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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:18 pm 

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Any thoughts on how to handle introduction track(s)...

Let me explain...

I have several audiobooks with their individual chapter tracks...
Some of these audiobooks include introduction track(s)

I want to keep these introduction tracks separated from chapters or at the very least identify them as Chapter 0...

Using the rename feature I can easily identify the track(s) as Chapter 0...
But in name only...

Audiobook Builder still recognizes the first itemized track as the first chapter...

This is proven when I add the audiobook to iTunes...
The iTunes "Chapter Menu" displays the corresponding introduction track as 1.
Only in name is the track recognized as Chapter 0

The only workable solutions I've come up with is...

Keeping the introduction track(s) separate...
But this is problematic when adding the introduction track(s) and the audiobook to an iPod.
The iPod wants to recognize the introduction track(s) as its own audiobook...
Which I prefer not to have...


Merging the introduction track(s) with the very first chapter track...
But now the first chapter is technically the introduction audio...
Followed by the first chapter audio...
Which isn't really what I want either...

Any suggestions...

Or is what I'm asking for simply just not yet available?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:32 pm 
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iTunes has an automatic method to determine if you've already numbered your Chapters, and decides whether or not to add its own Chapter numbers. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work.

What iTunes looks for is a number at the beginning or end of your Chapter name in a majority of your Chapters. If it finds that, it will not number Chapters itself. For Example:

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

iTunes will successfully detect the numbers above and refrain from numbering them. If you use the following format:

Chapter 1: The beginning
Chapter 2: The Middle
Chapter 3: The End

iTunes will NOT see the chapter numbers because they have text before and after the numbers. iTunes will proceed to automatically number your chapters.

If you remove the word 'Chapter' from the front of each Chapter name:

1: The Beginning
2: The Middle
3: The End

Your Chapter numbers would be detected by iTunes and it would not add its own numbers. This would also allow you to slip in a 'Prologue' or 'Introduction' chapter and iTunes would still detect the numbers and not add its own because a majority of your Chapters have numbers. I hope this helps!

Randy Knoble
Splasm Software

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:23 am 

Joined: Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:47 am
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Eureka! :shock:
Your advice had me using Audiobook Builder like a madman.

Thanks for that.

Took me awhile to respond...
I had an awful lot of disorganized audiobooks.

I'll have to refresh my memory before I can give an account of what worked...
And what didn't.

Discovered a few things after trial & error.

But on whole everything worked out just great.
Thanks again. :mrgreen:

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