Seventh String Software

Transcribe! History - version 8.75 Release Notes, released 24 July 2020

This release has some significant enhancements, and some bug fixes.

The Windows version requires Windows 10.
The Mac version requires macOS 10.10 or later.
For the Linux version, see the Download page on the website for details.

As usual, it is free to existing users.


- Substantial improvements to the Video Viewer:

- There is now a "full screen" mode.
- You can now resize video by dragging the edges as well as using the View menu like before.
- Fixed (I hope) a bug which caused us to lose keystrokes sometimes (i.e. keyboard shortcuts).
- Performance on videos that used to play jerkily should be rather better.
- In full screen you get a Play Controls tool bar at the bottom, and you can have this optionally when not full screen as well (the option is on the View menu).
- Can now handle videos which have no soundtrack.
- Linux: the option to use hardware video acceleration is now on the View menu of the Video Viewer (where it should have been all along) and has immediate effect, you don't have to re-launch.

- Video Export command: you can now put an upper limit on the bit rate in Preferences - Export. This is because some videos are very high resolution, i.e. very big files, and you might want to make them smaller.

- Loading video files is now rather faster in some cases.

- New commands (which you would need to program a keyboard shortcut to use):

- LoopDeleteRecent: delete the most recently selected or created loop.
- PlayAll: start playing from the start of the track, without changing the current point or selection.
- I did say previously that I would add a command which, when looping, would release playback so it continues out of the loop. But when I looked into this I found that there already is one, called PlayLoopRelease.

- If you right-click the EQ button in the upper toolbar you now get a popup menu allowing you to choose one of your preset EQs (which are themselves set up on the EQ page of the Fx window of course). You can also program keyboard shortcuts if you want to, for the commands EQPreset01 to EQPreset20.

- Mac: Full Screen is now supported for the main transcription window. This also means that split view is supported (two applications side by side filling the screen).

- Linux: there is now an install script included, kindly provided by J.Jørgen von Bargen.

- If you select a transcription file from the Recent Files menu which doesn't exist any more then we used to remove it from the menu automatically. Now we ask.

- When you are opening a sound or video file (as opposed to a transcription file) then Transcribe! will look at existing transcription files in your Recent Files list and also those in the same folder as the media file. If it finds a transcription file which uses this same media file then it will ask you if you would prefer to open the transcription file instead.
UPDATE: in 8.75.2 we have removed this feature as it turned out to be a Bad Idea to scan people's folders, causing crashes in some cases and also causing some people to worry that something insecure might be going on (even though it wasn't).

- Import Sound File : it used to be that if the new sound file had a different sample rate from the old one then markers and text blocks and loops would be wrongly positioned. Should be ok now.

- Various other minor improvements and bugfixes.

*** And in other Seventh String news ***

I spent some of my lockdown time writing a very simple app for iPhone and Android which has NOTHING to do with music or Transcribe!

It's called Parlify and if you are interested you can find out about it here:

And No, this doesn't mean I'm contemplating a mobile version of Transcribe!