PocketMac RingtoneStudio
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PocketMac RingtoneStudio... Just drag any movie or unprotected music file onto PocketMac RingtoneStudio and it does all the rest. It's the first tool to allow you to easily create ringtones from practically any multimedia file -- from QuickTime movies to unprotected music files of all types.

What's even better, there's no crazy iPhone hacking required. Your iPhone doesn't even have to be connected when you're creating your ringtones.
  • If the movie or song is less than 30 seconds in length, PocketMac RingtoneStudio converts it automatically into the proper ringtone
What's New
Version 2.0: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, iTunes.



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+57
Picon commented on 22 Jul 2009
Version 2 is out, but not updated here on MU. The price has increased by double... from $14.95 listed here to $30!!! Outrageous if you ask me.
[Version 1.1]


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Khannibal commented on 05 Apr 2009
I feel worried to have to uninstall Safari 4 Beta to get the registration step complete. Your app crashes because of Safari 4, and the only things to do is... come back to Safari 3.

Don't you think the customer has anything else to do but reinstalling softwares and restarting computers to get your software to work ?

I do not have time for this, I'll wait you fix this problem by yourself. :)
[Version 1.1]


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ep1curus reviewed on 28 Dec 2008
Sunday, December 28 2008
PocketMac RingtoneStudio 1.0

I got this app from the MacHeist 2009 Christmas Giveaway and it's a little buggy, featureless and crippled.

1) You cannot upgrade this version to 1.1. You have to purchase the 1.1 version just to get the bug fixes. Downloading the 1.1 demo does not give you 1.1 features or fixes.

2) You cannot set the preferences, it is greyed out. I guess because this was given out for free.

3) You cannot make fine adjustments. You need to use the mouse to move the slider. This causes the seconds to jump from 1.5 to 3 seconds or anything in-between. If you are trying to get the ringtone to start at a particular point, good luck with that. Let me know when the frustrations and annoyances set in.

4. The length of the ringtone can only be a maximum of 29 seconds but the iphone will accept a maximum length of 40 seconds.

5) It messes up the display once in a while where 1/3 of my display would be washed out with colour streaks. Too bad I can't upload a pic to show you. Only way to fix this is through a reboot.

6) There is no option to check for or download updates. Is this how the company does business where every time a point update comes out you have to pay them again?

7) Use GarageBand. It's free. Let's you make a ringtone up to 40 seconds. It can be updated with bug fixes. It's more customizable. You can make fine adjustments, at least to the half-second mark and so far has not painted my screen with colour streaks.

I've used PocketMac for Blackberry and that was buggy as well. Always crashed at the beginning of the sync but it would not bring down the app, gave you a chance to ignore it and continue.

This app is no different by washing out the screen and forcing a reboot to fix. Having to pay for a point update is a no-no in my books or is it because they gave it away for free?

Still, if this was a way to get me try the product and then pay for 1.1 then the developers missed the mark. To make a ringtone in GarageBand is no more difficult than using RingtoneStudio and you get the added bonus of bug fixes, finer adjustments and setting preferences.

In fact I was able to make a ringtone faster in GarageBand because I wasted a lot of time in RingtoneSudio trying to figure out how to do fine adjustments, finding out it can't be done and getting more frustrated at the lack of controls.

It's a simplistic app with simplistic controls but there are too many negatives to make this a buy or even to use it for free.
[Version 1.1]

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Pocketmac (developer) replied on 13 Jan 2009
Thanks for your comments. I'd like to give you an update on a few items, and correct a couple of misconceptions, if I may.

First, our dot releases are free to our users, and always have been. That is also true for bug fixes. I'm sorry that you were confused by that in the past. Our current versions are always available on our download page, here: http://www.pocketmac.com/download.php.

You mentioned having difficulty with some fine-tuning of the selection. In addition to mouse controls, you can use the keyboard to control the edit points in this release to get a more refined selection. Along with some new features, we're including finer keyboard controls in the next release. The preferences are not available because in the first version, this product was intended to be VERY easy to use, so we kept it very simple. Many users aren't as comfortable as you in using Garage Band, so this simple tool saves many people a lot of time.

Also coming in our next release is support for the longer ringtones.

I am not sure about your experiences with PocketMac for BlackBerry. I can't tell by your note if you tried the assistance of the support team, which is free here: www.pocketmacsupport.net. Many times the team can help you with any inconsistencies in your data that could have caused errors on your system.

I haven't heard any other reports of screen problems with RingtoneStudio, but we'll keep our eyes open and try to reproduce that.

Thanks for your feedback.
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ep1curus replied on 07 Feb 2009
PocketMac RingtoneStudio for Mac 1.1.5 Saturday, February 07 2009 11:13 am

I gave this app another try after comments from the dev. To get the 1.1 version you need to download from the support page. You can download from the main page (the one where they want you to buy) is what I originally did but it is only a demo version. No where does it say from the purchase page that existing customers must download from the support page.

This is confusing and the first for me to run into something like this. When I upgrade my apps, I simply download from the main page and you're up and running with the newest version. Here, you have to dig for it. The app won't link you to the correct page either so you are on your own. They need to be more clear.

Fine Adjustments
My mistake, you can do fine adjustments with the cursor keys. Getting to a specific part of a song is not so easy when you are using a big media file such as a movie because the timeline is compressed so much that moving the timeline indicator makes the frames jump several seconds or minutes depending on your twitchy your wrist is. If you pass the mark, going backwards is slow because the timeline only moves in real time, ie., if you go past by 5 seconds, rewinding using the cursor keys takes 5 seconds. You need to move slow but too slow and the mouse won't register any movements.

You can't hear the music when adjusting, simply guess on where the spot is and then press play. If you miss the mark again, repeat your steps again until you get really annoyed.

Click and hold to move the timeline does not always work and yes I put the cursor on top of the triangle and around it just to make sure I was not doing it wrong. The timeline jumps to the beginning once in a while and if you did not have the presence of mind to remember where you were, you end up searching for the spot again. There is no rhyme or reason on why this happens.

The biggest frustration when moving the timeline is that the time is set to zero when using the mouse. If you are at the 23:12:43 mark and want to move to the 26:17:03 mark. Take a guess and hope for the best. Small single tracks may be fine (I did not test this) but on long tracks, 1.5 - 2 hours in length and you can overshoot the mark by several minutes. A major flaw, the only way to see where you are is to use the cursor keys but then you are thrown into the other flaw of the app, everything moves in real time, you cannot quickly move around.

Choosing another track
You need to have presence of mind to uncheck the the 'Play Selection' box if you decide to use another track. Sliding the time marker and then pressing play will move the timeline marker to the in-out markers. Time to start over again, sigh...

Colour Streaks
The colour streaks did not appear again during my second round of testing.

Summary
I still find this app cumbersome to use and quirks bothersome. Definitely needs a lot of polishing.
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+35

Nate Houle reviewed on 10 Nov 2008
Sweet app! Does exactly what it says. Straight forward, easy-to-use drag and drop interface. Very quick, only 1 step, 2 if the length of the file exceeds 30 seconds. You can preview and edit everything from within the app. I like that I don't need to have my iPhone plugged in and that the ringtones are automatically added to my 'Ringtones' list in iTunes. Feels nice and light, overall great 1.1 release. No crashes or bugs, running 10.5.5 on a MBAir. Keep up the good work!
[Version 1.1]


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Multimago reviewed on 25 Sep 2008
I've tested this tool a lot befor purchase.
I'm very happy to use it, very simple and useful.
You can import a lot of files and other apps can't do the same thing.
reccomended
[Version 1.0]


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globetrotterdk reviewed on 30 Aug 2008
I have been looking at the reviews of other PocketMac here on MacUpdate and decided to change my rating as all of the reviews complain of crashing apps, CPU use maxing out and lack of any response from the developers.
[Version 1.0]


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globetrotterdk reviewed on 30 Aug 2008
PocketMac's RingtoneStudio has probably the most logical feature set of any iPhone ringtone utility. It is a joy to use as no other program is needed for editing sound files. Having said that, RS has some serious problems. iTunes 7.7.1 tends to crash with OS X Tiger (PPC).

RS seems to dump ringtones from other 3rd. party programs such as iToner and reset the iTunes preferences. It also dumps (disapears) ringtones installed with iToner on the iPhone, despite not syncing.

I can't really explain why RS does what it does to screw things up, but it happens everytime I have tried to use RS. Too bad, the app could be rated as 5 star if PocketMac got these issues ironed out.
[Version 1.0]


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themacjedi reviewed on 10 Aug 2008
I've tried all of the ringtone makers and made a few myself with Garageband but none of them make it as easy as RingtoneStudio. I prefer the way it makes actual ringtone files that I can easily transfer to other computers.

For instance my daughter wants Peanut Butter Jelly Time as here ringtone, so I download it from YouTube with VideoBox and drag the video file onto RingtoneStudio, select my 30 seconds section or less and click Done to create the ringtone file which goes directly into iTunes Ringtone folder.

Converting audio files is just as easy or easier if you already have them somewhere on your computer.

Not compatible with DRM files, you could convert them first.

Great app.
[Version 1.0]


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+7

Bmanmac rated on 14 Oct 2012

[Version 2.0.50]


Downloads:8,664
Version Downloads:5,034
Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Commercial
Date:22 Jul 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $29.95
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PocketMac RingtoneStudio... Just drag any movie or unprotected music file onto PocketMac RingtoneStudio and it does all the rest. It's the first tool to allow you to easily create ringtones from practically any multimedia file -- from QuickTime movies to unprotected music files of all types.

What's even better, there's no crazy iPhone hacking required. Your iPhone doesn't even have to be connected when you're creating your ringtones.
  • If the movie or song is less than 30 seconds in length, PocketMac RingtoneStudio converts it automatically into the proper ringtone format.
  • If it's longer than 30 seconds, PocketMac RingtoneStudio will open up a preview window so that you can select the exact 30 second clip you'd like.
  • PocketMac RingtoneStudio will place your completed ringtones into iTunes' "Ringtones" folder.
  • The next time you connect your iPhone, your ringtones will be automatically synched.
It's that simple!


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