript, as a set of JPEG files (5273, QuickTime only).
- Added provisional support for exporting FCP markers. It works, but we need feedback to improve the utility of the exported file.
- Support for importing and exporting SCC files (9571).
- Time code fields in various dialogs now auto-format and have key shortcuts (see the tooltip) that let you quickly increment/decrement specific fields (4008).
- Changed what InqScribe does when it finds auto-backup files on launch. Instead of directly opening the backups, InqScribe now opens a window listing all found backups. The user may then choose to recover files individually, or delete the files (6154).
- App bundle identifier set (10167).
- Word count is now much faster and more responsive (11246).
- Contextual menus in dialog text fields now reflect the current selection better (11293).
- Edit > Clear menu item renamed “Delete” on OS X, which better matches current expectations (11294).
- Developmental builds now identified as such (11350).
- Floating windows now hidden when About InqScribe menu item is selected (11090).
- OS X help docs moved inside the app bundle (11355).
- Exporting contiguous subtitles to FCP no longer results in a 1-frame gap.
- FCP exports will subtract the media start time from all time codes, which solves the issue of all your subtitles showing up an hour too late in the FCP timeline. Make sure you've set the start time appropriately!
- InqScribe can handle alternative datetime format delimiters within a WAV BWF chunk.
- InqScribe no longer fails silently if you try to save to a read-only location (14017).
- Exported FCP XML now imports properly into Final Cut Pro 7 (14553).
- InqScribe no longer shows the "Missing Media" dialog when it can't find a media file. Instead, it just notes the error in the video space. Use Media > Reload menu item to try again, or Media > Select Media File... to choose an alternative file (11281).
- Fixed rare nil object exception in button drawing (12257).
- Minor menu cleanup (13519).
- Fixed OS X bug where all floating windows were shown after the layer was hidden (9867).
- Windows no longer snap when moved, which solves a common race condition crash on Windows (9726).
- Clicking an empty row in the Go to Time dialog no longer generates an out of bounds exception (10589).
- Using skipback with paused media no longer accidentally sets the play rate to 0 (10959).
- Fixed bug where it was possible, on Windows, to generate out of bounds errors while editing shortcuts (11029).
- Conversions from NTSC DF to frame number no longer tries to add drop frames (12843).
No Upgrade Fee
Let's get this out of the way up front. If you have a license for InqScribe 1.5, it'll work in InqScribe 2.0. It's our way of saying "thank you" to all of you who have supported InqScribe in the past.
Auto Backup Files
Coming up for air at the end of a long transcription effort? Did you remember to save before you tripped over the power cord?
Don't worry, InqScribe has your back. Backup files can be automatically saved at regular intervals.
Improved Foot Pedal Support
A new Foot Pedal Wizard makes it much easier to set up and assign foot pedals to shortcuts. Foot pedals also do a better job of ignoring modifier keys, which greatly improves their use during transcription. And Mac OS X users no longer need to install an additional file to enable use of foot pedals and other USB input devices.
Improved Time Code Support
Jump to a time code with a single click. Simple and fast.
If you are working with media that contains embedded time codes, including QuickTime movies imported via Final Cut Pro or BWF WAV files, InqScribe can now use that information as the basis for its time codes. InqScribe will even display the reel name if it is available.
New Export Formats
You can now export InqScribe transcripts to Spruce STL files, Subrip files, or Final Cut Pro XML files.
Use STL files to import subtitles into DVD Studio Pro.
Use Subrip files to caption content on Google Video.
And use Final Cut Pro XML files to, well...
Final Cut Pro Support
You can now export subtitles from InqScribe directly to Final Cut Pro XML files. InqScribe will export the subtitles using a template of your own design, making it much easier to add captions and subtitles directly to your FCP project.
Anamorphic Video Display
Inqscribe can now display video at a variety of aspect ratios, not just the aspect ratio that the movie thinks it has. Display video at 4:3, 16:9, or 2.35:1.
Mac OS X Intel Support
InqScribe 2.0 is a Universal Binary and takes advantage of the speed of the recent Intel-based MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac Pros.
New Keyboard Shortcuts
Create new keyboard shortcuts to easily move from time code to time code in your transcript. Of course, the video stays in sync as you move around.
New Snippet Variables
We've added lots of "smart snippets" that can automatically insert information about your transcript like the media location, current time, current date, and more. See the Snippet Variable Reference for more detail.
New Transcript Settings
Transcript settings let you set font and size, time code frame rate, inserted time code format, and print margins on a document-by-document basis.
InqScribe 1.5 brings a host of new features to our digital media transcription, annotation, and subtitling tool.
Improved Media Support
Windows users can now use either QuickTime or Windows Media Player to control playback. This means that users who work exclusively with .wma or .wmv files can now take advantage of InqScribe’s deceptively simple interface.
We've also added support for QuickTime 7, including the ability to control pitch shifting: changing the playback speed without changing audio pitch. There's also now native support for m4a, m4p, DV, and SMIL file types.
Greater Media Control
We’ve enabled even better control over playback. Dynamically resize video. Pan left and right with the new audio balance control. Use the mouse wheel to step through your video a frame at a time. Export the current frame to an image file. Hide unused playback controls.
And new shortcut commands like Cue and Review make our keyboard shortcuts even more powerful.
Expanded Keyboard Shortcuts and USB Foot Pedal Support
The keyboard combinations available to shortcuts has been greatly expanded. Use function keys, the keypad, or extended keys in addition to the standard keyboard. Use any modifier key (control, shift, etc.) you want as part of the combination.
Even better for hardcore transcriptionists, it’s now easy to assign shortcuts directly to foot pedals. You can even use modifier keys in combination with foot pedals.
It’s not just foot pedals. Gamepads, joysticks… if you have a USB input device, you can use it with InqScribe.
Our new Snippets window lets you enter commonly used snippets of text quickly and easily. You can even create snippets that dynamically insert the current time code from your video along with the snippet text. Snippets, like shortcuts, can be mapped to whatever keyboard shortcut you like. Or, simply select the snippet you want from a list.
Smarter Time Codes
You can now enter time codes in other formats, including film, PAL, and NTSC (drop frame and non-drop frame). You can even use InqScribe to convert time codes from one format to another.
Time codes are now colored in the transcript, making it much easier to find them. And printing is now WYSWIYG, so these colors are preserved when you print. And it’s now much easier to update an existing time code: simply click on the time code and choose Update Time from the Edit menu.
New Offline Media Options
You can now use InqScribe to take notes during live events. Insert time codes based on the your computer's clock, or set up a custom stopwatch timer instead. This makes it easy to use InqScribe to take notes while you're recording your footage and sync those notes with the recorded content.
Same Great Price
InqScribe 1.5 is a free update for owners of InqScribe 1.0.2. What more can we say?