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Warning icon James 26June16: This page contains agreed wording changes that should be applied in time for 2.1.3 (including translation).
Warning icon Peter 19Apr16: future entries on this page should show the date they were added - then we can see how long they remain here uncompleted.
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In the Tracks Preferences the below item does not exhibit sufficient clarity of purpose. It imples that there will always be an implicit automatic selection of "all" if no audio is explicitly selected whereas the selection is not actually effected unless and until a command is issued that depends on a selection being present, evidenced by the fact that the waveform(s) background does(do) not acquire the dark gray rendering to indicate that "all" is slected.

Current text:

"Select all audio in project, if none selected"

Suggested replacement:

To be discussed and decided upon

  • Gale:

"Select entire project if selection required but not made"

Modernization: program to application

Following recent QA discussion on email it was decided to modernize Audacity by changing Program to application as more contemporary usage throughoutthe documentation. Most of the changes in the Manual have been done, but there remain places in the code that need to be changed before we can update their associated pages in the Manual.

  • Gale 12May16: Where is that discussion on http://audacity.238276.n2.nabble.com/audacity-quality-f7561562.html ? I only see an offlist discussion. There are more places in the interface than you mention:
    • src/AboutDialog.cpp:215 "Audacity is a free program..."
    • src/AboutDialog.cpp:524 "Program build date"
    • src/effects/nyquist/Nyquist.cpp:2056 "Current program has been modified"
    • src/effects/vamp/VampEffect.cpp:622 "Program"
    • src/export/Export.cpp:636 "Normally these files end in \".%s\", and some programs will not open files..."
    • src/prefs/ThemePrefs.cpp:101 "when the program starts up"
      • Peter 13May16: Not on nabble because a limited Quality Assurance discussion (DL: Gale, Steve, Peter, Bill - as active Manual editors. And yes I realized that there might well be other places in the code that I had not been able to discover, thanks for that digging.

Export Audio dialog

The "Save as type" dropdown

Current text:

"(external program)"

Suggested replacement:

"(external application)"

  • Steve 18May16: An "application" usually refers to a computer program with an interface. At the least, an "application" usually refers to a computer program that has interactive input and/or output (usually a "GUI" but may be an "application command line interface"). In this case we are referring to a "command line program" that takes parameters only from the initial command. To simplify this point "C-Dex", "RazorLame", "WinLame" and similar are "applications", whereas "LAME" is a "program".
  • Gale 18May16: When saving/loading VST presets these are called "programs" in our interface, but I think "program" is correct there. I am less sure "(external application)" is wrong. After all it can be used in a terminal window, it's Audacity's choice not to do so. And it is an EXE file on Windows. If it was my choice I would allow "(external application)". That apart, is there any consensus for these changes? Steve had not spoken before, so I've done nothing about it. I'm about +0.8 - users on older Windows may be confused - but that problem will decline.
  • Peter 18May16: My understanding was that on the limited DL of Gale, Steve and myself we had consensus on this, Bill was included too but made mo comment. The basic problem started when I discovered a few weeks ago that the Manual was inconsistent a few weeks ago using both forms in different places. I wrongly assumed it was confined to the Manual (hence the limited DL) and started work on the changes to bring it into line with "application". Part way through I realized that it affected the Audacity application itself with "program" used in some dialogs. Like Gale I would opt for "(external application)" in this dialog. I was, and am still, loath to widen this out to a Team vote or a devel list discussion over such a relatively trivial issue.
    • Gale 18may16: I am unsure in what context Nyquist.cpp:2056 "Current program has been modified" and VampEffect.cpp:622 "Program" appear. I guess Steve knows the answer about Nyquist. Otherwise, those two look as if they could be left as is.

Export Multiple dialog

The "Format:" dropdown

Current text:

"(external program)"

Suggested replacement:

"(external application)"

Interface Preferences

The checkbox "Show 'How to Get Help' dialog box at program startup"

Current text:

"Show 'How to Get Help' dialog box at program startup"

Suggested replacement:

"Show 'How to Get Help' dialog box at application startup" or "Show 'How to Get Help' dialog box at startup"

The second alternative is consistent with the Welcome message

Warning dialog

Low disk space

Current text:

"Low disk space at program startup"

Suggested replacement:

"Low disk space at application startup"

Manual pages affected by these proposed changes


  • Changed "for this to use" to "to perform this action' in some "Disallowed" dialogs.
  • Locate LAME dialog: Capitalize LAME.
  • Error importing dialog: Mention FFmpeg and show actual menu path to Import Raw Data.
  • Recording Preferences playthrough text: "Listen while recording or monitoring new track (uncheck when recording "stereo mix")" changed to "Listen to input while recording or monitoring (uncheck when recording computer playback)".
  • Scrubbing tooltips finalized as "Click & move to Scrub. Click & drag to Seek."
  • Timer Recording capitalization fixes.
  • Timer Recording Disk Space Warning: "Recording time remaining on disc" to "Recording time remaining on disk"
  • Welcome message reworked for better and clearer layout and text
  • Sequence.cpp More friendly warning for overlong Block File "Truncating Overlong Block File" with text "Sequence has block file exceeding maximum %s samples per block. Truncating to this maximum length.".
  • About Dialog: OK... Audacious!" button changed to "OK".
  • "Leveller" name in interface changed to "Leveler".
  • RecordingPrefs.cpp: Add "Overdub" to read: "Overdub: Play other tracks while recording new one".
  • DirectoriesPrefs.cpp: reword audio cache preference to "Play and/or record using RAM (useful for slow drives, but could crash with long files or recordings)." Remove "AutoSave" choice.
  • TrackPanel.cpp: "Draw currently only works with linear-view waveforms" > "To use Draw, choose 'Waveform' in the Track Drop-down Menu"
  • Import / Export Preferences: Remove duplicated "When importing audio" from "Normalize all tracks in project"
  • Import.cpp: Add file type exclusions for MIDI, other notes-based formats, Musepack, Wavpack, AC3 and Speex.
  • Import.cpp: Remove exclusion of .mpa format as it's a valid MPEG-1 format.
  • Interface tab: Change to "Closing last window quits Audacity" (similar, slightly shorter wording to that in 1.3.3)
  • ExportPCM.cpp: Options dialog for "WAV, AIFF, and other uncompressed types" changed from "Specify PCM Options" to "Specify Uncompressed Options"
  • Generate Menu: change inconsistent wordings in Chirp, DTMF, Noise, Silence, Tone to "Duration:"
  • Project.cpp: change text when opening 1.x project to "This file was saved by Audacity (1.x.x), a much\nolder version. The format has changed.\nAudacity could corrupt the file in opening\nit, so you must back it up first.\n\nOpen this file now?"
  • Tracks menu > Resample: change to "New sample rate (Hz)"
  • Interface tab: change to "Display range minimum for 'waveform (dB)' view"
  • Autorecovery.cpp: change to "Confirm?" dialog header and text "Are you sure you don't want to recover any projects? They can't be recovered later."
  • Both "OK...Audacious" buttons to "OK".
  • Project.cpp: change to "This file was saved by Audacity (1.2.6). You can open\nthe file with this version of Audacity, but if you save it with this version\nyou will no longer be able to open it in older versions.\n\nOpen this file now?"
  • HelpText.cpp: remove duplicated links and make "[burnCD|burn to a CD]]" a bullet
  • Credit to Chris Cannam on the "Audacity" tab of "About Audacity" for Vamp.
  • Interface tab: remove preference "Present track number to accessibility aid"
  • MP3 Export Library Location, added under "when exporting tracks" Note: Export quality options for WAV, AIFF, MP3 and other formats can be chosen by clicking the Options button at time of export.
  • Audio to buffer: (higher = more latency)
  • Latency correction: (negative = backwards)
  • If you want to burn your work to an audio CD for standalone CD players, you must first in HelpText.cpp
  • a WAV, AIFF or MP3. If burning to an audio CD for standalone CD players, you must export as WAV or AIFF. in Helptext.cpp.
  • Enable dragging of left and right selection edges added the word 'enable'.
  • MP3 Export Setup to MP3 Export Library Location which is what it is.
  • When exporting tracks to an audio file added emphasis, 'to an audio file'.
  • When saving a project... wording for dependencies and order of options changed.
  • When importing uncompressed audio files into Audacity to When importing uncompressed audio files
  • File Formats tab name changed to Audio Files
  • HelpText.cpp many wording changes, including fix to |<< and >>|.
  • Normalize on Load changed to When importing audio, normalize all tracks.
  • Innertext:Recording written and text on monitoring added
  • Innertext:Export written and three typos corrected.
  • Innertext:Editing written and title changed to 'Editing and Greyed out Menus'.
  • Save Changes? Dialogue with empty Project: changed from "\n\nSaved project will be empty!!\n\nTo save the tracks you previously\nhad, click cancel, restore the tracks\nusing undo, and then save." to "\n\nSaved project will be empty!!\n\nTo save the tracks that were previously\nopen, click Cancel, Edit > Undo until all your\ntracks are open, then File > Save Project."
  • Interface tab, Show/Hide: "Show Welcome Message at program start up" , was 'Splash Screen'.
  • Find Clipping: "Start and stop must be greater than 0", was 'positive and greater than zero'.
  • Dependencies dialogue: The former "Close" and "Skip" buttons now both read "Do not copy any audio".
  • Export Multiple progress dialogue: "Exporting the entire project as a WAV/AIFF file" or (for MP3) "exporting the entire file..." now changed to "Exporting entire project" with (file name) in the dialogue title and (format) above the progress bar.
  • Latency Shift Dialogue: In "I have brought it back to start at zero", "I have" has been replaced with "Audacity has".
  • Preferences: Interface tab: "Tracks &fit vertically zoomed" changed to "Automatically &fit tracks vertically zoomed"
  • "Audacious!" buttons -> "OK... Audacious!"
  • GUIPrefs.CPP:

- "&Select all audio, if none selected, on applying effect"

+ "&Select all audio in project, if none selected"

- "&Circular track keyboard navigation"

+ "\"Move track focus\" &cycles repeatedly through tracks"

- "&Quit Audacity upon closing last window"

+ "Any Close/Exit command completely &quits Audacity"

  • Import.CPP:

- " is an encrypted audio file, typically from an online music store. \nAudacity cannot open this type of file due to the encryption.\nYou need to convert it to a supported, unencrypted audio format."

+ " is an encrypted audio file. These typically are from an online music store. \nAudacity cannot open this type of file due to the encryption. \nTry recording the file into Audacity, or burn it to audio CD then \nextract the CD track to a supported audio format such as WAV or AIFF."

- " is an audio CD file. \nAudacity does not open this type of file.\nTry ripping it to a native audio format that Audacity can import."

+ " is an audio CD track. \nAudacity cannot open audio CDs directly. \nExtract (rip) the CD tracks to an audio format that \nAudacity can import, such as WAV or AIFF.");

Add "WAV or AIFF" references to Real, AAC and WMA:

- " is a RealPlayer media file. \nAudacity cannot open this..."

+ " is a RealPlayer media file. \nAudacity cannot open this proprietary format. \nYou need to convert it to a supported audio format, such as WAV or AIFF."

- " is an Advanced Audio Coding file. \nAudacity cannot open this..."

+ " is an Advanced Audio Coding file. \nAudacity cannot open this type of file. \nYou need to convert it to a supported audio format, such as WAV or AIFF."

- " is a Windows Media Audio file. \nAudacity cannot open this..."

+ " is a Windows Media Audio file. \nAudacity cannot open this type of file due to patent restrictions. \nYou need to convert it to a supported audio format, such as WAV or AIFF."

  • Default temporary directory: changed from "/tmp/audacity1.2-%USERNAME" to AUDACITY_VERSION, AUDACITY_RELEASE string