The next version of SC-Voice has just been released.
Next to the Pali version of Bhante Sujato’s sutta recordings which had been added in the previous release we now also have the English version of what is already available, i.e. SN 1.1–SN 2.20. More suttas will come as Bhante’s recordings go ahead. @michaelh has been working hard to improve the segment matches, and much of the original bumpiness could be removed. If you come across instances of mismatches, it would be helpful for us if you report it in this thread.
You will also notice that the lookout of what was formerly called “Other resources”—and that had been well hidden behind a number of mouse clicks in places not easy to find—has now changed. We want to make all of Voices resources as easily accessible as possible, and with @Aminah’s and @karl_lew’s amazing work this is now so not only for sighted users but also for screen reader users!
So far we have all the Dīghanikāya suttas, and more Nikāyas will follow.
Unfortunately the existence of Vietnamese audios is not visible to users directly in Voice. This would be most desirable, but with the limited resources of our tiny team all we can do at the moment is adding them at all. For this and many more reasons we would warmly invite anyone who would like to join us and strengthen our team.
Another thing that has been improved is the precision of the time indicator. You will now also see time estimates behind each item in your search results list. These estimates are based on the reading time of the English voice only; so if you have selected bilingual Pali/English it will be longer.
The Voice server has more storage space now. This means that we can install more VSMs, and the range of suttas with fast download and play will increase. It also means that a certain admin whose name starts with “S” and ends in “abbamitta” doesn’t need to clear caches on a weekly basis any more in order to make sure that the server doesn’t overflow.
Also, content changes on the SC main site have again been updated for Voice, and from now on such updates can be made by admins who do not necessarily have developer skills; this means that volunteers who wold like to support our work would be able to do this by clicking a few buttons.
We hope that you keep enjoying Voice! Any feedback is most welcome! If you would like to help improving this awesome application please let us know.
(You can see from my wording how fascinated I always am with Voice, and I am regularly dedicating more time to it than I actually think I would… What can you do! )
For the full list of release items see here.