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Create spoken caller ID ringtones for iPhone via AppleScript
Authored by: rajington on Jul 01, '09 07:00:32PM

yeah, i agree it doesn't make too much sense and probably is only useful for me i just posted it in case anyone else is weird like me.

1. no vibrate-then-ring (circa 1990?) feature on iPhone! this way you can put silence so it just vibrates, then says the name, then ringtone.

2. i don't like people hearing who's calling me, especially if i'm hanging out with random people. this gives me time before it says "MOM AND DAD". I only need about 4 seconds, doing "song before" with a 4 second song works but i don't like it looping the whole thing 5 times.

3. usually if it's in my coat or in the other room i can't get to it in time to clearly hear the name if i put it before, this gives me more time.

wow, just writing it all down makes me sound more insane. i never knew i was this picky.

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Create spoken caller ID ringtones for iPhone via AppleScript
Authored by: Frederico on Jul 02, '09 02:09:04AM

No, you're not terribly weird at all. I misunderstood your modification would put the ringtone both in front *and* behind. Truthfully, it errored when I did try it, and I wasn't terribly motivated to debug your mods without understanding why the given options were not enough.

If would not be hard at all to modify to add to both ends, either spoken or sounds, but I'm not sure of the utility for most, as the poster above points out, the continued recycle of the ringtone when played on the iPhone effectively creates the alternating pattern, anyway.

Now, that said, you seem to indicate what *YOU* really want is '[silence]-[spoken name]-[sound]', repeat.

You can actually do this yourself pretty easily by just adding silence to each ringtone created by my script using GarageBand or QT. If you want it automated, you could easily script it to post-process anything my script creates.

Now, this as an aside, I really miss my Sony Ericsson T-68i; it allowed you to create not only groups of callers to which you could assign ringtones and vibrate yes/no en masse, but you could also create locations, and tell the phone how to behave for each group, group type (business, family, friends, etc.), for each location.

I've repeatedly sent this feature suggestion to Apple, but until they implement genuine Groups in Contacts to begin with, event the first part is impossible.

Oh, and the silent ring thing? I've got a bunch of telemarketers who call me all the time; I just add their phone numbers to a single contact and assigned a custom all-silent ringtone to it. I still get vibrate, when enabled, but otherwise I know not to answer.

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Create spoken caller ID ringtones for iPhone via AppleScript
Authored by: palahala on Jul 02, '09 10:14:49AM

Ok, you've mentioned it, now you'll have to create it somehow: a morse code vibrating thingy! :-)

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