Transcribe! 8.21.2 was released for Windows and Linux in June 2012, and for Mac in August 2012.It's Linux-only at present, with plans to move to Solaris, or potentially other platforms.I say "Linux-only", but of course it runs perfectly well on other operating systems,so that's not really relevant. It's not a new version, just an incremental upgrade to the last release (version 7.1). It makes use of the latest Gstreamer libraries and the newlibmad library to handle AIFF and WAVE files. It also brings the most recent versions of Visual C++ and Cygwin (previously it had Cygwin-specific code and a very old version of Visual C++) which I believe allow Transcribe! to support more areas of sound file formats than before.
A slightly unusual but handy feature is that Transcribe! uses the Vorbis audio compression formatand the gstreamer vorbis decoder library. This means that it can play Vorbis files exectly the same way as FLAC. But Vorbis can handle much more than just FLAC files for example the high bitrate, 256kb MP3 files used for web streaming. Also it's possible to play something like a FLAC fileand use gstreamer to handle the actual decoding by setting the encoder "streamer" to?�훐��. This is a more general way of handling "streamers" (digital audio streams) if this is something new to you.
When you start Transcribe! it automatically reads a sound file and starts playing. The interface looks rather familiar, and maybe you think I have got it wrong,and there's no way on earth you could transcribe a song like this. But Transcribe! does allow you to transcribe a song and immediately see your transcribed notes as text on a screen. But it's not that simple, and I'll go through it step by step. Here's thescreen loading up at the very beginning before any audio starts: d2c66b5586