Pending website changes

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Please move the items that have been processed to "Done" and note the date. They can then be deleted after a while.

See also the essential website changes noted on Documentation Checklist which are needed for the 1.3.5 release and for the developer recruitment drive at the time of 1.4 release.


FAQs

Current text

"A detailed, illustrated tutorial explaining this process is available on the splitting recordings into separate tracks/http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Splitting_recordings_into_separate_tracks / page on the Audacity Wiki."

Suggested change:

"Alternatively, Audacity can attempt to detect the silences between tracks and label them automatically. This is explained in our detailed, illustrated tutorial on splitting recordings into separate tracks/http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Splitting_recordings_into_separate_tracks / on the Audacity Wiki."



Suggested change

Insert after:

"See also: Why can't I play MIDI files?"

the following:

"How do I import a track from an audio CD?"

which is at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s=files&i=import-cd 



Current text

"It is legal to sell Audacity, as long as the seller makes the program and source code available under the GNU General Public License.

Some vendors try to trick customers by selling the software under a different name. If you bought a product and later found out it was Audacity, we encourage you to ask for a refund or file a complaint if you feel you did not get a fair deal. We ask vendors to give proper credit to the Audacity project, and allow users to make an informed choice."


Suggested replacement

"It is legal to sell Audacity, as long as the seller makes our program and source code available under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It is also legal to sell Audacity under another name, although we strongly discourage this.

Sellers may also offer modified copies of Audacity, as long as they make their modified program and its source code available under the same GPL, and call the program something other than Audacity.

If you have purchased Audacity not knowing that it is free, or purchased a program that you later found out to be Audacity, we encourage you to work with the seller to ask for a refund. You can examine the text of the product listing to see if any guarantee is offered. If you are unable to resolve the issue with the seller, you can usually raise a dispute with the payment service provider (for example, Paypal or your credit card company).

We also encourage you to inform the seller if you have concerns that the source code was not offered with the product or that a copy of the GPL was not included. If they don't respond adequately, you might want to approach their internet registrar, internet service provider or their advertising sources. Practically, there is little the Audacity team can do to chase GPL violators with the volunteer resources we have, except in the case of a seller stealing the Audacity trademark."



Current text

"1. If on Windows or Linux, in the dropdown menu on Audacity's Mixer Toolbar, choose the correct input you are plugged into (probably microphone or line-in). On Windows Vista, choose your input on the Audio I/O tab of Preferences instead."

Suggested replacement

"1. Choose the correct input you are plugged into (probably microphone or line-in). On Windows or Linux, you usually do this in the dropdown menu on Audacity's Mixer Toolbar (except on Windows Vista, you must do this on the Audio I/O tab of Audacity Preferences instead). On OS X, choose your input on the Audio Devices tab of Audio-MIDI Setup."


Current text

"3. Open the “Audio I/O” section of the Audacity preferences, and check the box labeled Play other tracks while recording new one."

Suggested replacement

"3. Open the “Audio I/O” section of preferences, and check the box labeled Play other tracks while recording new one."




Nyquist plug-ins page

FIXME: The above page has a broken link

In order to keep this page scannable, details of the necessary changes are at Pending website changes for Nyquist

Other audacitysf.net pages

Additional changes not noted here (already written by Vaughan?) are needed to accommodate the new -feedback list.


about

Current text:

"We set up the Ohloh pages about Audacity so the statistics show only the values of Audacity-specfic development, i.e., including none of the code libraries Audacity uses."

Change needed:"

"Audacity-specific"


community

Current text:

"We set up the Ohloh pages about Audacity so the statistics show only the values of Audacity-specfic development, i.e., including none of the code libraries Audacity uses."

Change needed:"

"Audacity-specific"



Suggested change

Precede "For more information, read the SourceForge CVS instructions."

with

"If using an interface CVS tool such as TortoiseCVS or WinCVS, use the command instructed in the tool's documentation."


Suggested change

New paragraph above "Bugzilla" (or possibly above "CVS"):

"Patches

We welcome patches from developers. Please see our page "Submitting Patches" /http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=SubmittingPatches / on the Wiki/http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Audacity_Wiki_Home_Page /."



contact

Current text:

There are two instances of the following which currently apply to the defunct -help list. These will apply to the new -feedback list so should be included:

"This is a public mailing list. For details, see our privacy policy "

Suggested replacement

"This is a public mailing list. Other subscribers to the list will see the messages, and they will also be visible on several websites where the messages are archived. For more details, see our privacy policy."

This is to clarify the situation to complainants who don't click on the link!




Current text:

"This is a public mailing list. For details, see our privacy policy "

Suggested replacement

"This is a public mailing list. Other subscribers to the list will see the messages, and they will also be visible on several websites where the messages are archived. For more details, see our privacy policy."



Current text

"Your email address will normally be removed from published archives for your privacy"

Suggested replacement

"Your email address will always be obscured in published archives for your privacy"



download

Current text

"The beta version of Audacity has not been packaged for very many distributions yet."

Suggested replacement

"The Beta version of Audacity has been packaged for some distributions. You can search for a package on this page: http://rpmseek.com/rpm-pl/audacity.html?hl=com&cx=0%3A-%3A0%3A0%3A0%3A0%3A0&qArStr=0&qRtStr=0&qDnStr=0 "

A valid link for Gentoo is needed if one can be found.


References to the NYT article about USB turntables need to have the "for a fee" comment removed because the NYT no longer charges for archives.



Suggested change

Insert after:

"Universal Binary: Audacity 1.3.3 (.dmg file, 7.2 MB)"

the following paragraph:

"We recommend installing Audacity as follows:

  • Inside your Applications folder, create a folder called "Audacity".
  • Double-click the downloaded .dmg to mount it
  • Option-drag the whole of the .dmg contents (not the .dmg itself) into the "Audacity" folder you created
  • Double-click Audacity.app inside the Applications folder to launch it"



Current text

"Notes

For additional information about building Audacity on Windows or Mac OS X, see the files win/compile.txt and mac/compile.txt in the Audacity source code directory."

Suggested replacement

The first paragraph deliberately duplicates the information so as get it across clearly for each platform.

"Help with compiling Audacity

There is additional information about building Audacity on Windows in the file "compile.txt" in the "Win" folder in the root source code directory. Users on OS X should refer to "compile.txt" in the "Mac" folder in the root source code directory.

Please also see our guides to compiling Audacity on Windows/http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Developing_On_Windows / and Mac/http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Developing_On_Mac / on the Wiki/http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Audacity_Wiki_Home_Page /. If you are still having difficulties, we want to help! Please join our audacity-devel mailing list /http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/audacity-devel / and send us an email with full details of the problem and any compilation errors you are receiving."



Suggested change

Append to:

"Windows 2000/XP/Vista: Audacity 1.3.3 installer (.exe file, 2.6 MB) - The latest version of the free Audacity audio editor."

the following:

"For important information about Vista, please visit this Wiki page: http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Windows_Vista_OS "



Current text

"The easiest way to install the free Audacity audio editor on GNU/Linux (and other Unix-like systems) is to download a package built for your operating system:

Alt Linux
Debian
Gentoo
Mandriva i586 and Mandriva x86_64
PLD Linux
Red Hat / Fedora Core
- Fedora Extras
- Planet CCRMA
SuSE Linux
Ubuntu Linux"

Half these links are dead!

Suggested replacement

"The easiest way to install the free Audacity audio editor on GNU/Linux (and other Unix-like systems) is to download a package built for your operating system. You can search for a package on this page: http://rpmseek.com/rpm-pl/audacity.html?hl=com&cx=0%3A-%3A0%3A0%3A0%3A0%3A0&qArStr=0&qRtStr=0&qDnStr=0 "

A valid link for Gentoo is needed if one can be found.



Suggested change

Insert after:

"For Mac OS X (Intel): Audacity 1.2.5 (.dmg file, 3.4 MB) - The latest version of the free Audacity audio editor."

the following paragraph:

"We recommend installing Audacity as follows:

  • Inside your Applications folder, create a folder called "Audacity".
  • Double-click the downloaded .dmg to mount it
  • Option-drag the whole of the .dmg contents (not the .dmg itself) into the "Audacity" folder you created
  • Double-click Audacity.app inside the Applications folder to launch it"



Current text

"Audacity has built-in support for LADSPA plug-ins. These plug-ins are mostly built for Linux, but some are available for other operating systems too. Audacity comes with sample LADSPA effects for Mac. For Windows, a set of over 90 LADSPA effects is available. For more information and downloads, see the LADSPA web site."

Suggested replacement

"Audacity has built-in support for LADSPA plug-ins. These plug-ins are mostly built for Linux, but some are available for other operating systems too. Audacity comes with sample LADSPA effects for Mac, and a set of over 100 LADSPA plug-ins for Mac/http://ardour.org/files/releases/swh-plugins-0.4.15.dmg  / is available. There is a similar set of LADSPA plug-ins for Windows/http://audacity.sourceforge.net/beta/ladspa/ladspa-0.4.15.exe /. More information and many LADSPA plug-ins for Linux can be found on the LADSPA website/http://www.ladspa.org/ /."


Suggested change

Insert after:

"Nyquist Plug-Ins

Audacity has built-in support for cross-platform Nyquist effects. You can download additional Nyquist plug-ins, or create your own using the Nyquist programming language."

the following:

"Nyquist code can be tested using "Nyquist Prompt" under the Effect menu, or code for Nyquist plug-ins that generate audio can be quickly tested with this "Nyquist Generate Prompt" /http://audacity.sourceforge.net/nyquist/generate.zip /."



Suggested change

Append to:

"Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista: Audacity 1.2.6 installer (.exe file, 2.1 MB) - The latest version of the free Audacity audio editor."

the following:

"For important information about Vista, please visit this Wiki page: http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Windows_Vista_OS "



dox

Change needed: Should be completely updated then an automated system put in place to keep it updated.



help


Suggested change

Remove this page entirely as it is now entirely duplicated on the Wiki Tutorials page  which is easier to keep up-to-date (and has a much wider range of tutorials anyway).


Then:

"This page contains manuals and user’s guides for the free Audacity sound editor. For additional help, see the Frequently Asked Questions. and Tutorials."
  • change the "Other Resources" paragraph to read:
The Audacity Wiki /http://audacityteam.org/wiki/  can be edited by anyone and contains an expanding collection of tips, tricks, and tutorials /http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Tutorials / about all aspects of Audacity and digital audio. The tutorials include detailed steps for carrying out various editing and conversion tasks in Audacity, such as making ringtones, removing vocals, mixing, creating podcasts and transferring tapes and records to computer. There are also many links to other tutorials on the web, and some foreign language tutorials /http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=MultiLingual /.




Needs discussing

  • It's been suggested that we need a higher profile for
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/community/donate 
There should not be anything controversial in this suggestion, as users themselves tell us that donations information is not prominent enough. We need to discuss how best to do it.
Ideas:  Put a link to it on every page, close to that for Audacity Store
Have a separate tab for Donate
 
  • RA has suggested our License page:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about/license 
needs extending to make it clearer and to discuss examples of good and bad practice. GA suggests the page is already too long and would need summarising somehow with links to more detail.
 
  • Consider extending FAQs to include more real life how-tos, linked to articles in the Manual or Wiki

Done

Moved up the announcements list subscription box to be underneath the yellow download box, so more people will see it.