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Register Claudio
    Opens dialog for registering Claudio. Type in your name and registration code and click Register. For more information on how to obtain registration code please go to
    http://www.xemico.com/claudio/register.html.

Contact Technical Support

    Opens new e-mail message in your default e-mail client program so you can contact technical support directly at info@xemico.com.

Visit Program Homepage

About Claudio

    Opens window with basic information about the program, manufacturer and license.

Help

    Opens help index file.

Transcription Playback Mode

    This option enables (or disables) the program's unique transcription playback mode. It is designed to make transcribing recorded material easier. With option enabled playback first goes for some time, then it pauses automatically and finally rewinds a little bit to start a new cycle. The idea is to minimize interaction with the program while transcribing. You can adjust all parameters for this mode so with some experimenting you should be able to find the winning combination - in ideal case you would just start the playback once and type everything in a single pass.

Always on Top

    If this option is active Claudio's front panel will stay on top of the screen all the time until you deactivate it again or use Off command to minimize the program to systray.

Available Space

    Opens info dialog that shows maximum recording time (in hrs/min) available for the given quality, available free space on a hard drive (in MB) and its file system. File system of the target hard drive is displayed in brackets next to the drive letter.

    If you are working with the NTFS file system there is absolutely no limit on recording time other than hard drive capacity. With FAT32 you will be able to go up to 4Gb and with FAT file system up to 2Gb for a single cassette file.

    If Do not show me this window on next program start option is disabled, Available Space info screen will be automatically opened every time when program starts.

    Note: This option is not available on Windows 95 computers. Also, if you have Windows 95 then you are working with FAT file system and you can only have cassette files up to 2Gb.

Available Shortcuts (F12)

    Opens additional Help screen that shows all available keyboard shortcuts. You can also use F12 key to call up this screen throughout the program. Availability of some keyboard shortcut depends on the current working mode so this screen is organized in tabs accordingly.

    The last two tabs, Off-Focus Mode and Off-Focus Extended, hold settings for special set of command shortcuts which could be enabled for use even when Claudio is minimized to systray and does not have focus.

    Use Enable Off-Focus Mode Shortcuts and Enable Off-Focus Mode Extended Shortcuts checkboxes to enable or disable those shortcuts. Use Shift State listbox to choose which special keys combinations will be used to provide access to those shortcuts.

    Note: some special keys combinations may not be available on your computer due to conflicts with other applications or operating system shortcuts.

Effects

    Echo: repeats sound up to five times (Echoes) with cascading delays from 0 to 2000 milliseconds (Delay) and echoed signal level at 0-100% (Gain).

    Equalizer: allows you to increase or decrease signal level separately in each of ten available frequency ranges.

    Flanger: somewhat similar to echo, it doubles the original sound with a delay from 0 to 100 milliseconds (Delay) distorted by chosen frequency base from 0 to 10 Hz (Frequency).

    Pitch: moves the whole frequency spectrum of the original signal by multiplying it with a chosen value from 0.5 to 2 (Value). You can also set transformation quality parameter from 1 to 50 (Quality).

    Controls: use this option to bring up the effects dialog where you can change parameters described above. If you are changing parameters during playback click Apply for an immediate effect.

    NOTE: if you want to set effect parameters back to the initial position click on Default.

Options

    Opens dialog for changing various Claudio options. Read on for details.


Settings/Options - General tab

Show Claudio on Start

    If checked, Claudio's front panel (main program window) will show up on the screen immediately after the program was started.
Launch Claudio on StartUp
    If checked, Claudio will automatically launch itself every time your computer starts up.
Pack Cassette on Delete
    If checked, digital cassette will be optimized for minimum hard disk space usage every time some message is being deleted.
Change Export WAV Quality
    When exporting a message or cassette to WAV, EXE or for direct E-Mail sending, you will be prompted to lower sound quality in order to reduce exported file size.

No Transparency in Track Editor

    If the program freezes when you attempt to open Track Editor it might be that there is a problem with displaying Track Editor's transparent bar. In that case the solution is to enable this option and disable transparency without losing any program functionality.

Run without Tray Icon

    If you enable this option the program will not place its icon in the tray area of the taskbar so it will run as a standard Windows program that can not be minimized to tray.

User Logo & URL
    Registered users can change small Logo on Claudio's front panel (positioned between cassette wheels) as well as URL sitting behind it. Click on Browse button to find designated image file (bmp format only) on your disk and type in URL of choice in the second field available. Ideal image size for Logo is 43 x 43 pixels, but you can also use bmp image of any other size and it will be scaled to fit.

Separator Sound (cassette export)

    When exporting a whole cassette (all tracks at once) Claudio can automatically add separator sound between tracks. Click Browse to choose WAV file to be used as separator. Make this textbox empty if you do not want to use separator sound at all.

Use Windows/Claudio Volume Controls
(not available on Vista computers)

    Choose which Volume Controls Claudio should bring up when you click MIX on its front panel - Claudio's or Windows's. Installation default for this option is Windows Volume Controls.

    If Claudio's Volume Controls Panel is selected you will get access to all sound card volume controls (playback and recording) at one place. Number of available sliders depends solely on the installed driver. However, some drivers could cause problems with this feature, so if you have problems with Claudio's Volume Controls Panel you have to switch back to using Windows Volume Controls.

    Note: Claudio's own volume controls utility can not work under Windows Vista so this option is not available. You will always have the following three options under MIX: Mixer, Playback Devices and Recording Devices, and these will bring up corresponding Vista's dialogs.


Settings/Options - Recording tab

Suppress Microphone Noise Level / Recording Volume

    These two sliders should help you optimize microphone's sensibility for getting best results with your equipment.

    Note: For some sound cards and drivers, using only hardware related Recording Volume slider does not provide enough control over microphone's sensibility. For that reason we have added another (software only) control slider named "Suppress microphone noise level". Even so, there is no guarantee that recordings will be as expected in all microphone/sound card/driver combinations.

Pre-amplifier

    With this option you can increase/decrease the signal level of recorded sound. The available range is from -100% (total silence) to +100% (double the input signal level). Please note that this kind of amplification is artificial so depending on the input signal it can come to degradation in sound quality if peaks get cut off.

Break Tracks While Recording

    With this option you can maximize the length of a single track. In that case the program will automatically start new track during recording each time it reaches the limit you set. For example, if you set the option to 15 minutes and then make a 40 minutes recording, you will get that recording automatically divided into three tracks, first two with 15 minutes each and the last one with remaining 10 minutes.

Temp Files Location

    While program is working it has to create some temporary files. By default, those temporary files are saved to the same folder where cassette files are saved. Here you can change the location for temporary files and set it to either temporary folder used by the Windows itself (system) or any other folder you want (custom). Setting a custom folder is a good option when you have additional hard drive with plenty of free space.


Settings/Options - Playback tab

On Stop Rewind to Track Start

    If disabled a track will not automatically rewind to the beginning when playback is stopped. Please note that default state for this option is enabled.

Instant and Playback Pause Rewind

This parameter is related to Instant Rewind and Playback Pause Rewind options that are designed to make transcribing messages easier. Just enter zero (0) value if you do not want to use them. When some non-zero value is entered for this time offset parameter you will get the following two effects.

Each time you release Playback Pause the program will automatically rewind the message for that time offset and continue with playback.

Additionally, there is an off-focus shortcut (Down Arrow, see Available Shortcuts dialog, Off-Focus Mode tab) that gives you the opportunity to Instant Rewind your message on-the-fly during playback without stopping it.

Rolling Resolution (Mouse) [%]
    This text box provides you with the ability to set percentage step for Exact Time Positioner navigation in conjunction with mouse wheel roll events.
Volume Settings (Master / Wave Out)
    Determines whether Claudio's front panel volume control is associated with sound card's Master Volume or Wave Out Volume.

Jump Playback Interval

    Set the interval for jump playback option here. Default value is 30 seconds. To use the option just press "+" to go forward or "-" to go backward on the numerical keyboard while in stop or playback modes.

Transcription Playback Settings

    Three parameters available in this dialog give you full control over transcription playback mode. Transcription segment length tells the program for how long to keep the playback running before an automatic pause kicks in to give you time to catch up with typing. Pause between segments defines the length of the automatic pause and Auto-rewind before next segment tells the program how much to go back before playing the next segment. Default button will set all parameters back to factory values. With Test and Stop buttons you can try transcription playback on the spot providing you already have some recording to play.


Help
    Opens help index file.
Default
    Resets all values to factory settings.
 

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