Praat
Praat 5.3.72
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Praat is an application with which phoneticians can analyze, synthesize, and manipulate speech, and create high-quality images for their articles and doctoral theses.

The source code may be downloaded here.
What's New
Version 5.3.72:
  • Windows: repaired a bug that caused two black edges in PNG files.
  • Windows: repaired a bug that could cause Praat to crash if a metafile resolution was 360 dpi.
  • Linux: repaired a bug that caused Praat to crash when cutting or pasting a sound in the Sound window.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.5 or later





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Praat User Discussion (Write a Review)
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RavenNevermore reviewed on 10 Apr 2014
Note: the download link here is for the 32-bit version. You can get the 64-bit version from the developer's website.
[Version 5.3.71]

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gtrsteve replied on 18 Apr 2014
Thanks for the tip about the 64-bit. Version 5.3.72 is out now.
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hced commented on 11 Mar 2014
Oh, the icon keeps growing on you...
[Version 5.3.66]


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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 21 May 2013
From http://savethevowels.org/praat/:

"'Using Praat for Linguistic Research' by Will Styler is a practical guidebook and information package designed to help you use the Praat phonetics software package more effectively in Phonetic or Phonological research."

The 60+ page guidebook is available free at the above website, or by using this URL:

http://savethevowels.org/praat/UsingPraatforLinguisticResearchLatest.pdf
[Version 5.3.50]


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Jazzica commented on 16 Apr 2013
Cool program. Re the icon: isn't it easy to change an icon on a Mac? You can even make your own using img2icns or go out googling for free OSX icons.
[Version 5.3.45]

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RavenNevermore replied on 03 Jan 2014
The icon is pretty bad, but it does make the program easy to find when I forget its name. lol I just look for the hot pink lips.

I do this with many applications that have names that don't match what they do.
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Nathan Sanders reviewed on 18 Jul 2012
It's simply outstanding to have such functional, useful, and versatile software not only offered for free, but continually updated, year after year after year. Kudos to Paul and David for their tireless hard work.

As for the icon, I've been using Praat for over a decade, and I've never had a problem with it, and would miss it if it were changed significantly!
[Version 5.3.21]


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Old_guy reviewed on 14 Mar 2012
Praat is awesome. The icon is brilliantly crafted to grab your attention. Tops :)
[Version 5.3.10]

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piquadratpi2 replied on 28 Apr 2012
indeed - this icon grabs my attention, wahahaha
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cmotdibbler replied on 07 Jul 2012
I come here just to see if the icon is different. Not disappointed!
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Psychos reviewed on 07 Sep 2011
I give Praat 5 stars for it's unmatched ability to make me come back to this page every time there's a new version, just to see if anyone's posted anything amusing about the icon.

I've never come across another piece of Mac software that manages to do this so effectively! The developers have truly achieved something unique here.
[Version 5.2.38]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 03 Nov 2011
Pfffffffft!
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Jdub800 replied on 05 Mar 2012
:ยง
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Jazzica reviewed on 29 Jul 2011
I don't like the icon for Garage Band.app so I changed it to a piano instead of a guitar.

For Fetch.app I use my little Boston Terrier's face. How hard is it to change the icon for a Mac user?

And how important, if the app is great as this one is?
[Version 5.2.33]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 03 Aug 2011
Now that is a good post. It's SOOOOO easy to change an app's icon on a Mac.
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Roxzilla replied on 03 Aug 2011
I like how your review had nothing to do with the Praat App, and in fact, did not even mention it.

For that don't know, you can highlight a picture with a select tool, CMD C, then go into the finder and CMD-I, click the apps icon in the top left corner and then CMD-V
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xati-ba commented on 21 Feb 2011
I've come to believe that the monstrous icon of this app is in fact a subtle marketing ploy. There is no such thing as bad publicity in the world of business, and this icon has created a lot of attention for this product. Users who have no use for such a program have no doubt downloaded it anyway to show it to their friends. Clever advertising, I say.
[Version 5.2.16]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 22 Jul 2011
These guys, Paul Boersma and David Weenink, are scientists. Not artists. Most likely they could care less what the icon looks like. Far more important is the quality of the software itself and that it has been updated regularly for many years now. And oh yes, it's free and you can download the source code. Besides all that, anyone with Mac smarts can change the icon to whatever they like to.
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xati-ba replied on 27 Jul 2011
I wholeheartedly agree, but unfortunately appearances count for so much, especially with Mac fans. It depresses me to see technical prowess and great work go to waste because of simple, but crucial, details like an icon that can be easily remedied. To give you a heartbreaking example, it is currently believed that poor spelling is costing the UK millions of pounds in lost revenue for internet businesses.

I'm sorry if you interpreted my comment to be dismissive of Praat (a program which I find very useful). I intended it to be more a warning than a mockery.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 29 Jul 2011
I will repeat my previous remark. Anyone with Mac smarts can change the icon to whatever they like. By the way, I read that article on the BBC website about poor spelling/grammar issues turning prospective buyers away. A person can not change a website's lack of spelling and grammar skills, but one may surely change an application's icon on a Mac. It is, as they say, "dope easy". And I am reasonably sure the authors of this software are aware that their Mac users can change the icon themselves.
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Jimblue commented on 01 Feb 2011
my wife has another baby bump
[Version 5.2.12]


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Sartorius had trouble on 17 Apr 2011
This version is Intel only.
[Version 5.2.22]



Jacklarm rated on 25 Sep 2013

[Version 5.3.56]



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Bleech_Jef rated on 02 Sep 2013

[Version 5.3.54]



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Stephen_Fry rated on 22 May 2013

[Version 5.3.50]



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Old_guy rated on 09 Apr 2013

[Version 5.3.44]



Michael Meadors rated on 21 Mar 2013

[Version 5.3.42]



Indica rated on 10 Dec 2012

[Version 5.3.35]



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Stephen_Fry rated on 26 Sep 2012

[Version 5.3.25]



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Roxzilla rated on 09 Jul 2012

[Version 5.3.20]



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hced rated on 05 Mar 2012

[Version 5.3.07]



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Stef_Vandenabele rated on 18 Jan 2012

[Version 5.3.04]


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Praat is an application with which phoneticians can analyze, synthesize, and manipulate speech, and create high-quality images for their articles and doctoral theses.

The source code may be downloaded here.


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